By Alicia Dziak

Ellicottville is not only a haven for winter sports, but it’s also a place to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. As the temps continue to rise this month, it’s time to think spring and plan for two super fun races coming to Holiday Valley.

On Saturday, May 12, the Happy Half makes its way to town once again, and aims to put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Race organizers, who also run the EVL Half in the fall, emphasize that they want to help put the fun into running. The course will feature fun distractions, and at the end, everyone will enjoy entertainment, great food and beer as part of a great party at Holiday Valley.

The day will feature a Half Marathon, 5K, and a Beer Mile for those with iron stomachs. Get ready, get set, get happy! For more info, including registration details, visit

Do you like challenging obstacles and muds? On Saturday, June 16, the Holiday Valley Mudslide returns for its seventh year.

Choose from the 3.5 or 5.4 mile courses, that both start by Spruce Lake (you even get to ride the chairlift up!) and end with the famous mudslide down the bottom of Yodeler. In between, racers make their way under, over and through a variety of awesome obstacles, most of which are designed to produce extra muddy results!

Afterwards, enjoy a post-race party on the Champagne Sundeck, complete with a variety of food and drinks, music and awards.

The Kids’ MiniMudslide course is 1/2 mile long and will include several obstacles plus the mudslide. Start and finish is at the Training Center. The miniMudslide takes place at approximately 1:30. Register your child under the Yodeler Deck for $10.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Jim Kelly’s Hunter’s Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to giving hope through education and awareness, research, and family care for Krabbe, Leukodystrophies, and Newborn Screening.

For more info, visit