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ELLICOTTVILLE, N.Y. -- Wednesday morning there was a humming noise echoing throughout the Village of Ellicottville. It was the snow guns firing on all cylinders at Holiday Valley. If all goes to plan, the ski resort is just days away from the opening of ski season.

"We're making snow right now and we'll open as soon as we can," Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley's Marketing Director said.

The resort is hoping to open some trails this weekend, and if skiers get to hit the slopes it would be two weeks earlier than usual. But, of course, that depends on Mother Nature.

The early snow is a welcomed sight for any ski enthusiast. With one of the warmest winters on record last year, it wasn't a very good ski season.

"Last year was a very unusual year and we're hoping that never happens again in our lifetime," Eshbaugh said.

Meanwhile, before the skiers and snowboarders arrive, crews are testing out the lifts, making final tweaks, and some lucky Holiday Valley employees are testing out the fresh powder.

Skier Billy Bacon said, "Last year was a bad year but every year is different. You can never anticipate what Mother Nature is going to bring but so far so good."

Businesses, like Katy's Cafe, in the Village of Ellicottville are also hoping for a better ski season. Many saw smaller crowds last year because of the warm winter.

"There was still a lot of people here but just not as much as we normally had. It was tough," said Katy's Cafe owner Katy Herbach.

Holiday Valley said it will make a decision on when it will open for the season sometime this week. You can check for updated information at or their facebook page at . ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP