Ellicottville Skiing is some of the best in the East

Holiday Valley

Holiday Valley

Holiday Valley is an awesome family ski hill close to Toronto, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.  It has 60 runs in total.  In addition, 39 of them are lit for night skiing.  That means you can ski the night away as well as the day.  The vertical might no be mighty, but it is still a respectable 750 feet which puts it in the same league as Blue Mountain in Collingwood.

The lift system is stellar.  As a result, lift lines are rare.  Even in busy times, it is rare to wait too long and, most importantly, when you do get on, you’re whisked to the top.  The investment in the lift system is also matched by snowmaking.  Ellicottville is famous for it’s lake effect snow, but even when Mother Nature doesn’t co-operate, the vast snow making infrastructure has you (and the mountain) covered!

Holiday Valley is open to the public 7 days a week.  The target for opening day is always the day after Thanksgiving and then runs as late as possible.


Holiday Valley – Best in the East

Holiday Valley keeps racking up the top 10 finishes in Ski Magazine’s Top 10 resorts as judged by their readers.  In 2019, for the 2020 season, Holiday Valley just snuck in to the top 10.  However, it didn’t stop Ski Magazine from gushing about Ellicottville‘s favorite public ski hill:

“What a great, small Eastern ski operation. Massive snowmaking with the commitment to cover the slopes with deep snow, even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Outstanding grooming that makes the most of the snow that nature and the snowmaking crew provide. Top-quality lifts along with good crowd control on weekends to keep lines manageable. And the town of Ellicottville? What a dining and après jewel tucked into the forested hills of western N.Y.”

In 2020 Holiday Valley scored even better.  For the 2021 season, Holiday Valley is ranked the 6th best ski resort in the East.  Moreover, it ranked number 1 for both Après and Nightlife (apparently those are two different categories!) and number 1 for lift infrastructure. In addition to that, it scored 2nd for dining, 3rd for Local Flavor and 4th for  Charm.  Holiday Valley’s Lodging was ranked 3rd and that’s likely to get better once the chalets at 42 Degrees North are completed!

Here is what Ski Magazine had to say in 2020:

“If Holiday Valley skiers are not careful, always crowing about how great they’ve got it out there in way-Western New York, their beloved slopes might soon be overrun with Vermonters and Coloradans come to see what the fuss is about.”

Holiday Valley Real Estate

Finally, let’s not forget that Holiday Valley is just 5 minutes from 42 Degrees North.  The newest and most exciting addition to the Ellicottville Real Estate scene.

Holiday Valley Mountain Stats

Average Annual Snowfall

180 inches

Snowmaking Coverage


Number of Automated Snowguns


Total Number of Snowguns


Vertical Drop

750 feet

Base Elevation

1500 feet

Summit Elevation 


Total Acreage

1400 acres

Skiable Acreage

290 acres

Number of Day Trails


Number of Night Trails


Total Uphil Skier Capacity

23,850 people per hour

Total Lifts


High Speed Quad Chairs


Fixed Grip Quad Chairs


Double Chairs


Surface Lifts