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Whether you have an appetite for floaty powder skis, all mountain performers, gutsy sidecuts for groomer days or blazing fast race equipment, Mud, Sweat n' Gears no doubt has the ski you're looking for. Their helmet and goggle collection is bigger and better than ever, and their "Speed Factory" in the back has added some new artillery to make your equipment ready for anything.

Not only is The City Garage stoked on a few new lines they're bringing in (TOBE, Strafe, and Planks, just to name a few), they are also gearing up for the showing of "Ruin and Rose" in November, and busy ski shop days through winter, where they'll rely heavily on good grub cooked in the back to fuel them through ... aka Crockpot Creations, where the key ingredient in every meal is ...

This summer was a bit different for the winter-only shop ... they were OPEN! According to Ciara Peters, soft goods manager, "It went very well! We offered a variety of casual and swim wear from companies like O’Neill and Picture Organic Clothing. In addition, we also freshened up our t-shirt wall with some summer inspired designs." But with winter just around the corner, the Dekdebruns crew is anxious to fill the shop with winter-inspired product, including a few new items, including Uvex helmets and goggles, the latest boot by Apex, and the Nitro line of snowboards.

Last year, Holiday Valley (and to be completely honest, the entire east coast) were put on a Code Red high alert. When November came along and it was still 80º, no one panicked. Winter would come, fast and furious. But winter didn’t come, and even if you count what we had as winter, it was bad. But props to everyone at Holiday Valley - management, Mountain Ops, instructors, parking attendants … everyone - for keeping calm and weathering the storm (or lack of). Honestly, I still had some really good days on-hill last year. Shoutout to the snowmakers and groomers for saving the day in early January.

If you’re a Member at HoliMont (North America’s largest private ski club), you know that it is an experience that can be tough to put into words because it really is just that – an incredible winter experience. Any time throughout the season you can hit the slopes and set your skis on edge to engage your finely tuned, high performance skis or snowboard on pristinely groomed corduroy and carve down one of HoliMont’s 52 slopes. But as with most things in life, picturing it doesn’t do it justice. Until you can actually feel that crisp Western New York winter air on your face as you cruise down a slope, all you can really do is imagine what spending your winters at this family-friendly ski club is all about.

Arthur J. Roscoe first came to Allegany State Park in 1925 after graduating from Syracuse University. In 1930 he got a permanent job as a Park Forester. In 1956 he was promoted to Assistant Regional Director. He held that position until he retired in 1968. During his time at the Park, Mr. Roscoe was instrumental in the development of skiing activities at the State Park and as a result, in 1979, he was honored by the Park when it dedicated the cross country ski trail system in his honor.

The Allegheny National Forest Region in McKean County, Pennsylvania is where you go to find snow. With Pennsylvania’s state record of the most annual snowfall and the coldest temperatures, McKean County is a cold weather champion. Located just 30 minutes south of Ellicottville, NY and 90 minutes from Buffalo or Erie, we invite you to visit. During winter, every day is a snow day!

Located just twenty miles from Ellicottville, the historic village of Randolph, New York is a great place to spend the weekend throughout the fall and winter seasons! Unique shops, delicious restaurants, and a full schedule of fall and winter events will not only fill your weekend calendar, but will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Love Potion #9 ... Charlie Brown ... Zing Went the Strings of My Heart ... The Coasters have 8 Gold Records to their name, and are in their sixth decade of making music and touring. Sadly, all the original members are deceased, but under the guidance of Veta Gardner, the wife of the original founding member and lead singer, the current members are still going strong. Read our one-on-one interview with Veta.

HELLO MARCH! HoliMont would like to remind you that if you have yet to make the trek to our neck of the woods this season, plan a day (or two) soon! We’re closing in on the end of ski season, so be sure to stop up and check out the upgrades to our tuning shop, new apparel, and the complete overhaul of Dina’s at the Mont. Our social calendar for March and April are full of fun and exciting events for our members and their guests, as well as the public which is welcome to come ski/snowboard Monday through Friday.

So maybe it hasn’t been a picture-perfect ski season, but you can bet your snow-loving bottom that the month of March will undoubtedly bring the most fun! Keep those skis and boards waxed, pull out your spring wear and warm-weather gloves, grab your koozie and a few snacks, and let’s
get this party started! THE BEST OF SKI SEASON 2016 IS ON ITS WAY!!! See you at these zany-tastic events ...

Currently being featured at Gallery 14731 are works by Buffalo’s own Peter Fowler (www.peterfowlerstudio.com), a seventeen year resident of Buffalo, NY who epitomizes the idea that with enough hard work and dedication, achieving a dream is always within your reach. Read our interview with the artist; then catch his works in downtown Ellicottville.

Spring officially begins on March 20 this year! As the sunrays warm, wildflowers start to appear, and the wind carries the breath of spring along with the music of birds singing. So catch the fever - make your plans now to get outside. Plan a springtime hike, buy some new fishing or camping equipment, sign up for a fly-fishing class, or just enjoy a drive exploring the Allegheny National Forest Region of northwestern Pennsylvania … with the windows rolled down!

The gun pops at 10am on Saturday, May 7, 2016 to mark the start of the 1st annual Happy Half Marathon and 5K at Holiday Valley Resort. Seasoned runners and first time racers are invited to come out and strut their stuff in this inaugural Mother’s Day weekend event that’s sure to be full of fun and laughter.

Winter has without a doubt established a firm hold on Ellicottville and the region, with the slopes of HoliMont and Holiday Valley full of visitors who have all but forgotten the tumultuous start to the season. Sooner than later, however, the sun and warm temps will return to the area, with thoughts beginning to shift from powder turns to patio sessions. A few of the local specialty shops in town will be locking their doors for the spring and summer months, however, one location in particular that will NOT be closing up shop is The City Garage. For the past 16 years, The City Garage has remained committed to being a year-round lifestyle and outdoor equipment retailer. SNOWED-IN sat down with the gang at the C.G., who were excited to reveal what products will be awaiting those visiting in the warmer months.

Bemus Point will be getting a big taste of Ellicottville’s finest this summer when Ellicottville Brewing Company opens EBC on Chautauqua. Taking over the former Bemus Surf Club, expect the taps to start pouring around mid-June. Their expansion into the heavy Southern Tier now gives EBC three locations, each one offering beer lovers a totally different vibe and experience.

Tip Up Café celebrated its 36th anniversary on Feb. 16. Let’s take you back to the beginning: Judy and Ken Roush, who were married for just one year, had high hopes of one day opening a restaurant. Ken was a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Judy Morabito grew up in Buffalo. Her father was a “green grocer” owning “The Main and Transit Market” which supplied many restaurants with produce from the early 1950’s. Both Judy and Ken had a lot in common and were searching for the perfect location for their dream restaurant. They debated two locations: The “Lucky Dollar” (now the Nickel Inn) and “Herbie’s Derby” - a shot and beer joint in Ellicottville. Ken grew up just over the hill from Ellicottville, in Cattaraugus, NY, which influenced the introduction of Tips Up and Ellicottville as the winning location.

Holiday Valley prides itself on giving its visitors the complete experience - extensive terrain, great snowmaking, fresh groomers every night, lift capacity - and these are such reasons why Ski Magazine ranked HV 3rd Overall for Eastern resorts in 2015. But one facet of the Valley that spans all four seasons is what we do every day - eat and drink.

“Life’s a Sketch… And then you die.” That phrase is what you see as the title of comedian, impressionist and actor Frank Caliendo’s “funny” bio. Still, as you start to read it, you’re thinking you’re going to learn about what he’s all about, what makes him tick, his accomplishments in chronologic order, and then you read the first line … Born at the age of three in northern Illinois … and even though you may not be familiar with the comedian, he has drawn you right in.

Winter is in full swing here in Ellicottville! If you have yet to make the trek to HoliMont, plan a day (or two) to stop up and check out the upgrades to our tuning shop, new apparel, and the complete overhaul of Dina’s at the Mont (and make some runs while you’re here!) Our social calendar for the next couple of months is full of entertaining events for our members and their guests, and the public will be pleased to test out new snowmaking capabilities during the week, Monday through Friday. We’ll see you out here on the slopes of HoliMont!

February is the time to enjoy fine wine, fine dining, and some very fine handmade chocolates in the Allegheny National Forest Region of northwestern Pennsylvania. For Valentine’s Day choose from date night dining, wine and chocolate tasting, a painting party or an afternoon playing in the great outdoors.

One of country music’s hottest bands will be making a stop at the Seneca Allegany Events Center for one show on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7pm. The Eli Young Band - formed in Texas by four college friends - have been playing music together for 15 years and are happy with not only their musical success but with their personal lives as well. SNOWED-IN caught up with James Young from the band. Read our one-on-one interview here ...

There are no days off. Much like snowmaking and grooming at Holiday Valley, the Lift Maintenance crew works early mornings and late nights to ensure the lifts keep spinning. They don’t get a lot of credit, but they deserve it.

Essential Oils are aromatic extracts from various parts of many different plants. Recorded use of essential oils and aromatherapy date back 6,000 years! It is amazing to watch how their comeback is helping so many people all over the world. Here is a step-by-step guide for using Authentic Essential Oils as Valentine’s Day “Keys” to Unlock Your Heart … and the hearts of your loved ones!