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Slopes at Holiday Valley to open Black Friday

Call it White Friday at Holiday Valley.

The Ellicottville ski resort announced Wednesday that it will open slopes for the first time this season at 9 a.m. Friday.

Snowmaking operations, and cold weather, worked together to help the resort make snow over 80 acres at the resort over the last two weeks.

Grooming crews have since "frosted the cake" and spread the snow across ski slopes, Dennis Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley's president said.

“Weather permitting, we will be running the Yodeler and Tannenbaum lifts servicing Yodeler slope, Candy Cane, Laurel, Punchbowl and Sugar Plum, Tannenbaum and upper Crystal,” Eshbaugh said. “Traditionally we target the Friday after Thanksgiving to kick off the winter season, and it is great to be able to hit that target this year."

Opening day lift tickets are priced at $50 for any 8 hours.


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