Mountain Facts

Yearly Average Snowfall 180 inches
Snowmaking Coverage 95%
Number of Automated Snowguns 366
Total Number of Snowguns 717
Vertical Rise 750 feet
Base Elevation 1500 feet
Top Elevation  2250
Total Acreage 1400 acres
Skiable Acreage 290 acres
Number of Day Trails 60
Number of Night Trails 39
Total Uphil Skier Capacity 23,850 people per hour
Number of Lifts 13
High Speed Quad Chairs 4
Fixed Grip Quad Chairs 7
Double Chairs 0
Surface Lifts


General Questions

Can we store equipment overnight? 

Yes, in the High Performance Shop in the Holiday Valley Lodge.

Do you offer cross country skiing or snowshoeing? 

Yes, there are packed trails along the golf course at the base of the slopes and along the ridge line. You can ski up one of our easier trails or purchase a 2 ride ticket for $18 to use on Cindy’s, Mardi Gras or Tannenbaum.

What is the best base lodge for beginners?

If you are a first time skier or rider, make the Holiday Valley Lodge your home base because it is near the Creekside Lodge beginner center. The Holiday Valley Lodge is also the location of the equipment rental shop. But if you don't need rental equipment or lessons, drive all the way up the Holiday Valley Road to the Tannenbaum Lodge. There are 2 chairlifts at Tannenbaum that serve family friendly gentle terrain.

Do you offer day lockers? 

Yes, on the ground floor of the Holiday Valley Lodge and the Yodeler Lodge.

Do you offer Mountain Tours? 

Not at this time. 

What dining options are available at Holiday Valley? 

During the spring, summer and fall you can enjoy “comfort food” and a wide selection of craft beers at Edna's at the Tamarack Club, coffee pastries and deli sandwiches at McCarty Café in the Holiday Valley Lodge, poolside service, and snacks and sandwiches at the Tannenbaum Lodge near Sky High Adventure Park. During the winter Holiday Valley also offers cafeterias in all 3 base lodges and the Waffle Hut at the base of Cindy’s lift.

What if I need Ski Patrol? 

Call (716) 699-3935. The patrol rooms are located on the west side of the Mountain Sports Center at the base of Yodeler and on the ground floor of the Resort Services Center at the base of Mardi Gras. 

Where is lost and found?

In the Guest Services Office in the Resort Services Center, open every day during the ski and snowboard season until 10:30 PM.

Where can I have a picnic?

On the mountain there is a warming hut at the top of Cindy's and the top of Ego Alley, plus lean-to's at the top of Maple Leaf, top of Edelweiss and midway down Mistletoe. You can bring a picnic to the top floor of the Tannenbaum Lodge where we have plugs for crock pots. We ask that you bring your picnic into the lodge when you're ready to eat. Please be considerate of other guests and don't save tables. 

How Do I Get to the Village of Ellicottville?

Lyft or Uber is available in the Ellicottville area. Southern Tier Transportation taxi service is available in Ellicottville, 716-375-8294. The taxi is available Monday through Thursday until 9PM and Fridays and Saturdays until 2AM. They are closed on Sundays.

What Sliding Devices are Allowed and Not Allowed at Holiday Valley?

The following represents Holiday Valley’s policy for the use of and restrictions on of various snow sliding devices. The determinations are based on various state and national code requirements, along with Holiday Valley’s operating policies.

Skis, snowboards, snow blades/ ski boards and telemark skis. These devices have full access to all Holiday Valley lifts and slopes, as long as they have metal edges and retention devices.

Cross country and snowshoes. XC skis without metal edges must be equipped with retention devices to use lifts and slopes. Cross country skiers are allowed access to the Tannenbaum, Cindy’s and Mardi Gras quads to access terrain at the top of the mountain and State lands. Skiers may ride down the Mardi Gras, Tannenbaum or Spruce Quad, or may ski down easier designated slopes or walk downhill on the slope edge. Snowshoers may ride up Cindy’s lift only and may download on Mardi Gras, Tannenbaum or Spruce Quad only.

Snow decks and Snow Skates. The original description of a snow deck was a single skateboard-type deck sometimes mounted to a mini snowboard with metal edges and no bindings. Snow skates were miniature skis or skateboard-type decks that affixed to a shoe or boot with a retention strap. Today, there are various crossover versions manufactured and the terms tend to be used interchangeably. These devices may be used on the Creekside quad chair and are classified as foot passenger travel. Snow skate and deck riders may use the terrain between School Haus East and lower Snoozer as long as retention devices are used. An exception will be made for devices that have metal edges and a strap or binding system that affixes at least one foot to the deck; these devices have full access to all Holiday Valley lifts and slopes.

Children. Children are allowed to use small skis without metal edges, provided that the parent or guardian uses a tether or retention harness. It is at the discretion of the parent or guardian at what age to take infants or children on ski lifts.

Kick Sled. This device is similar to a small dog sled and designed to be pushed by the user over a hard packed or groomed snow surface. They are allowed on the golf course cross country terrain and flat milling areas. They are not permitted on ski slopes and may not access the lifts.

Snow Bike. Snow bikes and similar equipment are not allowed on the slopes at Holiday Valley. This policy is based on compliance with applicable state and national regulations as well as safety concerns for both the snow bike rider and others on the slopes. Namely, the Resort is not equipped to transport snow bikes up the lift safely and securely. The inability to secure a snow bike to the lift poses safety risks should the rider drop the bike onto the slope and skiers below or fall out of the chairlift while holding the bike on the ride up.