Holiday Valley Skiing Ends
Ellicottville, NY - From a snowboard run in shorts and a T-shirt
to a "tee - shot" with the still snow covered slopes as a backdrop, it's that transition time at Holiday Valley in Ellicottiville. Plenty of folks were out Sunday to enjoy this season's last day of skiing. That season was actually extended a month beyond last year's mild winter let-down.
Some folks like Frank Miller of Buffalo were thrilled "If you ski here at Holiday Valley regularly you would know that for the last three years prior to this we've been ripped off for spring skiing. So last year would be great evidence of that fact that I was cutting grass on April 4th going 'what just happened ?'. Yeah...laughs...so to be here two weeks later into the third week of April being able to ski...that's great."
Holiday Valley spokeswoman Jane Eshbaugh pointed out that "Our last ride was at 4:30 Sunday on the lift. There were a lot of sad faces but it was great to be here for the last day."
And it was great to be part of this past winter period for some folks like merchants in the village. Some said they saw a 20 to 30 percent boost in business this year. Tom O'Connor of Touch of Ellicottville says "Plenty of snow. Lots of customers and lots of new people. Day trippers and the snow conditions couldn't have been better."
And now what's better than an opening round on the resort's now open front nine and breaking out the barbecue and grill to warm things up. To sum up here's a seasonal regional observation from John Lintner of Williamsville "Where else can you go when you can ski in the morning, play golf in the afternoon, and maybe go for a little sailboat ride by three o'clock in the afternoon. Just a great place to live."