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Snow Report February 9, 2016 9:12 PM

27° Light Snow
Snow Fall
Past 24 Hours
Past 48 Hours
0 in.
Past 72 Hours
0 in.
Season Total
71 in.
Base Depth
16 - 41 in.
Primary Surface
Machine Groomed
Lifts Open
12 Lifts
Trails Open
44 Trails

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Summer Chairlift Rides

Holiday Valley Summer Ski Lift Rides

Holiday Valley is pleased to offer “foot passenger chair lift service” to our groups. The Mardi Gras, Yodeler and Spruce Lake lifts are available. There are a number of important aspects that should be considered when planning use of this service.


Outside elements and weather are constantly changing and can impact the successful use of a chair lift.

 1. Lifts operate under NYS regulations for foot passenger speed. While this speed is slower than winter operation, it requires the individual to have good balance, adequate strength and motor skills in order to access, load and exit the chairlift. Ramps at the top and bottom of the chair are in mountainous terrain. They are uneven and require attention and vigilance by the rider.

 2. Individuals must familiarize themselves with safe chairlift operation and be safety conscious. The chairlift travels many feet above the ground. Individuals sensitive to heights may choose not to ride.


All lift passengers should wear durable shoes that provide support and adequate protection from irregular ground, including mud and wet grass. Elevated platform shoes or high heels are discouraged.


Mountain conditions can change dramatically and quickly. In particular, thunderstorm cells can take a blue sky day and turn it into a violent and dangerous condition in minutes. Rain and wet weather is primarily an inconvenience, but creates slippery footing. The lightning associated with a thunderstorm mandates that chairlifts cease operation as soon as passengers can be safely evacuated. A chairlift cannot be restarted until the lightning associated with a thunderstorm is sufficiently far enough away. Final determination of whether a lift will be operated for a group is at the discretion of Holiday Valley Resort and the operating personnel


Individuals are allowed to ride around the bullwheel at the top of the lift or exit, dependent on the selected activity. The lifts must be run at slow speed to qualify for foot passenger traffic. The following speeds and times apply:

Lift Load Speed Ride Time

Mardi Gras  1.4 mph 9 min
Yodeler 2.3 mph 8.5 min
Sunrise 2.3 mph 10 min
Spruce Lake 2.3 mph 11 min


The downhill carrying capacity is rated for two people on every other chair on Sunrise, Yodeler and Spruce and 4 people in every other chair on Mardi Gras and Tannenbaum.

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Everyone Loves Ellicottville!
Everyone Loves Ellicottville!

The Village, although it is only 1 square mile, is full of fun, activities, shops, restaurants and history to please folks of all ages and interests.

Stroll down the main streets and you'll find a genuinely friendly place. Soak up the down-to-earth hospitality and discover a unique collection of fine restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops, a microbrewery and intriguing galleries. Ellicottville's 19th century charm is lovingly preserved in its homes and historic buildings that sit on quiet tree lined streets.

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Kicksled Rentals
Kicksled Rentals

A fun activity the whole family can enjoy on the packed trails along the bottom of the slopes. Rentals available at the Tamarack Front Desk, $10 per hour.


Tubing is all the fun of old fashioned sledding, but even better with night lights, a warming hut, a bonfire, a skating rink and best of all...a ride back up the hill! There’s 2 tows and over 20 lanes including 3 group lanes. The Tubing Park is on Rt. 242 and Bryant Hill Road, 3 miles east of Ellicottville. We're open Thursday and Friday nights, plus days and nights on weekends and holidays. Join in the FUN of winter at the Holiday Valley Tubing Company in Ellicottville!