Cross Country Skiiing
If you're a skier, cross country skills will be a snap, although you'll use a lot more muscle power than you're used to! The cross country trails are along the top ridgeline of Holiday Valley and around the golf course at the bottom of the mountain and are generally packed by snowmobile. The trails on top are open until 3:00 PM. You can buy a 2-ride cross country ticket for the Mardi Gras lift for $12. You can either ride the Mardi Gras chair back down, or ski down one of the easier trails (Tannenbaum or Explorer/Day's End recommended). The trails along the golf course at the base of the mountain are open during daylight hours, but be sure to stay away from the ponds that are used for snowmaking. (they're marked with a rope) Cross country rental skis, boots and poles are $18 per day.
Adventurous and experienced cross country skiers can make use of the miles and miles of mountain bike trails located in the state forest bordering Holiday Valley. These trails are not patrolled or maintained, so take all precautions of a responsible back country skier.
The Art Roscoe trails in nearby Allegany State Park provide 20+ miles of pristine double tracked classical trails through the forest. Use of the trails is free and the trails are maintained by Allegany Nordic.