Updated: Mar 3, 2020
East coast skiing tends to get a bad reputation for smaller mountains and little snow fall, but I am here to convert you to the East Coast fan club. The Beast Coast blog post series will rank ski areas on the East Coast based on number of resorts, overall rating, expense and town atmosphere. If you're looking to ski for a weekend or invest in a really awesome week, the East coast has something for every type of skier. This week I'll be analyzing the skiing in Western, New York and rank the ski areas accordingly.
Resorts: 2 Overall Rating: 8.7/10 Expense: 4/10 Town Life: 9/10
HoliMont and Holiday Valley are two resorts located in this small New York ski town. The town of Ellicottville features a bunch of cute restaurants and local shops that offer a variety of fun activities whether it may be shopping or a surprisingly vivacious night life. There are plenty of things to do in town for families, couples, or college students after the ski day is over.
Overview of Resorts:
HoliMont is one of the very view private ski areas in the whole country. The mountain has 55 tremendous trails and 8 ski lifts. This club is also home to amazing race and freestyle programs that have had athletes compete After working there for four years I can confidently say that the atmosphere is unlike any other. The people are extremely friendly and the grooming is always amazing. Don't worry if you're not a member because HoliMont offers normal access to the public Monday through Friday. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to ski here.
Features: Dina's Catering in the main lodge. 10/10 mountain food after a long day of leg burning turns. The mountain does not offer night skiing but it is hardly ever crowded during the week, giving you optimal room on the slopes. HoliMont also features an amazing terrain park designed by the legendary, Chris Perks.
Holiday Valley is the larger of the two resorts and is open to the public seven days a week with night skiing being a huge attraction. There are also discounted ticket rates for half days, night skiing, weekend long passes, and lower prices for college students. With over 60 hills and high speed lifts, there is a ton of terrain for skiers of all experience levels. The resort also features three lodges with various food and bar options whether you need a quick coffee boost or an aprés ski beer. (for those of age of course).
Features: At Holiday Valley, there are several terrain park options, weekly Nastar Races open to the public, various events and lots of parking. This is a great option for large groups of skiers and beginners because there is so much terrain to cover. One aspect that I really enjoy is the energy of Mardi Gras weekend, complete with raffles, outdoor live music, and a great atmosphere for families and young adults.