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Winter is in full swing here in Ellicottville! If you have yet to make the trek to HoliMont, plan a day (or two) to stop up and check out the upgrades to our tuning shop, new apparel, and the complete overhaul of Dina’s at the Mont (and make some runs while you’re here!) Our social calendar for the next couple of months is full of entertaining events for our members and their guests, and the public will be pleased to test out new snowmaking capabilities during the week, Monday through Friday. We’ll see you out here on the slopes of HoliMont!

HoliMont has been proud to support the Phoenix Adaptive program since 1996. Challenged individuals have been given a chance to learn and enjoy a snow sports way of life thanks to dedicated instructors. People with a variety of physical and mental conditions take part in specially designed lessons so that they may enjoy the sensation of sliding on the groomed slopes of the Mont.

Just twenty-three years old, an age where most young people are just a couple years into the job force or pursuing higher education, Megan Farrell’s Olympic dreams currently consume her everyday life. A graduate of Queen’s University with a degree in Environmental Science, Megan has put typical career aspirations on hold in order to work out, train, travel, and hone her snowboarding skills. It’s not an easy lifestyle by any means. But true commitment is rarely easy.

Winter is upon us here in Ellicottville, and HoliMont kicked off the 2015-16 season on December 24.

There is a chill in the air of Ellicottville, which is always a welcome feeling this time of year. By the time this publication goes to print, the HoliMont Mountain Crew will most likely have fired up the guns and started to make snow.


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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. 

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!

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!

USASA - the United States of America Snowboarding Association - rolled the dice on competitive snowboarding in the 1980s and hasn’t looked back since. The genesis of its vision came about when Chuck Allen wanted an all-encompassing competitive circuit for snowboarding. Now, more than 25 years later, USASA continues to be the dominant competitive organization for amateur snowboarders across the country. 

On Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 HoliMont will turn the lifts for the annual SkiScape fundraising event.

What better way to kickstart the season than by getting to know the people who take care of the hills we love to enjoy?

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?

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.

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.

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.
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.

HoliMont Ski Area officially opened for the 2013-14 ski season on Saturday, December 14th; eleven days earlier than last year’s Christmas Day opening. Since then, the Village of Ellicottville has 1) been buried in beautiful lake effect snow, 2) seen an increase in temperature that all but wiped out the natural snowfall, and then 3) witnessed a Christmas comeback as winter returned just in time to blanket the slopes with enough snow to give the area the winter look that we here at HoliMont love so much.

Even though the snow isn’t here yet, there is no better time than right now to organize your group outing to HoliMont.  Group leaders are already lining up to reserve space on the HoliMont chalet calendar for the approaching season.  And in case you are still under the impression that HoliMont is just a private ski club where the general public is not allowed to ski; that is not the case.  HoliMont is open to non-members every Monday through Friday (excluding Christmas Week Dec. 25-31).
Is winter a season you actually look forward to rather than dread?  Does the prospect of putting snow tires on your vehicle put a big grin on your face?  Is a new set of skis or a snowboard deck your idea of the perfect holiday gift?  Do you daydream about the perfect powder day with no lift lines and no crowds?  If so, then HoliMont Ski Area might just be the place for you. 
Looking for another way to hit the slopes for a good cause? The sixth annual Ski Day For United Way takes place Thursday, March 7 at HoliMont Ski Area in Ellicottville.
Constance Searby questioned it, skeptical of its feasibility, but, within a weekend, she became a believer and an advocate of HoliMont’s Phoenix Adaptive Ski Program.  “My son Wil joined the program after a friend invited us up,” Searby said. “We were skeptical, but thought it would be fun for him to try a new activity. By the end of the weekend he was on tethers, going down the Bunny Hill and Chipmunk. We were sold and signed up the next year.” 

HoliMont Ski Area, North America’s largest private ski area, is expanding. The project, also known as WestMont Ridge, has produced 31 rare, ski-in/ski-out building lots on the western side of HoliMont.   
If you're skiing the slopes of HoliMont on Jan. 6, don't be alarmed if teams of firefighters, linked by a fire hose, race past in their full gear.