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So far this week, winter break in Ellicottville has been a blast. Great snow, invigorating temperatures, excellent ski/boarding classes and plenty of cozy spots to warm up have been keeping everyone happy, active and ready for more.

Well, more is on the calendar!

Holiday Valley is hosting two amazing events this Saturday, Feb. 21 – the annual Penguin Paddle fundraiser and the all-new Red Bull All Snow jam.

Penguin Paddle runs all day and features a seriously funny penguin-style belly race with participants clad in stylish black plastic trash bags. Get in on the fun at the base of Yodeler. Proceeds from the event benefit Holiday Valley’s Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program.

At the terrain park, take the kids to watch the “Red Bull All Snow” open jam for snowboarders and freeskiers age 18+. They’ll showcase their “best tweaks, plants, airs and flow” on half-pipes, side cuts and other apparatus built entirely from snow.

While spending the entire day on the slopes is never a bad thing, kids can always use a little variety. How about a visit to the Holiday Valley Tubing Park for some slip-sliding fun? Or head to Tannenbaum and take the kids for a spin on the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster.

HoliMont members will be treated to a Dekdebrun’s Ski/Snowboard Shop Demo Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the base of Exhibition Express.

Of course, you can also spend some time in the Village doing some all-important shopping or enjoying family-friendly dining at any of Ellicottville’s many restaurants and cafes.

And be sure to check out our calendar of events (this page) for all the reasons you should plan to come back for another wonderful winter vacation or weekend in Ellicottville!


Calendar of Events



February 21

Penguin Paddle

at Holiday Valley 


February 21

Red Bull All Snow Event

at Holiday Valley

February 27

Telestock Day

at Holiday Valley

February 28
Play It Forward 

Vertical Challenge 

at Holiday Valley



March 1

Art Roscoe Loppet

X-Country Ski Race

at Allegany State Park


March 5

Ski Day for United Way
at HoliMont


March 5

at HoliMont


March 14-15

Mardi Gras and
Winter Carnival


Annual Maple Weekends

March 21-22 

and March 28-29 


March 22

Northwind Super-G

Race at Holiday Valley


March 28

Holiday Valley’s

Pond Skimming