HoliMont Ski Area officially opened for the 2013-14 ski season last Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 days earlier than last year’s Christmas Day opening. Before the ticket office was open, HoliMont members and guests were in the chalet getting their gear on and talking about everything from what they did over the summer to how excited they were to be getting back out on the slopes.

Shortly after 8 a.m., there were people in line at Exhibition Express waiting to be the first ones out on the slopes, and at 8:30 a.m. the first chair of the season was filled and people were ecstatically on their way to the top. And just like that, the 2013-14 ski season was underway!

Hoots and hollers could be heard echoing throughout the valleys as the first tracks of the season were carved into the Exhibition slope. Everyone was in fantastic spirits.

At approximately 9 a.m., the Cascade lift opened up, which gave everyone access to more terrain and thus even more excitement out on the slopes. With roughly 10 slopes open for the day, there was ample terrain for people to start getting their skiing/riding legs back under them.

As of Wednesday, 15 slopes were open with more to come.

“Mother Nature is certainly being kind to Ellicottville right now,” said Dash Hegeman, HoliMont marketing director. “Right now we’ve got trails closed off so that we can keep the snow guns on them and build up a great base as quickly as possible, and in the meantime, all of this natural snow is doing an excellent job of getting people excited about the start of the season. At the rate we are going, we plan to have all lifts and the majority of the slopes open for the Christmas week, which is something that we’re thrilled about.”

HoliMont is looking forward to a great winter season here in Ellicottville. Please be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check out our blog at There’s always plenty of activity going on at HoliMont and the photographic moments are plentiful, so keep your social media channels tuned to HoliMont. And if you’re here, feel free to use #holimont2014 when tagging your pictures. Thanks!