There’s no doubt that winter in Ellicottville is always an unbelievably good time. By the time March comes around, however, many of us are ready for some consistent Vitamin D and warmer temperatures. Finish the year strong with these annual outdoor events hosted by Holiday Valley: Winter Carnival (March 14-15) and Pond Skimming (Saturday, March 28).
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!
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.
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?
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.’
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!
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 …
Join award-winning, widely-acclaimed instructor and ski racer, Lisa Densmore, for two days of alpine fun on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 12-13, 2015, right here in Ellicottville. With over 20 years of instruction and coaching under her DalBello skis, Densmore is ready to show the ladies how to have the best time on the slopes through instruction, equipment demos, video analysis, discussions, and of course, plenty of slope time.
Demo Day is - simply put - awesome. And it's returning to the base of Mardi Gras this December. All the reps are coming, all the local shops will be present, all are encouraged to come out and try the best of the best. Let's go!
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 ...
Before we get started, let’s take this opportunity to congratulate HV on its 2014-’15 SKI Magazine resort ranking - 5th in the East. Fifth! Sitting only behind Mont Tremblant, Smuggler’s Notch, Stowe and Killington, the overall experience is what prompted readers to award The Valley it’s back-to-back Top-5 ranking.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Tired of watching your friends hit the slopes while you sip hot cocoa and watch from the lodge? Bundle up, grab some skis or a snowboard and join them in January as the nation celebrates “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.” Both Ellicottville resorts are offering great incentives to get you off the couch and onto the hill.
What happens when skiers and Harley-Davidsons get together at Holiday Valley? A day full of engine-revving, slope-swishing fun during the second annual Harley-Day Valley, set for Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10am-7pm.
Just because we’re located in the Western New York foothills and don’t have as aggressive terrain as, say, Utah or Colorado, the fact remains Ellicottville and Holiday Valley are known throughout the national ski and snowboard circuit. Shops like The City Garage are always willing to play host to fun events on our local mountain, and the “Tell A Friend Tour” is at the top of the list.