No Joke: Western New York's Best Skiing
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Sure, the rolling hills don't qualify as mountains. And yes, an "upscale" trailer park exists where one would normally find cabins and chalets. But Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY gives residents of the Rust Belt a place to pretend they don't live in the armpit of America. Skiers come from Ohio, Canada, Pennsylvania and other parts of New York to take advantage of the one decent place to ski near the Great Lakes.
The resort, located about 45 minutes south of Buffalo, offers 56 slopes and 13 lifts, a snowmaking and grooming system that comes in handy in these warming winters and a network of base lodges and hotels. Adjacent is the clumsy man's version of a ski resort, The Holiday Valley Tubing Park. In preparation for the 2007-2008 season, the complex underwent $2.9 million worth of improvements. Highlights include a new lift, three new slopes and hotel renovations. Take that, Vail.