By Alicia Dziak

Every year, there comes a special time in the season when those who really take advantage of all Holiday Valley has to offer can enjoy both activities — the end of the ski season and the beginning of the golf season.

When these two seasons collide, usually around the first or second week of April, there’s the chance to take that last run of the season, along with the first swing. Thanks to winter lingering around, that special time may have to wait another week as Holiday Valley plans to potentially add a bonus weekend to the skiing season.

“We’re definitely open through Sunday, April 8,” said Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director at Holiday Valley “At this time, we’re planning to have a bonus weekend, April 14-15, with the Yodeler lift running — weather and skier traffic permitting.”

Holiday Valley is advising those interested in skiing into mid-April to check the resort’s website or call up the snow phone at (716) 699-2644 for updates throughout the week.

And what about golf? Eshbaugh said a few holes are expected to open late next week, on April 14 or 15. The range may be open by this weekend, she said, again weather permitting.

Most skiers and snowboarders can agree that it’s been one heck of a season. While there were a couple thaws, for the most part, the snow stuck around and the spring skiing has been some of the best in recent years. Holiday Valley visitors enjoyed $3.3 million in upgrades to the resort, including a new Cindy’s Warming Hut and Mistletoe Lean-to, two new connector trails off the bottom of Northwind, a new shaped snow learning terrain and numerous additions to their automated snowmaking system, among others.

The 18-hole par 70 “Double Black Diamond” golf course is challenging and well maintained with breathtaking scenery from every hole. Their website describes the course as “a pleasing blend of a mountain and flat terrain” with the relatively level front nine playing longer and built around a series of ponds and bunkers, while the back nine winds its way through the base of the mountains and provides spectacular views.

Last season, new fountains were installed, and new golf carts were purchased for guests to use. New this summer, Holiday Valley Golf is offering a free app, YamaTrack, which gives golfers accurate distances from tee to green and all points in between as well as course ratings. Stay tuned to www.holidayvalley.com for more info.