Winter is Back at Holiday Valley in a BIG Way
March 2, 2018
Ellicottville, New York, March 2, 2018 . . . March is definitely in like a lion as over 18 inches of snow fell on the slopes of Holiday Valley on Thursday night and Friday morning. This snow came at just the right time, with several events planned throughout the month of March. “There’s just so much snow out there and it just kept coming that we had to groom several of our slopes twice overnight,” commented Steve Crowley, Director of Mountain Operations. Holiday Valley plans to operate 12 lifts on Saturday and Sunday with over 55 slopes on packed powder conditions.
Many exciting events are taking place during March. This Saturday, March 3rd is a new event, the Boardroom Banked Slalom taking place on Independence slope. Snowboarders will navigate down the slope around gates using banked turns that are carved into the snow. According to sponsor, Spencer Timkey of the Boardroom, “This isn’t just a competitive event ... it’s a day to celebrate snowboarding. There are so many kids, young and old, who can really rip, so we’re pretty stoked to see smiles plastered on their faces. Another great thing is that a portion of the proceeds are going to the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program.” Spectators will be able to view the event from lower Champagne and the Yodeler Lodge deck. Registration is at 8AM and the event starts at 10AM.
Saturday is also the date of the NY/PA Freestyle B State Championships in moguls, taking place on Chute at 10:15. Who knows, you might catch the run of a future Olympian at the competition!
The annual Winter Carnival takes place on weekend of March 10th and 11th. This grand event has activities and contests for all ages, skiers, snowboarders and spectators alike. All of the favorite events like the Costume Parade, the Dummy Downhill, the Ski Patrol Pancake Breakfast and the Snowmakers Snowbar will be back, and several new events have been added. Saturday will feature an exhibition Kayak Race on Cindy’s Run, a kid’s Dance Party and Games at the School Haus area, a Cardboard Box Race on Cindy’s and a Bikini/Beer Slalom at Yodeler. Details on all the Carnival events are at www.holidayvalley.com/carnival. The (non) traditional Village Parade will take place on Saturday night at 6:30 on Ellicottville’s main street, led by none other than our hero, the Grand Marshall Punxsutawney Phil!
The final Intense Milk Rail Jam will take place at Yodeler on Saturday, March 17th, St. Paddy’s Day. Green milk for all competitors! The Northwind Super G race on March 18th gives everyone a chance to feel like an Olympian, but on a green/blue level slope. Helmets required, speed suits optional.
And last but not least, the annual Pond Skimming event will be held on Saturday, March 24th. Skiers or snowboarders – many in costumes - ride down lower Yodeler and attempt to cross a pond filled with icy cold water. Hopefully the weather will have turned sunny and warm for those who don’t make it. The Competition starts at 1:00 and categories include Best Skimmer, Best Costume, Best Kid and Best Splash. All participants get a one day pool pass for the Holiday Valley summer pool complex. Music, mini-snowbar with margaritas and beer specials and a barbeque make the event a party!
About Holiday Valley Resort
Holiday Valley is Western New York’s largest year ‘round resort featuring 60 slopes and trails, 13 lifts, 3 base lodges, slope side lodging and dining, conference facilities, an 18 hole golf course, a tree top aerial adventure park, a mountain coaster and a summer pool complex.
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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