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Holiday Valley To Add Snowguns, 3-D Climbing Forest, More

Holiday Valley Aerial Adventure Park

A $1.3 million re-investment is on tap at Holiday Valley Ski Area in Ellicottville, N.Y. with snowmaking firepower topping the list.


Some 70 new HKD SV-10 snowguns with automation will be installed on Edelweiss, Sunrise, Cindy’s, and Foxfire runs. The automation, resort officials say, makes it possible to make snow in brief periods of cold, and allows for variations in temperature and humidity. 


“It is a priority to continually improve Holiday Valley, not only to keep up with the current technology, but to give our visitors the best experiences possible,” said Holiday Valley President Dennis Eshbaugh.


Further improvements include purchasing a Pisten Bully 600 Active Boom Winch Cat grooming machine. The machine’s hydraulic boom results in better cover for hard-to-reach spots on the mountain. 


Sky High Adventure Park has been expanded with two new courses and a 3-D climbing feature. The “Climbing Forest” is a new feature that is like a 3-D version of a climbing wall. It consists of closely-spaced “tree trunks” with handholds where climbers can choose their route up the 45-foot heights.


The park opened in 2011 and consists of an Aerial Adventure Park and a Mountain Coaster.


Overlook Terrace between the Holiday Valley Lodge and the Tamarack Club will become an outdoor group assembly plaza with seating and a fireplace offering views of the golf course and ski slopes. The day care building that sat on that site has been relocated inside the lodge. The Overlook will become the site for weddings and other social gatherings.


Guest rooms at the Inn at Holiday Valley will be upgraded with new furnishing and landscaping will enhance the plaza deck. The Cabana Bar near the pools and golf shop will be replaced with a new timber beam roof system. It will have open sides in summer, but can be enclosed with glass panels in the winter.


Photo: Holiday Valley Aerial Adventure Park (Holiday Valley) 

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