By Kellen M. Quigley

With winter in full swing, temperatures low and snow blowing, February is a great time to experience some outdoor fun at Holiday Valley.

On Feb. 8, Mountain Ski Fest will entail a day full of skiing, snowboarding, activities and camaraderie for skiers or riders.

What was formerly Mountain Man Day, now all are invited to the fun of Ski Fest.

Starting at 8 a.m. and lasting late into the afternoon, Ski Fest includes ski and snowboard demo equipment from local shops, recreational racing, breakfast, lunch and beer and wine and tastings.

Whether a seasoned slope expert or a brand new skier trying the sport for the first time, Bring a friend to join the fun and he or she will get a free lesson, rental and beginner area lift ticket. 

This outdoor ski event is hosted by Holiday Valley’s all-star coaching team, including Snowsports Director Allie Doro and head race coach Miguel Azcarate.

The day concludes with a relaxing wind-down featuring delicious food and live music.

You can stay right at the resort with lodging packages at the slopeside Inn at Holiday Valley available for Thursday night.

Mountain Ski Fest Schedule is as follows:

8 a.m.: Registration begins at Holiday Valley Lodge

8 to 9 a.m.: First tracks on Cindy’s Run

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Pick up breakfast to-go at the Clocktower 

9:30 a.m.: Vertical Challenge and Scavenger Hunt

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Ski and Snowboard Demos, Beginner Lesson and Race Clinic

Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch 

1 to 3 p.m.: Optional Ski Races or coaching

3 to 5 p.m.: Apres tastings, appetizers and live music