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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!

Okay, okay, I know it was a slow start, but winter is finally here! And from the looks of the crowds of skiers and snowboarders on the slopes, and the hustle and bustle in the shops and restaurants downtown, it appears that we are all taking full advantage of the season. It’s about time! . Here at EBC, we’ve welcomed some new menu items, fit for ski season …

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: There is no other place like Ellicottville. Whether you live here, or own a vacation home here, or just visit on the weekends, you’re probably well aware of the sense of community it possesses. The type of benevolence that shines through when someone needs help. On Sunday, Feb. 28, Ellicottville rallies around Donna Woodarek.

HoliMont has been proud to support the Phoenix Adaptive program since 1996. Challenged individuals have been given a chance to learn and enjoy a snow sports way of life thanks to dedicated instructors. People with a variety of physical and mental conditions take part in specially designed lessons so that they may enjoy the sensation of sliding on the groomed slopes of the Mont.

Aspire of WNY is proud to celebrate their third annual Ski The Valley event being held at Holiday Valley Resort. While this fundraiser to benefit children and adults with disabilities features activities for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, there are plenty of fun options for everyone who attends. Tubing, live music, a basket raffle, and a meal in a dedicated area of the Main Lodge will be offered.

I love skiing, and chances are that if you live here, you love it too. But for some, injuries or disabilities may prevent them from participating. That’s where the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley comes in. And the program's biggest fundraiser of the year ... the ever-popular Penguin Paddle races.

Just twenty-three years old, an age where most young people are just a couple years into the job force or pursuing higher education, Megan Farrell’s Olympic dreams currently consume her everyday life. A graduate of Queen’s University with a degree in Environmental Science, Megan has put typical career aspirations on hold in order to work out, train, travel, and hone her snowboarding skills. It’s not an easy lifestyle by any means. But true commitment is rarely easy.

Mud, Sweat n' Gears: America's Best Bootfitters ... and your ticket to speed.

Another winter, another season of progression for the terrain parks at Holiday Valley. With five different spots around the resort that have terrain features installed, we’ve come a long way from when there was a single rail sitting on the middle of Snoozer.

Winter is upon us here in Ellicottville, and HoliMont kicked off the 2015-16 season on December 24.

Bob Armour steps into his ski boots as Holiday Valley's new Director of Snowsports. Get to know him in our one-on-one interview.