By Alicia Dziak
It’s just about February in the Enchanted Mountains. Mid-winter. Any Western New Yorker knows that despite last week’s thaw, winter is still here, and what better time than now to get out and enjoy all it has to offer?
HoliMont’s annual Men’s Day is Feb. 3. Gather your bros and enjoy breakfast, a steak lunch, cigars, skiing and much more! For more info, or to register, visit www.holimens.com.
Ladies, you’ll get your turn on Feb. 24 for HoliMont’s annual Ladies Day. This year’s theme is Pirates of the ‘Mont, and will feature discounted lessons, a snowshoe or XC ski trek for buried treasure, airbrush tattoos, photos and live music. For more info, visit www.holimont.com.
Feb. 8-10 brings the NorAM Snowboard Race to the slopes of Holiday Valley. Come watch these talented young adult riders charge the gates!
Want to join other free-spirited skiers for a day of peace, love and telemark skiing? Head to Telestock on Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Centered around Holiday Valley’s Yodeler Champagne Sundeck, the day includes free tele demos with the pros, cool merch and a cookout. Brought to you by Dom’s Butcher Block, 22 designs, Scarpa, Telemark Skier, Free Heel Life, Fly Low and the City Garage., participants can also enjoy special lift ticket rates. For more info, call City Garage at (716) 699-2054.
The following day, on Saturday, Feb. 25, join the Penguin Paddle, an annual fundraiser for Holiday Valley’s Lounsbury Adaptive Program. The day will be filled with wonderful auction items, delicious food and lots of laughs as people slip inside garbage bags and slide on their bellies “penguin style” down the bottom of Yodeler slope. More info at www.holidayvalley.com.
Tubing anyone? Enjoy up to 22 lanes of pure downhill fun at Holiday Valley Tubing Company, located a few miles outside the Village on Route 242. The best part? You get a tow back up to the top. The tubing park is open Thursdays through Sundays, and daily over the President’s week school break. If the weather cooperates, keep your fingers crossed that the ice rink will be open too.
The Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster is yet another way to enjoy Holiday Valley. Get in your own coaster car, ride to the top, then control your speed as you soar back down. The coaster, located by the Tannenbaum Lodge, is open Fridays through Sundays and daily over President’s week.
Snowshoeing is an easy way to enjoy the great outdoors. Bring your own or rent a pair at City Garage, Adventure Bound, Holiday Valley or HoliMont, and take to the trails at HV, HoliMont or nearby Allegany State Park.
ASP also offers miles of groomed cross-country trails for XC skiing in the Art Roscoe trails system.
On Feb. 12, check out the annual Art Roscoe XC Ski Weekend, tearing into ASP for another amazing year of cross-country skiing action! Head out on one of the three different course distances (6K, 13K & 22K ) to experience heart-pounding action. For more info, visit www.heartrateup.com.
Want even more ASP fun? Join in every Monday evening at 4:30 p.m. in January and February for a trek into the sunset. A park naturalist will lead interpretive snow shoe treks, weather depending, or hikes along the summit ridgeline on Bear Paw Trail. Witness a breathtaking winter sunset at Stone Tower, then make your way back to the Summit Warming Hut for an after trek social. The 2.3 mile trail is easy to moderate with some slight elevation changes. Be sure to dress for the weather, bring a flashlight, snack and sense of adventure! Treks will run every Monday through Feb. 27. For more information, contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at (716) 354-9101 ext. 236.
The nearby Seneca Allegany Casino plays host to some amazing events as well. The twists, turns, thrills, and high speeds in the snow returns to Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino on Feb. 3 and 4 with AMSOIL Championship Snocross. The region’s newest winter tradition promises fun for the whole family during a two-day, nationally-televised event that continually brings fans in the tens of thousands to descend upon the foot of the Allegheny Mountains for nonstop, heart-pumping, action-packed races with the world’s best snowmobile athletes.
Feb. 18-19, the Sportman’s Show comes to the Seneca Allegany Events Center once again. Come in out of the cold and get ready for the upcoming fishing and hunting seasons. Buy, sell, trade or browse all weekend long at the area’s largest event of its kind. Over 40 booths and 450 tables with experts exhibiting the latest in trapping, archery, sporting and fishing equipment and antique firearms throughout this two-day event. For more information, visit www.York- PennShows.com.
The casino will also be featuring a full lineup of musicians all winter long. For more info, visit www.senecaallegany.com.
Whether it’s cold, snowy, rainy or sunny, February is no time to sit inside and twiddle your thumbs. Fun awaits at every turn, so get out and make the best of it!