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It’s a job that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves. Snowmaking is a tough business. It’s cold, it’s labor-intensive and oft-times can be dangerous. But every winter, Holiday Valley’s crew is out on the front lines, giving us the best snow they can.

If you’ve ever visited Dekdebruns, you have seen first-hand what a dynamic offering they have. Everything from high performance ski race gear, on-hill and apres ski fashion, to must-have accessories, snowboard gear and rentals. The Dekdebruns team prides themselves in finding brands that one can’t find just anywhere, ensuring that their customers are exposed to the big picture. This year, they have two unique offerings we’re pretty sure you’ll be stoked about.

Leave the malls, long lines and stressful shopping behind. Grab your shopping buddy and head out to the ANF Region of PA to find gifts that truly mean something. You’ll find perfect presents at every price, from warm and wooly surprises to luxurious delights.

Holiday shoppers in Ellicottville will encounter a new business this year. Its can’t-miss location is signaled by two flags, the American and the Canadian, which fly proudly over the red front door. Enter Ameri-Can, located at 11 Washington Street, where an eye-catching and intriguing selection of American and Canadian art, antiques, and apparel awaits you.

“Good times, good friends, good health to you and the luck of the Irish in all that you do.” Although this Irish Christmas proverb could (and should) be applied to every party and gathering you attend this holiday season, none fit the bill better than Ellicottville’s annual Irish Christmas.

Through the seasons, Ellicottville has evolved into a snowsport enthusiast’s dream. Between the two awesome ski resorts, shops, bars, restaurants, businesses and people, it has become a destination for creative curation. On Saturday, Dec. 12 from 12:30pm-2:30pm, you’ll have a prime opportunity to celebrate the winter lifestyle right here in our amazing town.

Celebrating its 13th anniversary on Friday, Dec. 18, Ellicottville’s prominent wine and liquor store sells by coupling stories and experience with an unheralded love and enthusiasm for the product on its shelves. Owner Shannon Carscallen has a family history rooted deep in the industry, and her passion is immediately evident.

Welcome back to ski season! With the cold settling in, we think it’s fitting to offer a warming meal that is sure to satisfy your palate. We invite you to dine with us at John Harvard’s Brew House, located inside the Tamarack Club at Holiday Valley. We’ll be serving up all our favorite seasonal plates, along with a few new offerings such as Creole Tuna over Tomato Stewed Rice served with Fried Okra and Baby Corn.

Many solutions to insomnia causes are obvious. Listed in this article are the three most common forms of sleeplessness that I have observed in my practice along with their respective naturopathic protocols. They always have hormonal and biochemical components associated with the dysfunctions.

With December upon us, that means snow can happen at any time! We are at the top of the list for counties who receive the maximum snowfall in NY State. It's no wonder we know how to have fun in the snow! How does cascading over the snow on a trail-dominating snowmobile sound? Or exploring the back woods, breaking your own trails on your snowshoes? You can do all that right here, and we’re sure you’ll soon warm up to winter with all the fun activities available right in our backyard.

The unmistakable voice of Gary Puckett, formerly of Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, will fill the air at The Bears Den at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Friday, Jan. 8 at 8pm. Talking with him recently about his career, it led him to recall some of the memories that stand out vividly in his mind. Puckett, who considers himself a political junkie, went on to tell me about the day he spoke to President Nixon one-on-one on the White House lawn.

Progression. Innovation. Development. Since Holiday Valley’s genesis, these are the nouns we use to describe the resort. Every off-season, it’s all hands on deck - from management, to Mountain Operations, to Food & Beverage - to make a concentrated effort to make an already stellar product even better. When you speak in terms of national recognition, resorts like Snowbird, Mammoth Mountain and Okemo are names you hear often. But you’d be shocked at how many people across the North American continent know, and love, Holiday Valley. 

Already picking out what fresh new gear you want to purchase for the season?  Perhaps you knew the answer to that question months ago.    If so, then you also know that the leaves on the trees of Ellicottville are changing color, which means that it’s almost time for another fantastic season out on the slopes.  And rest assured, HoliMont is looking forward to helping you enjoy every single snow-filled moment this winter. 

The Allegheny National Forest Region in McKean County, Pennsylvania is where you go to find snow. With Pennsylvania’s state record of the most annual snowfall and the coldest temperatures, McKean County is a cold weather champion. Located just 30 minutes south of Ellicottville, NY and 90 minutes from Buffalo or Erie, we invite you to visit. During winter, every day is a snow day!

It’s good to be back in Ellicottville!   What’s great about Adventure Bound onthefly is that we’re going to appeal to such a broad range of people. There’s that aspirational, outdoor/lifestyle theme that people look for and a lot of people resonate with.  When a family comes in, we want to be able to offer something for everyone. 

So many awesome things going down this year. The one we’re most excited about is the opening of a 2nd storefront location called The Boardroom on Main, right in the heart of the Village of Ellicottville. We partnered with John Rounds (who opened Adventure Bound onthefly) and took the downstairs of the old Kazoo II building. 

This year we expanded our collection of outerwear and accessories for kids. We couldn’t help ourselves ... there was just too much good stuff to choose from.  Jackets, pants, insulators, hoodies, base layers, helmets, goggles, gloves and packs. Fun pops of color and patterning, impactful prints and color blocks and full range of kid friendly features like dependable waterproofing, breathability and rugged fabrics. More than enough to keep them one step ahead of Mother Nature. 

We are very excited for Icelantic’s brand new ski for this year – the Pioneer!  This is Icelantic’s true all-mountain ski: it is lightweight with camber underfoot and a tapered early rise tip and tail.  The Pioneer will easily perform in all conditions!

We are entering our 16th year this season, and we couldn't be more excited for what winter has to offer! Being open year round has its benefits, but the biggest joy we get is switching from summer to winter. Getting out all the new product is like Christmas!  

Our bangin’ boards of this season will be the Burton Process Centerfold line-up. These boards are surely to make ‘em drool with the latest in pinup-worthy freestyle performance. Twin shape, camber profile and some sensual top graphics make for one of the most enjoyable rides of the season. 

Both Farmer’s Almanacs are predicting an even colder ski season than the past two winters here in WNY!  So … in addition to buying warmer ski gear, turn up the heat in your internal furnace with Botanical Medicine. Herbs, categorized according to their medicinal properties, can have warming effects on the body. 

One of the more popular festivals in the Western New York area not to be missed: the Holiday Valley Beer & Wine Festival, happening Nov. 6-7.  If you’ve never attended or heard of this incredible event, allow us to 'pour on’ the details so you know what’s ‘on tap'…

This Halloween costume themed race is truly fun for all levels of participants, whether you’re an avid marathoner or casual jogger. Costumes are encouraged, but certainly not mandatory, making this an enjoyable spectator event for those lining the start / finish area in downtown Ellicottville.  

The Winter Arts Festival is a phenomenal opportunity for the community to visit with local fine artists and artisans, and maybe even squeeze in some holiday shopping. The event is being hosted at Holiday Valley Lodge (a gorgeous enough location to rival the beautiful art that promises to be within) over two days, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22.