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Ski slopes readying new equipment, features

ELLICOTTVILLE – Holiday Valley and HoliMont ski resorts have been busy over the summer, investing millions of dollars in new features and equipment to lure more people.

At Holiday Valley, a $3.1 million investment looks to make a better surface for skiers and boarders as well as help those new to snow sports learn in a fun environment, according to marketing director Jane Eshbaugh.

Riglet Park will be built at the base of the School Haus beginner’s slope to teach new skiers and riders fundamentals on a flatter surface that gives them more control, Eshbaugh said. Some lessons could include leashes attached to the front of the board or skis, according to Eshbaugh.

For novice boarders a bit leery of hitting the terrain park to try full-scale tricks, a new, terrain-based learning park also will open to develop skills such as stopping, gliding and turning.

“You’ll feel like a rider from the beginning,” Eshbaugh said.

The addition of new automated snow guns on the Edelweiss, Sunrise, Cindy’s Run and Foxfire slopes will help the resort produce snow more quickly when temperatures drop to about 28 degrees, and the purchase of a new grooming machine will create a better surface, Eshbaugh said.

Holiday Valley also added new climbing and crossing stations to its Sky High Adventure Park this year, making the climbing and zip line adventure more of an adrenaline rush, Eshbaugh said.

The Inn at Holiday Valley has received a makeover as well, Eshbaugh said, capping an expansion that begin in 2012.

Weather permitting, Eshbaugh said, the slopes are planned to open Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving, as has become tradition.

The slopes on the other side of the valley, at HoliMont, have seen improvements over the summer as well, according to marketing director Dash Hegeman.

Entering its 51st season, the largest private ski area in North America has invested $3 million in the WestMont Ridge expansion project. That investment has created roads and installed electric, sewer and other utilities in the ski in/out development community.

WestMont Ridge is a development of 31 single-family, residential lots with mountain views, park and pipe terrain with lighted, nighttime hours, access to a day lodge with dining and other member services and parking. The final project is expected to be a $22 million investment.

HoliMont also has rebuilt the men’s and women’s bathrooms at the main chalet, and a rustic warming lodge about midway up the mountain is nearing completion.

The Meadow lift also has been rebuilt and painted to better match the Exhibition Express high-speed detachable quad lift that was installed last year.

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