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In line with its always-evolving personality and progression, Holiday Valley added two key personnel to its terrain park program this season.

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. 
The dish I have chosen for this month’s SNOWED-IN special is quite a bit lighter than last month’s. Although the garnish for 
this dish screams winter, the scallops tend to offer a more delicate feel on your pallet.  Come dine at John Harvard's Brew House during the month of January and experience it for yourself!
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.
Day groups are a great opportunity for a group of friends, families or co-workers to get together and ski, and according to Kristen Sciara, Assistant Director of Marketing at Holiday Valley, it’s also a great chance for beginners to try the sport in a comfortable group setting.
   Ski and snowboard equipment can be some of the trickiest products to buy. Lucky for you, Holiday Valley and the major ski and snowboard companies are here to help you with your purchasing decisions. Come test out new product on-hill.  And if the Farmer’s Almanac is any indication of the conditions you’ll be testing in, we’ll be buried in snow by the time Dec. 21 gets here.
Looking for an intense thrill?  Look for the BAGJUMP to return to Holiday Valley this season.  For those of you lost in translation, a BAGJUMP is a device derived from the entertainment and inflatables industry to serve as a landing pad for action shots.  Now, it's being used on snow.
At John Harvard’s, we are anxious to introduce warm flavors to the cold season.  To kick off the ski season, we are featuring a roasted lamb loin cooked to a perfect glistening medium-rare. 

The cold and snowy November weather combined with Holiday Valley’s powerhouse snowmaking system will allow the resort to open for the 2013-‘14 winter season on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. 
Not Top-50, nor Top-25.  Not even Top-10.  Congratulations, Holiday Valley, for being named the 5th best ski resort on the entire Eastern seaboard!
If you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant with a touch of Cheers where “everybody knows your name,” look no further than John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House, located inside the Tamarack Club at Holiday Valley Resort. 
If you didn’t get your fill of beer and wine at Ellicottville’s Fall Festival, another annual tradition here in good ‘ol E’ville is the ever popular Beer & Wine Festival at Holiday Valley Resort.  This event has gained major popularity since its inception ten years ago. Holiday Valley, Ellicottville Brewing Company and Southern Tier Brewery will once again host the event at The Lodge (formerly the Clubhouse Chalet / Main Lodge) on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 from 3:30-7:30pm with live music by Big Leg Emma. 
Snowfall is inevitable … instead of hibernating through the chilly winter months, step out and learn to enjoy the snow. All it takes is a little time, effort, and of course, adventurous spirit.  In our corner of Western New York, it’s the perfect opportunity to bundle up, grab your gear and hit the slopes at Holiday Valley and HoliMont.