By Alicia Dziak
Whether it’s in like a lion and out like a lamb, or the opposite of that, March in Ellicottville has something for everyone. Fast-paced, family-friendly, laughter-inducing or just plain fun, enjoy it all as ski season winds down and we welcome spring.
Scouts can enjoy a day on the slopes with their scouting group during Holiday Valley’s Scout Days, March 3-4. Special pricing offers an 8-hour lift ticket for $32, lift and lesson $36, lift lesson and rental $46. Helmet rental $6. Contact Group Sales for information and reservations at (716) 699-2345, ext 4406.
On March 3, perhaps a snowshoe adventure is in your future. Griffis Sculpture Park hosts its annual Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, a great opportunity to tour the park. Check out the article on this page 4 for more info.
On March 4, check out a new snowboarding event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Boardroom Banked Slalom is a new snowboarding event with a banked slalom course on Independence, as well as a vendor village and cookout on the Champagne Sundeck at Yodeler Lodge.
March 9-11, don’t miss the highlight of the winter in Ellicottville during Mardi Gras and Winter Carnival Weekend. The weekend is full of parades, cookouts, and loads of family-friendly fun.
March 17 is not only St. Patrick’s Day, but also a chance for skiers and riders to experience the giant Intense Milk bottle at the base of Yodeler at the Intense Milk Rail Jam from noon to 2 p.m. It’s free to enter but you must have a lift ticket and a helmet. Kids under 18 must have a parent signature to participate.
The following day, squeeze into your speed suit and get ready for this fun Super G on Northwind—everyone’s invited! Cost is $5 per racer; register at the Training Center. Training runs from 9:30 to 10:30. Rangers race at 11:00, everyone else at 12:30. Helmets required, speed suit (or costume) optional.
Always another great time on the slopes, the annual Pond Skimming returns to Holiday Valley on Saturday, March 24. Sign up to skim across an ice water filled pond or come cheer on your favorite competitors.
If you love tubing, get to Holiday Valley Tubing Company! The tubing park offers up to 22 lanes of fast-paced downhill fun, two tows to pull you back up, and a ‘Lil Tubers area for the tykes. The tubing park is open Thursdays through Sundays for a few more weeks. Visit www.holidayvalley.com/winter/tubing/ for rates and more info.
The next few weeks are also the last of the season to hop on the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster during its winter season. The coaster, located by Holiday Valley’s Tannenbaum Lodge, lets guests ride up in their own car, then control their own speed on the twisting, turning way back down. For more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com/winter.
It’s not too early to start thinking about next year’s fun on the slopes. Purchase your 2018-19 Classic Season Passes or Ultimate Passes through April 30 for the best rates! Plus you are eligible for a fee-free installment plan which makes purchasing a pass very affordable. If you are a new Classic Passholder, once your have paid in full you can start skiing THIS year on March 1. Rangers, Eagles, Race team, Freestyle Team, Snowboard Team and Masters Programs also available now.
March in WNY means all things maple. Be sure to check out the state-wide Maple Weekends, March 17-18 and 24-25. Maple producers across New York will be hosting open houses for the public to see how maple syrup and other related products are made. This family-oriented event features sugar house tours, samples, activities and much more. For more info and to find participating maple farms, visit www.nysmaple.com.
For the adventurous folks, whitewater rafting season begins this month. The best white water action can normally be had from right now through April when water levels are high from spring runoff. Visit www.ZoarValleyRafting.com or www.Adventure-Calls.com for more info.
This year, Easter falls on April Fool’s Day, April 1. Get ready for the holiday by treating yourself to Friday fish frys throughout the Lenten season and with fun, Easter-themed activities with the kids.
March in Ellicottville means fun on the snow, parties in the streets and on the slopes, springtime treats and fun for all. Get out and enjoy!