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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.

The Inside Scoop from Mt Ops Feb 22, 2013

Steve Crowley - Friday, February 22, 2013

“Charlie Jones was the engineer, he had twenty years on the line, He kissed his wife at the station gate, This morning at six thirty five, Now everything went fine ‘till half past nine, Then Charlie looked up and he saw, There were men on horses, men with guns, and no sign of the law ……” (NRPS ’71).

Poor old Charlie he should have come to Holiday Valley! We have all our trails groomed and open today. The Wall was winched and groomed out this morning (Friday) as well. Glades are open and Cross Country trails are packed. Snowmaking ran during nighttime hours through the week and the crew is off for the next three days. Grooming is operating each night and Jim has been working on Moonshadow prepping a boarder cross course for a USASA Saturday event. Moonshadow will open after that event. The park crew is also prepping the Snoozer terrain park for a USASA Slopestyle event on Sunday. Our children’s Ranger group will be competing on the moguls at Morning Star, Sunday at 10 AM. We have moguls on Chute and Yodeler East as well, are we're allowing the east side of Falcon to bump up as well. We have some great conditions! Our shuttle service is operating around the resort and we'll give you a ride to the Tubing Park on the hour. The Mountain Coaster at Tannenbaum is open afternoons and evenings through the weekend. Check the web site or daily slope report for more information on all of these great activities. And don’t forget Saturday is the Penguin Paddle at the base of Yodeler to support our adaptive skiing program.  I’ll see you on the slopes!! 

News from Mountain Ops Feb. 15, 2013

Steve Crowley - Friday, February 15, 2013

“ Now if I let you see this place, Where stories all ring true, Will you let me past your face, To see what’s really you, It’s not for me to ask this question, As though I were a king, For you have to love, believe, and feel, Before the burst of tambourines take you there…” (JB&O‘75)

Oh the place is in great shape! We’ve seen a little natural snow and have the upper cross country trails packed, and we'll be down at the lower cross country today to pack and try to set track there. More natural snow is in the forecast over the weekend. Snowmaking will run after operating hours going into the weekend to build up cover in selected areas.

There are moguls on the east side of Yodeler and Chute slopes and seeded bumps have been set on Morning Star south side (skiers right). Seeding a mogul field is accomplished with a grooming machine pushing up small piles of snow in a set pattern. The snow is allowed to set up then it is groomed over again with very light tiller down pressure. This establishes the pattern and provides some soft snow in the troughs for skiers to work it up onto a mogul field. Establishing a mogul field takes time, the right weather conditions, and a lot of skier participation to get a good result.

All lifts are open and the snow conditions are great on all trails. The glades will open just as soon as we get a few more inches of snow, which may be very soon! All the terrain parks are open and shaped up, the Boarding for Breast Cancer event is on the Rail Park at the base of Mardi Gras Saturday afternoon. NASTAR is operating on Cindy’s and is open to the public. To register just pull up to  the start shack at the bottom of the headwall. The Tubing Park is operating Noon to 9 Saturday, Sunday and Monday and will be open 4-9 pm every night next week. The Mountain coaster is operating this weekend from 1-8pm and all next week from 2-8pm. Get right up to Tannenbaum Lodge and take a ride in the woods! Mountain Coaster tickets are available upstairs in the Tannenbaum lodge.

As always we have complimentary shuttle and bus service around the resort servicing all parking areas, lodging guests, and lodges. Just ask a lot or lodge attendant for assistance in getting a ride. Saturday morning we will be operating Yodeler lift one hour early (7:30 am) for our season pass holders to get some first tracks, then all lifts will open at 8:30 am for day and multi day ticket holders. I’ll see you at Yodeler for first tracks, coffee, and Timbits Saturday morning. It’s high tide in the Skiing and Riding season so come on out and enjoy the winter sports !!

Mountain Updates Feb. 8, 2013

Steve Crowley - Friday, February 08, 2013

“Sweeping cobwebs from the edges of my mind, had to get away to see what we could find, Hope the days that lie ahead, bring us back to where they’ve led, listen not to what’s been said to you, Wouldn’t you know we’re riding on the Marrakesh express?” (GN ’68) 

Fresh crisp air, sunny slopes, and great snow will sweep the cobwebs, a solid bet. Our base has been building to mid winter conditions with some big nights of making snow this past week. Moguls are available on Chute and Yodeler and the terrain parks have had extensive rebuilds this week. Foxfire saw two good days of snowmaking and Jim has been out shaping and setting features there and will finish up Friday morning. Moon Shadow park consists of all snow features that were built for a Boardercross contest and have been modified and now are open daily for all riders and skiers. Check it out!

Grooming crews are busy each night moving snow, leveling snow mounds, and tilling up a fresh corduroy surface each morning. We are still light on natural snow so our glades remain closed, With the hype around the big storm this weekend we might get enough snow to get the glades...stay tuned. 

All lifts are operating on the regular schedule along with the Mountain Coaster and our Tubing Park open Thursdays through Sundays. The Tubing Park has the little tubers hill for guests too small to ride the tows. Little Tubers are free, we just ask that an adult be with the little ones out there. Birthday party bookings at the Tubing Park are available for $20 per person including tubing, pizza or a hot dog and use of the party room. Cleveland Metro will be racing with us on Saturday on Cindy’s slope and USASA and NFSC will be racing on Edelweiss Saturday and Sunday. It is a great time to hit the slopes, we’ll see you out there.  

Mountain Updates Feb. 1, 2013

Steve Crowley - Friday, February 01, 2013


  “ bye bye, you better keep in touch, I think your ears hear a whole lot of music, And like me you’ve heard a bit too much,  Too much of anything, is too much for me, Too much of everything gets too much for me, I think these hands have felt a lot, I don’t know what have I touched?  I think these eyes have seen a lot, I don’t know, maybe they’ve seen too much” (TW ’71) 

We’ve seen it all, is the saying this week with warm weather and thunder earlier in the week and now ohhh yea lake effect snow!! We have a good foot of new snow and good snowmaking temperatures going into the weekend. Some of the eastern edges of the slopes are thin now but will improve as we get more natural snow. Snowmaking will operate Friday into Saturday morning then stop during skiing/riding hours both Saturday and Sunday. All lifts will be open and the cross country trails are packed up top and the lower (golf course) trail. We’ll plan to winch the Wall headwall Saturday morning and hope to have it open for the weekend.  The Tubing Park and Mountain Coaster are open as well and conditions are improving daily. Moon Shadow is groomed up as a terrain park with several berms and rollers Snoozer park has features buillt and rails set for a competition there on Saturday morning. After the competition Snoozer will be open to the public. Foxfire park is open and has been rebuilt along with the Rail Park at the bottom of Mardi Gras. There's a competition mogul event on the Chute on Sunday but we also have moguls on Yodeler east side. Great weather ahead so come on out and enjoy.