By Dash Hegeman
The mornings are darker and the leaves on the trees are brighter, which can only mean one thing; the 2013-14 ski season is just around the corner. Fall Fest in Ellicottville always seems to be the unofficial kickoff to the ski season. With the leaves falling off of the trees and the brisker weather, the scent of winter is definitely in the air and people who flock to town always seem to come in with an air of excitement about the upcoming winter months.
Here at HoliMont, Fall Fest marks the weekend of the Member’s Annual Meeting where the entire membership is invited to the chalet to learn all about what has transpired over the course of the summer and what they have to look forward to in the coming months. The Annual Meeting begins at 9am on Saturday the 12th and typically lasts a couple of hours. Following the meeting the HoliMont Lift Crew will be firing up the Exhibition Express high speed quad so that people can take a scenic ride to the top of the hill and get a view from above of the splendor that Ellicottville has to offer this time of year. Members and non-members alike are more than welcome to come take part in the chairlift ride, which will be running from 11:00am to 3:30pm on Saturday.
The Slopeside Ski Shop will also be holding its annual ski swap/sale over the weekend. Stop by the chalet and head over to the Sunrise room (nearest the Exhibition Express lift) to check out some great deals on gear for your upcoming season. The sale will run on Saturday from 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
As always, it’s been a busy off-season at HoliMont. Every off-season there is a series of standard projects (repairing and replacing in-ground snowmaking water and airlines, upgrading chairlift features etc.) that take place as well as some projects that go above and beyond the normal day-to-day operations.
The largest project on the books during the summer of 2013 is the $3 million infrastructure undertaking at the WestMont Ridge expansion project. This phase of the job calls for the creation of roadways, electric lines, sewer, etc. and is the initial component of what will eventually be an estimated $22 million project.
For those of you not familiar with the WestMont Ridge project, on February 23, 2013 at 3PM HoliMont hosted a very successful auction where it sold 17 of the 31 single family residential lots. Since that time 4 more lots have sold, which means only 10 lots remain. To purchase a remaining lot, contact HoliMont Realty at 716-699-2826. Lots range in size from .39 to .59 acres.
Proposed WestMont Ridge Amenities:
Ski-in/ski-out residential homes and condos with breathtaking mountain views
Park & Pipe terrain with lighted, nighttime hours and challenges for all levels
Expertly groomed slopes with convenient access from all properties
Spacious day lodge with upscale member dining areas and easy access to all facilities and services
“Learn to Ski” area featuring expanded, beginner-friendly terrain and slopes, two magic carpets, and a warm-up room in the Day Lodge
High-speed detachable lift at Sunset for easier load/unload and fast access to more than 52 slopes and trails