By Alicia Dziak

Don’t be fooled by the recent thaw—there is still plenty of winter left, which means plenty of time to enjoy all the sights and sounds of Ellicottville and the Enchanted Mountains this time of year! Read on and get ready to mark your calendar.

Feb. 1-2 brings the NorAM Snowboard Race to the slopes of Holiday Valley. Come watch these talented young adult riders charge the gates. Spectators welcome along Yodeler.

On Friday, Feb. 9, check out Holiday Valley’s Mountain Man Day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a day full of skiing, snowboarding and activities for the Mountain Men of Holiday Valley. Includes ski and snowboard demo equipment from local shops, recreational racing, lunch, gifts, prizes and tastings from Southern Tier Brewing, Ellicottville Distillery plus a cigar roller. Bring a friend and come join the fun. $85 for passholders or $105 including a lift ticket. Bring a brand new skier and he’ll get a free lesson, rental and beginner area lift ticket.

Want to join other free-spirited skiers for a day of peace, love and telemark skiing? Head to Telestock on Friday, Feb. 23, 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, special lift ticket rates are available for participants. For more info, call City Garage at (716) 699-2054.

The following day, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 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.

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. 11, 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.

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 Feb. 16-17 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. 24-25, 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.

If you need some time indoors, why not cheer on Teams USA and Canada during the Winter Olympic games, kicking off Feb. 9 in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. For over two weeks, you can get your fill of skiing, skating, bobsledding, hockey, curling and so much more. Visit www.pyeongchang2018.com for details.

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s definitely not short on fun. Get out there and enjoy!