Even more downhill fun in Ellicottville awaits, starting now! Holiday Valley Tubing Company opened for the season this week. If you like flying down the hill in an inflatable tube without the work of lugging it back to the top, this place is for you.

Tubing is fun for everyone; all you have to do is sit down, hang on and experience the exhilaration of pure winter fun! The Tubing Park has up to 22 lanes, including two group lanes, that are 900 feet long and drop 100 vertical feet, plus two handle tows to pull you back up the hill. A special Little Tubers area is available, weather permitting, for younger children at a cost of $5. A cozy warming hut is at the base of the hill with a snack bar, fireplace and restrooms. Or you can warm up and rest outside at the giant bonfire pit.

The Holiday Valley Tubing Company is located on the corner of Route 242 and Bryant Hill Road, just four miles from Holiday Valley on the north side of Ellicottville. A free shuttle service to and from Holiday Valley is available every two hours during operating hours. Pickup is at the Resort Services Center.

The tubing park is open Thursdays through Sundays, plus Christmas Week. Rates start at $10 for a two-hour slide for ages 15 and under. For more info, visit

The Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster is also now open for the winter season. Visit the coaster near the Tannenbaum Lodge and get ready for a thrilling ride down through the snowy woods! The Mountain Coaster is similar to a roller coaster, but is low to the ground and follows the contours of the terrain. You ride alone or with a friend in a “car” attached to rails that pulls you up the hill, then it follows a zig zagging spiraling path down the mountain. You can control the speed of your car with levers on the sides of the car.

The Coaster operates Fridays through Sundays, plus Christmas week, weather permitting. Tickets may be purchased at any ticket window or at lodging properties. Purchase your mountain coaster ticket with your lift ticket and save. Prices start at $6 for one ride with lift ticket. For more info, visit mountain-coaster.

Get the most out your winter and experience these two unique places you can’t find anywhere else in the area!