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The inside scoop from Mountain Operations Director, Steve Crowley.

Stay tuned for a weekly message about the snow, the base, snowmaking and upcoming events, straight from the source, Holiday Valley Mountain Ops.

Mountain Update Dec 29, 2012

Steve Crowley - Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tell all the people that you see, Follow me, Follow me down, Tell all the people that you see, Set them Free, Follow me down, You tell them they don’t have to run, We’re gonna pick up everyone, Come out and take me by the hand, Gonna bury all our troubles in the sand….. (RK ’69) 

And pick you up we will, currently have all 13 lifts operating with the addition of Eagle lift this Sunday. Snowmaking continues around the clock and Grooming crews are out each night to gain more terrain by compacting the natural snow, (we’ve received over 2 feet in the past week) along with moving and processing the man made snow. We experienced 14+ hours of east wind on Wednesday that allowed snow makers to get some great base gains on the eastern edges (skiers/riders right) of Yodeler, Chute, Edelweiss, Champagne, and Cindy’s. Crews made snow on Foxfire and Jim farmed it up into a 14 foot kicker for the US Air Bag event going on now at lower Foxfire more information available under current events web page.

The Tubing Park is now open with 5 groomed lanes and the Mountain Coaster is operating 1 to 8 PM every day throughout the holiday week as well. Coaster tickets can be purchased at any ticket sales point, they are not available at the coaster loading platform. Complimentary shuttles are operating and will pick you up to get you around the resort, just ask any lodge or lot attendant for assistance in getting a ride.

Cold nights and snow in the forecast right through the New Year will keep the skiing and riding great. With a focus on terrain parks the snow makers will be adding inventory for the features to be installed and shaped. The New Years Eve celebration this year will be one of the best ever with the brand new Holiday Valley Lodge THE place to be to view the parades and fireworks. I’ll see you on the slopes….soon.

Mountain Update from Steve Crowley, Director of Mt Ops

Steve Crowley - Friday, December 21, 2012


 “Said woman take it slow, It’ll work itself out fine. All we need is just a little patience, Said sugar make it slow, And we’ll come together fine, All we need is just a little patience, Patience,,patience,,,patience, ooh, oh, yeah” GnR ’89

  Winter is on the way, really, as the front passes through tonight (Thursday) we have wet and windy conditions. The snow we have been able to make earlier this season is grooming up well each morning and we plan to get 2 more lifts open for Saturday morning. The forecast is for up to 10 inches of natural snow and decent snowmaking temperatures (below 24f). All of the Mountain team members are itching to get this season rolling. Looks like a busy week ahead as snowmaking and grooming will work around the clock to get more and more slopes and terrain open as we go into the Holiday week. It has been a slow start this year and patience is the word of the day as we all remember to be grateful for all that we have and think of those less fortunate in the nation and world around us.

    Our Mountain Coaster will open for the winter season this Friday and will operate daily right into the new year you can check our operating schedule posted on this site. Snowmaking will resume at the Tubing Park and the plan is to get a minimum of 5 lanes open for next week. Be safe in your travels and I’ll see you on the slopes!


Season Opening from Mt. Ops Director Steve Crowley

Jane Eshbaugh - Thursday, December 13, 2012

  “Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, Were so glad you could attend, Come inside! Come inside! There behind the glass is a real blade of grass, Be careful as you pass. Move along Move Along!” EL&P ’73. The temperature gods have finally come through for the Snowmaking crews. They made great gains this week in getting us ready to open this Saturday, December 15. Our snowmaking automation of 116 guns has operated very well getting a good base down on Mardi Gras,Yodeler, School House East and Punch Bowl. There is a good start on Morning Star, Cindy’s and Snowledge however they are not quite ready to open yet.

   Our grooming manager made the comment today that a feeling of a caged animal has come over the grooming crew and they are more than ready to spring into action! With 60+ hours of “cat time” scheduled over the next two nights with plenty of pushing to be done the slopes, we'll be open Saturday morning. As the weather begins to turn more winter like Snowmakers and Groomers will be hard at work getting more and more of the resort open in a short period of time.

  The Mountain crew has finished the summer long maintenance program on all the lifts they are ready to turn as soon as the slopes are covered and groomed. The new grading and widening of Moon shadow will be a great improvement to the terrain park system this year. The ongoing preparation of all the infrastructure of the resort is truly a show that never ends.

  Snow guns have started making snow at the Tubing Park and there's much more to be made there before opening later this month. Our mountain coaster will be opening soon as well. It’s located just above the Tannenbaum lodge and new access has been installed to make it easier to get to. Just go to the upper level of Tannenbaum lodge and off the west deck, where a new stairway has been added.

  Come inside! Come inside! Our new Holiday Valley Lodge will see its grand opening Saturday as well. The building is spectacular and you’ll want to be sure and check it out. With the lift system we have open it will be easy to get to all the lodges and shuttle service will be available as well. Just ask a lot or lodge attendant for assistance in getting a free shuttle ride if needed. So welcome back my friends and I’ll see you on the slopes!!