I haven' bothered skiing this week. I spent the past couple of days working with a fitter in Ellicottville on a new pair of footbeds. I haven't even ventured out and don't plan on it this weekend.
There seems to be a spike this year in the holiday crowds. Much worse than usual. I don't think I have ever seen crowds this large. It probably has to do with the fact that the thaw is coming and it's supposed to rain heavily through the weekend and everyone decided to converge mid-week. Holiday Valley had to set up overflow parking and bus people in on corutesy shuttles. The Mardis Gras lift was insane and the line for Yodeler literally strecthed 50 yards on each side. Whether it was steep or mellow terrain, there was a constant stream of riders coming off of each run, soemtimes literally within arms reach of each other. It's good that at least the safety yellow-jackets were directing traffic at the main intersections on the hill.
I noticed HV also tilted their cameras to divert the view from showing pans of the runs and lifts. The Yodeler lift line below ,shown from the left of the ledge, stretches at least 50 yards on two sides. It has to be a good 30 minute wait.