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Savor the Flavors of Fall

Crisp Apples, Bright Pumpkins, Tangy Cider Excite the Senses By Eva Potter The leaves have turned brilliant shades of crimson, gold and purple, which can only mean one thing — it’s time to enjoy the specialty foods that only fall can offer. Take a leisurely drive down the scenic backroads of Ellicottville, Great Valley, Springville and other small towns, and ... Read More »

EVGV Trail Reports Progress: $1.8 Million TIGER Grant Submitted

By Eva Potter In another move to continue the momentum of building the Ellicottville-Great Valley (EVGV) Trail, the EVGV Trail committee has submitted a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund the building of the trail. The 2016 TIGER grant program will focus on capital projects that generate economic development and ... Read More »

Poverty Hill Ski Area’s Many Phases

By Eva Potter It was a ski area for a short time, but the location of the former Poverty Hill Ski Area is exceptional for many reasons and it’s experiencing yet another transformation. According to several sources, in 1963, David Dattner a Polish immigrant and diamond merchant in Buffalo, formed the Poverty Hill Development Corp. and opened Poverty Hill Ski ... Read More »

Cockaigne Offered Gemutlichkeit

World’s Fair Pavilion Served as Chalet By Eva Potter It was a truly unique ski area in the Southern Tier with a lodge like no other, offering a warm welcome, friendliness and good cheer — gemutlichkeit. Only 18 miles from Lake Erie, Cockaigne Ski Area on Thornton Road in sleepy Cherry Creek, N.Y., was a fun place where many skiing ... Read More »

Bluemont Ski Area Brings Back Memories

By Eva Potter and Alicia Dziak The overgrown slopes are still visible and many of the buildings that once made up Blue Mountain/Bluemont Ski Area are still standing, but the resort itself has been defunct since the early 1980s. Located in the northeastern part of Cattaraugus County off Route 39 in the hills of Yorkshire, Blue Mountain opened in 1959 ... Read More »

State Park Ski Areas Closed But Not Forgotten

Bova, Big Basin, Ski Jumps Drew Thousands By Eva Potter Photos courtesy of the Bradford Landmark Society and Bob Schmid Allegany State Park (ASP), widely known for its many miles of hiking and snowmobile trails, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and myriad other four-season outdoor activities, was also on the map as home to two alpine ski areas, Bova and Big Basin, ... Read More »

Grosstal/Ski Wing/Wing Hollow: A Storied History, Races, Parties and Unsolved Murder

By Eva Potter Not many ski areas in the region can claim a rioting good time and mysterious, unsolved murders as part of their intricate history, but the former Grosstal can. The now-defunct ski area, located in Allegany, N.Y., began as Grosstal Ski Area, but through the decades, it was reincarnated two more times as Ski Wing and then Wing ... Read More »

February is Heating Up Fast

Snocross, Penguin Paddle Annual Favorites By Eva Potter Whether you’re new to Ellicottville or a regular, you’ll find entertaining winter action for the whole family this month. Get ready to bundle up and head outside, because February is heating up fast. AMSOIL ISOC U.S. Air Force National Championship Snocross returns to the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino Feb. 5-6 on ... Read More »

Snocross Racing to Salamanca

By Eva Potter The AMSOIL Championship snocross series is once again making a stop in Salamanca this February with a lineup of crazy-talented, super-daredevil racers. On Feb. 5-6, the U.S. Air Force Snocross National will take place at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, N.Y. This is the second of an eight-race national series of the ISOC-sanctioned AMSOIL Championship ... Read More »

Put a Lid on Your Kid

    Brain Buckets Save Lives  By Eva Potter Concussion management, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and other sports impact injuries are making major headlines these days as research strongly recommends protecting your brain any way you can. Avoiding skiing and boarding head injuries are no exception. No matter how well and controlled you ski and board, unpredictable things can happen ... Read More »

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