Holiday Valley is a ski resort located in western New York. It boasts a wide variety of terrain, including 13 terrain parks that cater to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The resort receives an average of around 180 inches of snowfall each year, which allows for a long ski season from late November to mid-April. In addition to day skiing, Holiday Valley also offers night skiing on select days during the ski season. The resort is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders from the surrounding region, and is known for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
We recently ranked all of New York's ski resorts, so you can see where Holiday Valley stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Holiday Valley is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes work with Holiday Valley Ski Resort. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Holiday Valley's website.
There are numerous options to stay at Holiday Valley around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Holiday Valley Mountain Resort Terrain Overview
Holiday Valley has a total of 60 ski trails, which are serviced by 13 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Holiday Valley is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 290 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 117 hectares, 0.5 square miles, or 1.2 square kilometers.
Holiday Valley's slopes see on average 180 inches (4.6 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 15 feet every year!
Holiday Valley Ski Resort Elevation
Holiday Valley Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 2,250 feet, or 686 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,500 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 750 feet (229 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Holiday Valley has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.
Holiday Valley Ski Resort Difficulty Level
39.1out of 100
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At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Holiday Valley has 290 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Holiday Valley is a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 37% of its trails as easy. However, it also has a fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 63%.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Holiday Valley Ski Resort good for beginners?
Holiday Valley can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 63% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
Holiday Valley Ski Resort Location
Holiday Valley Ski Resort is located in the state of New York, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Ellicottville, NY.
Ellicottville, NY 14731 USA
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Getting to Holiday Valley Mountain Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Holiday Valley Ski Resort), its coordinates of 42.26000, -78.68000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Ellicottville, NY to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Holiday Valley Ski Resort.
|Buffalo Niagara International Airport||BUF||Buffalo, NY||47 mi|
|Lester B. Pearson International Airport||YYZ||Toronto, ON||109 mi|
|Syracuse Hancock International Airport||SYR||Syracuse, NY||143 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Holiday Valley.
|Bradford Regional Airport||BFD||Bradford, PA||32 mi|
|Niagara Falls International Airport||IAG||Niagara Falls, NY||60 mi|
|DuBois Regional Airport||DUJ||Dubois, PA||76 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Holiday Valley Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Holiday Valley Ski Resort.
|HoliMont||Ellicottville, NY||2,260 ft||43%||2 mi|
|Kissing Bridge||Glenwood, NY||1,750 ft||35%||24 mi|
|Swain||Swain, NY||1,970 ft||38%||44 mi|
|Peek'n Peak||Clymer, NY||1,800 ft||33%||56 mi|
|Bristol Mountain||Canandaigua, NY||2,200 ft||38%||72 mi|
|Sugarloaf||Carrabassett Valley, ME||4,237 ft||67%||74 mi|
|Mount Pleasant of Edinboro||Cambridge Springs, PA||1,540 ft||27%||77 mi|
|Ski Sawmill||Morris, PA||2,215 ft||36%||88 mi|
Holiday Valley Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||2,250 ft|
|Base Elevation||1,500 ft|
|Vertical Drop||750 ft|
(37% Beginner, 27% Intermediate, 36% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||180 inches|