Take to the woods on Holiday Valley's Mountain Biking and e-biking trails!
E-Biking at Holiday Valley
Holiday Valley has 8 Rossignol electric assist, or e-bikes, available for rent at Sky High Adventure Park. Prices are $40 for a 2 hour rental or $55 for a 3 hour rental, and $15 for each additional hour with helmets included in the rental price. E-bike riders still have to pedal and the bikes allow them to choose the amount of power they need to zip up the hills and cruise over tough terrain in eco, trail or boost mode settings. Speed is controlled by pedaling, like a regular bike, but it feels really powerful and the bike accelerates easily. That’s the reason everyone from newby to hard core riders end up with a big smile on their face when they try an e-bike. E-bikes are a great way for riders of all abilities to climb and cruise together! Bikes are available for rent when Sky High Adventure Park is open. Fall hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays*, Saturdays and Sundays, with the last 2 hour rental going out at 3 p.m. E-bike riders will receive a trail map showing the designated trails where e-biking is permitted.
*the last Friday of e-bike rentals is October 11. Sky High will operate Saturdays and Sundays October 19-20, 26-27.
Mountain Biking at Holiday Valley
For traditional mountain bikes, the 4-5 mile "race loop" starts at the Holiday Valley Training Center and goes up gradually to the top of Cindy's. From there it goes across the ridge line of the resort where you can choose to ride the wider and more forgiving cross country trails or skinny winding singletrack to the top of Eagle, Cochran Pond at the top of Morning Star, and into the Tannenbaum area.
The flow trail, Senear Valley Trail, runs from Spruce Lake across through the woods to Champagne, then it zigs and zags across the front ski slopes with big banked turns in the woods, and finishes near the Training Center. The average grade is less than 6% so this trail provides a fun and relatively easy way down (or up) the mountain. The trail was designed by WNYMBA, heavy equipment and labor was provided by Holiday Valley and finish work done by WNYMBA volunteers, truly a community effort! Senear Valley was the original name of the valley that now contains Holiday Valley.
Sky High Off Limits
Please note that you may not ride through the Sky High Adventure Park for safety reasons. Signs will direct you to stay high and head towards the Yodeler area and back to the Training Center. For the adventurous, there are plenty of single track trails off the main route. At Eagle or Tannenbaum you can venture out across the logging roads behind the Valley and on to the 35+ miles of WYMBA trails in the State Forest. IMBA has rated the trails around Ellicottville as "Epic" so have at it! It's all pedal power here at Holiday Valley...no lift service, and no charge to use the trails. Please remember these common sense rules...wear a helmet, ride with a friend, bring a map and stay off the golf course and Sky High.
Mountain bike rentals are available at the Tamarack Club. $25 for up to 4 hours or $35 for more than 4 hours. Plus tax. The Mountain bikes are Felt 980's with hydraulic disc brakes. Cruiser bikes are available at the Inn at Holiday Valley for the same rates. Call (716) 699-2345.
An excellent guide to mountain biking in the area has been prepared by WNYMBA. Copies are available at the resort and at the Ellicottville Bike and Bean in Ellicottville for $10. Proceeds benefit WNYMBA and their trail building projects.
Ellicottville Bike Shop. 11 Martha St, Ellicottville, (716) 699-BIKE. Western New York Mountain Biking Association
Fall Festival Mt. Bike Race October 13, 2019. Fun and relaxed race, but definitely muddy. For more info and register go to heartrateup.com.