Holiday Valley in Ellicottville
The Perfect Family Winter Getaway
Ellicottville, New York, October 28, 2013. . . Snuggled in the Allegany Mountains, just an hour south of the Peace Bridge and Buffalo, New York is the family-friendly resort of Holiday Valley in the cozy Village of Ellicottville. Sharing a few days on the slopes, away from the commitments and distractions of everyday life brings families together in a way nothing else can. At Holiday Valley, families can enjoy slope side lodging, an interesting variety of terrain, legendary snow, and fun places to eat, shop and play.
The resort’s 58 slopes and 13 lifts are spread over four different mountain faces on 1,400 acres with pockets of interesting terrain hidden throughout. Happy Glade, one of four glades at Holiday Valley, is a kids’ delight with a gentle pitch and tightly packed evergreens that leads to a secret fort in the woods. Kid-size moguls, just perfect for learning to ski bumps, can be found on the moderately pitched Morning Star Slope. The Burton Riglet Park at the Outpost is a down-sized rail and snow park that gives kids (and parents) a place to learn how to ride and slide on non-intimidating terrain and features that are shorter and low to the ground. The Sky High Mountain Coaster is a thrilling ride down the mountain through the trees. Holiday Valley’s efficient lift system includes 11 family-friendly quad chairs (three of which are high speed), a handle tow and a magic carpet.
Holiday Valley’s Mountain Adventures Children’s Snowsports School is the perfect place for kids as young as three to learn or improve skiing or snowboarding skills. Day Care, which can be combined with lessons, operates daily. And after a full day on the slopes, families love the Holiday Valley Tubing Park with 20 groomed lanes and 2 tows, a warming hut, a skating rink and a huge bonfire pit. For the little ones under 7 years and 42 inches tall, there’s a free Li’l Tubers area, weather permitting.
The Tamarack Club and the Inn at Holiday Valley both offer ski-in, ski-out access, indoor/outdoor heated pools, hot tubs and saunas. The Tamarack Club is just steps from the Day Care center and the Children’s Snowsports School. Slope side condominiums from Holiday Valley Property Management are a great choice for families who want extra living space, additional bedrooms and the convenience of a kitchen.
Weekday lift and lodging packages include free lift tickets for up to two children, ages 17 and under. The Inn at Holiday Valley offers a Two Night Midweek Package – that includes two nights’ accommodations in a Resort View Room and lift tickets for two adults PLUS two children, age 17 and younger. The lift tickets are valid from 3:00 p.m. on arrival day through 4:30 p.m. of departure day. Guests of the Inn at Holiday Valley enjoy the convenience of private ski lockers just outside your room door, ski-in ski-out access via the Sunrise Chairlift, continental buffet breakfast served daily from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. and access to the heated indoor-outdoor pool and outdoor hot tub. Packages at the Inn start at $276.50 per night based on double adult occupancy with a two night minimum stay.
Don’t forget, a family vacation is for moms and dads too. The full service Falling Waters Spa is located in the Tamarack Club, as is the lively John Harvard’s Brew House where over 20 craft beers are on tap. Shopping is delightful in the welcoming Village of Ellicottville with several boutiques, antiques, galleries and restaurants.
Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville is on the web at www.holidayvalley.com.
Ellicottville is located on Route 219, just 50 miles (90 kms) south of Buffalo and less than three hours from Toronto.
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