Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
The cross country trails along the top ridgeline of Holiday Valley and around the golf course at the bottom of the mountain are generally packed by snowmobile and if weather permits the lower trails are trackset. The trails on top are open until 3:00 PM and we recommend intermediate skills. You can buy a 2-ride cross country ticket for the Mardi Gras, Cindy's or Tannenbaum lift for $15. You can either ride the Mardi Gras or Tannenbaum chair back down, or ski down one of the easier trails (Tannenbaum or Explorer/Day's End recommended). The easier trails along the golf course at the base of the mountain are open during daylight hours and we have solar lights for a nighttime ski on the golf course, but be sure to stay away from the ponds that are used for snowmaking. (they're marked with a rope) Cross country rental skis, boots and poles are $20 per day.
Snowshoeing is also available on the lower slopes and on the golf course, just be sure to stay to the side of the cross country tracks. Snowshoes are available to rent from the High Performance Shop for $20 for 8 hours.
Adventurous and experienced cross country skiers can make use of the miles and miles of mountain bike trails located in the state forest bordering Holiday Valley. These trails are not patrolled or maintained, so take all precautions of a responsible back country skier.
The Art Roscoe trails in nearby Allegany State Park provide 20+ miles of pristine double tracked classical trails through the forest. Use of the trails is free and the trails are maintained by Allegany Nordic.