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Holiday Valley set to open for the season on Friday

Despite the recent warmer weather, Holiday Valley will be able to open on Friday.

ELLICOTTVILLE, N.Y. — Editor's note: The video above originally aired Nov. 30.

Even though Mother Nature has thrown Holiday Valley some curveballs with the recent warmer weather, the ski resort will be able to open its 64th season on Friday, Dec. 3.

Holiday Valley made the opening official Thursday evening.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with two lifts open: Yodeler and Tannenbaum and approximately five trails. This is slightly down from the four lifts and six trails they planned to have open. Limited services and beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain will be available.

The resort will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Night skiing is expected to start Friday, Dec. 10. 

"We’re especially excited about the new season as it is the Grand Opening of the new Yodeler Express Quad Chairlift," said Holiday Valley's President Dennis Eshbaugh. "This is our fourth high speed quad lift at Holiday Valley, and we are proud to say that it was built by our Holiday Valley Mountain Crew."

The Yodeler Express services all levels of skiers and snowboarders and will be easier for beginners to load and unload. The resort is holding a 'Golden Chair' contest on Facebook to select one lucky person to ride with Eshbaugh and other officials on the first chair ride. The grand opening for lift will take place a 8:45 on Friday.

Holiday Valley was recently ranked second best winter resort in the East for 2022 by readers of SKI magazine, the highest ranking the resort has ever achieved.