February continues to be fun and fabulous, with something for everyone visiting or living in the charming town and village of Ellicottville.
This weekend, the excitement begins at Holiday Valley on Saturday, February 16 for the fifth annual Boarding for Breast Cancer fundraiser, cosponsored by The Boardroom. Tons of fun and educational activities are scheduled all day long. Proceeds go to support the efforts of Boarding for Breast Cancer and the Buffalo area’s Women’s Oncology Program at Camp Good Days. Don’t miss the special snowboarding clinics, the Chinese auction, the Tribute Ride and so much more.
Later, if you’re a HoliMont member, be sure to bring your dancing shoes to the 50th Anniversary Gala on the evening of the 16th, which promises to be the party of the year. Music will be provided by Party Squad Max with Brass and Mo Porter.
Not heading to the gala? Check out the bands and great specials at all your favorite watering holes and restaurants throughout the Village all weekend long.
FYI, the week of February 18-24 is winter recess for the Ellicottville Central School.
The weekend of February 22-24 has something for everyone, too, including the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series on the grounds of the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in nearby Salamanca. The race will be televised on CBS Sports since some 200 of the fastest snowmobile competitors in the world will compete in this high-flying, full-throttle event. Tickets start at $15; kids 6 and under are free.
The Penguin Paddle, the often hilarious and always popular annual fundraiser for Holiday Valley’s Lounsbury Adaptive Program, is scheduled for Saturday, February 23. Folks climb inside of garbage bags and slide on their bellies “penguin style” down the lower section of Yodeler to the finish line. Races are divided into age groups and prizes are awarded for each. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The Penguin races begin at 1:30 p.m. There’s also a live auction, lunch and a raffle.
You also should make time to watch HoliMont’s FLITE Freestyle Ski Team’s amazing skills on the 23rd and 24th. The team, made up of 7-16 year olds, performs some jaw-dropping stunts. The aerial competition is Saturday and the mogul competition is Sunday. The event begins at 10 a.m. both days.
Later on the 23rd, HoliMont will be holding the long-awaited auction to sell the first 31 lots of its new development, Westmont Ridge. Registration for the auction begins at 2 p.m. Bidders are required to bring a certified deposit check for $20,000 in order to participate in the bidding. The auction begins at 3 p.m. sharp. For more information, visit www.cashauction.com.
Then, cap off your Saturday with a Moonlight Snowshoe Tour at the stunning Griffis Sculpture Park in Ashford Hollow from 5-8 p.m. The $50 ticket includes snowshoe rentals, hot chili, the snowshoe tour and live music by Buffalo band Smackdab. Reservations are required. Book early – the event sells out every year. Call Griffis Sculpture Park at (716) 667-2808.
Looking for even more fun in the month of March? Be sure to mark your calendars for these great events:
The annual Telestock event (a term referencing the sport of Telemark skiing and the vibe of Woodstock) is scheduled Friday, March 1, at Holiday Valley. The event, sponsored by the City Garage in Ellicottville, is a chance to learn Telemark skiing while enjoying great discounts, free advice and a BBQ lunch.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet up on the Yodeler Champagne Sun Deck.
Winter Carnival at Holiday Valley March 9-10 is a fun-filled family weekend on and off the slopes. You’ll enjoy cookouts, Snow Pony Races, a Winter Carnival Ski Queen Contest, face painting for the kids, Scavenger Hunt, a Costume Parade, Dummy Downhill, Ski Patrol Food Drive, a Mercy Flight raffle with great prizes and the infamous Snow Bar at the base of Yodeler.
Celebrate everything Mardi Gras in the Village of Ellicottville on Saturday night, starting with the annual Mardi Gras parade at 6:30 p.m., followed by lots of entertainment at many of the great restaurants and bars in town.
Pond skimming at Holiday Valley is an event filled with ice cold adventure and, sometimes, warm sunshine. On March 23, sign up to skim across an ice water-filled pond on your skis or snowboard. It’s also a great spectator event. The Cardboard Box Race brings out the good, the bad and the ugly in contestants as they build a “vehicle” to “drive” down the slope with points awarded for creativity, style and ingenuity.