Holiday Valley’s Terrain Parks Boast New Features

By Alicia Dziak

Looking to fly through the air and show off your tricks and skills at Holiday Valley? The resort’s terrain parks offer something for everyone.

“We have parks geared toward every level of skier or rider,” said Mike Nenno, Holiday Valley’s terrain park and events manager.

Riglet Park, which first opened last season, is geared toward kids ages 3-6. The park, located at the base of School Haus East and adjacent to the Creekside Lodge, is built on flat terrain with mini rollers, banked turns and very low-level boxes and rails. As the coach pulls the child over the features using the Riglet Reel, they learn snowboarding skills by experience, without having to be taught. The terrain keeps the children interested while having fun.

Nenno notes that older kids can take advantage of the beginner area at the Outpost (adjacent to Creekside Lodge).

“We will have features on School House East, which will also be for entry-level skiers and riders,” he added.

“Next we have the Fun Rail Park, which is fun area for all level of skiers and riders,” Nenno explained.

The Rail Park is located at the base of Mardi Gras.

New features, that include a kink box built by the Ellicottville BOCES welding class, have been added to Fiddler’s Elbow for an intermediate level park experience.

“We brought back Fiddler’s Elbow as our progression park this year to give us a longer, more gentle terrain park this year and will have rail and box that will be for beginners to intermediate skiers and riders,” explained Nenno. “This is where they can learn on the smaller features and progress to larger features as they learn.”

Moonshadow remains as the boardercross racing course.

“We also have Foxfire again this year, which is a more advanced park,” said Nenno.

Foxfire is the most challenging park with jumps and rails.

Want to see just what you can do in the terrain parks?

Sign up for or check out this weekend’s Rail Jam, a contest open to skiers and snowboarders with separate classes for each, on Dec. 13. The jam format means competitors have 30 minutes to show off their best tricks on the terrain park features, after which judges will pick the top five from each group to compete in the finals. For more information, visit www.holidayvalley.com/events/rail-jam.

Other upcoming terrain park events include: Demo Day on Dec. 20, USASA Dual Slalom on Edelweiss on Jan. 11, NorAm Parallel Snowboard Sl and GS Jan. 20-22, USASA Snowboard Parallel Sl on Feb 6, USASA Boardercross Jan. 30-Feb. 1 and the annual Stop Cancer Ski and Ride Event to raise money for cancer research, treatment and education on Feb. 28.

Terrain parks add an exciting element to the snowboarding or skiing experience. With so many varying options to choose from at Holiday Valley, it’s a great opportunity for an extra adrenaline rush, regardless of your ability. Check out the fun next time you’re on the slopes!

For more information, visit www.holidayvalley.com/explore-our-mountain/ski-amp-ride-terrain-park.