Snowshoeing and Cross-country Skiing

Ellicottville and Cattaragus County have acres of snow shoeing and cross country skiing trails open in the winter. Each area has its own majestic scenery and is worth the trip. At Holiday Valley Resort, there are 5km on 2 trails that overlook the great valley. The Red House area at the top of Summit hill, in Allegany State Park, has miles of trails rolling through acres of trees, lakes and wildlife. Explore these areas and let us know what you find!

Snow Shoeing

Holiday Valley Resort

Anyone can hike up to Spruce lake from Holiday Valley Resort and access the trails and ridge on top of the resort hills. Hike up the access road just past the Tannenbaum lodge. Follow the blue flag trail to the right of the Spruce Lake lift, to the right of the tree line. Follow the trail up the mountain. The trail will cross and follow the maintenance roads. When you see the white water tower on your left, head down that road. you will see a clearing the right just before the tower with more blue blazes. Keep heading up the mountain. You will eventually join the maintenance road again. At this point, you can see the bowl surrounding Spruce lake. You can cross below the bowl or head up to the lake ridge. You can explore around the lake ridge. Do NOT walk on the lake. The lake does not freeze since they use it to feed the snow making guns. Either way you will head left towards the Spruce lake lift to access the white trail. Follow the signs to the Cross Country trail to Tannenbaum. At the second sign on your right, follow the cross country trail for 10 feet. You should see some white blazes painted on the trees. Follow this trail until you reach the communications tower. Head around the town to your right. About half way to 3/4 way around, you will see a path that will access the blue trail again. Follow the trail as long as you like. It will take you across the Holiday Valley Resort ridge. You will see other trial blazes and you can also walk the cross country trails. Enjoy and you common sense hiking safety rules.

You can also take the maintenance road to the right of the Spruce Lake lift all the way to the top of Spruce lake, once your are on it. The maintenance road can also be accessed from a dead at the end of the main road leading to Holiday Valley Resort. Keep in mind that the road is not well maintained and there is no parking. There are plenty of ridge areas to hike up through the forest; however, use caution for creeks / streams, rocks and other hazards.

The Holiday Valley Resort staff in the rental office can recommend some great trails and areas to explore on the resort property.

Allegany State Park

Drive just 15 minute to the Red House area of Allegany State Park and you will find some great snow shoeing trails at the top of Summit Hill. The trails are groomed and maps are available. Snowshoes and poles can be rented for approximately $20 a day (including tax)* During the weekdays, you can rent the snowshoes from the Red House Administration building gift shop. Then you can drive back to the top of Summit hill to the trailheads. During the weekends, you can rent the snowshoes from the warming hut at the top of summit hill.
2014 Art Roscoe Loppett - 6K 13K or 22K; February 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM
The event is held at the Art Roscoe Area in Allegeany State Park (in Red House area). Cross-county skiers unit at the Annual Art Roscoe Loppet XC Ski Race. Starting and finishing at the Summit Ski Area in Red House the annual Loppet draws skiers from several states around to the luxurious rolling trails of the Art Roscoe Trail System. First timer or seasoned pro the trails in Allegany State Park feature miles of amazing and picturesque challenges. With a significantly higher elevation than surrounding towns the trail system often boats a tremendous base and excellent conditions based on even a few inches of fresh snow.  The event organizers work closely with Park staff to groom and set track for a fun, safe and challenging day of racing.  The Art Roscoe Loppet helps support the Allegany Nordic Ski Patrol.
The 6K, 13K & 22K course options feature a distance for all levels of skiers in a classic ski format.
Ther is a fun post-race party, lunch and door prizes and awards ceremony round out one of the most visible days of skiing in Western New York!  Awards to overall M/F in each distance and top 5 in each distance as well.

Pre-register or come down day-of to sign up. Pre-registrants receive a custom Loppet Mug!
Full details and event-day information coming shortly!
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2013 Moonlight Snowshoe at Griffis Park February 23, 2013 at Grffis Sculpture Park 5 to 8:00 pm

Griffis Sculpture Park is a fantastic sculpture in Ashford Hollow, NY. Each year they have the Moonlight Snowshoe Tour that highlights some of their scuptures in a unique way. Snowshoe to various art sculptures where your guides, Mark and Damian Griffis, will tell you a little history behind the piece. The event includes snowshoes from City Garage, chili from Balloons Restaurant, cookies, snacks and a live performance by Smackdab (a local Buffalo Band). The event is $50 and inclues the aforementioned items.
Reservations are required and limited. To register, please contact them at 716-667-2808 or e-mail

Cross-country Skiing

Holiday Valley Resort

There are two sets of cross country ski trails at Holiday Valley Resort slopes. There are 10km of lower trails and 5km of upper trails (Happy Wanderer Trail) on top of the ski lifts. The trails are marked and additional areas on top of the ridge around spruce lake are generally groomed. You can purchase a one way lift $10 ticket up the Mardi-gras lift to explore the 5km of upper trails and Spruce lake. You can ride the Mardi-gras lift back down or ski the Tannenbaum or Days end trails back to the resort. Adventurous / experienced skiers can try the NY State Forest trails that are listed above in the snowshoeing section.

Allegany State Park
Allegany State Park
There are also groomed trails at the Red House area of the Allegany State Park, just 15 miles from Ellicottville. The ski and snow shoe area is at the top of Summit Hill in the Red House area of the park. Cross country skis and poles can be rented for approximately $20 a day (including tax)* During the weekdays, you can rent the skis from the Red House Administration building gift shop. Then you can drive back to the top of Summit hill to the trailheads. During the weekends, you can rent the snowshoes from the warming hut at the top of summit hill.There are over 66,000 acres in the Red House and Quaker Run areas of the park. Admission to the park is free during the winter.

HOLIDAY VALLEY RESORT DIRECTIONS: From Wildflower 55 drive out Tillium Way. Turn left on Route 219 and head south to the stop light. Turn right and follow road for 0.15 miles. Park in the Tannenbaum lodge lot. The trailhead is on the north end, just to the right of the Spruce Line ski lift. If you need to rent snowshoes, go to the main Holiday Valley Lodge. The snowshoe rental is in the lower level, next the ski and snowboard rentals.

RENTAL HOURS: 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM (Cross country ski  / snowshoe rental in daylight) 

RENTAL RATES: Snowshoes and poles rentals are $18 for an 8 hour rental. Cross country skis, boots and poles are $18 per 8 hours. Both rates are based on the 2011-12 rate schedule*.

From the townhome, drive 4 miles south on route US-219. Turn right at US-219 S/Salamanca Great Valley. Continue to follow US-219 S 5.3 miles. Turn right at Wildwood Ave and go 0.7 miles. Continue onto Clinton St and go 0.5 miles. Continue onto NY-417 W/Broad St and continue to follow NY-417 W for1.9 miles.Take the ramp onto I-86 W/NY-17 W and drive 3.9 miles. Take exit 19 toward Allegany State Park/Red House Area and go 0.5 miles. Merge onto Asp Route 2 and follow to the Red House Administration building.

GENERAL HOURS: from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

RENTAL RATES: Snowshoes and poles and cross country skis, boots and poles rentals are both approximately $20 for an all day rental. Both rates are based on the 2011-12 rate schedule*.

*All prices are subject to change and are set by Holiday Valley Resort and the Allegany State Park respectively


Holiday Valley Resort:
   Resort and Rental Information (716) 699-2345

Allegany State Park:
   General Information (716) 354-9121
   Red House Administration Gift shop (weekday rentals) (716) 354-9163
   Warming Hut at top of Summit Hill (weekend rentals) (716) 945-0523

1 comment:

Steve White said...

Ellicottville and Cattaragus County is one of the best way to spend your snowshoeing holidays. Come one...come all with your loved ones to have your holidays last a lifetime!