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Kissing Bridge in western New York state

post #1 of 10
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Hey all,
Has anyone ever been to Kissing Bridge in western NY state, and how does it compare to Holiday Valley, and Bristol Mountain.  I can't find a vertical drop listing for KB, so any info on crowds, skiing conditions, and terrain would be appreciated.  Since I'm in NW Ohio, I don't get many chances to ski without having to drive distances and pay to stay somewhere, so when I go, I pretty much only care about skiing.  I could care less about bars or eateries in the area, you know, the whole stupid "apres ski" cliche.
BTW, I've been to both Holiday Valley and Bristol, and prefer the terrain of Bristol, even though it's acreage is smaller.
post #2 of 10
while I haven't skied KB in a long time, I know that it is much smaller verticle than HV, probably around 500'

HV definitely gets more snow than KB and has more trails.  If you are at HV, it is probably a good 30-40 minute drive depending upon driving conditions.

If your looking for a hotel, Springville would be your best bet.  I have never been to Bristol so I can't make a comparison.
post #3 of 10
Hmmmmm....last time I was at Kissing Bridge part of it was called Glenwood Acres.....  Pretty short vertical as stated above. Holiday is pretty much the 800# gorilla in WNY. Enjoy yourself either way. Too bad Wing is closed....
post #4 of 10
BRISTOL MOUNTAIN HAS MORE VERT THAN HV. oopps caps lock on butt less terrain.
post #5 of 10
kissing bridge is generally flatter, not as tall and lacks variety compared to HV.  It is less expensive but gives up too much on the skiing end IMO.  Both can get crowded but hv has better lifts by far.  While you are in ellicottville you can also give holimont a try if you are there during the week. kb is kind of the opposite of bristol which is taller and steeper.  Springville and salamanca are good options for cheaper lodging.
post #6 of 10
All I can say about KB is it's better than nothing. Snow is snow and skiing is skiing when that's all you got.

But, the vertical isn't much. I have fond memories of racing there years ago and my boys competeing in pipe and skiercross events.

It really doesn't compare to the vertical and the variety of HV, as well as the Resort experience you can get at HV.

Hope this helps.
post #7 of 10
 Holiday Valley has skiable 'unskiable" terrain. Any place that has that is an epic fail IMO.

I would never ski Holiday Valley over Holimont. Holimont is the best little ski resort I have ever been to. 
post #8 of 10
If you're into cruising and/or terrain parks, Bristol Mountain is by far your best option.  If you want to try out some low vertical glades on some natural lake-effect snow and/or you're big into apres-ski, Holiday Valley / Holimont is your best bet.  

Holiday Valley will feel like it has about 15-20 true runs, but most only run about 400-500ft vert.  Bristol will feel like it gives you 7-8 runs, but most run the whole 1200ft of vert.  

I by far prefer Bristol, as I like high-speed cruising, and like a little burn in my legs before my runs are over. 
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

 Holiday Valley has skiable 'unskiable" terrain. Any place that has that is an epic fail IMO.

 

You've definitely got that right.  I'm risking my pass every time it snows and it sucks.  I don't know of any other resort that polices tree skiing that much.
post #10 of 10
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You've definitely got that right.  I'm risking my pass every time it snows and it sucks.  I don't know of any other resort that polices tree skiing that much.
 


I lived in Central Ontario for 5 years and had a ski pass every year at a couple of local resorts (Blue Mountain and Horseshoe Valley).  I never once had an issue with any of the ski patrol.  When I moved south, I got a White Card at HV my first year.  On the third run of my first day, I had a patroller threaten to throw me out because I never put the lift bar down.  On my two runs previous, the people I shared the chair with never bothered, so I didn't think it was a big deal.  

The guy had a real sheriff attitude that made the whole thing worse than it was.  As my wife and I intend on buying a ski property when the kids are older, I let guest services know that it won't be at HV if that's what day 1 is like.  I wish I would have got the guy's name, because they were pi$$ed for me, and wanted to speak to him about it.
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