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The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx and the Buffalo Philharmonic will headline the 2018 Summer Music Festival.

Ellicottville Brewing Company poised to open Little Valley bottling facility, pub and entertainment complex this summer.

HoliMont General Manager Dave Riley announced his retirement, effective this June, after 18 years in the position.

The FLITE Cup returns home to HoliMont after a five-year hiatus! To determine the winning team, podium place points were added up in each age group for the combined two-day mogul event. Last year Buffalo Ski Club claimed the Cup, and prior years it was Holiday Valley and Bristol Mountain.

Attention runners! (Whether you’re a competitive athlete, a casual runner, or just someone who’s looking to get outside, get some exercise and have fun!) … the Happy Half Marathon, 5K and Beer Mile will return to Holiday Valley for the third year in a row on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Plan a trip to the bustling village of Ellicottville with all your gal pals and enjoy a plethora of activities that are being planned - everything from yoga, jewelry making, scarf tying, mixology, essential oils workshops and more will be available for participants. An outstanding brunch, cocktail hour and amazing shopping specials will all be included in your Girls Getaway registration price. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the activities being planned …

For Western New York resident Christine Wittmann, it was a priority to find a work/life balance that would allow her to spend more time in Ellicottville with her kids who are on the freestyle team and her husband who became a ski patroller at Holiday Valley. When her jewelry “hobby” expanded and began to feature more and more pieces with buffalo nickels, Christine left her industrial sales and marketing job and turned her passion for jewelry making into her own brand, bfloGALS.

When Dan Buringrud left corporate sales for seminary school in St. Louis, he was making a major life change. A native Californian by way of The Bay (San Francisco), he returned a pastor to Sacramento. But when an opportunity came up to leave The Golden State for the Lake Effect-filled, bone-cold area of New York we call home, he took it. God, as it seems, works in mysterious ways. 

One of the greatest mezzo-sopranos of all time and Bradford, Pennsylvania’s most famous daughter, Marilyn Horne has always had a special place in the hearts of many music lovers. And now her legacy has a special place in the heart of Bradford’s downtown historic district. The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center, which will be celebrating its first anniversary this spring, has already welcomed over 2,000 visitors interested in the life and career of one of the most lauded opera singers in the world.

A weekend unlike any all year! Mardi Gras / Winter Carnival in Ellicottville takes the fun of spring skiing and couples it with engaging activities - on and off the slopes. Mark the weekend of March 9-11 on your calendar, and get yourself to Ellicottville to participate!

Now is the time to save and find some great deals on outerwear and hard goods. Get ready for the 2018/19 season when you buy and save now because your window of opportunity is short. Some of your beloved local shops will soon be transitioning over to summertime products. Others will close down for the off-season. And one shop staple will turn the lights off for the final time; marking the end of an era in Ellicottville.

Sunday, March 4 is a day to celebrate snowboarding. The 1st Annual Boardroom Banked, presented by The Boardroom Snowboard Shop, is a banked slalom that pits riders across 4 divisions against each other. Going down on Holiday Valley’s Independence run, the Banked looks to become an annual staple in Ellicottville's event schedule. 

What do you get when you combine a good cause with garbage bags, a ski hill, silent auction, tasty food, and tons of laughs? The Penguin Paddle, of course! On Saturday, February 24, Holiday Valley’s Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program (LASP) will be hosting its annual fundraiser at the base of Yodeler Lodge to raise money for their program, which offers lessons to persons with virtually all disabilities, both physical and cognitive.

Melinda Jones loves being outside. It doesn't matter if she’s hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or going for a leisurely jog, Melinda just prefers to be outside in nature. So it should come as no surprise to find out that Melinda is the energy behind Outdoor Fitness Fusion, an endeavor that allows her to share her zest for physical activity and her love of nature with others who are looking for a little help to get them started on a more active lifestyle.

Iconic rock band returns to Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino. Read our interview with Foreigner sax player Tom Gimbel, about the band's following, and their return to Western New York.

The Tele ski event of the year returns on Friday, February 23. Telestock, presented by The City Garage, is a day of peace, love and Tele skiing! Telestock has become a fan favorite at Holiday Valley, running a strong 15+ years! Join The City Garage at Yodeler Lodge and on the Champagne Sundeck for Telestock 2018. This year’s theme: Hawaiian Luau.

From an early age in Holiday Valley’s Rangers Program, Bella Bacon’s first instructor Patty Wolf saw potential. Bella was fearless and loved to ski in the woods and moguls. It wasn’t long before Bella joined the Holiday Valley Freestyle Team. Although she excelled at moguls, it was her growing interest in slopestyle that turned her focus.

With its numerous camping sites, two lakes, delicious restaurant and unique shops, Allegany State Park is a hotspot for visitors and Cattaraugus County residents alike. And now Ellicottville resident, John Marino, has brought the park to downtown Ellicottville!

None of that fussy turning … this is all about speed! After a day on the slopes, you can top off your fun meter with a trip to the Holiday Valley Tubing Park. EVERYONE can enjoy the exhilaration of tubing!

Starting with the 2017-2018 season, HoliMont will offer a designated UPHILL SKINNING lane for those looking to “earn their turns.”

It all comes down to 16 days in February. Athletes from around the world train their entire lives for the chance at one shining moment of personal - and national - glory. From the major sports to the obscure ones, the world will tune in to see their nation’s best compete for gold medals and the coveted overall medal count. 

According to Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the Year of Earth Dog, with energies being dominated by the Earth element. A healthy lifestyle change is to spend more time outdoors, enjoying the beauty of the Earth. In the Allegheny National Forest Region of northwestern Pennsylvania, there are over 600 miles of multi-use, four-season trails. All are dog friendly!

Underage alcohol and drug abuse is affecting thousands of area students and their families, and is now the most serious public health threat facing adolescents in Western New York. While the spread of addiction may seem overwhelming, you can help by partnering with Kids Escaping Drugs and their annual SkiScape at HoliMont fundraiser on January 7, 2018. Event organizer Suzanne DiMico encourages everyone to “Shred the Stigma of Addiction,” which is this year’s theme, by raising money and awareness to help adolescents and their families get on the road to recovery.

While some may mumble and swear under their breaths about the snow and return of winter, there are plenty of us that wait and chomp at the bit for the first chance to slide on frozen, fluffy white stuff. This Friday, December 15, 2017 at 9:30am, the lifts at HoliMont will start to turn for their 56th winter season.