New York’s Holiday Valley is planning a $3.2 million upgrade this year that include expanded automated snowmaking, a new groomer, a conveyor lift on Slippery Streets, slope work including several “tree trails” for kids and a new shuttle van.
Summer projects at Sky High Adventure Park include a Tarzan swing on Riptide in the Aerial Park, and creation of the Happy Holiday Gem Mining Company.
“As an independent resort we are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish in our 61 year history. Together with this year’s projects we have reinvested over $130 million in the resort over the past 25 years. What this means is better experiences for our visitors throughout the year.” Holiday Valley President Dennis Eshbaugh said in a release.
$250,000 is dedicated to automated snowmaking improvements. Holiday Valley began installing HKD Klix automated snowmaking in 2011 and has been expanding the system each year. Automation has the advantage of quick startups and shut downs, so even if favorable snowmaking temperatures exist for just a couple of hours, the system can make snow efficiently. The Klix system also has weather stations that monitor temperature and humidity so the guns can automatically and individually adjust to changes. The result is a better quantity and quality of snow made with less energy.
The grooming crew will add a new Pisten Bully 100 grooming machine to their fleet of 6 Pisten Bully 600’s. This machine has a smaller blade and tiller for shaping and maintaining terrain park features and other areas that require finer work including shaped snow learning terrain for beginners. The new groomer will also have an attachment for setting one or two cross country tracks on the resort’s 15 km of cross country trails.
Slippery Streets is an integral part of Holiday Valley’s beginner’s terrain and is currently serviced by a handle tow. A new conveyor lift will replace the handle tow and will make the trip up the hill much easier and enjoyable for beginners, especially snowboarders.
They will be cleaning out downed trees and branches in between the slopes this summer for more woods skiing and riding. Creating new “Tree Trails” that wind through the woods will give kids (of all ages) fun adventures off piste.
Plans are being made for a Family Golf and Fun Center for 2019 to include mini-golf, video games, a snack bar and other activities family friendly activities.