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The "Other" Season

If You've Never Done an Ellicottville Summer, Pencil it in for Next Year...You Will Not Be Disappointed

Winter in Ellicottville gets all of the love. Between the two resorts, the hopping nightlife and general buzz of activity, it’s tough not to see why. But Ellicottville’s summertime remains the best kept secret (until now), utilizing a myriad of warm weather activities coupled with the same amount of small town charm. If you’ve never done an Ellicottville summer, pencil it in for next year ... because you will not be disappointed. 


A lot of great, affordable golf courses call Ellicottville and the surrounding areas home, which makes it the perfect spot for a golf getaway. Holiday Valley’s scenic Double Black Diamond Golf Course challenges golfers of all calibers with its tricky back 9, requiring shots over ravines and down hills and tough, undulating greens. But good golfer or bad, nothing beats finishing a round with a couple cocktails at the Cabana Bar, which lies adjacent to the pool complex. Nearby Elkdale (Salamanca), Cardinal Hills (Randolph) and Concord Crest (Springville) are all excellent, affordable tracks. The Southern Tier of western New York boasts great golf courses, which makes it perfect for anyone looking to escape the bustle of northern courses. 


Half Ewok Village, half Indiana Jones, Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park is the 3rd largest aerial adventure park in the entire country. With 13 courses of varying difficulty, the 3D Climbing Forest, Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster and Mister Happy Gem Mining, there are activities for every member of the family, regardless of age or comfort level. 

After you purchase your ticket (you can do this at the Harness Shop or in advance online), you’ll fill out a waiver before getting harnessed up. You’re embraced by the trees as you walk into the park to the starting platform, where all courses begin. Yellow (easiest), green (easy-moderate), blue (moderate), black diamond (hard) and double black diamond (hardest) give you options. Courses incorporate a combination of obstacles and ziplines, with some platforms going up as high as 80 feet. The entire Sky High campus is an absolute blast, and we highly recommend it. 


Between the trails at Holiday Valley, HoliMont and state land, mountain biking is a prominent activity here in Ellicottville and surrounding hills. Trail networks range from easy to moderate to difficult, kept up by a band of local volunteers and WNYMBA (Western New York Mountain Biking Association.) If you're new to the area when it comes to mountain biking, there's no better person to speak with than Dennis Baldwin, owner of Bike & Bean (Bikes, Burritos and Brews). He hosts a Monday night shop ride, where everyone is invited and leaves at 6:00 o’clock sharp.

Holiday Valley also just purchased a fleet of e-, or electronic assist, bikes for those of you that don't want to completely work yourself. E-Bikes are rented through Sky High Adventure Park. 


One of the most fun activities of the summer, Holiday Valley’s Mudslide takes you through the heart of the resort on a 3.5 or 5.4-mile loop. Runners, divided by age, compete to complete the course the fastest. There are 10-15 obstacles runners must go through (think Spartan Race without the barbed wire), and HV preaches that this race is about having fun. A post-race party (after you finish at the giant Mudslide) is one giant afterparty with 1,000 of your closest friends. Last year, Holiday Valley’s snowmakers built a pile big enough to survive until the race - which takes place in late June. Just some of the things you can expect to encounter at the Mudslide. 


The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce does a great job of putting on a litany of great events all summer. Summer Music Festival, which takes place over the 4th of July weekend, has an art show and other activities downtown before culminating in nighttime performances by the Buffalo Philharmonic and a headliner on the slopes of Holiday Valley - and fireworks. A Taste of Ellicottville bands the restaurants together, serving up the best they have to offer to visitors cruising the streets. Girls Getaway, Jazz & Blues, Rock N’ Roll Weekend, Lacrosse and more ... there’s a festival - sometimes two - every month of Ellicottville’s “off-season” ... which has become as much of an “on-season” as winter.

Ellicottville in the summertime is worth the trip. For more information on things to do at Holiday Valley, visit holidayvalley.com. And for a full list of the Chamber’s events, visit www.ellicottvilleny.com