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By Jann Wiswall

The staffs at Holiday Valley and HoliMont know that everyone has different needs when they come to visit these remarkable ski areas. No matter your gender, age, skill level or ability, these resorts pull out all the stops to offer activities, events and training programs that cater to all audiences.

Over the next several weeks, women have the opportunity learn from one of the greatest female ski instructors in the U.S. at Holiday Valley. Men are invited to enjoy a day of guys being guys at HoliMont. Kids of all ages can watch or participate in numerous ski and snowboard competitions. People with disabilities can participate in snowsports at both venues. And everyone of every stripe can make a difference in the lives of others by participating in some very meaningful fundraising events.

On Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10-11, Lisa Densmore, a widely acclaimed coach, instructor and ski racer, is returning to Holiday Valley to teach her Your Turn” Women’s Ski Clinic for intermediate and advanced-level women skiers. The clinic divides participants into ability levels to gain from Densmore’s extensive experience, with the assistance of several of Holiday Valley’s finest women instructors. It’s a real opportunity to learn from the best and take your skiing to the next level. The clinic is limited to 28 participants and costs $290 for the two days of coaching, demo equipment, breakfasts, lunches and Monday evening dinner. For information, visit www.holidayvalley.com.

HoliMont’s annual Ladies’ Day is scheduled for Feb. 28 when female members are able to invite friends to share in a day of skiing and socializing. This year’s theme is “Rhinestone Cowgirl,” sure to bring in a mix of western-themed activities, dancing, and lots of laughs! HoliMont will be open to the public all day, though part of the resort will be reserved for the ladies.

Friday, Feb. 7 is Men’s Day at HoliMont. Male resort members and their guests will have the run of a part of the resort for skiing, boarding and a variety of indoor games including foosball, air hockey and darts. HoliMont will be open to the public all day, but the guys get their special spot for socializing and friendly competition.

February and March are the busiest months of the season for competitions all over the east, and kids in every age group on HoliMont’s and Holiday Valley’s teams are gearing up for their moments of glory.

Whether you’re partici-pating or are a fan, you’ll want to get to HoliMont for the USSA Snowboard Race on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.  Then, on Feb. 22 and 23, HoliMont will be hosting the FLITE Cup, a USSA-sanctioned event that will bring in freestyle teams of athletes ages 7-14 from New York, Pennsylvania and beyond to show off their aerial tricks.

Holiday Valley is hosting the U14 State Championships on March 1-2. Then, on March 15, the resort is hosting a Quarterpipe Competition.

During the area school’s Winter Break, from Feb. 15-22, HoliMont will be hosting lots of activities for kids, including games and contests with fun prizes.

On Feb. 28, join with friends from The City Garage Ski Shop and head to Holiday Valley for Telestock, a day of telemark demos, clinics and a cookout on the Champagne Sundeck. Call (716) 699-2054.

Get ready for Tele-Fest on March 7 when HoliMont’s tele crew will provide a fun day of free heeling, clinics, demos and socializing. Open to the public. Call HoliMont at (716) 699-2320 to register.

On March 23, there’s the always electrifying Northwind Super G. Race on a real super-G course on Northwind at Holiday Valley. Racers of all ages can participate. Check your speed in the radar trap. Helmets required … speed suits optional! Parent signature required. Visit www.holidayvalley.com.

The HoliMont Snowsports School’s Adaptive Program is hosting the annual Phoenix “Rise to the Challenge Race” and Awareness Day, this Saturday, Feb. 8. The event attracts adaptive competitors of all ages to enjoy a day of spirited competition on the slopes. The event is open to the public and begins in the morning, with an awards ceremony mid-afternoon.

Aspire of WNY, a non-profit organization that provides support programs and services to children and adults with disabilities, is holding its inaugural Ski the Valley event on the slopes of Holiday Valley and at the HV Tubing Park on Sunday, Feb. 9 from noon–6 p.m. Adaptive ski lessons, discounted tubing and lift tickets and a sumptuous Italian banquet are in store for participants. For more information, call (716) 505-5514 or visit www.aspirewny.org.

Feb. 15 is the sixth annual Boarding for Breast Cancer event sponsored by Holiday Valley and The Boardroom. Activities in the name of breast cancer awareness include special riding and park clinics for women, a park contest open to men and women snowboarders and skiers, local shop demos, a cancer awareness outreach booth, silent and Chinese auctions, and an awards reception party. For more information, visit www.holidayvalley.com.

Feb. 22 is the Penguin Paddle, a crazy-fun event that benefits Holiday Valley’s Lounsbury Adaptive Program. Participants of all ages and abilities will enjoy a cookout at Yodeler Lodge and an auction, and participate in penguin-style belly sledding races. For more information, visit www.holidayvalley.com.

HoliMont is hosting Ski Day for United Way on March 6. One price gets participants a lift ticket, event T-shirt, breakfast, lunch and more, to benefit the United Way of Cattaraugus County. This event is open to the public. Register at www.uwcattco.org.

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