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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.

Inside Scoop from Mountain Ops Feb 27

Steve Crowley - Thursday, February 27, 2014

    “ I really can’t stay, But baby it’s cold outside, I’ve got to go away, But baby it’s cold outside, This evening has been, Been hoping that you’d drop in, So very nice, I’ll hold your hands, They’re just like ice, My mother will start to worry, Beautiful what’s your hurry? My father will be pacing the floor, listen to the fireplace roar, So really I’d better scurry, Beautiful please don’t hurry….” (FL ’49) 

Ah yeah it’s been a little chilly around here this week but we do have some moderating weather coming in for the weekend. Good news is the snow is outstanding and we have all trails, parks, mogul fields, cross country, tubing hill, and Mountain Coaster open this weekend. I may sound like an old broken record but the conditions can’t be beat. Snowmakers ran the system overnights this week to prepare sculpture piles for our Winter Carnival held March 8th  and 9th. They also were able to get a good run in on the Wall slope and it  is skiing and riding great au natural!

We are hosting NSSRA U14 State champs concluding the weekend with a Slalom race at Edelweiss on Sunday. Pat has put together a “Red Bull 1976 games” event to be held Saturday evening on Moonshadow with a big old Red Bull truck cranking out tunes at the bottom of the boardercross course. It will be a great competition to enter or just slide on by to check out the scene.

We have roaring fireplaces in the lodges to warm up those icy hands and also will be hosting our annual passholder cookout at Mistletoe slope Sunday 11 am. It does appear that March is going to roar in like a lion so winter will, keep on keeping on, come on out and enjoy, check our website for all the details and… I’ll see you on the slopes.

Inside Scoop from Mountain Ops Feb 20

Steve Crowley - Thursday, February 20, 2014

  “Stayed up all night waiting, Thought that you might call, Half the night debating, seems like after all, you had made your mind up , Oh I guess you made your mind up, Darn these strained relations, makes me want to crawl, Top negotiations, feeling two foot small Guess you made your mind up, oh such a shame to wind up…”  (JW’81)  

We are up and waiting for Mother Nature to make her mind up! We saw some liquid precipitation today as the temperatures climbed from the teens this morning to 39F tonight. We have a little more unsettled weather coming in tonight and early Friday morning but by mid day we should see temps falling back down and a wintry weekend ahead.

The snow this morning was firm and fast and softened up by late afternoon. I saw Wiz from Ski Patrol after he swept Falcon this evening he reported it was skiing great even on Tele skis! We have no snowmaking scheduled this weekend but do plan to build stock pile snow next week in the overnights. Grooming crews will be busy the next couple nights working up a good surface. The snow pack is deep and can absorb the precipitation we have seen. We plan to have all slopes and trails open for the weekend. All the cross country trails have been packed down after the natural snows we saw here earlier in the week and they'll be open as well. Our annual Penguin Paddle fundraiser is being held at the base of Yodeler Saturday. Check the website for all the details. You can do a penguin style slide and benefit a great cause. As Wiz said, Falcon is softening up so the moguls there, on Morning Star and the Chute will be skiing and riding great. The Tubing Park is open all weekend with 24 lanes and the Mountain Coaster is operating as well. Check our web site, give Pete a call at 716-699-2644 for daily conditions updates and come on out for good times, great skiing and riding, and meet some new friends. I’ll see you on the slopes!

Inside Scoop from Mt Ops Feb. 13

Steve Crowley - Thursday, February 13, 2014

“What would you think if I sang out of tune, Would you stand up and walk out on me?, Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song, And I’ll try not to sing out of key, Oh I get by with a little help from my friends, Mm I get high with a little help from my friends, Mm going to try with a little help from my friends.. “ (JL &PM 67)

We all enjoy a little help from our friends and no better way to spend time with friends than on Holiday Valley's 58 trails all covered in pearly “White” snow with a few moguls on Chute, Morning Star, and Falcon. “Yesterday” and a couple days before were mighty cold here but the weather has moderated now. So you will need a “Ticket to Ride” this weekend and right through next week as we open the lifts each day at 8:30 for the Presidents day holiday and week. Ski School Snow Sports has lessons available every day and if you are a very beginner “Help” is available at the Creek side lodge so you won’t be “The fool on the Hill” and can link your turns on the way down! Grooming has been hard at work all week and providing an outstanding surface each morning it’s really “Something” to behold, and tonight (Thursday) they will string up the winch cat on the Wall to give her a good grooming for the days ahead it’s going to be a “Hard days night” for those men for sure. Snowmaking is off on a world tour so we won’t have man made snow in the air but do have a little natural snow coming over the weekend good fun in the glades!   Terrain Parks aren’t exactly “Strawberry fields forever” but there will be shades of red and pink out there as we host the Boarding for Breast Cancer fund raiser in the Mardi Gras Rail Park on Saturday check our web site for more details. Pat and his crew have been changing up features in the 42/78 Foxfire park as well slide on over and check it out,

The Tubing Park is open with 24 lanes the ice rink (bring your own skates) little tubers area with shaped lanes and a fun roller, bonfire, hot chocolate, food, and fun out there . The Mountain Coaster up past the Tannenbaum Lodge is open daily to 8pm through Monday and an evening ride in the woods can be your “Magical mystery Tour”.  Have fun, get high on life, “Let it Be”, hit the slopes, I’ll see you out there!