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Winter at Holiday Valley is "Snow" Much Fun!

Rip N' Sip

RIP N’ SIP

First rip, then sip! Holiday Valley’s newest season-long event, Rip N’ Sip, is a chance to go out with certified instructors and hone your craft before going in for a frosty cocktail. The brainchild of HV Snowsports Director Allie Doro, Rip N’ Sip not only helps you work on your turns, but build relationships with fellow rippers. 

“We wanted to create an event that would combine awesome activities - skiing/snowboarding and aprés - and create a sense of community,” Doro said. “If your skillset is intermediate to advanced, we want you to come and rip with our certified instructors. Even the most advanced winter sport enthusiasts continue to get feedback and lessons, and there’s always something you can work on.”

After meeting at the Clocktower (at 5pm sharp!) every other Monday, you’ll go out with instructors and get better. Once you’ve gotten some pointers and ripped for a while, you’ll head to the Holiday Valley Lodge for a frosty beverage. Rip N’ Sip: Mondays through January (28th), February (11th and 25th) and the second Monday in March (11th). For more information, head to www.holidayvalley.com

INTENSE MILK RAIL JAM

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to ride a giant chocolate milk feature in a terrain park? Look no further than the Intense Milk Rail Jam Series at Holiday Valley. Partnering with local milk company Intense Milk, the Holiday Valley Park crew built a feature shaped like a milk bottle and covered it in an Intense Milk label. After last year’s success, the series returns. 

“It’s just a unique situation,” HV Sales Director Niki Klein said. “We’ve got this brand who wants to tap into a youth market, and we’ve got that here. So when the opportunity came up to co-brand an event and build a feature that’s specific to the partner brand, we had to do it.” 

The spot of the feature will move around for each event (Mardi Gras, Fiddler’s and Yodeler) and so will the setup. Last year’s nights saw a huge turnout (with a nuclear snowfall during one) and skiers/riders getting really creative. The HV Park Crew sets the feature in a multitude of directions, giving participants the chance to showcase. Did we mention it’s a giant milk bottle feature? 

There are three dates for the series this year: Friday, January 25th; Saturday, February 23rd and Saturday, March 16th. It’s a free event with tons of prizes and giveaways, including as much milk as you can drink. Helmets and waiver signature are required. 

MOUNTAIN SKI FEST

A day of skiing, snowboarding, food, beer and camaraderie. Sounds pretty great, right? The Holiday Valley Mountain Ski Fest, on Friday, February 8th, will provide all of the above. Hosted by HV Snowsports Director Allie Doro and Race Director Miguel Azcarate, Mountain Ski Fest takes the best things about Holiday Valley and packs them into one day. 

“There’s such a strong sense of community here,” Doro said. “We want to strengthen that. There’s going to be a ton of events during the day. We’ve got a recreational race planned. Instruction from our certified instructors. The City Garage, Mud, Sweat N’ Gears and The Boardroom will be on-hand to demo product. We’re working on something else really fun - it will be a vertical challenge, but not in the way that you think. Instead of which team can get the most vertical feet skied or ridden, we’re doing a challenge on who can hit a certain number of lifts in the allotted time. We’ll have “goodie” stations so you can refuel.” 

Ellicottville Brewing Company, Southern Tier Brewing and The Ellicottville Distillery will be on-hand for beer, wine and liquor tastings. The day includes breakfast and lunch, as well as some other goodies along the way. Cost is $80 for passholders and $115 for non-passholders. Bring a friend and they’ll get a free lesson, rental and beginner lift ticket! For more information, head to www.holidayvalley.com

BOARDROOM BANKED

There aren’t a ton of snowboard-only events anymore. But all of that changed after last year’s Boardroom Banked. Over 100 riders of all ages came to compete in a hand-built course that ripped down Independence before finishing at the bottom of Champagne. The 2nd Annual Boardroom Banked returns Sunday, March 3rd. 

“We wanted an event that was dedicated to snowboarding,” said The Boardroom’s Spencer Timkey. “At first, we weren’t really sure what the level of support would be. There’s a core group here (shoutout to our customers and The Van Boiz) that we knew would run it, but beyond that, it was dark territory. But then 101 riders came to rip, and it was an overwhelming success. Banked Slaloms are huge at other resorts, and we wanted to bring an event like that to Ellicottville. We’re so excited for this year.” 

The course this year, which will start at the top of Independence before hitting Champagne, will be hand dug after the initial work is done with the cat. Riders get two runs through the course, and the fastest time is taken. There are four divisions - men’s, women’s, OG (over 35) and Grom (under 12). Registration is now open, and The Boardroom is capping it at 125 this year. Prizes and awards go down on the Champagne Sundeck after the race with music by DJ Tyler Swift and reps on-hand from Burton, Lib Tech, Salomon, Giro and Oakley. There will be a pre-party at The Depot (Saturday night) for registration and packet pickup. 

For more information and signups, head to www.boardsandpowder.com or stop by The Boardroom, located on Route 219 between downtown Ellicottville and Holiday Valley.