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Holiday Valley announces $3.1 in improvement projects

Holiday Valley President Dennis Eshbaugh has announced plans to reinvest $3.1 million in resort improvements. “It is a priority to continually improve Holiday Valley, not only to keep up with the current technology, but to give our visitors the best experience possible,” Eshbaugh said.

Headlining the projects is the installation of 70 new HKD SV-10 snow guns, with automation, which will be installed on Edelweiss, Sunrise, Cindy’s and Foxfire. The resort installed automated snow-making on six runs, during the past several years. According to Eshbaugh, this automation will increase efficiency and energy savings, while providing man-made snow. With automation, the resort can make snow, in brief periods of cold. It also allows for variations in temperature and humidity.

The resort will purchase a Pistenbully® 600 Active Boom Winch Cat grooming machine, which allows for grooming on steep trail sections. A hydraulic boom will allow the groomer to push and groom snow uphill, off the center line of the winch cable anchor point.

Sky High Adventure Park has been expanded, with two new courses and a 3D climbing feature. “Snap Dragon” is a new yellow (easy) course and “Fern Gulley” is a green (mid-level) course.

The “Climbing Forest” is a new, 3D version of a climbing wall. This consists of vertical “tree trunks” with hand holds, where climbers can choose a route, 45 feet high.

Sky High Adventure Park, opened in summer 2011, consists of an aerial adventure park and a mountain coaster. The aerial park is a series of 11 elevated courses, made up of platforms, bridges and zip lines, built in a 4-acre wooded area, near Holiday Valley’s Tannenbaum Lodge.

The former Holiday Valley day care building has been removed. That base area, between the Holiday Valley Lodge and the Tamarack Club, will become the Overlook Terrace, an outdoor group assembly plaza with seating and a fireplace. The terrace will be available for weddings and other gatherings. Holiday Valley day care is now located inside the Holiday Valley Lodge. The licensed facility operates year-round.

Holiday Valley Inn guest rooms will be upgraded with new bedding, artwork, lighting, bath fixtures and pool furniture. The Holiday Valley Lodge will receive exterior stairways and the plaza deck will be trimmed out. Landscaping, driveways and walkways will be completed.

The Cabana Bar, located near the pools and the golf shop, will be replaced with a new timber beam roof system that will have open sides in the summer, but can be enclosed with glass panels, for cold weather use. This work will take place in the fall, in preparation for the next winter season.

Several additional projects, including glades and wood lot improvements, terrain park rails, signage, uniforms and IT system upgrades, will also be completed.

Holiday Valley Resort is a four-season resort that offers golf, swimming, lodging, dining, conference facilities and the Sky High Adventure Park, during the summer months. For more information, visit www.holidayvalley.com or call 1-800-323-0020.
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