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From lemon in water every morning to dietary and lifestyle changes to major fasts to specific herbal and nutritive detoxification programs … every person I know has enjoyed the benefits of cleansing our tissues from multiple sources of daily toxicity.   Cleansing the body has become a necessity today, and the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term aggravations.  
Ellicottville as you know has a variety of bars and restaurants, but if you're looking for a cozy, quiet atmosphere to enjoy a dinner that rests on the finer side, The Silver Fox Steakhouse is the spot for you. SNOWED-IN stopped by to check in for this month’s Bartender Spotlight.
Our local ski and snowboard population is becoming more adept at mastering alternative disciplines, one of such being telemark skiing. There are well-known pockets of telemark skiers in the US, and The City Garage has turned itself into the go-to spot in the area for those who wish to learn/progress on the free heel. 
It won’t be long before all eyes are glued to televisions around the world as the 2014 Winter Olympics (officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games for those savvy in Roman numerals … or the 22nd Winter Olympics), are scheduled to take place from Feb. 6-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  The Olympics need no further explanation - some of the most exciting sports, coupled with the best athletes, make for some of the most memorable sporting accomplishments in history.  
Art is a pretty subjective topic.  It’s incredibly difficult to define and even harder to produce at a substantial level.  Art can be a painting, a drawing, a poem, a sculpture … the possibilities are really endless.  Art can even be a large slab of wood.  At least, it can be if you put it in the right hands.
For February’s edition of SNOWED-IN, I have chosen a very straight-forward, simple, yet elegant dish.  This plate of “meat & potatoes” carries so many levels of flavors and profiles that by the last bite, you’ll wish you had more, but will be pleasantly content. 

Cattaraugus County is otherwise known as the Enchanted Mountains, for its vast countryside, serene landscapes, and picturesque hills and valleys.  While many nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts call this corner of WNY home, we also boast diverse artistic talents, fine theatrical performances, and a rich history all-around.  If you are growing tired of being out in the cold, but do not want to feel trapped indoors, consider attending one of our scheduled events, or enjoy a full day of perusing a museum or gallery.
Country singer-songwriter, Gary Allan, will be making a stop at the Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center in Salamanca, NY on March 29 with a sense of complete renewal. For Allan, the past 17 years of his career has led him to what he feels is his most personal and evolved work yet with his latest album titled, “Set You Free.”

February is the time to celebrate romance and friendship. Wine, chocolate, gourmet food and the music of a great jazz-rock band are a few of the highlights offered when you visit the Allegheny National Forest Region during February. 

HoliMont Ski Area officially opened for the 2013-14 ski season on Saturday, December 14th; eleven days earlier than last year’s Christmas Day opening. Since then, the Village of Ellicottville has 1) been buried in beautiful lake effect snow, 2) seen an increase in temperature that all but wiped out the natural snowfall, and then 3) witnessed a Christmas comeback as winter returned just in time to blanket the slopes with enough snow to give the area the winter look that we here at HoliMont love so much.

The dish I have chosen for this month’s SNOWED-IN special is quite a bit lighter than last month’s. Although the garnish for 
this dish screams winter, the scallops tend to offer a more delicate feel on your pallet.  Come dine at John Harvard's Brew House during the month of January and experience it for yourself!
Tired of watching your friends hit the slopes while you sip hot cocoa and watch from the lodge?  Bundle up, grab some skis or a snowboard and join them in January as the nation celebrates “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.”  Both Ellicottville resorts are offering great incentives to get you off the couch and onto the hill.

A new product making headway in all facets of the sports world, Noggin is a gel-filled elastic covering similar to a swim cap that is worn underneath helmets, and is said to reduce impact by 22%. According to Noggin Sport CEO Alex Abramov, “Noggin Sport is dedicated to providing the highest level of protective headwear, to be worn with certified helmets, to protect against the occurrence of head injuries and minor traumatic brain injuries.”

What happens when skiers and Harley-Davidsons get together at Holiday Valley? A day full of engine-revving, slope-swishing fun during the second annual Harley-Day Valley, set for Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10am-7pm.
Just because we’re located in the Western New York foothills and don’t have as aggressive terrain as, say, Utah or Colorado, the fact remains Ellicottville and Holiday Valley are known throughout the national ski and snowboard circuit. Shops like The City Garage are always willing to play host to fun events on our local mountain, and the “Tell A Friend Tour” is at the top of the list.
Like most of you reading this edition of SNOWED-IN, you’re probably checking in on what’s new at your favorite local ski resorts, the shopping and character of the village of Ellicottville, and of course local happenings in the surrounding communities.  Lucky for you, this issue boasts all of those things and more, as we have one heck of an event coming to the area in early February.  Introducing the AMSOIL Championship Snocross, taking place at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel Feb. 7-8!  If you have yet to check out an event like this, toss your leg over the seat, and let’s go for a ride!
If you’re a fan of classic rock music, then you’re a fan of Grand Funk Railroad.  The five-piece band that made it big in the 1970’s is a staple on any classic rock radio station you listen to.  I had the chance to catch up with original member and singer/drummer, Don Brewer, from his home in Florida on a very snowy day here in Western New York.

If you’ve ever been in the quaint village of Ellicottville and found yourself asking, “where can I go for a really good steak?” the answer is actually quite simple.  The Silver Fox Steakhouse is an Ellicottville mainstay and its longevity in the market is a testament to the fine food and ambiance that you will find when you are a guest there. 
In.Form is a 13-week holistic health and weight loss program designed to utilize nutrition, supplements, exercise, education, social support and individualized coaching to bring information, inspiration, hope and practical tools to your front door. And it's coming to Nature's Remedy in Ellicottville this month!  We will not be counting calories or points, but rather focusing on a truly healthy lifestyle. We will lead you to the fountain of health … it is up to you to drink the water. This journey will be A LOT of fun and we’ll build great memories in the process!

The more snow the more fun! As the Weather Channel says, “McKean County, Pennsylvania is where you go when you want to find snow. It is a national cold-weather champion.” In northwestern Pennsylvania, McKean County holds the state record for the most amount of snowfall per year. Local folks invite you to enjoy ice-skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling as you experience the natural beauty of winter in the Allegheny National Forest Region.
If you happen to pop into Madigan’s during one of your winter pilgrimages to EVL, you’ll undoubtedly be greeted by a cast of characters like no other - from the patrons to the staff.  This happy hour haven is home base for many locals who enjoy the house wine and the comfort afforded by the iconic woodstove.  One of the newest faces behind the bar there is Jorden Leydecker, 22 years young, hailing from over the river and through the woods, growing up in nearby East Otto.  When she’s not slinging drinks at the “Green Bar,” Leydecker is a self-employed personal trainer at Spring Creek Athletic Club in Springville, putting her Bachelor of Sport Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh to good use. 

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays has passed, let us help you find some snow-filled joy with our trails for 
cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  Get out and about, and navigate our unspoiled forested areas.  Whether you’re a novice and need to stay on the beaten, groomed path, or someone seeking to brave unknown territory, you will discover what you’re looking for, in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County.
Her work has been showcased in many places, including The Inkwell in Allegany, the Oxford Gallery in Rochester, various galleries in northern California, and of course her own studio in Ellicottville, better known as the Mill Street Gallery. Her realistic paintings have a luminous quality that may cause you to question whether they are actual paintings, or photographs. We’d like you to meet Barbara Fox.
Day groups are a great opportunity for a group of friends, families or co-workers to get together and ski, and according to Kristen Sciara, Assistant Director of Marketing at Holiday Valley, it’s also a great chance for beginners to try the sport in a comfortable group setting.