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McKean County, Pennsylvania, located just 30 minutes south of Ellicottville, NY, is where you go when you want to find snow.  “The Loop” offers over 360 miles of groomed snowmobile trails within the wild and beautiful Allegheny National Forest (ANF). Book a snowmobile tour package if you want to travel into the forest with an experienced rider to see favorite ANF sites, rent a snowmobile, or call ahead to take a guided ATV Ride. Want to play indoors? Choose from over 40 local restaurants for an evening outing or weekend culinary adventure. 

Forget making impossible goals that will fall to the wayside by February.  It's easy to stay indoors and veg out with your newly received electronics while eating the leftover Christmas cookies.  Some of the top resolutions every year are to lose weight / stay fit, eliminate stress, save money, learn something new, and spend more time with family.  Here is the run-down on how to accomplish these goals with ease right here in the Enchanted Mountains! 

USASA - the United States of America Snowboarding Association - rolled the dice on competitive snowboarding in the 1980s and hasn’t looked back since. The genesis of its vision came about when Chuck Allen wanted an all-encompassing competitive circuit for snowboarding. Now, more than 25 years later, USASA continues to be the dominant competitive organization for amateur snowboarders across the country. 

With the fresh snow of the New Year, skiers and snowboarders may find themselves taking an inventory of all their cold-weather apparel needed to embrace a full day on the slopes. Families with young children, in particular, may find that last winter’s jackets and snow pants no longer adequately cover the longer limbs of their young wearers. While the lure of online shopping may seem a viable option for children’s outerwear, the incredible variety and personable customer service of The Red Door, located at 11 Washington Street in downtown Ellicottville, makes it a one-stop destination for winter outerwear for the entire family. 

One of the most visible and exciting (and did we mention loud?) events around makes its anticipated return to the Southern Tier this February, as the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino welcomes back the AMSOIL ISOC U.S. Air Force National Snocross race, Feb. 6-7, 2015.  The Salamanca venue has quickly become a favorite of fans and riders participating in the 8-stop national circuit, attracting competitors and spectators from all over North America.

Join award-winning, widely-acclaimed instructor and ski racer, Lisa Densmore, for two days of alpine fun on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 12-13, 2015, right here in Ellicottville. With over 20 years of instruction and coaching under her DalBello skis, Densmore is ready to show the ladies how to have the best time on the slopes through instruction, equipment demos, video analysis, discussions, and of course, plenty of slope time. 

In line with its always-evolving personality and progression, Holiday Valley added two key personnel to its terrain park program this season.

On Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 HoliMont will turn the lifts for the annual SkiScape fundraising event.

No child should wake up without a gift on Christmas, but with a little luck of the Irish and Santa's Workshop, hope is on the way ...

More than just lyrics to a popular song, traveling over the river and through the woods here in the Allegheny National Forest Region of northwestern Pennsylvania will place you on the trail to enjoyable shopping in local shops, professional holiday musical performances and outdoor adventures for the sportsman.

We all desire to be full of Pizzazz, Mojo and Fire! No one wants to be Inert, Lifeless or Weary. Here are three ways to Zip your Energy so it pulls you forward in life and to Inactivate the Fatigue that drags you down. 

A visit to the outskirts of Elllicottville or 20 minutes down the road to Randolph will prove that one day is just not enough to explore the many unique gift items and holiday events that the season offers.

January 23, 2015 will find the perennial classic-rock favorite, America, filling the Seneca Allegany Events Center with their melodic sound that became a mainstay of pop rock music of the 1970’s.  I had the pleasure to catch up with Dewey Bunnell by phone; we talked about 2015 marking their 45th year in the business, a future project, how the band got its name, and what keeps him and Gerry Beckley on their game four and a half decades later.

Demo Day is - simply put - awesome.  And it's returning to the base of Mardi Gras this December.  All the reps are coming, all the local shops will be present, all are encouraged to come out and try the best of the best.  Let's go!

Now 30 years strong, the shop has evolved greatly since its inception, with brands filtering in and out through their quest to offer the best of the best for their valued customers.  One of these brands, now on its second tenure at the shop, is Burton Snowboards - the biggest and longest standing pioneer brand in the industry.  With this recent reintroduction, The Boardroom truly does offer the top brands in the industry.  So let’s drop in and hear more about their recent acquisition.

What better way to kickstart the season than by getting to know the people who take care of the hills we love to enjoy?

EVL Snowed-In's menu pick of the month takes us to the Ellicottville Brewing Company where they've created a unique twist on a centuries old recipe, the Monte Cristo.

Good news everyone - it’s finally THAT time of year again ... one of the most exciting seasons here in Ellicottville, NY.  The chill is back in the air, the leaves have created their annual colorful hillside inferno, and people are popping in to their favorite specialty shops to pick up the latest and greatest in winter gear and accessories.  We’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention some of the more popular festivals in the area, including EVL’s Fall Festival, and the ever popular Holiday Valley Beer & Wine Festival, happening Nov. 7-8 this year.  If you’ve never attended or heard of this incredible event, allow us to ‘pour on’ the details ...

Ellicottville, New York has long been known for its social atmosphere laden with bars, and restaurants … where those traveling from near and far can imbibe in a beverage (or three) in a lively setting unlike any other.  One of these fine establishments has taken things a step further by quietly becoming a self-sufficient powerhouse in managing the output of their core product - craft beer.  By now I’m sure you realize I’m referring to none other than the Ellicottville Brewing Company, a staple in the village since its humble beginnings in 1995, when owners/founders Walter and Allen Yahn and Peter Kreinheder were inspired by a ski trip to Vail, to create their own family-run brand.

Accommodations to fit every budget and lifestyle ... plan your vaca to EVL the right way. Reserve your stay at one of our fine hotels, B&B's or choose a cozy chalet, townhouse or country home through one of our local real estate and rental management companies ...

Fill up at any of these delicious destinations during your visit to Ellicottville ...

BRANDS: Rossignol, Dynastar, Head, Nordica, Blizzard, Volkl, Elan, Fischer, Burton, DC, Ride, K2, Rossignol … that’s just the beginning.  Come into the store and see!

BRANDS: Nike Snowboarding, Lib Tech, Gnu, Burton, Oakley, GoPro, Smith Optics, Salomon, Never Summer, Volcom, 686, Mountain Hardwear, Union Bindings, Roxy, Quiksilver, Under Armour, Arbor Snowboards, Dakine, Crab Grab, Giro, Neff/Skullcandy, Turtle Fur/Chaos/M3 Clothing

BRANDS: Hardgoods - Salomon, Atomic, K2, Head, Volkl, Armada, Line, Liberty, Dalbello, Full Tilt, Lange, Scarpa, Black Diamond, Look.  Softgoods - The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Salomon, Sherpa, Armada, Trew Gear, Saga, Kuhl, Icebreaker, Fly Low, Keen Footwear