The cold and snowy November weather, combined with Holiday Valley's powerhouse snowmaking system, will allow the resort to open for the 2013-14 winter season Friday.
Five quad chairlifts and a handle tow will operate from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Staffers anticipate 11 or more trails will be open with terrain available for beginners through advanced skiers and snowboarders. The snow base depth is up to 10-25 inches and increasing daily. Six inches of natural snow has fallen since Saturday.
Lift tickets on Friday will be $53 for adults (age 12 and up), $42 for juniors (ages 7-11) and free for those under age 7. This special opening pricing will be available through the weekend. A four-hour ticket is also available on Saturday.
Each year, the resort targets the Friday after Thanksgiving for opening day, meaning all departments are ready to roll, and this year will be right on target. The average opening date is around Dec. 7 or 8. Last year's season did not begin until Dec. 15, due to mild weather.
The recent cold temperatures were ideal for Holiday Valley's automated snowmaking system. This state-of-the-art unit includes 180 high-efficiency HKD Impulse snowguns that are controlled via computer to turn on and off and adjust to temperature and humidity. Automated snowmaking allows the resort to make more snow and better snow using less energy.
The Holiday Valley Lodge will be open, including the equipment rental shop, the Mountainside Grille, the Ullr Bar, McCarty Café, the Mountain Shop, ticket and season pass sales. The snowsports school will offer ski and snowboard lessons daily starting Friday. Night lessons will be available starting Monday, Dec. 2.
Opening day is also is the beginning of the "2 Ski Free" promotion at the Slopeside Inn at Holiday Valley, where each night booked includes two lift tickets. This special runs through Dec. 24.