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We've seen it all these past few months - from the mixed bag of “yuck” falling from the sky, to our blessed lake effect storms that leave us tempted to call in with a case of the powder flu.  This season has been everything the “experts” called for and then some. However, winter isn't making its departure yet, and it is certainly far from over at one of the fine specialty shops in the village, Mud Sweat n' Gears.  Owners/operators Kim Reading and Miguel Azcarate are not only retailers by heart and trade; they're also well traveled and experienced skiers who bring a wealth of knowledge and insight into the products they meticulously hand select to take seed within their shop.  

The Ellicottville Summer Music Festival is one of the very few outdoor music scenes that not only allows, but encourages, guests to bring a picnic basket in with them. Bring dinner and a blanket, even your lawn chair. Enjoy the show and have a family meal outdoors in the fresh air.  The BPO will play pieces from Star Wars on Saturday evening, while Sunday's main concert will feature Blood, Sweat and Tears.  Ticket prices start at $25; children 12 and under are free! 

In years past, Holiday Valley and The Boardroom Snowboard Shop have teamed up to bring you a collaborative fundraising effort with B4BC (Boarding 4 Breast Cancer.) This year, however, they’re changing gears and teaming up with other local shops to bring you ‘Play it Forward.’ 

This month, SNOWED-IN took some time to sit down with the brains and skis behind HoliMont's phenomenal Racing Program.  Meet HoliMont’s Racing Director, Travis Widger, aka “Widg”.  If you’re a local, you might know this fourth generation Elliicottvillian.  And if you are a part of the Racing Program at  HoliMont, you certainly are familiar with him!  Travis and his wife, Laura recently had their first child, Jack Peter Widger, fifth generation, who they hope to have on skis near the end of next season!

In honor of Ellicottville’s Mardi Gras celebration, we’re bringing a taste of New Orleans to the table.  Here at John Harvard’s, nothing says Mardi Gras more than a piping hot bowl of jambalaya.  

Modern society has thousands of chemicals overwhelming our water, air, soil, homes, workplaces and foods.  The illnesses resulting from toxic overload can be reversed as we remove the trash, give the body what it needs and stimulate the vital force. With Spring just around the corner, it's time for a cleanse.

By the time March rolls around, you might be hoping for a little St. Paddy’s Day luck to help get you through the end of winter!  However, even though the calendar says that spring has begun, you might think Mother Nature has missed the memo.  Here in the Enchanted Mountains, we are lucky to have fun in all seasons with events to keep you happy … even if the weather is not ideally cooperating.  

Maple Syrup is a rich and healthful treat that we are fortunate to have right in our own backyards. Celebrate its harvest and production March 21-22 and 28-29 through the New York State Maple Producers Association’s 20th annual Maple Weekends!

The Brooklyn born singer known as “The Money Man” is thrilled to be coming to Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca for one show only on Friday, March 6 at 7pm.  “I have a lot of friends and a lot of great fans in the Allegany region,” said Money when I caught up with him recently.

If this winter’s freezing temperatures have kept you a prisoner in your own home, then chances are, you’ve had ample time to observe the areas you’d like to upgrade once spring arrives. Fortunately, the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the perfect event to help homeowners and potential homeowners begin the process of remodeling, repairing, and decorating their dwelling … welcome to the Greater Olean Home Show. 

In the forest there is a real sense of discovery - a sense of renewal and inspiration. Take a journey to discover the art, artisans and artisan shops in the Allegheny National Forest Region of northwestern Pennsylvania.

Red Bull never ceases to bring creativity to its events, and the newest one coming to Holiday Valley on Feb. 21 excels in that department. All Snow will challenge snowboarders and skiers to bring their best on nothing but all-natural snow features - hips, quarterpipes, etc. 

In our 20-year existence of food and beverage in Ellicottville, EBC has seen a lot of food and beer styles come and go. Our newest menu is infused with a wide array of influences from around the world.  With that said, let’s change course from our regular recipe spotlight, and instead get into a little explanation / biography of one of our most prestigious menu items: the Manhattan Strip Steak, and its undisputed Imperial partner, the Chocolate Cherry Bomb. 

If you live in or frequently visit Ellicottville and its ski areas, you’re well aware by now of how many activities there are to do on any given weekday or weekend throughout the winter.  Whether it’s simply a mellow day on the slopes skiing or snowboarding, or attending one of the many high-character signature events on-hill, in the lodges or downtown, there truly is something for everyone.  What if we told you there was one event, however, that you may not have checked out or heard of yet?  

Losing your mind does not have to be a process with no solutions or irreversibility, and is not just a process of aging that we must succumb to because “I am in my 70s”! Nor are brain dysfunctions (especially memory) limited to the aging process. Whether we call it anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia or Parkinson’s, the body can slow down and reverse the disease process. Just ask a functional MD, alternative practitioner or a naturopath how they have seen broken brains improve with detoxification, nutrient repletion, proper nutrition, homeopathy and botanical medicine. 

If you're in the mood for love, the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County is the place for you.  Not only are there so many "love at first sight" places to see and activities you will fall "head over heels" for, there are plenty of places to stay that will “sweep you right off your feet!”

What could possibly be more exciting than a beautiful afternoon exploring twenty miles of the best cross-country ski trails in the Northeast? The Annual Art Roscoe Loppet Cross-Country Ski Race, of course! On Sunday, Feb. 15, skiers of all skill levels are invited to participate in an invigorating day on the trails starting and finishing at the Summit Ski Area in Red House at Allegany State Park, located in Salamanca, NY. 

Country superstar Trace Adkins will be filling the Seneca Allegany Casino’s Event Center with his rowdy take on love and romance songs, his no- holds-barred smash hits and his down- to-earth standards on Friday, April 3.

Cooler temperatures inspire loads of winter fun in the Allegheny National Forest Region in Pennsylvania, from cross-country skiing to professional theater. Make your plans now for a lovely winter weekend getaway with lodging choices from the plush to the primitive, in the wildly beautiful Pennsylvania Wilds. 

The HoliMont Snowsports Phoenix Program is celebrating its 19th year! With over 40 dedicated volunteers, 25 PSIA certified instructors and many devoted parents, this program has persevered though nearly two decades. If you aren’t already familiar with this phenomenal program, it teaches skiing and snowboarding to adults, youth and children with various disabilities. It offers more than the opportunity to ski or ride, however.  It opens up the world of snowsports and the opportunity to experience passion for POW!

SNOWED-IN made a visit to Dekdebruns Ski & Snowboard, located right on the main drag in the heart of EVL (or 18 Washington Street for your GPS).  Like many shops, they are chock full of some of the best brands with service to match, so read on to find out more of what’s new and exciting with them this season.

Why do you need snowy hills, black plastic bags and a penguin-style slide for the slopes this February? To participate in Holiday Valley’s annual Penguin Paddle, set for Saturday, Feb. 21 from 8:30am-4pm!

Another ski season is well underway, and per usual, the village and the resorts are chock full of changes that will no doubt positively enhance the experience for all who visit.  We've seen a lot of relocations, remodeling, rebranding, and more out of the culinary landscape here in Ellicottville.  One of these ‘new’ additions will be taking up shop in a familiar location to many, right on Monroe Street.  Cadillac Jack's is proudly opening their doors at the storefront which was once home to Hoagie's Pizzeria.  Snowed-In caught up with owners / operators Tina and Tom Zerbian to find out what we can expect from their exciting re-invented culinary adventure.

Take a seat at John Harvard’s Brew House at Holiday Valley and warm up with their signature Shepard’s Pie – the comfort food of choice after a fun-filled day on the slopes.  For those weekends when you’re unable to make the trip to Ellicottville, you can still enjoy the same delicious taste on your table …