Family Friendly Resort in Ellicottville, NY
(Winter 2012-13) Sharing a day or two of fun and excitement on the slopes at Holiday Valley, away from the commitments and distractions of everyday life brings families together in a way nothing else can. Holiday Valley, New York’s most popular ski resort, is located in Ellicottville just an hour south of Buffalo. Year after year, Holiday Valley has reinvested in the slopes, the snowmaking, the grooming and the facilities. SKI Magazine readers consistently rate Holiday Valley among the top resorts of the East. A large variety of terrain, state of the art snowmaking and grooming technology, ski-in and ski-out lodging and the fun-loving ski town of Ellicottville combine to create a true destination resort.
The resort’s 58 slopes and 13 lifts are spread over 4 different mountain faces on 1400 acres with pockets of interesting terrain hidden throughout. Holiday Valley’s lift system includes10 family-friendly quad chairs including 3 high speed quads and 4 terrain parks
The comfort and convenience of the new Tamarack Club, the award-winning Inn at Holiday Valley and the many slope side and nearby condominiums and townhouses beckon skiers to stay and play. The indoor/outdoor heated pools make the Inn at Holiday Valley and the Tamarack Club especially popular with families. Slope side condominiums are a great choice for families who want extra living space and the convenience of a kitchen. Weekday lift and lodging packages include free lift tickets for up to 2 children, ages 17 and under.
The spectacular new Tamarack Club condominium-hotel opened in December, 2009. This slopeside 79 unit facility is packed with four star amenities including an indoor/outdoor heated pool, 2 outdoor hot tubs, a day spa, a restaurant, game room, bell service and underground parking. Purchasers can choose whole ownership or one-fifth fractional shares. Many of the condominiums have a “lockout” feature so that an owner can stay in a portion of his unit and rent an efficiency unit at the same time, or an owner may opt to rent his entire unit. The lively John Harvard’s Brew House and the full service Falling Waters Spa located in the Tamarack are open to the public daily.
At the resort, skiers and riders have their choice of three base lodges, which house three cafeterias, four bars and two coffee bars. Area services include Day Care, equipment rentals, apparel and accessory shops, and Snowsports Schools for children and adults. Holiday Valley instructors are trained to teach with an understanding of what it takes to help students learn new skills while having fun. Mountain Adventures is a very popular program that teaches children as young as 3 years old to age 12. Lessons can be combined with Day Care for the younger children. The Sky High Mountain Coaster was installed for the 2011-12 season. Its a twisty-turny ride down through the woods in a car where the rider can control the speed.
The Holiday Valley Tubing Company, located just 4 miles from the resort, is open Thursday through Sunday featuring two handle tows, ten 900 foot long tubing lanes and a warming hut with a snack bar and a game room. Holiday Valley offers a free shuttle from the resort to the Park. For the little ones under 7 years and 42 inches tall, there's a free Li’l tubers area, weather permitting.
The Village of Ellicottville, just one mile from the slopes, is well known for its fine selection of restaurants, interesting shops, galleries and spas, plus an infamous nightlife. The Village offers many dining options - all casual - ranging from pizza parlors to upscale bistros. There are several unique shops and boutiques for browsing art, antiques and collectables plus home furnishings, outdoor clothing, bikes, skis, snowboards and toys. Options for Village lodging include charming Bed and Breakfast Inns, a hotel and quaint ski lodges.
Come find out why nearby Holiday Valley and Ellicottville are among this region’s favorite travel destinations. For information on any of Holiday Valley’s packages or events, call 1-800-323-0020 or visit www.holidayvalley.com.