Fine Lifestyles
Winter Weather Means Family Fun By Dylan Yépez  A quick three-hour drive from Cleveland brings you to Ellicottville, a lively ski town in western New York, home to Holiday Valley Resort. Holiday Valley, New York’s most popular ski resort, began as four slopes and a T-bar 60 years ago. It since has evolved into a full-service winter getaway which includes 58 slopes and trails and spans four mountain faces. Over the last 22 years the resort has reinvested over $126 million in improvements, making it a year-round recreation destination. Readers of SKI Magazine recently ranked Holiday Valley the third best resort in eastern North America. But Holiday Valley is much more than a ski resort — it’s a fun and relaxing escape with activities for the whole family. Ellicottville is a small, family-oriented village where you can take a break from urban distractions and work. “The nice thing out here is that you actually can spend time with your family,” says Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director for Holiday Valley. From ski rentals and lessons to first-class lodging and slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, Holiday Valley has everything for your winter getaway. If you plan to bring little ones, there’s no shortage of fun for them. The full-service daycare center runs all week. You can combine daycare services with ski lessons for children as young as three and be assured that they are in qualified and caring hands. Instructors visit the daycare center to get the children clothed in their ski outfits, take them to their lessons, and bring them back to the daycare afterward. “It’s a wonderful service, and the kids have fun and make friends,” Jane says. “They have their lesson and then go back in and play with their new friends.” Small snowboarders will love the Riglet Park. Sponsored by Burton, the park provides teaching terrain for young riders, who receive one-on-one training from Holiday Valley’s experienced snowboarding instructors. “They have a great time, and they learn the skills through experience,” Jane explains. “It’s a very exciting and fun way to learn.” Holiday Valley also has plenty of fun and challenging runs for more experienced skiers and snowboarders. The resort offers 23 black diamonds, as well as a nearly vertical double black diamond, the Wall. The woods also are open for skiing and snowboarding, if you’re looking for an extra challenge. Holiday Valley is excited to announce $2 million in resort improvements for the 2016-17 season. As a result, additional snowmaking guns have been installed on several slopes for better snow coverage. Holiday Valley has automated a large portion of their snowmaking system which increases efficiency and energy savings by adjusting automatically for air temperature and humidity, while providing the best quality manmade snow. The Holiday Valley Realty and Rental Management office has been relocated to a new building at the base of the Holiday Valley Road. The popular Ellicottville Oasis Spa has moved to the Tamarack Club at Holiday Valley. The whole family will enjoy tubing at the Holiday Valley Tubing Company, located just four miles away from the resort, with a free shuttle running every hour. They can warm up at the outdoor bonfire pit, as well. “Tubing is a great family activity because it requires no skill or athletic ability,” Jane says. “It’s just fun!” After a day on the slopes, parents can unwind in the Oasis Spa, conveniently located in the Tamarack Club. The full-service spa offers a variety of massages as well as the gamut of other essential spa services. The Inn at Holiday Valley is a popular lodging choice for families visiting Holiday Valley. The Inn and the Tamarack Club provide ski-in/ski-out lodging with heated indoor-outdoor pools, outdoor hot tubs, saunas, Wi-Fi, private conference rooms, and numerous other amenities. For those interested in making Holiday Valley their second home, Holiday Valley Real Estate has stunning properties for sale on the slopes, nearby, and in the village of Ellicottville. When you aren’t using that vacation property, the agency will help you lease to other families, managing the listing of your rental and arranging for the after-lease housekeeping. Holiday Valley is located just three hours from Cleveland, at 6557 Holiday Valley Road in Ellicottville, New York. Call 716.699.2345 or email with any questions, and visit for photos, videos, maps, and a variety of other information about the resort. “Like” Holiday Valley Resort on Facebook, and follow @holidayvalley on Twitter for frequent updates. Holiday Valley 6557 Holiday Valley Road Ellicottville, NY 716.699.2345 


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