Lift System Ranked No. 1 for Third Year

For the second year in a row, SKI Magazine readers ranked Holiday Valley fifth best among the top resorts in eastern North America.

“We’re thrilled that our guests think so highly of their experiences at Holiday Valley,” said Dennis Eshbaugh, president and general manager of the resort. “And we’re honored to be listed along with these highly respected Eastern resorts.”

When asked how Holiday Valley manages to maintain this top position, Eshbaugh said, “It’s all about giving people a place where they can have fun and enjoy experiences with their family and friends. We work hard at listening to our guests and providing what they want. We’re always improving and reinvesting in the resort to stay ahead of the curve.”

In March of 2014, SKI Magazine readers were asked to rate resorts they had recently visited and Holiday Valley ranked in the top 10 in 13 categories. The ranking shows that terrain is important, but there are so many additional factors that create satisfied, loyal skiers.

Things that make a good vacation great include exceptional customer service, friendliness of staff and top notch facilities. Holiday Valley’s lift system was ranked No. 1 for the third year in a row. “Kid friendliness,” one of Holiday Valley’s key targets, was ranked No. 2. On-mountain food was ranked No. 2 for the second year in a row. Service, dining and après ski were all ranked third. Access, sustainability (a new category), off-hill activities and overall satisfaction were ranked No.  5. Grooming was up seven places to No. 7 and terrain parks jumped three places to No. 9.

The full survey and rankings will be available in October’s issue of SKI Magazine.

The 2015, SKI Magazine top 10 resort rankings are: 1-Tremblant in Quebec, 2-Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont, 3-Stowe in Vermont, 4-Killington in Vermont, 5-Holiday Valley, 6-Whiteface Mountain in New York, 7-Sugarloaf in Maine, 8-Bretton Woods in New Hampshire, 9-Sunday River in Maine and 10-Okemo in Vermont.

This year marks the ninth time in 11 years that Holiday Valley has ranked in the top 10 resorts in Eastern North America. Past years’ rankings are third in 2004, fifth in 2005, ninth in 2006, fifth in 2007, ninth in 2008, fourth in 2009, sixth in 2012 and fifth in 2013.

About Holiday Valley Resort 

Holiday Valley is Western New York’s largest year round resort featuring 58 slopes and trails, 13 lifts, 3 base lodges, slopeside lodging and dining, conference facilities, an 18-hole golf course, a treetop aerial adventure park and a mountain coaster. Holiday Valley is New York State’s most visited ski resort. It is located on Route 219 just 50 miles south of Buffalo, N.Y. Visit or call (716) 699-2345 to learn more.