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Now in its 9th year, United Way of Cattaraugus County’s Ski Day at HoliMont couples great skiing with a great cause.

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.

It’s easy to see why Ellicottville is such a fun place to come and play. Two resorts, a town alive with food and drink, and plenty of people you can share the stoke with. If you’re a seasonal (or even regular) visitor to 14731, you understand that this place - not just Ellicottville, but the entire region - thrives on being outside. Just a short drive over Chapel Hill or down Route 417 lies an entire area you may not know existed. These Enchanted Mountains contain much more than machine groomed packed powder, and we’re encouraging you to get out of your comfort zone and explore.

According to the Chinese Horoscope 2017 is the Year of the Red Rooster. Predictions for 2017 are if you are single, it is a good time to find your match. If you are in love, then you will have a deeper love. If you love the great outdoors, this is the year to experience the Allegheny National Forest. New for 2017 are Kinzua ADVentures offering four seasons of guided tours; Myers Motorsports offering snowmobile, ATV and UTV rentals; and Lantz Corners’ Snowmobile Rental and Lodging Packages. Hopefully, all the predications for love in 2017 will come true for you.

Grammy award winning band Blood, Sweat & Tears will be returning to the area when they play one show only at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca. Those very familiar songs and sounds of a band that has stood the test of time will warm up the Events Center on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7pm.

Often, people think yoga is simply stretching. However, those who come to the practice will quickly learn that it incorporates much more than just a physical body practice. Yoga certainly allows for the student to stretch one’s body, but it also allows one to transform on a mental and spiritual front. While the student is moving through a series of postures linked with corresponding breathwork, they are receiving corresponding benefits to the nervous system. These subtle benefits include relaxation, mindfulness, heightened concentration, stress reduction, a reduction in reactivity, and an overall sense of calm.

A lot of us were knocked out by early season respiratory infections. (Beware, the flu just walked through our store this month too!) Various herbs, extra probiotics, saltwater nasal flushes and steam inhalation treatments of Rosemary and Wild Thyme essential oils in addition to Silver Shield liquid breathed through a nebulizer can help prevent infection from reaching our lungs and lessen its duration and severity!

Halotherapy is an alternative treatment that has been going on for ages in Europe and Asia, just coming to North America the last couple of years. It is clinically proven to clear mucus from the airways, boost immune system, provide anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects, reduce symptoms of asthma, allergies, sinus and congestion, improve lung function, de-stress and decrease depression, ease skin ailments such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and more.

You can already tell by the buzz that it’s going to be one heck of a season. Thanks to the timing of some good old fashioned winter weather, HoliMont and Ellicottville are in great shape to offer a fun and prosperous new year. It’s time to bring your friends and family to the area and enjoy the best winter experience in Western New York.

Gallery 14731, downtown Ellicottville, is now exhibiting “Winter in EVL,” Chris Cove’s nature photography exhibit. Cove, an avid skier who lives in Pittsford, New York most of the year, is proud to call Ellicottville home too, as he and his family have owned a home here for the past ten years. The exhibit, which is part winter-themed scenes and part snowy owl photographs, is inspired by Cove’s love of winter and the Ellicottville area, and is sure to inspire visitors looking to enjoy the great outdoors “indoors,” for a change!​

Here in Ellicottville, you always hear about the great skiing and snowboarding, but not often do you hear about the advanced programs offered at our local resorts. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Ellicottville natives Hayly and Logan Fredrickson (twins), two U16 alpine ski racers out of the Holiday Valley Training Center (HVTC).

Western New York Winter is upon us in The Enchanted Mountains! Here is Cattaraugus County, one day we could be shoveling out two feet of snow and the next dodging raindrops!  Never fret, whether you choose to explore the Winter Wonderlands of our natural areas or prefer to celebrate the season by visiting our splendid indoor museums, galleries and theater performances, you are sure to celebrate all of Winter, not just the holidays!  

Holiday Valley and the major ski and snowboard companies are here to help you with your purchasing decisions. On Saturday, Dec. 17, visitors are welcomed to test new product. Reps from major manufacturers, plus Ellicottville’s local shops, will set up a demo village at the base of the Main Lodge. Brands like Burton, Salomon, Volkl, Atomic, Mervin Manufacturing (Lib Tech, GNU and Roxy), Head, Elan, Nordica, Apex Ski Boots, and many more will set up shop to put product out on the hill.

With winter quickly approaching here in Ellicottville, there’s no time like the present to get into some of your favorite local, specialty retailers to get outfitted for the pending snowfall. One of the mainstays in our community, Mud Sweat N’Gears, is located on the corner of Washington and Monroe Streets in the heart of the village. Recognized by the industry as an ‘America’s Best Bootfitters’ shop, as well as home to the only Montana Speed Factory around, MSG’s passionate, knowledgable staff is ready to get you dialed in. We caught up with owners / operators Kimberly Reading and Miguel Azcarate, to talk about the products they’re most excited about for the coming season.

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” George A. Moore’s words may sound a little cliche for a lighthearted piece as this, but honestly, he nailed it. You may travel the world over, experiencing sights and sounds of cultures far different than the one you grew up in. But the more time you spend away from home, the more you begin to miss it. John Rounds, Nick Pitillo and Rick Jackson all grew up in our (anymore, not so) small town before moving to various places around the country. And when I asked what brought each of them back, the answers were quite simple. “It’s home.”

Flash sales at big box stores. Christmas dinner planning. Last minute shopping. Too often, society attempts to reinforce this notion that Christmas revolves strictly around the giving and receiving of material possessions. We live in a consumer world, where drones deliver packages to you that you ordered from your cell phone. It’s easy to get lost in the noise. But this holiday season, the crew at SNOWED-IN implores you to think about the concept of giving a little differently. As a proud alumnus of St. Bonaventure University, I’m taking advantage of this platform to tell you about an incredible, admirable endeavor of the University - The Warming House.

While you were enjoying summer in the States, this former HoliMont Snowboard Team racer was chasing winter in Chile, in preparation for the World Cup circuit / 2018 Olympics