snowfunLong weekends are so nice, aren’t they? And they’re even better when you’re on a ski holiday in Ellicottville.

Holiday Valley and HoliMont, with a little help from Mother Nature’s promised snow and cold, are pulling out all the stops for you this weekend, whether you’re here for a romantic Valentine getaway, a family gathering or a few days of fun honing your boarding or skiing skills.

On Saturday, be sure to check out Dekdebrun’s Ski Shop’s Demo Day at Holiday Valley and try out some new equipment (9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the base of Mardi Gras).

How about taking some lessons? Or go for a whirl on the Mountain Coaster? Or take a shuttle to the tubing park? Or rent some cross-country skis and explore Holiday Valley’s miles and miles of peaceful trails.

Then, when you’re ready for a break from all these adrenaline-pumping activities, book an appointment in any of Ellicottville’s fine spas for a massage, facial, mani/pedi, halotherapy, salt stone massage and more.

Shopping is always entertaining in the village’s diverse collection of shops. You’re sure to find a little something for yourself, your Valentine and all of your friends.

And when those tummies start grumbling, Ellicottville’s dozens of restaurants and happy hour spots are ready to please every palate.

We know it can be tough to fit everything in on one weekend, so make plans to come back Feb. 20-22, when you can take part in Holiday Valley’s popular and hilarious Penguin Paddle or watch/participate in the Red Bull All Snow challenge.

Need more? Check out our calendar of events (this page, right column) taking place throughout the rest of the season.