October 27, 2018

2018 Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival - November 10 - 11, 2018

Local Events You Don't Want To Miss

Ellicottville Brewing Co. at the 
Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival, November 9-10, 2018 

The Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival is legendary for great beers, wines, spirits and good times. This year's 15th annual event on November 10, 2018 from 3:30 to 7:30PM features over 30 craft brewers with over 100 beers and wines from New York State and the region, plus entertainment on 3 floors of the beautiful Holiday Valley Lodge. You must be 21 to purchase a ticket and also to attend the festival. Each ticket includes a $5 food voucher for the Brew Festival food court. Designated drivers pay just $10 which includes a $5 food voucher.
* 7pm - 10pm  *
Friday night's party on November 9th, Holiday Valley Trucks 'n Brews is a whole new experience! Come with your friends and enjoy the huge bonfire, live music by the Porcelain Busdrivers, food trucks and tents and select brewers all happening outside the Tannenbaum Lodge from 7-10PM ! Admission and beer tasting is included in the $25 fee, then pay as you go for delicious goodies from Lloyd's, J&L BBQ, Polish Villa II, Fat Bob's, Bike & Bean, Tim & Bonnie's, Outback Kettle Korn and Holiday Valley. Must be 21 or over to attend.

* 9am - 12pm  *
Life does go on after the Festival, and the Kegs 'n Eggs breakfast buffet at John Harvard's will help you move on...
Sunday Nov 11th from 9am to 12pm, $16 per person, bloody Marys and Mimosas $7.50 each.

* Festival Entertainment and Food *
All 3 floors of the Holiday Valley Lodge will be hopping with great music. The second floor features "Buffalo's Greatest Party Band", Hit N Run. The Tim Britt Band will play on the first floor and Two Guys Drinking Beer will play in the Wine Cellar on the ground floor.
Each ticket includes a $5 voucher redeemable for food in the cafeteria.

* Brewers, Distilleries, Wineries and Cider Makers * 
2018 Brewers and Cider Makers will include Southern Tier Brewing, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Big Ditch, Boston Beer, Brewery Ommegang, Brickyard Brewing, Community Beer Works, Yuengling, Empire Brewing, Erie Brewing, Five & 20, Great Lakes, Hamburg Brewing, Ithaca Brewing, Long Trail, Mackjac Hard Cider, New York Beer Project, Otter Creek, Rohrbachs, Rusty Nickel, Steelbound Brewery, Thin Man, Victory and Voodoo. Wineries include Casa Larga Vineyards, Main Stree Winery, Merritt Estate, Midgard, Old Soul, Savage, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Winery of Ellicottville and Woodbury Vineyards. Distilleries include Black Button Distilling, Ellicottville Distillery, Honeyoye Falls Distillery, Lockhouse Distiller, Southern Tier Distilling, Saint Lawrence Spirits Distillery and Tommyrotter Distillery. 

Established in 1995, Ellicottville Brewing Company is located downtown Ellicottville,
a destination town in New York Ski Country 
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November 12, 2017

Holiday Valley Resort - The Snow Machine is on!

Holiday Valley Resort reported on November 9, 2017 that the snow operations crew fired up the snowguns to kickoff the 2017-18 winter season. According to the Holiday Valley website, Steve Crowley, Director of Mountain Operations stated, “With Friday’s predicted low temperatures in the teens and highs only in the low 20’s, it’s the perfect scenario to start up our snowmaking system. We look for at least a 24 hour period of cold and we expect to be able to make snow starting Friday morning and possibly into Saturday.”
The Holiday Valley Website stated that they are "taking advantage of their automated snowmaking system, the Holiday Valley crew will be able to run snowguns on five or more slopes – Yodeler, Mardi Gras, School Haus, Punch Bowl and Cindy’s. In addition, they will be test firing the new automated guns that were installed this summer on several other slopes. The advantage of an automated snowmaking system where the guns are computer controlled in a central location is that the guns can fire up all at the same time, without having to manually travel to each location to turn them on or off. The system is also energy efficient and able to adapt to changes in temperature and humidity. "

Sunday is expected to turn warmer, "so the resort will create mounds of manmade snow this week to preserve them until snowmaking can restart with the next cold snap. Holiday Valley plans to open on Friday, November 24, weather permitting. Ideally Mother Nature will contribute to the effort, but Crowley estimates they’ll need to build up about a 12 inch base of manmade snow on the slopes."

Stay tuned as mother nature and Holiday Valley do their best to kickoff the 2017-18 ski season!

The posting is from the Holiday Valley website on 11-9-2017.

February 05, 2017

There is still time to ski Holiday Valley with some great 2017 promotions!

2016 - 2017 Holiday Valley Resort Specials & Promotions

Both groundhogs forecast six more weeks of winter, so lets get out and enjoy it. Holiday Valley Resort has plenty of snow and some great ski conditions. Take a trip out mid week and enjoy some great savings on lodging, lift tickets and more. Ellicottville has some great restaurants and shops so take a trip before the snow is gone. Prices and promotions were from the Holiday Valley Resort website on February 5, 2017 and are subject to change.

Lift Ticket Deals

  • Purchase tickets in advance on line. Save when buying at least 3 days in advance. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for occasional GREAT ticket deals! 
  • Kids 6 & under ski free anytime! Pick up a free lift ticket at any ticket window. Child must be present. 
  • Kids ski and stay free when their parents purchase a midweek ski package with lodging at the Inn at Holiday Valley, the Tamarack Club or a Holiday Valley Rental Management Property. (Up to 2 kids age 17 & under, based on minimum occupancy requirements.) Packages begin January 1, 2017. 
  • Bring A Friend. When a skier or rider brings a new person who purchases a learn to ski or snowboard package, the “ambassador” receives a 50% discount coupon for an adult 8 hour all area lift ticket for their next visit to Holiday Valley. The ambassador can also enter the national promotion at to win great prizes.
  • Ski NY Free Any 3rd or 4th grader may purchase a NY State passport book for $26 and ski or snowboard FREE three times at any participating NY State area. Details on 3rd or 4th grade passport. 
  • New York State Learn to Ski or Ride booklet for 3rd or 4th Graders for $26 includes one free Learn to Ski or Snowboard package (beginners lift-lesson-rental) and 20% off a Lift-lesson-rental for your second visit PLUS 20% off a Learn to Ski package for a parent. Details on 3rd or 4th grade learn to ski program.
  • Intense Milk. 2 for 1 night lift tickets (3:30-9) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting January 2, 2017 with specially marked milk caps. 
  • Intense Milk. 2 for 1 three-hour Tubing Passes (4:30-9) on Thursdays starting in January with specially marked milk caps. 
  • College Nights. Present your valid college ID at the main ticket window for a $28 night lift ticket Sunday through Thursday. Ticket valid 3:30PM - 9:00 Mon-Tues, 3:30-10PM Wed-Thurs. 
  • Ultimate College Pass is good Monday through Friday days plus 7 nights a week all season long. College students with a transcript and a current college ID may purchase an Ultimate College season pass for $299. Click here to purchase online. Available ONLY until December 1, 2016.
  • College Student Night Season Pass. College students with a transcript and a current college ID may purchase a night season pass for $199. Click here to purchase online. Available ONLY until December 1, 2016.
  • Senior Skiers. Skiers age 70+ may purchase weekday, non-holiday lift tickets for the junior rate. 
  • Active Miliary Personnel: $41 weekdays and $56 weekends, $28 nights. Please go to Customer Service to present your ID and purchase your lift tickets.
  • A Senior Discount is available to purchase Classic Passes: Seniors age 65-69 get 25% off a Classic Pass if they've had an Ultimate Pass or a Classic Pass for the past 5 years or 5% off if they are a new member. Seniors age 70+ get 50% off a Classic Pass if they've had an Ultimate Pass or a Classic Pass for the past 5 years or 10% off if they are a new member.     
  • 2 Ski Free. Book a room to stay at the Inn at Holiday Valley before December 24 and get two free lift tickets per room. Plus we guarantee at least 3 lifts will be operating or you can cancel without penalty. 
  • Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Find out how you can ski for free by bringing at least 15 people to Holiday Valley. Visit on weekdays for even more savings. Call (716)699-2345, group rate details.
  • Season-long skiing. If you can ski nights, weekdays or Sunday's check into our Ultimate Programs for great savings! Click here for details on Ultimate Programs
  • Wegmans Ticket Sales: Save on weekday or night lift tickets. Tickets on sale starting December. 

Special Promotional Dates

  • Canadian Friendship Week. From January 2 through January 8, 2017, lift tickets and rentals at Par for Canadian cash. And...Pay for a single ride Mountain Coaster ticket and get 2 rides.
  • National Learn to Ski or Snowboard Month: starting January 2, through January 31, 2017, half priced Learn to Ski or Snowboard packages, just $30 during the day or $21.50 at night. Learn-to-ski or learn-to-snowboard packages include a beginner lesson, beginner area lift ticket and rental equipment. Register at the Creekside Lodge during the day or at the Rental Shop at night.
  • Discover NY Ski Days: January 19, 2017. A limited number of discounted lift tickets and Learn to Ski or Snowboard packages valid on January 19 are available through Ski Areas of New York ( starting in December. Lift tickets $24, Learn to Ski/Ride packages $25.
  • Cabin Fever Fest Days: February 16 and March 14, 2017. Special Rates for our friends from north of the border, eh? Purchase a voucher for $25.99 Canadian or US, then join us for a day of fun in the snow! Vouchers are good for either day. Vouchers available starting one week ahead of the Cabin Fever days. Canadian Shops include Corbetts in Oakville, Ski Pro Shop in St. Catharines, Source For Sports in London, The North Face in Niagara Falls and Paramount in Guelph. US stores include Phatman in Tonawanda, Snowflake in Lockport, Jamestown Cycle Shop in Jamestown, NY,  Red Door in Williamsville NY, Ski Company in Rochester and Syracuse, Ski Chalet in Niles, OH and Eastern H2O in Pittsburgh. 
  • NYS Ski and Stay Promotion:  Book a 2-day weekend stay at the Inn at Holiday Valley, Tamarack or a Holiday Valley Rental Property and get a third night's lodging (Thursday or Sunday night) and a third day lift ticket free! Available these weekends only: January 6-7, 2017 and March 3-4, 2017.
  • Spring Lodging packages, Holiday Valley Rental Management start March 12, 2017 and the Tamarack Club and the Inn at Holiday Valley start March 19, 2017.
  • Scout Days. Special rates for Scout troops on March 4 and 5, 2017. $31 lift only, $35 lift and lesson, $45 lift, lesson and rental. $6 helmet rental. Contact Group Sales for reservations, 716-699-3937.
  • Spring Lift Ticket rates. Spring rates will vary depending on the number of lifts and slopes open. Spring rates start Monday, March 20, 2017.

December 18, 2016

2017 Sprague Brook Scramble Snowshoe Race

Saturday, February 18th 10am
2.5 & 5-Mile Courses Registration from 9am at the XC warming hut
Sprague Brook Park-Glenwood NY

The 2017 Sprague Brook Scramble Snowshoe Race is on deck!  

First timer or seasoned expert all it takes is a pair of snowshoes and you're in!  Choose from the 1-lap or 2-lap distances in a 2.5 or 5-mile event distance.  The course consists of the Parks XC ski trails which are rolled prior & after so skiing can resume but at 10am on race-day it's all about snowshoeing.
Entrants line up near the lot and proceed around the course for awards and bragging rights during the annual scramble.  Gear for Adventure in Hamburg will be on-hand to assist with rentals or check in with them prior if you're looking to try it out.  Stay tuned if a post-ponement is needed due to snow conditions but this is the Snow Belt and that is rarely an issue.

Registration and # pickup from 9am at the XC ski warming hut to the right as you pull in the park.  10am race start.  Post-race awards & door prizes.  

New to snowshoeing and want to give it a whirl?  Check out the scarmble!  It's a heart-pounding experience and a thrill of an effort to complete.

Course Map
A HUGE Thank You to the amazing volunteers, Park Staff and Erie County Parks for helping keep this terrific sport alive and kicking.The XC Ski Loop is dedicated to cross country skiing so please help keep the tracks for skiing stable and snowshoe/footprint free during the season.  
The Park grooms prior & after for this special event helping please all.
The Scramble is proud to partner with the wonderful crew of Gear for Adventure in Hamburg, NY. Stop in & check out everything outdoors including showshoe life!
Helping support Heart Animal Shelters of WNY.

2017 Art Roscoe Loppet at Allegany State Park

Sunday, February 12th 2017
Rain-date Sunday February 26th

 Allegany State Park-Salamanca, NY 
Summit Ski Area

Start Times: 22K 9:30am, 13K 9:45am, 6K 10:00am

The Annual Art Roscoe XC Ski Weekend is tearing into Allegany State Park for another amazing year of cross-country skiing action!  Join us on one of our three different course distances to experience the almost endless thrills and heart-pounding action of the Art Roscoe Trial System inside Allegany State Park.  6K, 13K & 22K Classic XC Skiing is the order of the day as this annual tradition continues to attract skiers from several surrounding states, colleges and teams.  All of the action takes place at the Allegany State Park Summit Ski Area in the Red House area of Allegany State Park.  Registration and check in opens at 8am at the Summit Ski Area-Central Cabin.  
Plenty of Parking in area lots 
(parking is not permitted on central roadways-police enforced)

2017 offers another round of racing and touring action for all levels of skiers.
Select the distance that suits your fitness and enjoy a tremendous paradise of set double track and rolling hills in one of the most picturesque and challenging areas of Western New York.  Pre-register to guarantee your place on the starting line or come down on race day to register.  Fun post-race party, lunch & amazing door prizes from our wonderful sponsors.  Ski it, race it or test your fittness inside Allegany State Park!
New for 2017 all finishers receive a finishers token.
Awards to the top 5 in each division M/F plus overall winners.Amazing door prizes and awards for top finishers including skis, GPS watches, poles from Infinity & gear from Alpina Sports & The City Garage!

Stay tuned to this web-site for links to current conditions and event details if a rain-date will be utilized due to snow and safety conditions.  Race-day registration is welcome.
The pulse of skiing and XC activities can be found at
Support this terrific group!
The Art Roscoe Loppet proudly supports the Seneca Allegany Fire Department 
and HEART Animal Rescue.

2015 Results 

Thank you Park staff for helping keep the Art Roscoe Loppet a yearly event!

December 11, 2016

January 26 and 27, 2017 is the Your Turn Women's Ski Clinic at Holiday Valley Resort

Your Turn Women's Clinic

January 26–27, 2017 

Holiday Valley Snowsports School is featuring the fifth annual "Your Turn" women's clinic on Thursday and Friday, January 26 and 27, 2017 led by Lisa Densmore Ballard, a widely acclaimed coach, instructor and ski racer and assisted by several of Holiday Valley's finest women instructors. Intermediate through advanced level skiers (can comfortably ski blues, some black diamonds) will benefit from this clinic. The clinic will begin at 8AM with registration and breakfast. Pre-registration is advised as attendance is limited. Stop at or call the Snowsports School Desk, 716-699-2345, ext 4422 or the Creekside Lodge Children's Desk at 716-699-2345 ext.4424.
Cost of the clinic is $290.00 and it includes 2 days of coaching, demo equipment, breakfast and lunch each day plus dinner on Thursday. Specially priced lift tickets will be available. Lodging special at the Inn at Holiday Valley for Wednesday and Thursday nights, Call 800-323-0020.

Clinic Schedule

The clinic will include a continental breakfast each day, talks about ski equipment and proper boot fitting, 2 lunches and one dinner, plenty of skiing with Lisa and HV Instructors, video analysis of each participant, demo equipment and door prizes! Lodging and lift tickets are not included, but are available at special rates. A full schedule of the clinic will be available this fall. Find details of the schedule here.

About Lisa

Lisa Densmore Ballard has been involved in many aspects of the ski world. A member of the U.S. Ski Team in the late 1970’s and a six-year veteran of the Women’s Pro Ski Tour in the 1980’s, Lisa has competed in ski racing for most of her life. Today, she is a standout on the master’s circuit, with 4 world titles and 76 national titles across all alpine disciplines. She has been the number one ranked skier in her age group and a member of the U.S. Alpine Masters Ski Team since she joined the master’s circuit 1991.
In addition to competition, Lisa has been highly regarded ski instructor and coach for over 20 years. During the 1990’s, she was the instruction editor for Snow Country and then Mountain Sports & Living magazines, introducing and refining ski technique on shaped skis in the United States. Lisa was Director of the Snow Country Ski Schools and later the RSN Alpine Excellence training centers in conjunction with the PSIA Alpine Demo Team. At the same time, she founded the Head-Subaru Women’s Ski Clinics which have now become the Your Turn Women’s Ski Events. Over 6,000 women have had breakthroughs in their skiing while taking Lisa’s clinics. Lisa has also coached numerous junior and adult race programs over her long career and is currently director of the master’s program and a coach for FIS-level racers at her home mountain in Red Lodge, Montana.
In addition to helping people improve on-snow, Lisa has written hundreds of articles and produced and hosted numerous television shows on skiing. She has covered the sport for networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports, ABC, NBC, CBS, A&E, The Weather Channel, The Travel Channel, PBS, and Outside TV. She has served as a consultant to many ski gear manufacturers and ski resorts on their women’s products and programs, and she periodically speaks on women’s skiing topics at national ski trade events. She has written 7 books, including “Ski Faster!” (McGraw-Hill), a top-selling ski instructional book.
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Ellicottville Brewing Company 2016 Holiday gift - Free Brewery Tour and Tasting for Two!

ree Gift with Your Holiday Purchase

-= FREE Brewery Tour + Tasting for Two =-
With your purchase of $100 or more in EBC Gift Cards
*A $30 value* 

With your EBC Gift Card purchase of $100 or more, you will receive a FREE Brewery Tour for Two Certificate. Promotion applies to online Gift Card Purchases and gift card purchases made at our Ellicottville location. Gift Cards can be purchased in any combination of amounts equaling $100 or more. Tour & Tasting for Two certificate a $30 value. Not redeemable in cash. Brewhouse Tour includes tastings & souvenir EBC tasting glass for both guests. Tour certificates fully transferable.

TO SCHEDULE YOUR TOUR : After your purchase, you will receive a Brewery Tour for Two Certificate (in person or through the mail). Your Tour for Two must be reserved in advance. Please email Kathleen at to schedule. Reservations are required. We cannot accept you at the door. 
Every Friday: 4pm & 6pm * Saturdays & Sundays : Noon, 2pm, & 4pm

GREAT GIFT IDEA for the beer or food lovers in your life!

Established in 1995, EBC is known for pairing Old World brewing with innovation & creativity to produce a wide variety of bottled & draft craft brews. We operate a restaurant, brewpub, brewery and beer garden at our home base in Ellicottville, as well as a second brewpub, EBC West, in Fredonia, NY, and the brand-new lakeside Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY.
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