By Alicia Dziak

The first holiday weekend of the year is here and what better place to spend it than right on the slopes in Ellicottville.

At Holiday Valley, enjoy dozens of trails that feature a variety of terrain.

If you want to check out HoliMont, remember that it’s open to the public Monday through Friday.

On Jan. 19, take part in iskiny’s Discover NY Ski Day, a celebration of skiing and riding all across the state. Bring your friends and family to discover skiing and riding in New York State! Purchase an 8-hour ticket Holiday Valley lift ticket  at for just $24, or grab a Learn to Ski or Learn to Snowboard package for just $25 (package includes equipment, beginner lesson and beginnner area lift ticket).

All January long is National Learn a Snowsport month. Enjoy lesson specials at both Holiday Valley and HoliMont.

HV will host the “Your Turn” Women’s Ski Clinic on Jan. 26 and 27, led by Lisa Densmore Ballard, a widely acclaimed coach, instructor and ski racer, and assisted by several of Holiday Valley’s finest women instructors. Intermediate to advanced level female skiers shouldn’t miss this great opportunity to improve their skills and bond with other like-minded women. For more info, and to register, visit

For even more fun on the slopes, check out Holiday Valley Tubing Company. Take your pick of several lanes, soar down in an inflatable tube, then get pulled back up to the top! It’s all the fun of tubing without any of the work. Grab a hot chocolate and chill by the outdoor fire pit. Or take a ride on the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster, located by the resort’s Tannenbaum Lodge. Both the tubing park and the coaster are open on Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

However you spend your time on the slopes, you’re sure to have a blast if you spend it in Ellicottville!