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On Monday, Feb. 11, Holiday Valley Resort will be hosting the “Your Turn” Women’s Ski Clinic, featuring nationally acclaimed ski coach Lisa Densmore. With Mud Sweat ‘n Gears Ski and Snowboard Shop sponsoring the event, store owner Kimberly Reading and I found it absolutely necessary to do a women’s specific product testing for the month of February.  Lucky me!
Unbeknownst to most, the buying cycle for shops around the country is actually eight to nine months before the next season starts. For instance, local shops are currently writing orders to be fulfilled for 2013-’14, and they are traveling to regional trade shows to see next year’s product in person and meet with the reps from that company. The past few seasons, the regional show for our territory has been in Atlantic City, NJ. 


Drift’s latest POV camera, the HD Ghost, offers a two-way remote control for easy access, Wi-Fi to connect to smart phones, continuous loop recording, and a tough Gorilla glass LCD screen to view pictures, videos and menu screens through.  With video, photo, burst, and time-lapse modes, this little piece of technology does it all.


Mike Parillo.  If you have any interest in snowboarding and don’t recognize the name, chances are you still know his work.  This Los Angeles, CA native turned Jackson, WY transplant has been responsible for creating some of the most mesmerizing top sheets to ever cover a snowboard, including Travis Rice’s pro-models.  Through Rice’s appreciation for art, the two formed Asymbol Art Gallery - the ultimate way to bring snowboarding and art into the home, and to the eyes of the general public.


I think it’s forgotten by some that our feet act as the platform for our entire body. Surprisingly, statistics show that over 75 percent of the population suffers from some sort of foot misalignment.  At Dekdebruns Ski & Snowboard Shop, their custom footbeds are not only formed to properly support your feet and arches, but they may even help relieve the pain some suffer in different parts of their body while skiing or snowboarding.
All the locals know her.  Many of our visitors know her.  A woman with a bright smile and an infectious laugh, Buffalo native Patty Wolf has created a life for herself out of her passion for skiing.  

I, along with Snowed-In creator Brenda Perks, decided to do a little local product testing for you and yours, to delight your wish lists right before the holiday season. We stopped by The City Garage and met up with Trey Clauss, longtime General Manager, to see what was happening with the latest loot for Christmas. Here are the hottest, most unique items on the shelves … other than their fantastic selection of skis and accessories. Remember, every product tested is exclusive to The City Garage, and can’t be found anywhere else in town.

Can it be assumed that the general population partakes in some sort of recycling and sustainability practices these days? Perhaps it’s single stream recycling in your home or office. Maybe you donate and purchase your clothes at the Salvation Army? Whatever way you choose to recycle, 686 Clothing Company is embarking on their third year of a darn cool concept.


   There’s a new face working the floor this season at Dekdebruns Ski Shop ... although her name might ring a bell. Buffalo native Carly Harrington brings her knowledge of the winter sports industry to the ski/snowboard shop and its customers, offering her first-hand experiences in choosing the proper gear for on the slopes.  Afterall, she has quite an impressive resume of snowboarding competitions and top rankings, and this park shredder that calls Holiday Valley her home mountain is excited to be back on the scene.  Currently a Freshman studying Nursing at the University at Buffalo, Harrington started her sales position at the Ellicottville shop this past October, and so far is loving every minute of it.

One thing is for certain: the times they are a changing here in our quaint little ski town. Whether it’s the annual improvements in facilities at Holiday Valley and HoliMont, or the addition and evolution of retailers in the village, it’s safe to say there is something new to see each and every time you venture here. One of the most notable changes to the landscape in the past year has been the relocation of one of the iconic ski/snowboard specialty shops in Ellicottville - Mud, Sweat ‘N Gears (MSG). Previously located at 21 Washington Street, this crew of dedicated lifelong winter sports enthusiasts has nestled into a newly reinvented location at 18 Monroe Street (previously known as the Ellicottville Marketplace) … so we dropped in to see what was on tap for the upcoming season.