$3.4 Million in Improvements You’ll Love
By Jann Wiswall
For the second year in a row, Holiday Valley has been ranked as “5th Best in the East” by SKI magazine. Resort President Dennis Eshbaugh credits the continued accolades to the entire staff’s commitment to “listening to our guests and providing what they want.”
As soon as last year’s ski season ended, Holiday Valley began spending its time and $3.4 million in resources making some major improvements intended to enhance every second of your experience.
After investing $13 million in the resort in 2012 building the fabulous new main lodge, and another $3.1 million in 2013 for improvements such as the new Overlook Terrace, 70 new snowguns, the Riglet Park for the littlest riders and skiers, to name a few, Holiday Valley’s 2014 efforts are aimed to please even more.
To provide more weather independence, Holiday Valley has installed an additional 58 new HKD Impulse automated snowguns on Snowledge, The Wall, Morning Star and Crystal, giving Holiday Valley the ability to make even more and better quality snow all season long across the mountain. A turbo fan gun also is being installed at the Holiday Valley Tubing Park.
Three new connecting trails have been cut. One, from the top of Morning Star to Crystal, will be named Peppermint Lane. Another, from Sunrise to Bear Cub, will be known as Bear Paw. The third, which will be an extension of Cindy’s, will give beginners access from the Inn at Holiday Valley to the base area and the Snowsports School from Sunrise. New trail and slope maps will be available as soon as the snow falls to guide guests through the additions.
A new stone clock tower and bridge have been completed outside the main lodge. The clock tower’s design is similar to the one razed during the 2012 construction of the new lodge and serves as a charming meeting place and information station.
Several non-winter season improvements were made and are getting rave reviews.
Sky High Adventure Park’s new black diamond course — the Black Widow — has been wildly popular all summer long. A new hiking trail from the top of the Spruce Lake chairlift to Sky High opened in time for chairlift ride season, which is offered weekends through Oct. 19.
Down by the main lodge, the resort has improved the deck around the pools and Cabana Bar with space for outdoor games, and a new, timber-frame canopy over the Cabana Bar will be installed this fall.
At the award-winning Double Black Diamond Golf Course, bunkers on the back nine are being rebuilt this fall. The course remains open through Nov. 2, weather permitting.
And renovations of the lovely Inn at Holiday Valley have been completed, with new furniture, carpets, wall treatments and countertops to make guests’ stays even more comfortable and cozy.
Planning for the realignment of Holiday Valley Road has been a top priority all year, though the actual work won’t begin until next spring. The rerouted road will head up the hill across from Tamarack, along the top of the third tier parking lot and then back to the existing roadway near Valley Village. Entry to the parking area will be at the third tier; exits will be located at the first tier.
The existing road in front of the lodge, administration and operations buildings will be replaced with more parking and a wide area with steps, grassy areas and natural landscaping leading to the main lodge. The intent is to provide better traffic flow, more parking and improved pedestrian safety.
If you’re new to Holiday Valley, you might be interested in a few facts about the resort.
The mountain has a top elevation of 2,250 feet, a base elevation of 1,500 feet and a vertical drop of 750 feet. The resort is situated on 1,400 acres, with 300 skiable acres during the day and 180 acres at night. There are 58 slopes for 30 miles of skiing/boarding, 13 lifts, five terrain parks and 10 miles of cross-country/snowshoeing trails.
Non-winter activities include golf, swimming at a three-pool complex, mountain biking and hiking, chairlift rides, and more.
Sky High Adventure Park, which opened in 2011, features 13 aerial courses of varying difficulty with 142 platforms and 170 elements such as bridges, ladders, obstacles and zip lines. There’s also a Mountain Coaster ride and a Climbing Forest.
Year-round amenities include a spa, several dining venues (some seasonal), free Wi-Fi and extensive conference and event services for groups of up to 1,000.
Plus, Holiday Valley hosts numerous fundraising and “fun-raising” events all year long. Visit www.holidayvalley.com.