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With an anticipated ski season closing date of April 6, Holiday Valley will follow up with a weekend-long Bluegrass and Roots music festival April 11-13. The weekend, dubbed the Enchanted Mountain Music Festival, will fill Holiday Valley’s main lodge with workshops and performances that will knock the mud right off your boots as we transition from a ski town to a golf mecca.

If you are not familiar with the work of Michael Israel, it can best be described as a Cirque du Soleil performance that ultimately results in a Jackson Pollack-like life sized canvass of creativity.   Israel is more than just a painter.  He is a performer who gives the audience an artistic experience unlike any other.  And he is coming to the Ellicottville Brewing Company this August.

What a year! This winter has been rather odd - from an epic pre-Christmas snow to meltdowns to a Polar Vortex - and Ellicottville has thrived thanks to the continued support of you, our awesome and loyal friends and family. Taking into account the changing landscape of ski and snowboard culture, Ellicottville is a testament to the fact the industry is very much alive and well.  If you’re looking to finish the season strong, there are a slew of events at Holiday Valley to get your engine going. 

Looking ahead to the warmer months coming upon us, I get real excited about “going to the garden” to choose dinner specials. I know we’re still in the cold season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start our fresh cooking early. 

In the business for over 30 years, USASA allows regional talent to showcase what they’ve got, with the hopes of qualifying for the main event out west come end of March. SNOWED-IN caught up with one HoliMont Snowboard Team rider who's been to Nationals an unprecedented six years in a row.

March means a lot of things here in Ellicottville. It means the ski season is nearing an end but that it’s nowhere close to being done. Last year, if you will recall, we got close to a foot of powder on March 20. Obviously we’re hoping for a repeat of that this year.

Life changes courses almost daily. YOU are responsible for caring for yourself and your life. As we are learning how to not be controlled by all the worries of this world, here are ten naturopathic solutions for your mild to debilitating anxiety. 

Saturday, Feb. 15 marked the 6th Annual Boarding 4 Breast Cancer event at Holiday Valley Resort. Once again, the day was an unparalleled success. 

With expansive forests all around us and an area indigenous to tall Maples, Cattaraugus County offers up some of the best Maple syrup you can please your tastebuds with. In fact, we love Maple syrup so much, we have two weekends devoted to our Maple farms, when they invite visitors to learn about their process 

As the saying goes … “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  The Osmond family has been proving that for over five decades.  Three of the Osmond Brothers - Merrill, Jay and Jimmy - will be bringing the songs and memories of the past 50 years to the Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center in Salamanca, NY for five shows in May.

 

Thoughts of Spring fill the air as we shake off the grey days of winter and look forward to the sounds of the returning song birds, the bloom of wildflowers, updating our home décor, and getting outside to hike and bike the mountain trails of the Allegheny National Forest Region in northwestern Pennsylvania. 

It’s hard to believe that we’re already into February. January flew by, which just validates the saying “time flies when you’re having fun.” Plenty happened over the month of January.

What started as an all-girls themed shopping night at the Powder Room snowballed into a major outreach event, touching lives throughout the community and region. Boarding for Breast Cancer - B4BC - will return to Holiday Valley Resort on Saturday, Feb. 15.
The tendency to help others runs deep to the core of Holiday Valley Resort’s persona. Constantly hosting events, Holiday Valley rarely makes it about itself and all about the organization that needs help. This year, two events stick out - one is in its inaugural season, the other a well-known tradition - but both will raise money to help others. I highly encourage you to come out and support Aspire WNY’s “Ski the Valley” event and the always-anticipated Penguin Paddle! 
Ever wonder how skiing and snowboarding support the needs of the community?  For the United Way of Cattaraugus County, every skier and snowboarder counts at the organization’s annual Ski Day for United Way, held each March at HoliMont Ski Area in Ellicottville, NY.  This year’s event is slated for Thursday, March 6.
Chances are, if you're visiting Ellicottville, NY during the winter months, you're here to ride or ski our two great ski resorts - HoliMont and Holiday Valley.  Subsequently, it's safe to say you're also spending some time shopping in some of the great ski/snowboard specialty shops in the village, looking for the best of the best in hardgoods and softgoods.  This month in SNOWED-IN, we're dropping by The Boardroom to look at one of the best boot lines on the market, produced by none other than Nike.
As a shop employee, I can tell you just how messed up the ski and snowboard industry buying cycle is. We’re barely through this winter, and we’re already putting orders together for next season. It’s stressful. It’s chaotic. But … it’s awesome. 
From lemon in water every morning to dietary and lifestyle changes to major fasts to specific herbal and nutritive detoxification programs … every person I know has enjoyed the benefits of cleansing our tissues from multiple sources of daily toxicity.   Cleansing the body has become a necessity today, and the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term aggravations.  
Ellicottville as you know has a variety of bars and restaurants, but if you're looking for a cozy, quiet atmosphere to enjoy a dinner that rests on the finer side, The Silver Fox Steakhouse is the spot for you. SNOWED-IN stopped by to check in for this month’s Bartender Spotlight.
Our local ski and snowboard population is becoming more adept at mastering alternative disciplines, one of such being telemark skiing. There are well-known pockets of telemark skiers in the US, and The City Garage has turned itself into the go-to spot in the area for those who wish to learn/progress on the free heel. 
It won’t be long before all eyes are glued to televisions around the world as the 2014 Winter Olympics (officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games for those savvy in Roman numerals … or the 22nd Winter Olympics), are scheduled to take place from Feb. 6-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  The Olympics need no further explanation - some of the most exciting sports, coupled with the best athletes, make for some of the most memorable sporting accomplishments in history.  
Art is a pretty subjective topic.  It’s incredibly difficult to define and even harder to produce at a substantial level.  Art can be a painting, a drawing, a poem, a sculpture … the possibilities are really endless.  Art can even be a large slab of wood.  At least, it can be if you put it in the right hands.
For February’s edition of SNOWED-IN, I have chosen a very straight-forward, simple, yet elegant dish.  This plate of “meat & potatoes” carries so many levels of flavors and profiles that by the last bite, you’ll wish you had more, but will be pleasantly content. 

Cattaraugus County is otherwise known as the Enchanted Mountains, for its vast countryside, serene landscapes, and picturesque hills and valleys.  While many nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts call this corner of WNY home, we also boast diverse artistic talents, fine theatrical performances, and a rich history all-around.  If you are growing tired of being out in the cold, but do not want to feel trapped indoors, consider attending one of our scheduled events, or enjoy a full day of perusing a museum or gallery.