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The leaves on the trees surrounding Ellicottville are quickly morphing into a bright orange hue, which can mean only one thing: the winter season will be here before you know it.  Are you already picking out what new gear you want to purchase for the season?  Did you know the answer to that question months ago?  If so, then you must be ready for another fine season on the slopes.  And what better place to break in your new gear than at HoliMont?

Late fall into early winter can evoke more terror than a skeleton on Halloween to some, but don't stress ... come chill out in Cattaraugus County!  The “in between” season still offers much to do here with celebrations of Halloween, holiday shopping (it’s time to start thinking Christmas!), and plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors, regardless of the weather!

McKean County, Pennsylvania, located just 30 minutes south of Ellicottville, New York, is where you go when you want to find snow.  An outdoor paradise year-round, the Allegheny National Forest becomes a sparkling white winter wonderland where every day is a snow day. 

Good news everyone - it’s finally THAT time of year again ... one of the most exciting seasons here in Ellicottville, NY.  The chill is back in the air, the leaves have created their annual colorful hillside inferno, and people are popping in to their favorite specialty shops to pick up the latest and greatest in winter gear and accessories.  We’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention some of the more popular festivals in the area, including EVL’s Fall Festival, and the ever popular Holiday Valley Beer & Wine Festival, happening Nov. 7-8 this year.  If you’ve never attended or heard of this incredible event, allow us to ‘pour on’ the details ...

Ellicottville, New York has long been known for its social atmosphere laden with bars, and restaurants … where those traveling from near and far can imbibe in a beverage (or three) in a lively setting unlike any other.  One of these fine establishments has taken things a step further by quietly becoming a self-sufficient powerhouse in managing the output of their core product - craft beer.  By now I’m sure you realize I’m referring to none other than the Ellicottville Brewing Company, a staple in the village since its humble beginnings in 1995, when owners/founders Walter and Allen Yahn and Peter Kreinheder were inspired by a ski trip to Vail, to create their own family-run brand.

Accommodations to fit every budget and lifestyle ... plan your vaca to EVL the right way. Reserve your stay at one of our fine hotels, B&B's or choose a cozy chalet, townhouse or country home through one of our local real estate and rental management companies ...

Fill up at any of these delicious destinations during your visit to Ellicottville ...

BRANDS: Rossignol, Dynastar, Head, Nordica, Blizzard, Volkl, Elan, Fischer, Burton, DC, Ride, K2, Rossignol … that’s just the beginning.  Come into the store and see!

BRANDS: Nike Snowboarding, Lib Tech, Gnu, Burton, Oakley, GoPro, Smith Optics, Salomon, Never Summer, Volcom, 686, Mountain Hardwear, Union Bindings, Roxy, Quiksilver, Under Armour, Arbor Snowboards, Dakine, Crab Grab, Giro, Neff/Skullcandy, Turtle Fur/Chaos/M3 Clothing

BRANDS: Hardgoods - Salomon, Atomic, K2, Head, Volkl, Armada, Line, Liberty, Dalbello, Full Tilt, Lange, Scarpa, Black Diamond, Look.  Softgoods - The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Salomon, Sherpa, Armada, Trew Gear, Saga, Kuhl, Icebreaker, Fly Low, Keen Footwear

BRANDS: Allsport, Apex, Atomic Outerwear, Bergans of Norway, Billabong, Canada Goose, Capita, Killy, Faction, Icelantic, Ion Cameras, Jones Snowboards, Kjus, Mammut, Nike, Nils, NOW Bindings, O’Neil, Parajumpers, Picture, Pret Helmets, Sunice, Volkl Performance Wear

Find Homewood decks locally at:  JSP (Jamestown, NY), Phatman (Tonowanda, NY), Eastern H20 (Pittsburgh, PA), Ski Denton (Coudersport, PA), Country Ski and Board (Montoursville, PA), and Spokes and Ski (Altoona, PA).  A complete list of retailers can be found on the Homewood website. 

BRANDS: Airblaster, Analog, Arbor, Ashburry, Burton, Capita, Coal, Celtek, Crab Grab, Dakine, Electric, Grenade, Homewood, Jones, K2, Neff, Nike, Oneballjay, Rome, Salomon, Smith, Thirty-Two, Union, Volcom

Whether you’re visiting Ellicottville, traveling through Cattaraugus County on the Amish Trail, or simply looking for an enjoyable place to spend one of the last few weekends of autumn, consider the city of Salamanca your destination. Located just ten minutes south of Ellicottville, Salamanca is the inters

Engelbert Humperdinck has been sharing his amazing voice with the world for 47 years and will make his first appearance at Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca on Friday, Nov. 7.
 

Less than twenty minutes from Ellicottville, Randolph, NY is a beautiful, historic town just a short drive from the Old Order Amish community. Randolph’s downtown offers visitors an experience like no other, for where else can one stay the night in a former firehouse, learn to knit socks, and peruse antiques and gifts in one weekend?  If you travel 20 miles from Ellicottville in the opposite direction, you’ll find yourself in Olean, NY, a hub of entertainment, delicious dining and seasonal events.  With a top-notch selection of restaurants and a quaint downtown shopping district, the city of Olean is a wonderful place to spend the day.  Plus, there’s no shortage of fun things to do throughout the winter months, especially during the holiday season!

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. 

One of the coolest and most exciting things about Ellicottville is watching it change from the hustle and bustle of a ski community, to that of a leisurely summer ‘resort town’.  Just as the village and accompanying ski resorts take on their own unique transformations, local retailers evolve for the seasons as well. SNOWED-IN stopped by The City Garage to get the dirt on all that was happening, as we watch the snow melt.

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 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.