Welcome to HoliMont
For over 50 years, families and snow sports enthusiasts from miles around have converged on HoliMont – North America’s largest private ski resort devoted to family skiing adventures.
Generations of members have been drawn in by the amazing skiing, only to fall in love with the warm, community atmosphere that makes HoliMont the kind of place you never want to leave.
And while a sense of community can’t be manufactured, snow’s a different story. Our patented snowmaking system creates 700 vertical feet of wall-to-wall, top-to-bottom snow. Combine that with an average of 200 inches of natural snow per season, and you’re guaranteed a great run every time.
During the week, we are happy to welcome non-members and groups, who can forget about standing around shivering in long lines. Our eight lifts service over 50 slopes and trails, as well as the Terrain Parks.
So whether you’re a member or visitor, skier or boarder, parent or child, come to HoliMont and make your winter come to life.
After witnessing the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid in 1932, William Merk, founder of HoliMont, was inspired to pursue his passion for skiing in the Ellicottville area. After skiing for years with the Ellicottville Ski Club on Fish Hill and throughout the Greer and Holiday Valley areas, he decided to start a private ski club.
In 1961, Merk initiated purchase options on land parcels along Route 242, with the support of local investors. The name HoliMont, coined by the investors, was derived from the phrase Holiday Mountain. The first trail was cut in 1961 with seven more to follow in 1962, which was officially the first season of the Club. Skiers were towed up the steep hill on a fashioned sled behind a Tucker Sno-Cat.
In the ’70s and ’80s, the club took off, and additional terrain and chairs were added. In 1995, the Greer Hill chair was added in the same location as the Greer Hill Rope Tow of earlier times.
With every improvement HoliMont makes to its incomparable skiing experience, from its revolutionary snowmaking technology to the sophisticated WestMont Ridge Development Project, William Merk’s vision of a top-flight, family-friendly private ski area is realized.