Holiday Valley, New York

Cozy village, lively scene, plenty of soul.
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Resort Guide 2018: East #16

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“Holiday Valley maximizes its minimal amount of vertical to give a big-mountain experience with what they have. Lift service is excellent, the lodges are beautiful, and the mountain dining options are delicious.” - SKI Magazine Reader

#4: Holiday Valley, N.Y. (2010)

Loyal Holiday Valley skiers are proud of their home hill, and by any standard, the charms of Ellicottville are obvious: real snow (thank you, lake effect), cozy village, lively scene, plenty of soul. “Best ski town east of the Rockies,” asserts one reader. “Great small-town feel,” adds another. All the busy bars and restaurants add up to “awesome après scene” and a great dining. 

In general, “they do a lot with their 750 vertical feet,” says one reader. “They work hard and keep making improvements,” adds another. Crowds can be a problem. So can the limits of geography. “Need more hill,” one reader admits. But the charms of Ellicottville and the fun, laid-back atmosphere of the mountain—“friendliest mountain staff in the industry”—seal the deal for skiers of Western New York and beyond. Just goes to show, the quality of a ski experience can’t always be measured in vertical feet.

What’s New 

The $40 million Tamarack Club, scheduled to open in December with 79 condo units, spa, restaurant/bar, indoor/outdoor pool and hot tubs

Don’t Miss 

A spin through Mud, Sweat & Gears, one of the nation’s better managed and more soulful ski and bike shops

Mandatory Run 

Happy Glade, a low-angle stand of CCC-planted Norwegian spruces