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Deep in Antarctica’s frozen wasteland lies the world’s cutest, most playful creatures. These little treasures live out their days fishing, swimming, and exploring. Not a human to be found in the glacial expanse, the black and white, dignified waddlers have grown to dominate the landscape, and, coincidentally, our hearts. Ah, penguins … emperor of the animal kingdom, and icon of February in Ellicottville.

Imagine 500-pound machines flying through the air, racing at top speeds around tight turns and dips with other machines just a fraction of an inch away. Now, consider those machines are snowmobiles, roaring their way around a technically designed manmade track as part of a professional race circuit.

First rip, then sip! Holiday Valley’s newest season-long event, Rip N’ Sip, is a chance to go out with certified instructors and hone your craft before going in for a frosty cocktail. The brainchild of HV Snowsports Director Allie Doro, Rip N’ Sip not only helps you work on your turns, but build relationships with fellow rippers.

Businesses strive for healthy growth. Whether increasing revenue by a few percentage points every year or expanding regional reach, a growing business means things are good. Since Sean Cornelius took over as president of the Weed Ross Insurance Agency in 2016, a combination of savvy insurance knowledge and a loyal customer base helped to reaffirm Weed Ross as one of Ellicottville’s premier agencies. When the opportunity presented itself to grow, he jumped at it.

Follow your heart during the month of February to find just the experience your soul desires. Plan an escape from technology with a walk along a sparkling creek on a snow-covered trail. Tap into your creativity as you enjoy a fun evening painting a masterpiece with your friend or loved one. February offers discounted pricing for a getaway at the Bradford Flatiron Airbnb with discounted spa services. Or raise a glass at the Annual Valentine’s Day Wine and Dessert Tasting - a fun and flavorful event for foodies.

Stop wondering how much fun it is to ski or snowboard and come do it! January is Learn a Snowsport Month, and Holiday Valley will offer half price beginner ski and snowboard packages throughout the entire month. Get instruction from the Snow Pros and realize what you’ve been missing out on!

The 6th Annual ‘Your Turn’ Women’s Ski Clinic returns to Holiday Valley January 24-25th, giving intermediate to advanced lady skiers a chance to clinic and get better. Renowned women’s ski instructor Lisa Densmore Ballard spearheads this ladies-only clinic, providing a lifetime of instruction and experience to enhance the overall session. 

AT PAR LIFT TICKETS JAN. 11, 12 & 13, 2019: Our friends north of the border are invited to take part in our first at par weekend! Friday the 11th is open to the public, so make the trek down and get the best bang for your Canadian buck. Member guests can get at par weekend tickets, with a reservation, Saturday and Sunday! For more information: www.holimont.com/event/canadian-at-par-weekend/

In 1979, Tony Dolan, a pharmacist in Bradford, Pennsylvania, wanted to start a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society during a time of year that isn’t normally associated with outdoor fundraisers - winter. Forty years later, Tony’s children, Betsy and Mike Dolan, have continued his tradition through what is now called the Tony Dolan Memorial Ski for Cancer event, the longest running fundraiser for the ACS in the state of Pennsylvania.

In a society that often favors online shopping and big box stores, Jodi Scanlan has managed to accomplish something that few entrepreneurs can do. Through several years of sharing her unique, handcrafted goods at craft and vendor shows, Scanlan created such a large following that opening a brick-and-mortar store was the next logical step. It has proven to be a very successful one, at that.

Kicking off October 2017 these ladies began their tour, Chicks with Hits, and have played dates through 2018, and we are thrilled they are continuing this unique show in 2019 making a stop at the Seneca Allegany Events Center on Saturday, February 9th at 7pm.

This season, LASP asks campaign donors to consider a $30 gift to mark the 30th anniversary of this marvelous non-profit. With 30 days to make an impact, donors can forever change the lives of children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. The campaign runs from Tuesday, Nov. 27th (#GivingTuesday) through Dec. 26th.

Most villages across the United States put up a Christmas Tree to celebrate the holiday season. It’s more tradition than anything else, and Ellicottville was no different. The tree would go up in time for the annual ‘Christmas in Ellicottville’ event, it’d be lit, and … we would go about our regular holiday festivities. It was just another Christmas Tree … until last year. 

Greer, Early Bird and Twisty Christy are the HoliMont slopes that create the epic backdrop of Ellicottville. Next time you come to town, take a look up and see some of the oldest runs in the area. Better yet, get yourself a lift ticket and catch one of the best views of town from the top.

Greg Dekdebrun is bringing something new to the busy thoroughfare, where his Dekdebruns Apex Store is located. True, Dekdebrun's business is not new to Washington Street, but he has taken on a new challenge there. “When I decided to basically downsize the business, I still wanted to be involved in the ski industry,” Dekdebrun explained. “So I decided to continue with the Apex ski boots and the idea came to me to design an Apex ski.”

Art and yoga, two things great for the soul, combine forces at Ellicottville’s Gallery 14731 for the wintertime.

Just a few weeks ago, Ava Grace Fashions celebrated the grand re-opening of its store as it moved from 10 Washington Street to 24 Washington Street.

Singer/songwriter Bret Michaels, lead singer of the band Poison, is coming to warm up a cold WNY night when he brings his solo tour to Seneca Allegany Casino’s Event Center on Saturday, January 19, 2019 for one show only. Read our one-on-one interview with the rock star.

Nestled at the edge of the Allegheny National Forest in the City of Bradford, is a fascinating museum honoring Marilyn Horne, a small-town girl who became an internationally acclaimed opera star.

A second location has recently opened up in East Aurora

Laughter and the sounds of the season will fill the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino Event Center this October through December with three must-see shows. Whether you are ready to laugh until your sides hurt, or share in the holiday spirit with the choice of two different performances, you cannot go wrong with any of the three listed here.

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Discover HoliMont, the ideal Western New York location for winter sports, outdoor activities and the energetic social scene. HoliMont is North America’s largest semi-private ski area. Since 1962 HoliMont has been devoted to memorable family skiing adventures. Pristine snow and grooming is the standard here. 700 vertical feet of wall-to-wall, top-to-bottom snowmaking, on top of an annual average 200 inches of natural snow.

You’ll be dreaming about first tracks. Short lift lines and friendly staff are what will make your days on snow a breeze. There are many services available to make you and your family’s visit the best it can be. Some of the things HoliMont offers are: equipment sales and service, equipment rentals, daycare, snowsports lessons, group events and more. For more information call the office at 716-699-2320