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Holiday Valley vs. Peakn Peek

post #1 of 11
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I'm going to one of these two on sat w/ my wife and two snowboarding teenagers.

From Madison OH, HV looks to be about 60-75 minutes farther, but the hill is bigger.

Is it worth it?
Are the roads (coming from Ohio) pretty good or will they be sloooow if any snow falls, as is forecast.

Any info is appreaciated
Thanks

brad
post #2 of 11
I grew up a few miles from you, skiing both those places.

PeaknPeak was strictly for day trips. The hill is not in Holiday's league. HV is pretty far for a round trip in a day though.
post #3 of 11
IMO, I would drive the extra hour or so and go to HV.
post #4 of 11
There is no comparison. HV blows P&P away.

You'll probably never go back to the Peak.
post #5 of 11
I used to live in Geauga County. Holiday Valley rarely seemed worth the hassle to me. Twice the distance. Ten times the crowding. Sure, it is twice the ski area as P&P, but so what. It is still western NY.

P&P offers easy parking, good cheap food, a unique 4 hour ticket, and no lift lines. My experiences there ended three years ago so things may have changed, but the above answers seem to imply that many people turn up their noses and continue down the road. This leaves P&P to those who know how to have fun when the terrain isn't going to provide much of a challenge.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by retiredat40 View Post
I used to live in Geauga County. Holiday Valley rarely seemed worth the hassle to me. Twice the distance. Ten times the crowding. Sure, it is twice the ski area as P&P, but so what. It is still western NY.

P&P offers easy parking, good cheap food, a unique 4 hour ticket, and no lift lines. My experiences there ended three years ago so things may have changed, but the above answers seem to imply that many people turn up their noses and continue down the road. This leaves P&P to those who know how to have fun when the terrain isn't going to provide much of a challenge.
Ok, I live 20 minutes from peeknPeak. I live 50 minutes from Holiday Valley and 45 from Holimont. So why do I always take the extra drive? Because there is no comparison when it comes to number of trails, number of high speed quads, number of lodge choices, the food, the drink the town of ellicotteville compared to DRY Findley Lake. The length of runs. Peaks longes run is about the length of Holidays shortest.

Getting the picture?
post #7 of 11
Holiday Valley for sure. Even when it is crowded you can find lifts with no lines. The lay of the land is far superior. P & P is one fall line just wide. all lifts end up at the same base. Look at the trail map.

Plus like Lars said, when you are done you can stroll Ellicottville, get something to eat and relax.

And to me P & P is kind of wierd for some reason.
post #8 of 11
Holiday Valley on a Saturday is INSANELY busy; the teenage snowboarders may have fun (except for the lines), but you'll probably hate it.

If you get stuck overnight, there is no cheap sleeps in the area (there is about 15 miles south though).

I'm not sure about P&P but I understand it's a much smaller local hill; there are good discounts for it though in the local hotels perhaps in additional locations.
post #9 of 11
I guess that depends on the ability of everyone in your group and if you want to drive the extra hour each way. I live in Geauga County (Burton) and would drive the extra distance to ski HV because of the length of runs and the terrain variety. Just make sure you check the ski reports to see whats open first. Even though HV is almost twice the size in vertical (more in acreage), the peak has been 100% most of the year. I went there Feb. 10th and conditions were great. The drive usually isn't that bad even when it's snowing, worst part is always around Erie. IMO it doesn't matter which place you go on the weekend, either one will be crowded. HV will keep you moving though. Let us know where you ended up at.

As for retiredat40, Western NY is the best we've got around here. I ski with my kids every weekend at Alpine Valley with all of its 200' vertical and my kids love it. As long as you're making turns, it doesn't matter where you're at.
post #10 of 11
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...As long as you're making turns, it doesn't matter where you're at.

Exactly! I have held season passes for Alpine and even worked a season as a full-time instructor there. It is all skiing. I just prefer to avoid the crowds when I can.
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Exactly! I have held season passes for Alpine and even worked a season as a full-time instructor there. It is all skiing. I just prefer to avoid the crowds when I can.
I notice you didn't retire to that ski mecca though.......
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