Fall Fest Chairlift Rides

By Alicia Dziak

As summer has unofficially come to an end, Holiday Valley is ready to transition into fall and yes, even winter.

Those looking ahead to the ski and snowboarding season — don’t delay on purchasing your season pass! The Classic Season Pass cutoff date is Sept. 15. This is still the best rate for Combo, Day and Night Season Passes.

For another great value in skiing, join a ski club or better yet, start one of your own! Ski club members enjoy paying one low price for a set day on the slopes all season long. On Friday, the annual ski club advisor party happens at the Main Lodge.

For those looking for the opportunity to work at Holiday Valley in one of many capacities this winter, they will be hosting two job fairs at the Inn: Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Sky High Adventure Park

September and October is the perfect time to visit Sky High, now open weekends through mid-October.

Sept. 9 is Grandparents Day at Sky High. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. grandparents are invited to spend the day with their grandchildren at Sky High Adventure Park with great deals and loads of fun. Activities include the Adventure Park, the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster, the Climbing Forest, Mr. Happy Gem Mining, chairlift rides to Spruce Lake and the Birds of Prey show.

Children ages 7 to 18 will pay a reduced price of $39 for a 3-hour climb in the Adventure Park and Spruce Lake chairlift rides are buy one get one free. (Please note children must be at least 7 years old to climb in the Adventure Park and a minimum height of 38 inches to ride the Mountain Coaster.)

Weekend Chairlift Rides

Everyone will enjoy a weekend a chairlift ride to Spruce Lake through Oct. 14. You may walk down the trail or ride back down the chairlift. Rides are available Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $8 per rider; children under 2 are free.

Rail Jam Road Show

Can’t wait for the upcoming season?

“We are hosting a Fall Rail Jam Road Show again this fall,” said Holiday Valley marketing manager Kristen Sciara. “It is open to skiers and riders. The Terrain Park crew constructed a feature using wood, metal and a material that creates snow. This is the second year.”

Rail Jam Road Show dates include:

• Friday, Sept. 21, 1 to 3 p.m. at UB

• Saturday, Oct. 6, noon to 3 p.m. at Ellicottville Fall Fest

• Sunday, Oct.  7, noon to 3 p.m. at Ellicottville Fall Fest

• Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 to 9 p.m. at The North Face store in Rochester

• Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 to 4 p.m. at Canalside

Special Events

Special events pack the fall schedule at Holiday Valley, and you won’t want to miss the fun.

Fall Festival — a wonderful weekend of fun for the whole family — is coming Oct. 6 and 7!

Attractions include chairlift rides on Mardi Gras and Spruce Lake chairs, listening to live music at the top of Mardi Gras, eating and drinking, and taking in the spectacular fall colors. There will be a ski and snowboard swap in the Main Lodge along with the Holiday Valley Mountain Shop sale.

Enjoy wine and cheese and purchase Classic or Ultimate passes in customer service. The village has a huge celebration with street vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment, sales and great fun. There is also a 5K run on Saturday and mountain bike race on Sunday.

For the 21 and over crowd, head to the Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival Nov. 9 and 10.

The Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival is legendary for great beers, wines, spirits and good times.

This year’s 15th annual event on Nov. 10 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. features over 30 craft brewers with over 100 beers and wines from New York state and the region, plus entertainment on three floors of the beautiful Holiday Valley Lodge. You must be 21 to purchase a ticket and also to attend the festival. Each ticket includes a $5 food voucher for the Brew Festival food court. Designated drivers pay just $10 which includes a $5 food voucher.