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Overview

Located in Western New York, Holiday Valley ski resort is a year-round outdoor playground, providing varied terrain for skiers and boarders as well as golfing, an adventure park, ziplines, spa services and more. The resort is designed to be appropriate for visitors of all ages and is a go-to for families. Close to major East Coast areas, including Cleveland, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Toronto, it’s the perfect local getaway.

Where Is Holiday Valley Ski Resort Located?

The best airport to fly into is Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), which is about an hour from the ski resort. You can take a taxi or a shuttle to Holiday Valley. By car, the resort is 2 hours from Rochester, New York; 3 hours from Toronto, Ontario; and 45 minutes from Jamestown, New York.

Lodging available for approximately 2,000 people. A slopeside 102-room inn featuring a heated indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, and sauna. Over 300 area condominiums, townhouses, and ski lodges are in Ellicottville, including the Wyngate Hotel. Several bed and breakfasts are within a two-mile radius.

Restaurants

Breakfast

  • With its exposed-brick interior and quality, hearty breakfast, you won’t regret stopping by Dina’s before taking your first run. 15 Washington Street, Ellicottville, NY 14731

Lunch

  • Located close to the slopes, Slopeside Bar & BBQ offers good food at decent prices for a resort. 6089 US-219, Ellicottville, NY 14731

Dinner

  • Monroe St. Brick & Brew offers hungry patrons hand-made, brick-oven pizzas as well as comfort food favorites like bread sticks and wings. 21 Monroe Street, Ellicottville, NY 14731

Après/Nightlife

  • The Gin Mill is a local institution, having been open since 1976. There’s often live music during the afternoon and evenings. 20 Washington Street, Ellicottville, NY 14731

Terrain

Terrain

Holiday Valley has 60 trails nearly evenly broken out by the different ability levels over its 290 acres. It receives 180 inches of snow, which is enhanced by snowmaking on 95% of the terrain with over 600 snowguns, including over 230 automated snowguns. It has five terrain parks, including the beginner-intermediate Mardi Gras Rail Park and the main terrain park, Fiddler’s Elbow. There’s also a boardercross course on Moonshadow.

The resort offers a summit of 2,250 feet (base elevation 1,500) with a vertical rise of 750 feet. Thirty-nine trails are open for night skiing, and all areas are serviced by a total of 13 lifts, moving up 23,850 per hour.

Inside Scoop

Beginners should stick to the Creekside Lodge beginner center, which is near the Holiday Valley Lodge. You can also rent equipment or take lessons here. The other beginner area is near the Tannenbaum Lodge. If you’re interested in cross-country skiing or snowboarding, you can take advantage of the trails near the golf course or the ridge line. Photographers often take photos near the top of Mardi Gras if you want some action shots of your day. Day lockers and overnight equipment storage is available at the Holiday Valley Lodge.

If you are looking to get away from the slopes for a while, the Town of Ellicottville has a lot to offer, from antiquing to historical walking tours of the town to galleries and artist studios. Less than an hour and a half from the town is Niagara Falls, which is well worth a day trip. The area is also home to many different events, including a Beer and Wine Festival, live music, half marathons and more.

Best Time for Snow

Total Snowfall

57"
36"
24"
12"
0"
7"
Nov
39"
Dec
48"
Jan
47"
Feb
25"
Mar
4"
Apr
0"
May

Terrain Overview

37%
Beginners Runs
25%
Intermediate Runs
37%
Advanced Runs
2%
Expert Runs
60
Runs in Total
1 mi
Longest Run
290 ac
Skiable Terrain
189 ac
Night Skiing
266 ac
Snow Making

Total Lifts: 13

4
High Speed Quads
7
Quad Chairs
2
Surface Lifts

Elevation

2250'
Summit
750'
Vertical Drop
1500'
Base

Important Dates

December 03, 20212021/12/03
Projected Opening
April 10, 20222022/04/10
Projected Closing
129
Projected Days Open
116
Days Open Last Year
65
Years Open
180"
Average Snowfall
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