Perhaps no one is looking more forward to the end of the winter season here in Ellicottville than Greg Dekdebrun himself, who has announced he’ll be retiring from the shop, which has been his second home since its opening in 1961 by his father, Al. From 1986 forward, Greg and his wife Patti have owned and operated the shop, but after a lifetime of specialty retail, Greg thinks it’s time to kick his feet up (a little bit, anyhow). When asked what he planned to do with all his impending free time, he replied, “When the snow comes again, I’m going to do that thing called skiing.”
Inspired by a love for her country and for high speed turns, Kaylie Buck is racing towards her future. The former HoliMont Snowboard Team member has been competing on the NorAm Circuit for Team Canada, and this season, she is producing podium results!
Tyler Burns (DJ Tyler Swift) and John Nelson (DJ Obi One Two) started spinning tracks a few years ago, and their relationship - and skill set - has transformed into a powerhouse one-two (get it?) punch. Refusing to limit themselves to late night bar sets, Burns and Nelson created EVL Entertainment. They’re aiming to become the premier DJ name for weddings, parties, bars and events. We sat down with Burns and Nelson to give us the inside track (I am full of terrible puns) on the DJ lifestyle and EVL Entertainment.
Matt Canale has worked with wood for as long as he can remember. Like with most kids at a young age, he found joy in the simplest of things - swinging a hammer and pounding nails into a board. But while most adolescents leave that passion at a hammer and nail, Canale’s passion for woodworking grew. Graduating from his grandfather’s basement to helping his handyman father around their house, he ultimately found a career path in it.
Tony DiStefano, photography enthusiast and manager of The EVL Lodge, is taking his passion for the lens in a new and exciting direction. The idea: a photographer’s guild, right here in Ellicottville. His goal: to gather like-minded photographers to discuss technique, processes, and styles; and to learn from and encourage one another.
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 10-12 on your calendar, and get yourself to Ellicottville to participate! Come back the following weekend for the annual Pond Skimming event!
I think we all understand that life is stressful. And we understand that it is important to take time for “me”. But we don’t. And although many of us admit that we have fallen into this hectic lifestyle, what are we actually doing to combat it?
This month, we're discussing how to improve the function of the stomach in order to eliminate GERD and improve the health of the body’s eliminative functions and organs - the small and large intestines.
If you think of Ellicottville activities through the prism of power rankings, the top spot is an easy choice. Holiday Valley and HoliMont remain the tractor beams for bringing in visitors, both repeat and new. You might argue that No. 2 would be a toss-up between dining/nightlife and shopping - each one complements the other well. After that, however, it’s a complete dogfight for activity spots. Underrated and oft-overlooked, snowshoeing is a hidden gem around our area ...
It’s no secret to those who know, that The City Garage has one of the most diverse product selections in town. Sure - they’ve got the basics in accessories and ski equipment you would expect in a ski shop, but they’ve also got a variety of items some would deem ‘off piste’ so to speak, which have been carefully selected by their credible, passionate staff ...
Winter is in full swing here in Ellicottville. If you have yet to make the trek to HoliMont, plan a day (or two) during the week to come out and enjoy prime skiing surfaces, no lift lines, and comfy lounge areas inside and outside the main chalet. HoliMont is open to the public Monday through Friday; no reservation or membership required!
The winds of romance sometimes blow hot and cold, much like this year’s winter weather. For Valentine’s Day, and throughout February, the Allegheny National Forest Region offers a variety of fun-filled activities.
Ask anyone who frequents Holiday Valley, and they’ll tell you the Penguin Paddle is an annual favorite event. And how could it not be? I don’t care how old you are - putting a plastic bag over your body and sliding down the ski slope headfirst like a penguin is awesome. But what’s more awesome is what the Penguin Paddle benefits ...
Years ago, two kids who shared a love of everything Winter made a childhood bet. On the T-Bar at Buffalo Ski Club in Colden, NY a frustrated alpine racer took a break from training to go see her friend’s freestyle practice. This racer happened to be me, and one of my favorite things was to watch the aerial team practice as I was enamored with their grace and control in the air. Catching the T-Bar with my friend Matthew DePeters, on the ride up I told him that I would make the Olympics before him ...
“Fit is not a destination. It’s a way of life” ... We have all seen that quote before. And, if you are in any fitness industry you better believe it. As a trainer, my job is to keep up with the ever-evolving fitness trends and tricks. And since I have been a part of this industry since 1983 (yikes!), I have seen many trends come and go. One thing that has stayed consistent however, is weight training.
“Cleansing, Improved Nutrition, Supplementation as needed and Consistent Exercise in nature have all allowed me to feel healthier, more energized and stronger in my 40s than I ever experienced in my 20s!” Get started on your cleansing journey this Spring!
If cabin fever is setting in and you’re looking to discover something new, then explore all there is to do in Cattaraugus County during the month of February! Every weekend, there’s an exciting event taking place that you won’t want to miss, so get your calendar ready and fuel up your vehicle - from Portville to Salamanca, there’s lots in store for you and your family.
Alright Baby Boomers … Seneca Allegany Casino will have your show of all shows when the 50’s & 60’s come alive on Saturday, March 4. That’s when “The Golden Boys” will make a stop in Salamanca and take you back to a time that was simpler and all kinds of fun.
The 2016/17 U.S. Air Force Snocross National returns to Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca, NY, February 3-4. For years, crowds have been treated to the sights, sounds and smells (race fuel!) of this exciting event, so let’s fill you in on the back story ...
Speak candidly with any business owner in Ellicottville, and you’ll hear a common theme. Running a success story in a resort town requires finding the delicate balance between staying true to your mission statement and keeping pace with the always-shifting demands of the consumer. Some businesses in Ellicottville never achieved this balance - that’s why they’re not in business anymore. Others, like The Silver Fox, have done what is needed to not only keep the lights on, but remain a rock-solid constant of the Ellicottville scene. There’s a stark difference between owning a restaurant and operating a restaurant. Michael Nickolson, owner of ‘The Fox,’ falls into the latter.
During the winter months, Ellicottville is not exactly lacking in the entertainment department. Between the slopes of Holiday Valley and HoliMont and the nightlife of the village, plenty of stories are made between the months of December and April. There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you’ve got an Ellicottville story or two yourself. And if you’ve ever been to The Boardroom, or The Boardroom on Main, and had the opportunity to talk with any of the staff then you know they have stories for days! Whether it’s shop talk about the newest and hottest products on the market, the latest scoop on what’s happening at the resorts in town, or just shop beagle tales (pun intended) The Boardroom crew never disappoints. It’s pretty safe to say though, that the topic they enjoy the most is snowboarding. So when Spencer Timkey (@spence_timkey on Insta) and Tyler Burns (@tylerxburns) were trying to figure out a new way to connect with people who share their passion for shredding, they settled on the podcast format. And just like that, Cold Soup, a weekly podcast for the shred enthusiast was born.