Holiday Valley Opening Day 2020-21
At 9AM on December 10th, Holiday Valley officially opened for the 2020-21 ski and snowboard season.
Before we go into details on what a great day it was, let’s take a moment to think about that last sentence. Given just how much uncertainty and turmoil exists in the country, the fact that ski resorts are able to be deemed “essential” is really fantastic. Aside from the large number of people in the area that Holiday Valley employs, the slopes provide a refuge for a tremendous amount of people. So props to the Valley for putting a plan together that allowed the resort to open for the winter.
Sure, there will be things that are different. Dining options will be limited, group lesson sizes will be smaller (a good thing for anyone looking to learn) and less people will be allowed in the lodges on peak days. You’ll probably be booting up in the parking lot. Yeah, things are going to be different.
But you know what won’t be different? That feeling you get when you set an edge into some freshly groomed corduroy and make a perfect turn. Or the way the cold winter air invigorates you as you’re sitting on the Mardi Gras High Speed Quad. Or the YES feeling you get conquering that new trick. Those things, those fundamental feelings that draw us to the great outdoors, aren’t going to change. So in this year where things have been anything but normal, being able see chairlifts spinning and watch people make turns and slide on snow was very much needed.
With a line-up of about 40 people waiting for the first chair, both die-hards and beginners were raring to kick the season off in style. There was a lot of YEETS (s/out Jason Klein) and air high 5s. While this year has been anything but normal, it was refreshing to see Ellicottville legend Mikey P score his (10th? 12th?) first chair.
Four lifts were open, which gave riders access to six trails. As the cold weather continues and Holiday Valley’s amazing snowmaking crew (#ThankASnowmaker) is able to put in more work throughout the resort, more terrain will open. But for right now, this was a great start to build off of.
“Opening day at the Valley is always such a good time,” said Dash Hegeman of The Boardroom. “This is the first one I’ve been to since being back from Taos (New Mexico) and the energy was just as I remember it. Even with Mother Nature not totally cooperating with us to start the season, the enthusiasm that you saw from people out there today is why we all do this year after year.”
As a reminder, Holiday Valley is now open seven days a week from 9AM to 9PM Monday through Wednesday, 9AM to 10PM Thursday and Friday and 8:30AM to 10PM on Saturday and Sunday.