© 2014 Keystone Designers Inc.
© 2014 Keystone Designers Inc.

By Alicia Dziak

Whether you crave a fun-filled day on the slopes with your kids, followed by a hot meal in the lodge, an action-packed day skiing and socializing with friends, or something in between, HoliMont has something for everyone in the upcoming weeks.

Friday, Jan. 31 marks the 33rd annual Contractor’s Day, where representatives from contracting companies, near and far, venture out to the slopes to enjoy skiing and fun with friends.

“This event grows every year, and we’re expecting about 900 people this year,” said Dash Hegeman, HoliMont’s marketing director.

Interested parties for next year can find more information on HoliMont’s web site, or by calling the office at (716) 699-2320.

Friday, Feb, 7 is Men’s Day, and while HoliMont will be open to the public, Men’s Day is limited to guests of current members.

“Men’s Day is a fun day where a section of the resort is closed off for members and their guests to socialize,” explained Hegeman. “It’s a fairly popular event in other private clubs, and so we started doing it at HoliMont. This year’s theme is ‘Game On’ and there will be a variety of bar games set up, including foosball, air hockey and dartboards.” He added that catering will be by Dina’s.

Saturday, Feb. 8 is the 18th annual Phoenix Adaptive Ski Race, an opportunity for skiers with disabilities to show off their skills. The race is open to all adaptive skiers, individual or team members. Over 80 racers are expected from local U.S. and Canadian ski areas. All racers receive a gift bag, a continental breakfast and lunch. There is an awards ceremony following the race, and an après ski party with live music.

The public is welcome to come and watch this race from the bottom of the hill, and volunteers are welcome. For more information, call HoliMont at (716) 699-8159 or email Dianne Cole at snowsports@holimont.com, with “Phoenix Race Volunteer” in the subject line.

The USSA Snowboard Race will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9 with a 10 a.m. start time.

“This is a parallel giant slalom race, where two athletes ski at a time.  There are two races so each athlete has four runs,” explained Travis Widger, HoliMont’s race director. This race is open to the public, but racers must have a USASA license. Online registration is at www.ussa.org.

The area schools’ Winter Break, running Feb. 15-22, will bring a family-friendly atmosphere to HoliMont.

“During this week, there will be a lot of activities for the kids. In the past, we’ve had coloring contests, various games and fun prizes,” Hegeman said.

On Feb. 22 and 23, HoliMont will be hosting the FLITE Cup, a USSA-sanctioned event that will bring in freestyle teams made up of young athletes, ranging in ages 7-14. In this event, skiers from New York, Pennsylvania and beyond will show off their aerial tricks. Spectators are welcome. For more information, visit www.fliteteam.com.

Friday, Feb. 28 is Ladies’ Day, where female members get their turn to invite friends to share in a day of skiing and socializing. This year’s theme is “Rhinestone Cowgirl,” sure to bring in a mix of western-themed activities, dancing, and lots of laughs!

Looking ahead to March, the Kandahar Race is scheduled for March 1-2. According to www.polarbearskiclub.org, the race was created in 1974 as an opportunity for kids who did not make state teams to continue racing. Its name comes from the race’s original sponsor, Chip Armstrong, whose shop in Cortland was called Chip’s Kandahar.

“This is a two-day event for young athletes in three age groups: U14, U12 and U10,” said Widger. “Close to 250 skiers from all over the western part of the state compete.”  Winners qualify for the Kandahar Championships, held the following weekend at Belleayre.

On Thurs., March 6, Ski Day for United Way Day will be held, where one price gets participants a lift ticket, event T-shirt, breakfast, lunch and more, to benefit the United Way of Cattaraugus County. To register, or for more information, visit www.uwcattco.org.

March 7 is HoliMont’s Tele-Fest, an annual event promoting all things tele.

“This is just another way that HoliMont is trying to grow the sport of tele skiing, and we expect people just getting into the sport, as well as seasoned tele skiers,” said Hegeman.

For more information, visit www.holimont.com/telemark-skiing. 

March 15-16 will bring the New York State-Ontario Team Dual Race to Ellicottville, where 80 athletes each from Ontario and New York will compete in the U16 division. The event will be held at Holiday Valley on the 15th, and at HoliMont on the 16th.

In addition to all the specially scheduled events over the next several weeks, HoliMont also offers Dina’s delicious fish fries to start your weekend out right, offered Friday evenings from 6:30–8:30 p.m. throughout the season.

HoliMont is open to the public Monday through Friday. For more information, visit www.holimont.com.