ELLICOTTVILLE, N.Y. — Holiday Valley fired up the snow-making machines Friday in preparation for another ski season.
The resort aimed to start making snow November 15th, but took advantage of the cold snap and started a few days early. A few inches of natural snow fell overnight Thursday into Friday morning.
Holiday Valley fired up about 150 of its 700 snow-making machines.
The target opening day is the day after Thanksgiving, weather permitting.
Jane Eshbaugh, director of marketing, said it takes about 48 to 72 hours of snow making to open a slope. Despite the bitter cold temperatures, the ground is still warm and that is melting some of the snow. Eshbaugh said they are concentrating on the core slopes right now, then they will build of the rest of the slopes.
There are two new trails for a total of 60 — one for each of the years Holiday Valley has been open.
The resort has new grooming machines and a rebuilt warming hut at the top of the hill. Holiday Valley also spent $750,000 for automated snow-making machines on five slopes.