Business First of Buffalo - by James Fink
Ski Magazine, in its annual ranking of regional resorts, rated Ellicottville's Holiday Valley fourth overall in the East, trailing only Quebec's Mount Tremblant and two Vermont locales in Smuggler's Notch and Stowe. No other Western New York ski resort made the magazine's Top Ten list.
The fourth-overall ranking is the second highest for Holiday Valley. In a 2004 survey, it rated third overall. Last year, it was the ninth-ranked Eastern North American resort.
Polling was done from readers and subscribers of Ski Magazine. More than 40,000 surveys were sent out following the conclusion of the 2008-2009 ski season.
Holiday Valley has been in the magazine's Top Ten poll for Eastern resorts for the past six years.
"We are very proud to be in the company of the East's finest resorts," said Dennis Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley president.
Various Holiday Valley amenities ranked highly with Ski readers. Its lifts were rated second overall in the East while Apres Ski atmosphere was ranked third and dining came in fourth overall. Family programs also rated fourth while service was ranked sixth, off hill activities was also sixth. The resort's terrain was rated seventh and overall satisfaction was eighth.
Holiday Valley's tallest run peaks at 750 feet. It was the only Eastern resort with less than a 1,500 foot vertical drop.
"What we lack in height, we make up in quality, services and facilities," Eshbaugh said
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