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Visit Holiday Valley Ellicotville, NY Region:

Welcome to Summer at Holiday Valley

Summer at Holiday Valley is a refreshing change of pace. The cool, green hills are a welcome respite from the hot hustle-bustle of the city. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the recreation, festivals and atmosphere of Holiday Valley and Ellicottville in the summer.
Holiday Valley features one of Western New York’s finest golf courses with full fairway water, beautifully manicured greens and breathtaking scenery from every hole. The 18 hole, par 72 course winds around ponds and through the trees at the base of the ski slopes.
At the Clubhouse Chalet you’ll enjoy the Cabana Bar on the deck of the three pool complex (open during summer months only). The Hearth Restaurant has a great view of the golf course and is open for lunches and dinners. McCarty Cafe serves Starbucks Coffee and hearty golfer's lunches at the turn.
The exquisite Inn at Holiday Valley is located in the middle of the golf course and features an indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness room and massage therapy. Holiday Valley Rental Management represents over 200 course-side and nearby condominiums, townhouses and Village homes. Both the Inn and our rental homes offer exclusive golf and lodging packages.
All of Holiday Valley's trails are open to hiking and mountain biking, except those that cross the golf course. The mountain bike trails connect to NYS Forest land where there are many miles of logging roads and single track maintained by WNYMBA.
The golf course is open, weather permitting, from early April through the end of October. The pools are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The mountain bike trails are always open, depending on your appetite for mud!

Holiday Valley is the Little Hill that Could. Despite being vertically challenged (750 feet), it chugs along day and night. Last season, 526,000 sliders visited, making it the most popular ski area in New York and putting it in the Top Five in the East. There’s little terrain that will make you nervous, but Holiday serves up plenty of breadth. The resort’s 53 trails (37 lit for nightskiing) and 12 well-placed lifts are spread over five terrain pods that stretch across the valley floor. Despite their popularity, Holiday Valley and the town of Ellicottville retain much of skiing’s disappearing sense of community. Several multigenerational ski clubs are based here, lending a feeling of extended family. It’s not uncommon for kids to be allowed to roam the hill independently. Skiers pour in on weekends, “when it’s real busy.” But there’s also a sense of genuine caring. While Holiday scores high in On-Mountain Food, it also welcomes its guests to spread out homemade picnic lunches in all its lodges, even the splendid Tannenbaum Lodge, where “crockpotting” is an honored tradition. But one of the best aspects of a Holiday holiday is bustling Ellicottville, five minutes away. It’s one of the East’s great unsung, genuine ski towns, with plenty of lodging, dining and nightlife. Great restaurants (Silver Fox, Tip’s Up), bars (Foster’s Pub) and first-rate ski shops (Mud, Sweat & Gears) are packed into a downtown that’s perfect for an afternoon ramble. As one reader sums up, “Holiday Valley ‘gets it.’ There’s nothing wrong with this place that another thousand feet of vertical wouldn’t cure.”—Steve Cohen"

THE LATESTImproved snowmaking and new nightskiing on Fiddler’s Elbow.

THE DEAL Ski Patrol’s hot dog roast at the top of the mountain every weekend. A dog and soda is only $3, and the festive atmosphere can’t be beat.

LOCAL SECRET Wings and Wagner at the Gin Mill in Ellicottville every Wednesday night—so close to Buffalo that the wings are the real deal.

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