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   The holiday season can create an unsteadiness and inability to remain upright through multiple challenges to our balance. Busyness. Overspending. Grief. Loneliness. Illness ... It’s a time of year created to be “joyful” and “festive,” yet many of us look forward to the 1st of January as a restart button.  For those of you who find yourself “out of balance” and constantly struggling to recover from the holidays, here are 7 areas of life to practice the art of maintaining balance in a simple fashion so that we can help each other experience truer joy.

Searching for the perfect gift can be stressful. The “Treasures of the Forest Shopping Trail” in McKean County, Pennsylvania is the perfect “mall alternative.” Leave the long lines, crowded stores, and cookie-cutter gifts behind and embark on a trip into the small town shops nestled at the edge of the forest, where you can put the joy back into holiday shopping. 

Here in Western New York, we have what some people may call, harsh winters, but we sure know how to enjoy them!  Feel the crisp excitement of winter while dashing through the snow on your snowmobile.  Get the gang together and reserve your stay at the newly renovated Group Camp 5 on the Quaker side of Allegany State Park.
The title of 50’s and 60’s rockers Sha-Na-Na’s first album, released in 1969, was a premonition of sorts that “Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay.” Well into their fourth decade of recording and performing around the world, these “greasers” have built a bridge that connects three generations of families to good old rock and roll music.  Starting Wednesday, Dec. 4, Sha Na Na will be bringing their Rockin’ Christmas Show to Seneca Allegany Casino’s Events Center in Salamanca, NY for five shows, including matinee and evening shows.
The Apex Ski Boot Company can be summed up in one word: INNOVATIVE.  Founder Denny Hanson, a longtime ski industry veteran, designed a radical new boot that overcame the boundaries skiers had between finding comfort and performance.  SNOWED-IN recently got on the horn with Apex'sMarketing Director Jennifer Hanson (Denny’s daughter) to learn more.
   Ski and snowboard equipment can be some of the trickiest products to buy. Lucky for you, Holiday Valley and the major ski and snowboard companies are here to help you with your purchasing decisions. Come test out new product on-hill.  And if the Farmer’s Almanac is any indication of the conditions you’ll be testing in, we’ll be buried in snow by the time Dec. 21 gets here.
Looking for an intense thrill?  Look for the BAGJUMP to return to Holiday Valley this season.  For those of you lost in translation, a BAGJUMP is a device derived from the entertainment and inflatables industry to serve as a landing pad for action shots.  Now, it's being used on snow.
While it may seem like every snowboard is similar, there are certain differences in women’s specific product lines that make starting at square one or perfecting that killer move in the park all that more efficient.  We caught up with Nick Sciara from MSG who went over the K2 Women's Alliance line, to further illustrate why this equipment is the best of the best.
   There’s nothing quite like the excitement of an approaching winter here in Ellicottville.   The first frost, followed by first snowfall, and of course the first snowmaking efforts by Holiday Valley and HoliMont are just some of the events that make us yearn for that first chair of the season.  Another one of the seasonal traditions here is what we like to call ‘PREMIERE SEASON’, where snow addicts from the area gather to watch the latest releases in ski & snowboard movies put out by major film companies. 
At John Harvard’s, we are anxious to introduce warm flavors to the cold season.  To kick off the ski season, we are featuring a roasted lamb loin cooked to a perfect glistening medium-rare. 
Take a step inside a number of downtown businesses in Ellicottville, and you’re sure to see a variety of art adorning the walls 
or displayed on retail counters.  The artists are local; their artworks are available for sale.  Claim your piece of Ellicottville.

The cold and snowy November weather combined with Holiday Valley’s powerhouse snowmaking system will allow the resort to open for the 2013-‘14 winter season on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. 
Not Top-50, nor Top-25.  Not even Top-10.  Congratulations, Holiday Valley, for being named the 5th best ski resort on the entire Eastern seaboard!
If you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant with a touch of Cheers where “everybody knows your name,” look no further than John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House, located inside the Tamarack Club at Holiday Valley Resort. 
If you didn’t get your fill of beer and wine at Ellicottville’s Fall Festival, another annual tradition here in good ‘ol E’ville is the ever popular Beer & Wine Festival at Holiday Valley Resort.  This event has gained major popularity since its inception ten years ago. Holiday Valley, Ellicottville Brewing Company and Southern Tier Brewery will once again host the event at The Lodge (formerly the Clubhouse Chalet / Main Lodge) on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 from 3:30-7:30pm with live music by Big Leg Emma. 

Even though the snow isn’t here yet, there is no better time than right now to organize your group outing to HoliMont.  Group leaders are already lining up to reserve space on the HoliMont chalet calendar for the approaching season.  And in case you are still under the impression that HoliMont is just a private ski club where the general public is not allowed to ski; that is not the case.  HoliMont is open to non-members every Monday through Friday (excluding Christmas Week Dec. 25-31).
Snowfall is inevitable … instead of hibernating through the chilly winter months, step out and learn to enjoy the snow. All it takes is a little time, effort, and of course, adventurous spirit.  In our corner of Western New York, it’s the perfect opportunity to bundle up, grab your gear and hit the slopes at Holiday Valley and HoliMont. 
Have the hustle, bustle, and pollution of an urban life left you yearning for some fresh air? Has the monotony of a desk-job left you in need of some culture? The Enchanted Mountains are the place for you, and Ellicottville is the sure choice to base yourself. 

From the thrill of 2,000 of the latest slot machines and 33 action-packed table games, to the delicious tastes of seven restaurants, to the luxury of an award-winning hotel, and the energy of world-class entertainment - a trip to Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel is truly “Excitement Worth Sharing!” 
Country superstar and Best Selling author, Wynonna, will make a stop at Seneca Allegany Casino for one show Sunday, Oct. 20 at 5pm.

As a member of America’s Best Bootfitters, custom bootfitting has always been a hallmark of Mud, Sweat n’ Gears. We specialize in custom fitting for competitive ski racers, industry professionals and recreational skiers alike. An improperly fitting boot can make for a painful, frustrating day on the slopes. Our job is to help you find your perfect new pair of boots or improve the fit and performance of your current boots. 

WNY’s raddest snowboard shop! We’re masters of setting you up with the gear that’s perfect for you. Snowboarding isn’t life or death! Let’s have some fun with it. We want you to come in, hang with our two beagles, crack some jokes and just get stoked on the experience. That’s what we’re trying to sell - the experience. 

Every store in town excels in customer service, bootfitting, and tuning. We specialize in the aforementioned as well as our unique random acts of tumbling and yeti wrangling …

Homewood is a grassroots, DIY, American-made brand with a solid foundation in manufacturing, based in a skilled-labor community of NW PA. Unlike most snowboard industry competitors, we own our factory, employ hard-working snowboarders who care deeply about the product, sleep at the shop, and we have a pretty rad cat.