By Rich Place

It’s almost a case of deja vu for Holiday Valley, where officials there have been keeping an eye to the sky — and perhaps even more so the thermometer — as they anticipate reopening at least two slopes on Friday.

Last year, the resort opened right after Thanksgiving for two days and then opened for the season on Dec. 10. This year, the resort opened for three days following Thanksgiving and now plans to reopen on Friday.

Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director at Holiday Valley, said on Wednesday afternoon she anticipated the resort to make snow overnight and — if conditions are right — perhaps ‘round the clock on Thursday, as temperatures are expected to barely make it out of the 20s.

“We’ll just make snow, as much as we can,” Eshbaugh said. “Natural snow is just a bonus, really, unless we get like three feet.”

The plan on Wednesday was to open the Tannenbaum and Yodeler lifts on Friday, the same two lifts that were open right after Thanksgiving. Being open the last weekend in November allowed the resort to make sure it’s ready for the winter season, Eshbaugh said.

Eshbaugh added the resort is looking forward to Demo Day, scheduled for Dec. 16, which allows guests to try out equipment from local shops.