ELLICOTTVILLE, N.Y. -- Western New York ski resorts suffered from lack of snow last year, but luckily a drop in temperatures this month is allowing them to get a move on starting things up early this season.
Just two days after Thanksgiving, winter sports season has arrived, and Holiday Valley celebrated its opening day on Saturday.
Five slopes and four lifts opened for the weekend, and despite some rain and slush, skiers and snowboarders were happy to be back at it.
"People were amazed how much snow we actually made,” said Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director at Holiday Valley.
Saturday was a family affair. Most of the day’s visitors are season pass holders.
Eshbaugh said the earlier start to the season is encouraging more people to buy season passes since it means they’ll get more bang for their buck.
“That's why we got the season passes this year, because of the way they manage their hills, and it's worth it,” said Gary Gerber, who brought his two kids to ski from Amherst.
"Last year was a really tough year with a shorter season; people didn’t have snow in their backyards. so a lot of people that weren't like diehard skiers didn't come out,” said Eshbaugh.
This year however, they're already buying their season passes.
"The fact that we're opening earlier is definitely much more fun, much more exciting, a great relief to get it going earlier,” Eshbaugh said.
And that makes it more enjoyable for everyone.
Holiday Valley is open this weekend only. It will be closed during the week, and will reopen next weekend depending on the weather. Holiday Valley recommends checking its website and social media to keep track of what says its open.