Possible Ski Season Extension

By Eva Potter

It’s the last weekend for fun on the slopes, even though there’s still abundant snow and the conditions are great. Don’t miss this last chance for some terrific spring skiing at Holiday Valley and HoliMont.

But wait … is it possible there could be just one more weekend of skiing? Maybe, according to Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley director of marketing. She said it is not a definite, but Holiday Valley could be open April 10-12 for one last spring fling on the slopes. Eshbaugh said the decision will take into account weather conditions and skier interest. So, if you’re wondering … be sure to check the snow report and the Holiday Valley Facebook page for confirmation as the date gets closer.

While the season is pretty much over, shopping for great off-piste deals is not. For the bargain hunter, April is a great time for deep discounts on skis, boards, helmets, outdoor clothing, high-tech winter gear and more, so visit Ellicottville’s fine ski shops soon for the best selection.

Even though snow still covers the fairways, many have already mentally moved on to the next season’s favorite pastime — golf. Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond golf course is scheduled to open April 10, weather permitting. Usually the front nine holes, which are situated near the Inn at Holiday Valley, are the first to open. Some of the back nine is still covered with quite a bit of snow, so this section of the course generally opens later in the month of April.

Avid anglers already know trout season opened on April 1, but in case you didn’t know, the Enchanted Mountains region is known for some of the finest steelhead fishing and has been included in Top 10 sites listings in fishing magazines. Nearby Cattaraugus Creek is a scenic and bountiful place to fish and worth a few hours of peaceful relaxation, not to mention the numerous fishing holes throughout the county. Fishing licenses are required and are available at local town halls and select businesses in the area. Visit www.enchantedmountains.com/activity/fishing for more information.

Whitewater rafting and kayaking is a thrilling experience and after this year’s snow dump, the waves and rapids of local creeks will offer an unforgettable, wild ride. As of April 4, rafting and kayaking season is open. There are several companies in the area that will happily take you on a wet ride down the river! If you’re an avid kayaker, check out the Zoar Valley Paddling Club and their many outings. More information at www.enchantedmountains.com.

A musical night of entertainment awaits you on April 10 and 11 when 28 Ellicottville Central School students present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” one of Broadway’s longest running musicals. Because ECS’s auditorium is under construction, this performance will take place at the Ray Evans Seneca Theater in Salamanca. The 7:30 p.m. shows also feature local musicians, who will have you singing along with these fabulous felines. Tickets cost $7 and may be purchased at the door.

The weekend of April 11 and 12 also brings you the 2015 Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department Spring Sportsmen’s Show, where more than 150 vendors will be on hand with the latest in hunting, fishing and sporting gear.

Looking for some great food for a great cause? Then plan to attend Taste of the Southtowns on April 19, held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Hall, 190 Franklin Street in Springville. The proceeds of the event will benefit Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, the largest waterfowl sanctuary in the United States. This admission-free event features 44 food items from seven area restaurants. Tastes are priced from $1.50 to $4. A Chinese basket auction and live music from The Rustic Ramblers, Gene Hilts on Steel Guitar, and Wagner and Winston will keep the fun going all day long. Gooseneck, a non-profit located at 5067 Townline Rd. in Delevan, N.Y., houses the two largest covered aviaries in the country, with more than 60 species and 600 endangered and protected ducks, geese and swans, along with more than 2,000 koi fish. Find more information at www.gooseneckhillwaterfowlfarm.com, call (716) 942-6835 or email rosebird@frontiernet.net.

Take your pick and enjoy all that April has to offer!