Two New Detachables Coming to Holiday Valley Resort

Western New York’s Holiday Valley will build high speed lifts each of the next two years on the heels of $2.9 million worth of investments in 2020.  Next summer, a realigned high speed quad will replace the Yodeler fixed grip quad and the mountain’s first six place chairlift will follow in 2022.  The second project will replace the Mardi Gras Xpress, a key out-of-base workhorse constructed in 1996.

Holiday Valley is privately owned by a small group of shareholders.  “We have a long range plan and are able to continue moving forward on resort projects,” noted General Manager Dennis Eshbaugh in a statement.  “We are thinking positive about the future and we hope that by continuing to invest in this community, it will help stimulate the economy and instill confidence in others to follow suit.”

No manufacturer was announced for the new lifts.  Holiday Valley currently operates a high capacity fleet of eleven quads from the Doppelmayr and CTEC families.


11 thoughts on “Two New Detachables Coming to Holiday Valley Resort

  1. Dexter August 19, 2020 / 10:03 am

    For what is relatively speaking, a small resort, Holiday Valley’s ability to keep investing and upgrading the resort is impressive.


    • Gavin August 19, 2020 / 3:37 pm

      That’s true, for it’s not as well known as places like Whiteface or Hunter in the state, but seems to be doing quite well. Peter still doesn’t have pictures of it, after all.


  2. mzg August 19, 2020 / 1:09 pm

    Is the old Mardi Gras HSQ being relocated or retired?


  3. David August 19, 2020 / 5:42 pm

    Seems like one of the best ski areas in terms of snowfall for population in the greater Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Toronto areas.

    It’s not Vermont or even Whiteface but you’re in one of the population areas, this is the best option within a 3 hour drive.


  4. DJH August 31, 2020 / 7:49 pm

    Love HV. Such a great resort, tons of snow, well taken care of, and mostly high speed lifts. You can’t even get this many miles in skiing out west. Also, ellicottville is the perfect little ski town.


  5. Willard Ozanne October 7, 2020 / 8:32 am

    I am a local to holiday valley and holimont and have family that ski patrols there. They most likely will go with Doppelmayr/graventa just like all their past lifts and install the lifts themselves. And as to weather they will repurpose mardigras HSQ stations I don’t know for sure, but they stations are quit long in comparison to Tannenbaum or Morning Star express and yodeler quad has little space at the base area. I just couldn’t see it fitting unless they did a lot of excavation and drainage work to create more space.


    • Scott July 3, 2021 / 6:19 am

      They could easily repurpose it for Cindy’s.


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