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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Join the Après-Ski Scene in Ellicottville


3. What to Do

Ski or snow tube down the hills at Holiday Valley.  

Strap on your Anon goggles and check out Holiday Valley’s newly rebuilt snowboard terrain park (four-hour weekend lift passes, $53; ski and snowboard equipment rental, $23 to $31). Two new trails bring the total count to over 50, plus there’s a steep new snow-tubing park and high-speed quad chairlifts from the recent $4 million upgrade.

Roll with the Cattaraugus County Federation of Snowmobiles, which maintains 415 miles of groomed trails. Buy an annual membership with one of the nine clubs—the Tri-County Drifthoppers ($30) and the Enchanted Mountains Border Riders Club ($25) to name a few—for access to their fleet of vehicles, trails, and jointly hosted events.

Slush past sculpture by the likes of Dwayne Hatchett and Mehrdad Hadighi at Griffis Sculpture Park ($5 admission), a 425-acre mountainside park filled with contemporary installations. It closes up for most of the winter but offers occasional full-moon snowshoe excursions with live music and piping hot chili ($50; next one on February 7, 5–8 p.m.).

Published on Jan 13, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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