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Many solutions to insomnia causes are obvious. Listed in this article are the three most common forms of sleeplessness that I have observed in my practice along with their respective naturopathic protocols. They always have hormonal and biochemical components associated with the dysfunctions.

With December upon us, that means snow can happen at any time! We are at the top of the list for counties who receive the maximum snowfall in NY State. It's no wonder we know how to have fun in the snow! How does cascading over the snow on a trail-dominating snowmobile sound? Or exploring the back woods, breaking your own trails on your snowshoes? You can do all that right here, and we’re sure you’ll soon warm up to winter with all the fun activities available right in our backyard.

The unmistakable voice of Gary Puckett, formerly of Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, will fill the air at The Bears Den at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Friday, Jan. 8 at 8pm. Talking with him recently about his career, it led him to recall some of the memories that stand out vividly in his mind. Puckett, who considers himself a political junkie, went on to tell me about the day he spoke to President Nixon one-on-one on the White House lawn.

CANCELED! On Saturday, Dec. 19 at Holiday Valley, Demo Day will kick off in full swing. The atmosphere it creates is unique – a small commune of like-minded skiers and boarders all feeding off each other’s positive energy and stoke. Over twenty ski and snowboard reps from major brands will be present this year, including Elan, Volkl, Atomic, Rossignol, Salomon, Head, K2, Mervin Manufacturing (Lib Tech, GNU and Roxy), and Burton - to name a few.

It’s a job that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves. Snowmaking is a tough business. It’s cold, it’s labor-intensive and oft-times can be dangerous. But every winter, Holiday Valley’s crew is out on the front lines, giving us the best snow they can.

If you’ve ever visited Dekdebruns, you have seen first-hand what a dynamic offering they have. Everything from high performance ski race gear, on-hill and apres ski fashion, to must-have accessories, snowboard gear and rentals. The Dekdebruns team prides themselves in finding brands that one can’t find just anywhere, ensuring that their customers are exposed to the big picture. This year, they have two unique offerings we’re pretty sure you’ll be stoked about.

Leave the malls, long lines and stressful shopping behind. Grab your shopping buddy and head out to the ANF Region of PA to find gifts that truly mean something. You’ll find perfect presents at every price, from warm and wooly surprises to luxurious delights.

There is a chill in the air of Ellicottville, which is always a welcome feeling this time of year. By the time this publication goes to print, the HoliMont Mountain Crew will most likely have fired up the guns and started to make snow.

IT’S ALMOST TIME TO THE LET 2015-16 SKI SEASON BEGIN!

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Progression. Innovation. Development. Since Holiday Valley’s genesis, these are the nouns we use to describe the resort. Every off-season, it’s all hands on deck - from management, to Mountain Operations, to Food & Beverage - to make a concentrated effort to make an already stellar product even better. When you speak in terms of national recognition, resorts like Snowbird, Mammoth Mountain and Okemo are names you hear often. But you’d be shocked at how many people across the North American continent know, and love, Holiday Valley. 

Already picking out what fresh new gear you want to purchase for the season?  Perhaps you knew the answer to that question months ago.    If so, then you also know that the leaves on the trees of Ellicottville are changing color, which means that it’s almost time for another fantastic season out on the slopes.  And rest assured, HoliMont is looking forward to helping you enjoy every single snow-filled moment this winter. 

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!

It’s good to be back in Ellicottville!   What’s great about Adventure Bound onthefly is that we’re going to appeal to such a broad range of people. There’s that aspirational, outdoor/lifestyle theme that people look for and a lot of people resonate with.  When a family comes in, we want to be able to offer something for everyone. 

So many awesome things going down this year. The one we’re most excited about is the opening of a 2nd storefront location called The Boardroom on Main, right in the heart of the Village of Ellicottville. We partnered with John Rounds (who opened Adventure Bound onthefly) and took the downstairs of the old Kazoo II building. 

This year we expanded our collection of outerwear and accessories for kids. We couldn’t help ourselves ... there was just too much good stuff to choose from.  Jackets, pants, insulators, hoodies, base layers, helmets, goggles, gloves and packs. Fun pops of color and patterning, impactful prints and color blocks and full range of kid friendly features like dependable waterproofing, breathability and rugged fabrics. More than enough to keep them one step ahead of Mother Nature. 

We are very excited for Icelantic’s brand new ski for this year – the Pioneer!  This is Icelantic’s true all-mountain ski: it is lightweight with camber underfoot and a tapered early rise tip and tail.  The Pioneer will easily perform in all conditions!

We are entering our 16th year this season, and we couldn't be more excited for what winter has to offer! Being open year round has its benefits, but the biggest joy we get is switching from summer to winter. Getting out all the new product is like Christmas!  

Our bangin’ boards of this season will be the Burton Process Centerfold line-up. These boards are surely to make ‘em drool with the latest in pinup-worthy freestyle performance. Twin shape, camber profile and some sensual top graphics make for one of the most enjoyable rides of the season. 

Both Farmer’s Almanacs are predicting an even colder ski season than the past two winters here in WNY!  So … in addition to buying warmer ski gear, turn up the heat in your internal furnace with Botanical Medicine. Herbs, categorized according to their medicinal properties, can have warming effects on the body. 

One of the more popular festivals in the Western New York area not to be missed: the Holiday Valley Beer & Wine Festival, happening Nov. 6-7.  If you’ve never attended or heard of this incredible event, allow us to 'pour on’ the details so you know what’s ‘on tap'…

This Halloween costume themed race is truly fun for all levels of participants, whether you’re an avid marathoner or casual jogger. Costumes are encouraged, but certainly not mandatory, making this an enjoyable spectator event for those lining the start / finish area in downtown Ellicottville.  

The Winter Arts Festival is a phenomenal opportunity for the community to visit with local fine artists and artisans, and maybe even squeeze in some holiday shopping. The event is being hosted at Holiday Valley Lodge (a gorgeous enough location to rival the beautiful art that promises to be within) over two days, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22.  

No one really wants to let the last days of warm weather slip out of their hands and be lost to winter's cold grasp.  Late fall still offers much to do here with celebrations of Halloween, shopping opportunities to get you started for the Christmas season and plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors, regardless of the weather.

From the beautiful landscape of the Allegheny Mountains and the Allegheny River to the city’s exciting gaming facilities, there is no lack of education, entertainment, and enjoyment in Salamanca. A unique cultural experience is sure to await you ... all that’s left to do is plan your visit! 

Most folks generally think of Allegany State Park as a summer destination; a place to hike around for a few hours or maybe a good place to haul the kayaks up to. What they fail to realize is that the park offers a ton of great activities all year round.