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The Salamanca Press A message from the editor ... Whether you’re a visitor to our area or a local resident enjoying one of the most exciting of our four distinct seasons, I hope you make this winter one to remember in Cattaraugus County. On behalf of The Salamanca Press staff, we’re proud to bring you the 2012-13 edition of the Ski & Entertainment Guide. For more than two decades, this publication has been your dependable source for area winter news, local business information and more – and it gets better each year. Thank you for again choosing us to help make your experience the best it can be. The following content would not be possible without the local skiing community (including those at both Holiday Valley and HoliMont), officials at Allegany State Park and the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, local business owners and other organizational leaders. Together, we have teamed up to bring you this 32-page edition. And thanks to our advertisers, this publication can be picked up at a number of local business establishments free of charge. I hope in return you support them as they support our mission to bring you the best winter guide in the area. For winter enthusiasts from skiers to snowboarders to snowmobilers and more, I hope this winter brings you great joy and entertainment. From all of us at The Salamanca Press, warm wishes this winter season and may you enjoy everything this region has to offer. Sincerely,

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Letter from the President.................................. 4 Holiday Valley opens new lodge...................... 4 Try out the terrain parks or tubing....................5

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Introduction...................................................... 6 HoliMont installs new ski lift........................... 7

Allegany State Park & Enchanted Mountains • • • •

Try crosscountry skiing.................................... 8 Dog sledding returns to park Jan. 26-27...........9 Art Roscoe Loppet set for Feb. 3......................9 Enjoy winter in the Enchanted Mountains........9

Salamanca Attractions • •

Seneca Iroquois National Museum...................13 Things to do in the city......................................13

Business Directory • • • • •

Ellicottville Lodging.........................................20 Ellicottville Shopping.......................................22 Ellicottville Restaurants....................................24 Salamanca Restaurants..................................... 26 Salamanca Lodging.......................................... 26

Trail Maps & Calendars of Events Cover photo courtesy of Holiday Valley Cover design by Rich Place

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Allegany State Park...........................................28 Holiday Valley...................................................29 HoliMont...........................................................30

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A letter from the President of

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Dear Winter Visitor: We just love winter at Holiday Valley and Ellicottville, where the fresh air and sparkling snow awaken your sense of adventure. We’re glad you are visiting Cattaraugus County at this special time of year. There are so many things to do for visitors of all ages and interests here at Holiday Valley. Skiing or snowboarding with your family and friends is the perfect answer to cabin fever. Once you step onto the mountain your everyday worries are replaced with a fresh feeling of freedom, rejuvenation and excitement! Everyone can take a thrilling ride down through the snowy trees on the Sky High Mountain Coaster. Tubing at the Holiday Valley Tubing Company is a wonderful activity, whether you’re young or young at heart. Cross country skiing is great exercise and easy to learn and use of the trails is free at Holiday Valley and at Allegany State Park. In addition to Holiday Valley’s 58 slopes and 13 lifts, beautiful base lodges and wonderful ski and snowboard programs, we offer a variety of slope side lodging, dining, shopping and activities in the village of Ellicottville. Why not turn your visit into a vacation with lodging at the comfortable Inn at Holiday Valley, the new Tamarack Club condominium/ hotel or one of our cozy rental properties? Tamarack also houses the Falling Waters Spa, John Harvard’s Brew House and Restaurant, conference rooms, an indoor/outdoor heated year ‘round pool, a sauna and two outdoor hot tubs. Be sure to plan a return visit next summer when the mountains turn green and lush. There’s plenty of fun at Sky High Adventure Park, the Holiday Valley pools, the Double Black Diamond Golf Course and the mountain biking trails. From all of us at Holiday Valley and our fun-loving village of Ellicottville, we’re glad you’re here. Welcome to our community, and we’ll see you on the slopes! Dennis A. Eshbaugh President & General Manager Holiday Valley Resort

Press photo by Rich Place Construction enters its final stages at the new Holiday Valley Lodge in early December 2012.

By Rich Place Managing Editor ELLICOTTVILLE – There’s more than just winter to celebrate at Holiday Valley this season. The resort kicked off the start of the ski season in December with the opening of the $12 million Holiday Valley Lodge, a multi-purpose structure replacing the 50-year-old Clubhouse Chalet which had become antiquated despite multiple upgrades. “The old building when compared to our other base lodges wasn’t at the quality or style of our other buildings,” said Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director at the resort. “It definitely needed to be improved. This new building fits with what we have in the base area between the Tamarack

Club and Resort Services.” Demolition of the old clubhouse literally began as soon as possible – work on the project began March 19, 2012, the day following the close of last year’s short ski season. Prior to Thanksgiving, resort officials announced part of the new building would open in early December with a grand opening set for Dec. 15. The 66,000-square-foot building will serve as the base lodge during the winter months and offers a variety of potential uses during the other three seasons, including a location for conferences and weddings. Eshbaugh said the Holiday Valley Lodge is not only larger but also much more efficient in terms of accessibility. More than 250 workers from more than 30 companies

have worked on the lodge, Eshbaugh said. The majority of the contractors were from the area, including the general contractor Duggan and Duggan of Olean. Likewise, the architectural firm was the Olean office of Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals. With both improvements on old amenities and completely new offerings, the Holiday Valley Lodge features a food service area with a brick pizza oven, a pair of bars, a coffee shop, equipment rental and repair shops, the Snowsports school desk, locker rooms and day care. The second story bar features a 180-degree panoramic view of the slopes through floor to ceiling windows and private park rooms available to guests. Fitting in aesthetically with its neighboring buildings, the lodge is Holiday Valley’s largest building project since the nearby Tamarack Club was completed in December 2009. It also creates a more consistent atmosphere between the resort’s other two lodges, Yodeler and Tannenbaum. The old Clubhouse Chalet, which the Holiday Valley Lodge replaced, was built in 1962 and expanded six times over the past 50 years. Eshbaugh said guests driving through the resort will likely notice the presence of the new lodge immediately. The Holiday Valley Lodge is located on Holiday Valley Road between the Tamarack Club and Resort Services.

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Don’t ski? Try tubing for an alternative way down! ELLICOTTVILLE – If skiing or snowboarding isn’t for you – or if you’re looking for a different way to experience the combination of hills and snow this winter season, head over to Holiday Valley Tubing Company location about three miles east of the village on Route 242. “It’s really fun,” admitted Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director at Holiday Valley. “You can race the person next to you plus there’s a warming hut with hot chocolate.” The tubing company has 12 lanes of smooth snow for a fast way down. Plus, it offers two tow lines back up the hill so visitors don’t have to walk. “All you have to do is get in the tube, pick a lane and slide down,” Eshbaugh said. The Holiday Valley Tubing Company is traditionally open Thursdays and Fridays from 4-9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon - 9 p.m. Minimum age for the attraction is 7 years old and the rider must be at least 42 inches tall. The tubing company is also available to be booked for group events. For additional information call (716) 699-2345 ext. 4406.

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Holiday Valley ‘ramps up’ terrain parks for 2012-13 season By Rich Place Managing Editor ELLICOTTVILLE – With a network of 58 trails weaving throughout the resort, Holiday Valley offers a wide variety of ways to ski or snowboard from the top of the hills back to the base. However, those looking for a different kind of altitude can check out one of five terrain areas at the resort, ranging from a progression park with introductory-level features to 42/78 Park for those looking for the biggest jumps and thrills. Holiday Valley Marketing Manager Jane Eshbaugh described the terrain parks as skate parks for the winter season. Bumps, ramps, curves, tubes and more invite ski and snowboard enthusiasts to catch some air and perform some tricks not available on traditional slopes. As terrain parks become more and more popular, Holiday Valley continues to cater to the ski and snowboard community. Four parks – 42/78 Park, Rail Park, Snoozer and Moonshadow – offer a range of exciting features. East of the School Haus trail is a progression park, an area with introductory level boxes, rails and snow features.

“Not all the parks are the same,” Eshbaugh said. “Each one has its own personality.” Obvious by the name, Rail Park at the base of Mardi Gras consists mostly of rails for thrill seekers but is switched up often with everything from wood features to steel tanks. One of the resort’s top events, the Red Bull Buttercup, has taken place here. Snoozer is an intermediate park which includes snow features like banked turns while Moonshadow consists of large, evenlyspaced rollers. The most

advanced course, 42/78 Park, contains a variety of jumps and technical rails and gets its name for the area’s latitude and longitude of 42O N and 78O W. With the addition of new features and improvements to the terrain parks comes a range of bordercross- and skiercross-themed events. Among them is the annual Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) on Feb. 16, which

helps raise awareness for breast cancer. Other events include ones coordinated by the United States of America Snowboarding Association (USASA) and the Eastern Snowboard L e a g u e (ESL), which in the past have been held at Snoozer. Eshbaugh said Holiday Valley in 2012 focused much attention on the beginner’s progression park,

which could get more people interested in the excitement of the resort’s other terrain parks. “This progression park has the smallest features and is the lowest to the ground,” she said. “It’s rather non-intimidating but kids and adults can learn how to ride in a park before they ride in a bigger park. This one teaches them the rules of the road and terrain park etiquette.” For beginners, Holiday Valley offers a Burton Learn to Ride Center. Additional information on Holiday Valley’s assortment of terrain parks is available on its own website,

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celebrates 50 years as a premier ski area in Ellicottville ELLICOTTVILLE – For 50 years, families and snowsports enthusiasts from miles around have converged on HoliMont – North America’s largest private ski area devoted to family skiing adventures. Generations of members have been drawn in by the amazing skiing, only to fall in love with the warm, community atmosphere that makes HoliMont the kind of place you want to keep coming back to. And while a sense of community can’t be manufactured, snow is a different story. HoliMont’s patented snowmaking system creates 700 vertical feet of wall-to-wall, top-to-bottom snow. Combine that with an average of 190 inches of natural snow per season, and you’ll be very glad you chose to spend your time at HoliMont. During the week, HoliMont is happy to open the slopes to non-members and groups, who

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can forget about standing around shivering in long lines. Eight lifts service more than 50 slopes and trails, as well as two Terrain Parks (a beginner park and an advanced park) and Halfpipe. So whether you’re a member or visitor, skier or boarder, parent or child, come experience HoliMont and make your winter come to life.

After witnessing the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid in 1932, William Merk, founder of HoliMont, was inspired to pursue his passion for skiing in the Ellicottville area. After skiing for years with the Ellicottville Ski Club on Fish Hill and throughout the Greer and Holiday Valley areas, he decided to start a private ski club.

In 1961, Merk initiated purchase options on land parcels along Route 242, with the support of local investors. The name HoliMont, coined by the investors, was derived from the phrase “Holiday Mountain.” The first trail was cut in 1961 with seven more to follow. Skiers were towed up the steep hill on a fash-

ioned sled behind a Tucker Sno-Cat. In 1995, the Greer Hill chair was added in the same location as the Greer Hill Rope Tow of earlier times. In the 1970s and 1980s, the club took off, and additional terrain and chairs were added. With every improvement HoliMont makes to its incomparable skiing experience, from its revolutionary snowmaking technology, to the addition of the club’s first ever high-speed detachable quad chairlift this past summer, to the sophisticated WestMont Ridge Development Project, William Merk’s vision of a top-flight, family-friendly private ski area is realized. The HoliMont Ski Area is located at 6921 Route 242 in Ellicottville. For general information, call (716) 699- 2320 or check them out on Facebook (/skiholimont), Twitter (@HoliMont) or

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HoliMont gets new high-speed quad lift for upcoming season

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Or call: Photo courtesy of HolIMont HoliMont’s new Exhibition Express will operate for the first time this winter season.

By Rich Place Managing Editor ELLICOTTVILLE – Fifty years after HoliMont first cut its trails at what has become North America’s largest private ski area, the resort celebrated with a gift of its own in the form of a high-speed quadchair lift to get people up its hills faster and safer. The project – called the Exhibition Express – was completed during the autumn 2012 season with a price tag of $3 million, according to Dash Hegeman, marketing director at HoliMont. “Normally it would’ve been even more expensive but we

opted to do the installation inhouse,” he said. “Our Mountain Crew and Lift Crew did a fantastic job and helped keep the cost down considerably.” The new high-speed detachable lift differs from the more traditional fixedgrip lift in several ways, Hegeman said. Primarily, the new lift is safer because when a chair gets to the loading and unloading terminals it detaches from the cable and begins to run on a track moving along the terminal. “This allows the chair to slow down a lot thus allowing for a much safer loading and unloading process,” he said. “Once the chair gets to the end

of the track it reattaches to the cable and goes back to its normal speed.” He said this feature eliminates the necessity to stop the line when people have difficulty getting on or off the lift. Due to the unfortunately short ski season in 2011-12, Hegeman said the crew at HoliMont was able to begin assembly of the new lift quickly. A dry summer allowed the crew to spend a lot of time working outdoors on the installation process.

The new lift was first open to HoliMont’s members and their friends during Ellicottville’s Fall Fest Weekend in mid-October. The celebration both allowed guests to experience the new lift while taking a look at the area’s autumn beauty. This winter, the lift is used for its designated purpose: to get skiers to the top of HoliMont’s hills. Hegeman said the winter season at HoliMont is “business as usual,” although the

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club does have some special events lined up to celebrate its 50th anniversary. “But at the end of the day we’re just looking forward to getting the slopes covered with an abundance of great snow so our members and guests can spend a lot of time on the hill making up for last winter’s less than ideal conditions,” he said.

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Try cross country skiing in New York’s largest state park By Gary Quattrone Contributing Writer It doesn’t matter if the snow is falling, Red House Lake is iced over or the temperature falls below freezing – Allegany State Park is open all year ‘round! Cross country skiing is among the popular winter season recreational activities offered at the park. The winter trails at the Art Roscoe Cross Country and Mountain Bike Area are among some of the very best the area has to offer. This winter sport is not new to Allegany, as skiing has been popular at the park for many years. The pioneering efforts of Art Roscoe were instrumental in the establishment of skiing as a favorite winter sport in the park. A long-time forester and later Regional Director, Roscoe was also a champion downhill racer who loved the thrill of skiing and actively promoted the sport in the park. During the 1930s, his efforts resulted in the Civilian Conservation Corps constructing two ski jumps and the Bova downhill ski area. It was a natural progression to add cross country skiing in Allegany. The trail system was constructed in the late 1970s, offering trails that challenge both the novice and advanced skier. The trails follow the track bed

of an old 1890s narrow gauge railroad and weave along old logging roads. The trails pass through the hardwood forest and offer outstanding overlook views. The pioneering efforts of Roscoe to establish skiing as a featured winter attraction was recognized in 1979 with the dedication of the extensive cross country ski trail system in his honor. Today, many of Allegany State Park campers and visitors enjoy the great outdoors on the nearly 30 miles of groomed trails. The Summit Warming Hut located at the parking area of the system offers a warming area, equipment rental, snacks and hot and cold beverages. The trail system hosts the annual Art Roscoe Loppet – a large, long distance cross country skiing event sponsored each February by Heart Rate Up ( of Western New York. Winter adventure awaits you at the Art Roscoe Cross Country Ski Area – truly a place that has something for all skiing enthusiasts to enjoy among winter’s wonderland. For current ski conditions and information visit the official Allegany State Park Facebook page at www.facebook/alleganystatepark. (Gary Quattrone is Park Manager III at Allegany State Park.)

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The 2013 Art Roscoe Loppet set for Feb. 3 in Allegany State Park

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RED HOUSE – The 2013 Art Roscoe Loppet is scheduled to kick off on Sunday, Feb. 3 at Allegany State Park’s Summit Ski Area in beautiful, challenging, rolling and snowy Salamanca. Classic style skiing at its finest draws competitors and participants from several states in a lung-crushing wild ride through the tracked rolling trails of the Art Roscoe Trail System inside Red House at Allegany State Park. Again this year, the loppet will feature three different

Experience winter in the Enchanted Mountains! Come away from that fast-paced, hurry-scurry life and relax in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, Naturally Yours on the Other Side of New York. Participate in a flurry of winter activities ... or not! Whatever it is you do for relaxation, do it here in our serene, peaceful locations. The winter fun begins with skiing, downhill and cross-country, at Holiday Valley, HoliMont or Allegany State Park’s Art Roscoe Ski Area. Entertain your family at Holiday Valley’s newest attraction, the Mountain Coaster or at the new bowling lanes in Ellicottville! The après ski fun continues in clubs, restaurants and shops in downtown Ellicottville. Continue winter activities by snowmobiling countywide with more than 350 miles of snowmobile trails including a trail to the Seneca Allegany Casino from Allegany State Park. Plan a family stay in one of the park’s winterized cabins for snowshoeing and hiking winter adventure. For a nice getaway any time of the year, visit Sprague’s Maple Farms in Portville for an experience

you will long remember. Watch as maple syrup is produced as you make your way into the welcoming restaurant. Then be prepared for surprises as you await your mouth watering meal. Look for a raccoon to pop its head up out of a bucket, listen for an owl to hoot from its perch and a woodpecker tapping on the wall. There is even a family of bears to see. Remember to stop in to see the Old Masters on display in one of the galleries at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, located on the campus of St. Bonaventure University. The center is free and open to the public. See locally produced art items on display and for sale at Art on Main, 100 Main St., Allegany; you can even participate in classes there. For a complete listing of festivals and events, visit online at or call for a free travel guide or snowmobile map at (800) 331-0543. No matter what you choose for your relaxation, come to the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, the other side of New York!

course options to suit all levels of skiers. Courses include a 6K, 13K and 22K. In other words, the loppet offers something for everyone, from the first-timer to seasoned pro. The 22K course is a wild ride through and around the perimeter of the Art Roscoe Trail System featuring many climbs, descents and a wild two-mile climbing finish. The 13K is no picnic, as skiers are tested to the demands of almost endless pole and kick work. For weekend warriors and first timers,

the 6K is an excellent journey around Sweetwater Trail and lets you set your pace for a fun and thrilling day on the trails. Mass-start format for each distance with four sets of tracks in the starting corral. Pre-register and assure your space on the starting line or come down on race day to register. Loppet officials work closely with Allegany State Park staff to assure the best set track, conditions and course options in Allegany’s Premier cross country skiing event of

the season. In the event of poor conditions, courses may change to suit the safest and most secure routes. In addition to the skiing, the loppet will also feature door prizes and a post-race party. Awards are given to overall male and female for each distance plus the Top 5 in each distance male and female. For more information on the Art Roscoe Loppet, including start times and registration details, visit

Sled dogs return to Allegany State Park on Jan. 26 and 27 RED HOUSE – While skiers and snowboarders are enjoying the slopes and snowmobilers navigate the trails, Allegany State Park is going to the dogs – literally. In what has become an annual tradition, the CanadianAmerican Sledders will return to Camp Turner on Jan. 26-27, 2013 for two days of sled dog racing. For decades, dogsledders and their faithful canines have held the Trappers Special Sled Dog Race at the park, bringing individuals from New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Canada and elsewhere to participate in or watch the action. The races have been scheduled at the park for more than three decades and began after a dogsledder had gone off the road in his truck and found the park manager’s house, according to park officials. After the vehicle had been pulled out of the ditch, the conversation moved on to the dogs and sled the gentleman had with him. In 2013, 34 years later, dog sledders will return again for the annual event. In the sport of dogsled racing, races are broken down into three different categories: sprint, mid-distance and longdistance. Sprint races are rela-

tively short, up to about six miles. The longest races of the weekend at the Trappers Special are 28-mile mid-distance contests.

Races are ran against the clock – not against other teams – and begin by starting teams off in two-minute intervals so each group can get a clean start. Camp Turner is located on Allegany State Park’s Route 3, off Route 280, which can be reached by taking Exit 19 off Interstate 86. The races are dependant on snow conditions. For more information on the races, visit

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NASTAR Recreational Skiing: a race against time By Deb Everts Community Editor ELLICOTTVILLE – Skiers with a passion for speed will feel at home on Holiday Valley’s NASTAR race course, where ski and snowboard racers compete with other contenders across the country to win a medal in a battle against the clock. Holiday Valley’s website describes Nature Valley NASTAR (National Standard Race) as the world’s largest recreational ski and snowboard race program. It claims that if anyone can comfortably ski Cindy’s Run, a trail at Holiday Valley, they can handle this “entry level” race. Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s marketing director, said NASTAR Racing is for skiers of all ages and levels who can participate individually, or on teams, and use the same standard course. “It is technically called ‘modified giant slalom’ racing, so it’s a fairly easy course,” she said. “They reset the course every day, which might make it

Photo courtesy of Holiday Valley A dual NASTAR course at Holiday Valley.

slightly different, but overall there’s usually about the same number of gates each day.” Eshbaugh said getting started is pretty simple. Anyone interested in compet-

ing should go to the start ramp at Cindy’s Run and fill out an easy form to register and then pay for their runs. Competitors get their NASTAR number, which they can use every year, and

they are set to race. According to Eshbaugh, it’s a timed course, and, as each person competes, their category is adjusted according to whether to their gender and age. Then their time is compared to the pace setter of the day and a handicap is set. His or her time is compared to the fastest skier in the NASTAR program in the entire United States. “It’s based on a handicap, kind of like in golf and bowling, where it equalizes the participants,” she said. “A computer keeps track of competitors’ times and race records throughout the whole season.” Eshbaugh said, based a person’s time and category, they could win a platinum, gold, silver or bronze medal. If they race in several qualifying races throughout the year and do well, they could qualify to go to the NASTAR Nationals at the end of the year in places like Utah and Colorado. The 2013 National Championship is being held at Aspen/ Snowmass on March 20-24. See NASTAR, Page 12

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When snow doesn’t measure up — make it By Rich Place Managing Editor ELLICOTTVILLE – When Mother Nature falls short, man and machine have a way of stepping in. For more than five decades, ski resorts have been able to make their own snow to supplement the white stuff provided naturally. Since being first patented in the 1950s, the use of snowmaking machines – commonly called snow guns or snow cannons – has become more technical, more advanced, more efficient and more tactically performed. However, the very basics of it remain simple: provide hills with snow when and where Mother Nature doesn’t do so sufficiently. Water is sprayed into the area when the temperature dips below freezing and falls to the ground as snow. At Holiday Valley, for example, the use of manmade snow has been a regular occurrence since the resort first installed snowmaking machines in 1968, according to Holiday Valley Marketing Director Jane Eshbaugh.

explained. “You need to have a base on ski slopes so when you make a turn you don’t go down to the ground.” This season, the first snowmaking machines started up on Nov. 24 at Holiday Valley and Nov. 27 at HoliMont. Eshbaugh said Holiday Valley continues to make snow as weather allows until February. Ideally, she said the resort makes snow at night when people aren’t on the slopes but sometimes will do it during the day if needed. The science of making snow begins with a system of underground water pipes as well as underground pipes that carry compressed air, which comes from giant air compressors. Eventually, through a network of hoses, the water and air are both shot out of the tops of nozzles near the slopes. The water, in very fine droplets, gather to make small crystals. Photo courtesy of Holiday Valley The tower guns are position high Holiday Valley first fired up the snowmaking machines this season on Nov. 24. above the ground so the water has as much time as possible to crystallize A more modern system was installed of the resort. before hitting the ground. The result is in 1986 and Holiday Valley now “Manmade snow tends to be more a better snowflake, Eshbaugh said. boasts 430 tower guns and 50 porta- dense than natural snow, so it’s very ble guns that cover about 95 percent good for making a base,” Eshbaugh See SNOWMAKING, Page 12

2012-13 Ski & Entertainment Guide NASTAR, from Page 10 Holiday Valley’s website said it has produced some national champions. Paige Duffy, of Orchard Park, has placed in the Top 3 racers four years in a row at nationals, and she is only 11 years old. According to the NASTAR website, the program had its roots in France where ski instructors were rated by the percentage they lagged behind the time recorded by the fastest French ski instructor. This provided a standardized system so that instructors from Chamonix could compare themselves to instructors at Val d’Isere or other resorts.

NASTAR was developed by SKI Magazine in 1968 to provide recreational racers with an opportunity to compete and to compare their scores to friends and family members regardless of when and where they race. The handicap system is a universal scoring system that provides participants with a tangible number that represents their ability. The website records each participants stats and ranks each racer at the host resort, in their state of residence and nationally. The NASTAR program has a successful partnership with the United States Ski Team as its premier youth racing feeder program.

Page 12 The NASTAR program at Holiday Valley has dual or single giant slalom racing open to the public and held on Cindy’s Run. NASTAR operates Wednesday through Sunday and holidays from 12:30-4 p.m. The NASTAR season starts Dec. 18 and run through mid-March 2013. People may register at Holiday Valley, NASTAR. com or any participating ski resort. There is also a listing of the participating ski resorts online at For more information on the NASTAR program, call (716) 699-2345, visit online at or

The Salamanca Press SNOW, from Page 11 “We make snow into a pile under the guns,” she said before comparing the new crystals to eggs. “When the crystal is first made it’s solid on the outside but still may be liquid on the inside. We let the snow sit in a pile for a while as it freezes all the way through.” Holiday Valley used the ponds on its golf course as water sources for years until it created Spruce Lake, located high above the slopes in McCarty Hill State Forest, in 2006. This manmade lake allows the water to be cooled before being gravity-fed into the pipes. Nearly all forms of technology have changed as time continues, and snowmaking is no different. Along with Spruce Lake keeping the water cold and allowing it to be gravity-fed, Holiday Valley has increased the efficiency of snowmaking through computers.

“We have five slopes on an automated system and we are expanding that every year,” Eshbaugh said. “Basically the guns are controlled by a central computer. Rather than having to manually go to every gun and turn it on and off we tell the computer to turn them on or off. That allows us to make snow only if it’s going to be cold for a short period, for example.” While snow can be made at 32 degrees or below, Eshbaugh said ideal snowmaking conditions are when temperatures are in the 20s. The 2011-12 ski season was not only a lousy provider in terms of snowfall but the temperature changes made things difficult for local ski resorts. “We didn’t make a lot of snow last year,” Eshbaugh said. “Every week we had temperature cycles that seemed to have us take three steps forward and two steps back. We’re hoping for more consistent weather this year.”

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In Ellicottville? Swing by Salamanca! Seneca Nation of Indians Library Part of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, the Allegany branch of the Seneca Nation of Indians Library is located in Salamanca. The library is an excellent resource for information on Seneca and Native American culture and geneology. The library is located at 830 Broad St., across from Burger King and near the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel.

Salamanca Public Library Also part of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, the Salamanca Public Library is open to local residents as well as visitors to the area. Proud to be called a community library, the library is full of books, videos, magazines and more information. The library is located at 115 Wildwood Ave. and can be reached at (716) 945-1890.

Salamanca Mall Antiques Established in 1998, Salamanca Mall Antiques has grown into one of the finest and largest antique malls in the country. The mall boasts an impressive 60,000 square feet marketplace with more than 1,000 individual vendors. The mall is located at 100 Main St. and can be reached at (716) 945-5532 or online at

Salamanca Area Historical Museum Located at the corner of Main and Atlantic streets downtown, the museum features dozens of exhibits, new clippings, photographs and more to help visitors learn more about Salamanca’s rich and interesting past. For more information, including hours, call (716) 945-2946.

Snowsnake set for Feb. 2-3 The public is invited to the snowsnake competition, a Native American winter sport, on Feb. 2-3, 2013 at the Old Erie Railroad on North Main Street. For information, call the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce at (716) 945-2034.

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New look at Seneca Iroquois National Museum By Sue Grey Contributing Writer SALAMANCA – In August 2012, the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum quietly celebrated 35 years of service to the general public, to Hodinöhsö:ni’ (People of the longhouse) members, as well as to other Native members. Although the museum closed for about five months earlier in the year due to structural problems in the inside concrete floor, the doors were opened with a new slightly reconfigured interior look in June. First-time visitors and returning visitors have had favorable comments about the changes. Whether you are a history buff or just interested in learning something new about the Onöndowa’ga:’(Seneca), you will be surprised what this small museum offers in history and culture exhibits. Permanent exhibits include a scaled down replica of a ganöhse:s (longhouse) including early baskets and carved materials. Besides the ganöhse:s, there is also a re-built degëöda:dö’ (log cabin) that a family on the Cattaraugus territory used in

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the early 1800s. You will have a glimpse at an earlier life when viewing these two structures. Another exhibit is the ga’säde:nyö’ (clan animals). Each animal or bird you see in this display was chosen for a unique characteristic and early Onöndowa’ga:’ were brought up in a certain clan. You will learn the significance of the clans and the role of women in the village(s). In the Cultural Arts Room you will see six cases that have traditional materials in them such as baskets, corn husk items, beadwork, silverwork and carvings. One more exhibit to mention that you see is the “This Is Where We Walked” display in the West Gallery. Here the story of how the Onöndowa’ga:’ lost their land and homes, and more importantly a significant

way of life when the Treaty of 1797 (Canandaigua Treaty) was broken so the Kinzua Dam could be built is shared. Before you leave the museum, don’t miss out seeing the Gift Shop with local artisan made items for sale. You have to see these items as there are too many to mention here. The museum is located at 814 Broad St. in Salamanca. Please call (716) 945-1760 for our current hours, admission prices or to request individual, family, and group tours. Just walking through on your own, you won’t learn important information about the Onöndowa’ga:’.

(Sue Grey is the public relations manager for the Seneca Iroquois National Museum.)

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Ellicottville Central School developing ski team Brainchild of Superintendent Ward, ECS expected to field a team this season By Jeff Madigan Sports Editor GREAT VALLEY – Alpine skiing, more commonly known as downhill skiing, may soon find its way into some of the local high schools, and Ellicottville Central School superintendent Mark Ward is at the front of the line trying to get a ski team at the school. Ward, a past president of the the New York Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), the governing body of all high school sports in the state, pushed hard for the approval to Section VI to institute alpine skiing at its meeting in September. With the snow already on the ground, and Holiday Valley just recently opening up for business, the time is now to ‘get the ball rolling,’ so-tospeak. Ward said that a ski team is something he’s wanted to part of since the 1980s, but all the pieces weren’t in place then as they are now. “The main difference this time is that we have several people who are helping us understand ski racing, and the district has just decided that we are going to have a team,” he said. “Once we get this going, I

am convinced other schools will follow. Skiing is far more prevalent in Section VI than in Section V, but (Section 5, Genesee Valley and Rochester areas) have tradition, interest and commitment going for them. I believe that in time this sport will be very popular at the interscholastic level.” Of the 11 sections across New York state, three did not offer skiing as a competitive sport. With Section 6’s addition, that number is down to two sections. Because there is no precedent in Section 6, Ward said Ellicottville may have to compete against neighboring Section V, which has teams in Brighton, Fairport, Honeoye FallsLima and Webster among others, all situated around the Rochester area. “We are working on scheduling 3-5 events, and we plan to host at least one at Holiday Valley,” Ward said. “We could (compete against) other nonpublic schools if they have teams or it is possible that once they know we are going to have a team more might want to get involved. “Basically, there will be three boys and three girls on a team, so that is the minimum number we will need to com-

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The slopes of Holiday Valley will soon host the Ellicottville Central School interscholastic ski team, as ECS Superintendent Mark Ward is pushing for the development of ther team now that Section VI approved it as a sport. pete. They combine scores, and obviously the lowest score wins (least time to navigate the gates).” The process is still in its early stages and will take some time to fully develop. Skiing isn’t even listed on Section VI’s website as of yet. Locally, Ward said Ellicottville Central has to gauge student interest, but he said he is confident ECS will have plenty of students in grades 7-12 who will be interested. “We are developing interest and encouraging students to sign up and get involved,”

Ward said. “There are many club level groups that currently ski at Holiday Valley and Kissing Bridge (just north of Springville), and all of these students attend public, private or Catholic schools in the area. Interscholastic teams cannot compete against club teams, so we have to get these clubs teams to create interest in their home schools and run their programs under the rules established by the NYSPHSAA, which governs Section VI.

At its regularly scheduled board meeting on Nov. 20, Ward and the ECS Board of Education appointed Roger Baldwin as a volunteer Interscholastic Ski coach for the 2012-13 school year, and Ward said he will soon be named the Section VI ski chairperson. Baldwin is a ski race instructor at Holimont and has been an avid skier for 40-plus years. He is a retired teacher from Silver Creek and is active in the ski racing program at HoliMont. A key component in this matter would, of course, be financials, but Ward said that is of little concern because of Holiday Valley’s aid. “The actual cost of the sport is not large,” he said. “Students have their own equipment, coats, boots, skis, poles, etc., and Holiday Valley is providing skiing at no cost to us, just like they do for golf. The true cost will be to pay for a coach and to transport the team to meets.” Lastly – why Ellicottville? “Ellicottville got skiing going in the 1930s with a rope tow on Fish Hill, and it just seems like Ellicottville should be where interscholastic skiing should start in Section VI,” Ward said. “What better place with a history and tradition of skiing?”

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Looking for a different way to ski? Give telemark skiing a try By Mike Paterniti Contributing Writer ELLICOTTVILLE – If you’ve been out on any of our local mountains the past few seasons, you may have noticed the increasing number of freeheeler’s, or telemark skiers. You know, the ones with the funny “broken” bindings and the knee-dropping turn, that you must admit looks pretty cool when done well. The most common question I have been asked in my 11 years as a teleskier is, “Why do you telemark when it looks like so much work?” And my answer is always, “Because, to me, it’s just more fun!” Yes, it is more challenging and takes a lot of skill and dedication to master, but that in itself is one of the many reasons people get interested the sport. I’ve had skiers and snowboarders say they want a new challenge, or they just want to switch up the routine a bit; and even because they had a bad back or knees. Yes, I said knees. Telemarking actually makes knees stronger – from alpine skiing (downhill skiing with a fixed heel) and they heard it may allow them to continue skiing. Some just want to explore the area’s backcountry skiing opportunities. For me, it was a combination of these things that led me to telemark. No matter the rea-

son, be warned: telemark skiing is highly addictive – you may never go back to the style of sliding that you knew before. The true reason for all the hype is the telemark turn, itself. It is a free flowing, surfing-like feeling that is unmatched by anything I have experienced in the sport. It is interchangeable to each person’s individuality and skiing style. And most notably, the ‘sweet spot’ in the telemark turn is more dynamic and versatile, and can be as big or small as you want it to be. Think of telemark skiing as a more rigid form of cross country skiing – a blend between alpine and its Nordic (cross country) skiing cousin. The heel goes up and down in the binding and the toe is bellowed (crimped) in today’s plastic boots, allowing the heel to raise and lower. It is these movements that combine to form a lunge-like motion, where the front leg (downhill ski) bends near 90 degrees and the back knee (uphill ski) bends down near 90 degrees. Your weight is distributed equally through both feet forming an athletically balanced telemark stance. Each turn is then linked together rhythmically with the skier’s own distinct style. Most ski historians would agree that telemark skiing, or

the telemark turn, was founded by Sondre Norheim, of Norway, in the 1800’s, hence the reference to “the world’s oldest new sport.” He is also credited for developing cambered skis and side-cut to make skis turn better – revolutionary breakthroughs still being used today by ski manufacturers. For nearly 100 years after Norheim’s passing, telemark skiing was still the only mode to get around on snow. Then came the age of ski resorts and the fixed-heel bindings we know today. Leather boots were the norm in both telemark and alpine skiing until the 1960’s, when plastic boots were introduced the alpine world. All the while, telemark boots remained all leather until plastic boots with bellowed toes were introduced in the 1980s. The transition from leather boots to plastic was a stubborn one by many purists, but is universally recognized for the resurgence of the telemark industry in the 1990s. This is because plastic boots allowed for much more power and control of the skis, which were becoming increasingly larger in size and harder to control with leathers. As a result, more people came to into the telemark discipline due to the closing gap of power, speed and control that had existed between telemark and alpine skiing.

Photo submitted A closer look at the style of skiing on telemark skis.

Essentially, telemark skis mirror alpine skis in size and shape, the difference being the bindings and boots, and of course, the way you turn them. Although there have always been telemark-specific skis on the market, manufacturers and skiers alike are now realizing that almost any alpine ski can be applied to telemark bindings without sacrificing performance. I personally mount telemark bindings on the best alpine ski I can find, while keeping my ski choice specific to what type of snow conditions I plan to utilize them in. Telemark skiing has always been widely considered to be the best way to get

to the untracked snow of the backcountry. We are today’s modern explorers with a heightened sense of adventure. But having the freedom of choosing lift-accessed terrain at your local resort, or to go get that stash you’ve seen from the roadside dozens of times and just have to hit, or to just get away from the masses – is priceless. With telemark skiing there is no prejudice to age, gender, or path, but a unique welcoming community of “free-heelers” wherever you may go. So when you experience your first “sweet-spot” and hear the first “Yip-Yip” of encouragement coming from the chair lift above, you know you’re now a telemark skier! For tips on telemark gear and area expertise, stop in and see Trey and the gang at The City Garage on Monroe Street in Ellicottville. (Mike Paterniti, or better known as “Mike P,” is a freelance writer and producer of ski video. He has been a skier for 26 years and a telemark skier for 11 of those years. Paterniti is a member of the City Garage Pro Team and a Holiday Valley employee at the Yodeler Mountain Shop. For more expert advice on telemark skiing, email him at

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Ellicottville businesses get a bit ... shuffled By Deb Everts Community Editor ELLICOTTVILLE – Downtown Ellicottville has a fresh new look and visitors arriving for the ski season will discover that some of their favorite businesses have been shuffled around a bit. More than half a dozen Ellicottville businesses have been moved or renovated since April – the majority spurred by Mud, Sweat & Gears’ decision to move from its Washington Street location to The Marketplace at the corner of Washington and Monroe streets. Owners Miguel Azcarate and Kimberly Reading said the move from their current location on Washington Street to The Marketplace on the corner of Washington and Monroe streets was primarily to increase space as well as having the ability to run their business from their own building. Because of Mud, Sweat & Gears’ move, Gado-Gado and Nature’s Remedy Natural Market and Holistic Wellness Center, former tenants in The Marketplace, moved down the street to the former home of the Double Diamond, which closed last year. Nature’s Remedy and GadoGado now share retail space at 26 Monroe St. Gretchen Mendell, owner of the building and Nature’s Remedy, said the Natural Market and Wellness Center is committed to providing the finest high quality natural and organic whole foods supplements and services available. Gado-Gado is a boutique with a unique blend of women’s apparel, accessories and one-of-a-kind items. Owner Suzanne Roberts said the shop also offers green merchandise, meaning it comes from companies using recyclable materials or sustainable, locally made items. It also features the unique work of craftspeople, which generally gives the merchandise a very international flair. A third tenant at the Marketplace, A Touch of

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Plan an overnight stay ... Black Dog Lodge Bed & Breakfast Five minutes north of Ellicottville, this country getaway is located on a beautiful hillside and invites visitors to country beauty and relaxation at its finest. The grounds surrounding the lodge feature a lovely stocked trout pond with paddle boats, wooded trails and more than 60 acres.

7975 Route 219 Ellicottville (716) 699-6900

Bush Bed & Breakfast

Press photo by Rich Place Kwik Fill is one of many Ellicottville businesses in a new location.

Ellicottville, found a new home at 33 Washington St. The high-end souvenir shop is owned by business partners Valerie Quesnel, Tom O’Connor and Jay Monti. As its slogan says, A Touch of Ellicottville is “Everything Ellicottville.” The shop carries just about everything with the Ellicottville logo. Shoppers will find Kazoo II’s new store at Mud, Sweat & Gears’ former location. The shop still offers old favorites and unique one-of-a-kind items. Owner Arleen Solly said she had been looking for an opportunity to move to Mud, Sweat & Gears’ location if the opportunity ever presented itself. In addition to that shuffle, the entire Kabob’s Kafe building was picked up and moved from its Monroe Street site to its new location at 37 Washington St., across from Madigan’s. Owned by Sheikh Zafar Iqbal, the restaurant has a whole new interior look and there is good access from Washington Street. The restaurant serves fine Mediterranean and American cuisine. Their specialty is, of course, kabobs. In Kabob’s former location, Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC) has been expanding their facility and, when completed in May 2013, will occupy most of both locations featuring a brewery, restaurant, bar, patio and more. Owner Peter Kreinheder said for its size, the facility will be the most sophisticated brew house in North America.

A new Kwik Fill and Red Apple gas station, on the corner of Washington and Mill streets, opened on Dec. 3. The relocation of Kwik Fill, to the opposite corner on Mill Street, was prompted by customer use. The former site was very small and cramped and noncustomer friendly. The new site doubles the capacity for customers and will enable them to get in and out faster and more safely. A retail convenience store adjoining the gas station will offer more services, amenities and selections.

Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and a short drive from Ellicottville down Route 242, this bed and breakfast is just minutes from the village and on the way to Salamanca and Allegany State Park.

5286 Route 353 Little Valley (716) 938-6160

ERA Vacation Properties Rent a privately owned townhouse, village home or country chalet, from studio to six bedrooms. Weekend, weekly and seasonal rentals available.

12 Washington St. Ellicottville (800) 680-0863

Edelweiss Lodge Located in the center of the village and within walking distance to all shops and restaurants. Only ¾ mile from Holiday Valley. Rooms and chalets, with a pool open during the winter.

27 Jefferson St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2734

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... with plenty of lodging opportunities in Ellicottville! EllicottVillas Just minutes from ski slopes and downtown, the EllicottVillas introduce private residence club and carefrees style to Elicottville. Options include threeor four-bedroom town homes of more than 3,000 square feet each.

Ilex Inn Bed & Breakfast 6394 Route 242 Ellicottville (716) 699-6600

11 Mill St. Ellicottville (800) 228-1000

6558 Hencoop Hollow

Ellicottville (716) 699-2947

Holiday Valley Realty Company Become part of the Ellicottville lifestyle – it’s easier than you think! Full service real estate company with property management, rentals, listing and serving all of Cattaraugus County.

The only Ellicottville bed and breakfast not on a highway is located behind town hall, where one can walk to restaurants and shops. AAA-approved and units for families with pets or young children.

3 Jefferson St. Ellicottville (716) 699-5869

Kelly House Lodge

Gilbert H. Clark Farm Rent this lovingly restored farmhouse, located two minutes from Ellicottville’s village and ¼ mile from HoliMont. This unique rental offers great views and outdoor fun for every season.

6416 Route 242 Ellicottville (800) 496-6307

Jefferson Inn Bed & Breakfast

Ellicottville Wingate by Wyndham Just a block from the center of the village, the Wingate has 84 rooms that are wider and more spacious than your standard hotel room. Each has a minifridge and microwave. The hotel has 11 suites with kitchenettes, jacuzzis and fireplaces. Indoor pool, fitness center and more.

An elegant bed and breakfast with guest rooms and suites for the discriminating traveler. A non-smoking adult atmosphere with year-round hot tub, fireplaces and more!

6120 Route 219 Ellicottville (716) 699-3954

Kids and large families welcome! An easy walk to downtown and parking for buses and RVs. Dinners can be provided for groups of 20 or more and hot breakfast served on weekends.

39 E. Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-4515

Lofty Mountain Granduer A name inspired from the spiritual hymn, How Great Thou Art, we have a keen appreciation for the call of nature. It’s a lifestyle residence community, embodying rustic elegance through award winning timber frame.

Ellicottville (716) 583-0535

Sleepy Hollow Chalet This three level chalet sits on an acre and a half of privacy. Four bedrooms and a loft make accomodations for 11 people. Located about five minutes from the heart of the village.

Ellicottville (716) 989-4443

SnowPine Village Slopeside at Holiday Valley with ski in, ski out access. One, two and three bedroom units with one or two bathrooms available. Some units have lofts. Plus, free WiFi!

6557 Holiday Valley Rd.

(716) 699-2912

Sugar Pine Lodge Amenities include private entrance, designer decor, fireplace, Jacuzzi, Internet access and daily breakfast. Children and well-behaved pets welcome. Shuttle service to Holiday Valley.

6158 Jefferson St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2912

Tamarack Club at Holiday Valley Located on the slopes of Holiday Valley, owners receive valet and bell service, underground parking, indoor/outdoor heated pool and more.

6557 Holiday Valley Rd.

(716) 699-3500

Telemark Motel At entrance to Holiday Valley, just 129 steps to Sunrise chair. Cadillac Jacks Restaurant on premise. No parking hassles, room for snowmobilers. Rooms and suites with private baths.

6089 Route 219 (877) 699-4193

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Ski in Ellicottville? Shop in Ellicottville! Alexandra Eclectic collection of jewelry, gifts, pottery, books, cards, stationary, partyware and toys for all ages. Create a atmosphere with an array of scented candles, incense and aromatic bath and beauty treatments.

E-ville Spirits 10 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-5621

23 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-8848

34 W. Washington St.

Ellicottville (716) 699-6131

Boardroom & Alpine Ski Rental Ellicottville’s only snowboard specific shop with brands like Burton, Rome, Gnu-Lib, Tech, Vans and more. High performance ski and snowboard rentals. Full service repair shop. Also featuring “The Powder Room” – it’s for girls only. Lift ticket sales and last stop before Holiday Valley. Family owned and operated.

6113 Route 219 Ellicottville (716) 699-5620 (716) 699-2931

The City Garage Salomon, K2, Atomic, Line 4frnt. Telemark and Nordic equipment. Specializing in hard to find clothing brands. The area’s source for functional footwear brands such as Keen, Merrell and more. Private parking available in rear of building.

5 Monroe St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2054

Daff Apparel for women and men by Kavu, Islandic Designs, Montanaco Leathers and a wide variety of other brands. Also drygoods, boots, shoes, blankets, pillows, towels and more!

17 E. Washington St.

Ellicottville (716) 699-2293

Dekdebrun’s Ski & Snowboard Shop Ski Magazine’s Gold Medal Ski Shop with plenty of ski and snowboard lines including Atomic, Blizzard, DC, Flow and more. Internationally known for bootfitting, custom footbeds and newly developed stance alignment techniques to enhance your on-snow experience. Specializing in women-specific equipment, boots and clothing. Expert service shop features overnight tune-ups and rental equipment.

Fine crafts, original art, sculptures, objects of interest and amusement. Offering art and fine craft accessories for your personal style, gifting needs, home, vacation place and office for more than 30 years.

24 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2169

The Ellicottville Quilt Shop

Betsy’s Consignments High end consignments for men, women and children in one of the village’s most unique stores. Patterned after Aspen’s best consignment shop.

10 Monroe St. Ellicottville (716) 699-4474

Earth Arts

Apres A ski, casual and sportswear boutique for all seasons. Select from Hell is for Heroes, Postcard, M Miller, North Face, OSCAR Boots, Napapijri and more quality lines. Browse through hand picked assortment of jewelry, accessories, unique gifts, books and more.

This authentic in-town wine and liquor store features wines from all over the world as well as a fine collection of spirits. Delivery services, catering for weddings and other occassions.

20 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2754

Featuring a large selection of the finest 100 percent cotton fabrics for quiltmaking, clothing and home decorating. Books, patterns, notions and supplies for quiltmaking. Classes for all levels of quilters. A variety of USA-made quilts, wallhangings and quilt-related gifts ... polar fleece too!

Gado-Gado Unique women’s and children’s clothing, handpainted textiles, accessories, antiques, silver and beaded jewelry, handcrafted candles and lighting, unusual home furnishings, incense, world music and a variety of gift ideas from around the world.

19 S. Jefferson St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2065

New Location! 26 Monroe St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2128

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Ski in Ellicottville? Shop in Ellicottville! Holiday Shoppe Gifts for all occassions – country, Victorian, garden, teacher, kids and fun, greeting cards and gift wrap, Cucina products, office supplies and more.

Kazoo II Gifts to celebrate an ever changing lifestyle. Home accessories, jewelry and a full floor of timeless toys.

The Purple Doorknob 13 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-4620

New Location! 21 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-4484

Mill Street Art Gallery Mill Street Art Gallery features bold tree portraits and landscapes of Sean Hunting, watercolor still lifes and glowing florals by Barbara Fox and the whimsical acyrlic landscapes of Nance Jackson.

Mud, Sweat ‘n Gears Full service, well stocked ski and snowboard shop. Member store of America’s Best Bootfitters offering professional bootfitting, stance alignment and custom-made footbeds. Daily ski, snowboard, snowshoe and helmet rentals. Overnight tuning and repair.

Nature’s Remedy The Natural Market offers a full line of foods and natural healing products like herbs, vitamins, minerals, books, teas, aromatherapy, organic foods, local produce and more.

42 Mill St. Ellicottville (716) 244-3806

New Location! 18 Monroe St. Ellicottville (716) 699-8300

The store known for its colorful, texture-rich antiques and art has taken a step in a new direction – The Purple Doorknob sells socks! Offering a wide array of fun and fashionable hosiery for the whole family.

9 Monroe St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2084

Red Door Ski Shop Not just a ski shop that carries top quality winter apparel and accessories – the Red Door Ski Shop also has a unique sweater and fleece collection. Don’t forget Ellicottville souvenir Ts!

11 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2026

Tangled Twigs Drawing from the inspiration of the surroundings, Tangled Twigs brings the natural world into your home. Ellicottville’s four distinct seasons all offer a refreshing approach to give your home a distinct signature.

A Touch of Ellicottville As its slogan says, A Touch of Ellicottville is “Everything Ellicottville.” The shop carries just about everything with the Ellicottville logo.

1 Monroe St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2736

New Location! 33 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-5385

New Location! 26 Monroe St. Ellicottville (716) 699-4372

Village Wine Rack Ellicottville’s full serve wine and liquor store! A wide selection of drinks and great gift ideas!

32 W. Washington St.

Ellicottville (716) 699-4637

Watson’s Chocolates Unique gifts for every occassion as well as classic items. Truffles, turtles, famous sponge candy, fudge, gift boxed chocolates. Watson’s are the “Chocolatiers to the slopes since 1946.”

27 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2805

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Grab a bite or sit down for a meal in Ellicottville Balloons Restaurant Enjoy sports on nine flat-screen TVs. Live entertainment every Saturday night. Casual dining, lunch and dinner, vegetarian specialites.

Hoagies Pizza Cafe 20 Monroe St. Ellicottville (716) 699-4162

Pizza, subs, tacos, salads with daily lunch specials. Get a pizza by the slice! More than 20 varieties of subs! Call ahead with your order and have it ready to pick up!

24 Monroe St. Ellicottville (716) 699-4696

The Barn Restaurant Located in the heart of the village, The Barn Restaurant has been serving great food and friendly service to Ellicottville visitors and locals for more than 30 years. Wide variety menu.

7 Monroe St. Ellicottville (716) 699-4600

5816 Route 242 Ellicottville (716) 699-2749

6084 Route 219 Ellicottville (716) 699-5161

38 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-1111

Dina’s Restaurant Breakfast, lunch and dinner with dine in or take out options. Gourmet pizzas and a great selection of wines by the glass or bottle. Catering available!

15 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-5330

DJ’s Restaurant Breakfast and lunch await at this cozy restaurant in the heart of the village.

Full service coffee bar and everything from a regular cup to all your espresso drink needs. Traditional breakfast, sandwich lunches and ice cream!

Holiday Valley Ellicottville (716) 699-5350

New Location! 37 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2599

New in 2012! 10A Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-8860


Coffee Culture High quality roasted coffee, espresso, latte and cappuccino complement fresh gourmet foods, breakfast bagels and more. Early morning and late night!

We’ve moved, literally! But same great fine Mediterranean and American cuisines. Open for lunch and dinner.

Katy’s Cafe and Cake Creations

Cadillac Jack’s Inc. Casual dining for lunch, dinner and everything in between. Great slopeside viewing from the longest and friendliest bar in town! Snowmobilers welcome and Telemark Motel on premises.

Tempt your tastebuds with some unique menu items while nejoying one of the best views in town. Located inside Holiday Valley’s Tamarack Club.

Kabob Kafe

The Birdwalk Located just three miles east of Ellicottville, the charm and hospitalty of this country restaurant will captivate you. Generous cuts of choice steaks, rack of lamb and seafood entrees.

John Harvard’s Brewhouse

26 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-8966

A local favorite with home-cooked lunches. Upstairs available for private parties. Pool tables, foosball, good times, good tunes and good friends.

36 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-4455

Riley’s Bar & Restaurant Casual dining in a charming rustic atmosphere only minutes from downtown Ellicottville. Daily specials and home of the hickory buttered ribs and wings.

7734 Route 219 Ellicottville (716) 699-2359

Silver Fox Restaurant & Steakhouse Situated in the heart of the village, The Silver Fox is one of Ellicottville’s bestkept secrets. Fabulous menu and extensive wine list offer a casual fine dining experience to match any palate.

23 Hughey Alley Ellicottville (716) 699-4672

Subway Ellicottville Brewing Company A select microbrewery of fabulous craft beers with a tremendous American cuisine menu. Bar tours available.

28 Monroe St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2537

Ellicottville Depot Restaurant Pizza, wings, ski movies, Ellicottville souvenirs and more at this former train depot located just outside the village and across from Holiday Valley.

6094 Route 219 Ellicottville (716) 699-4774

Tim and Bonnie’s Pizza One of Springville’s favorite pizza places heads south to Ellicottville! Enjoy a wide range of pizzeria classics and go bowling on the new EVL Bowling lanes next door.

38 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2629

New in 2012! 2 & 8 Bristol Ln. Ellicottville Pizza: 699-9021 Bowling: 699-9025

Tips Up Cafe

The Gin Mill An Ellicottville tradition since 1976. Full bar with domestic and imported draughts and variety of bottled beers. Family favorite with a game room!

Oven fresh bread for your favorite sandwich. Also serving salads, soups, personal pizza and cookies.

20 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2530

Full service restaurant built on unsurpassed reputation for excellence. A favorite of skiers and locals alike.

32 Washington St. Ellicottville (716) 699-2136

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Where to eat, where to stay ... in Salamanca Dining Establishments Central Lanes Bowling & Crist Restaurant Plenty of lanes for bowling, pool tables, great music and snacks and drinks for everyone.

Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel 191 Central Ave. (716) 945-9819

Clinton Bar & Restaurant Juicy burgers, crispy chicken wings, great pizza and a variety of drinks. Play a game of pool or throw some darts with friends and family.

200 Clinton St. Salamanca (716) 945-0579

Cloud and Company A variety of delicious food including pizza, subs, tacos, salads and ice creams. They also provide propane, tobacco products and cold beer.

636 Wildwood Ave. Salamanca (716) 945-1234

Cool Beans Coffee Co. A unique gourmet coffee shop on Salamanca’s east end serving a variety of specialty coffees, drinks, sandwiches, salads and baked goods.

53 Linden St. Salamanca (716) 244-6894

Engine 132 at the Dudley Hotel A warm atmosphere, home-cooked comfort food, friendly wait staff and one-of-a-kind train-themed atmosphere.

Goober’s Main Street Grille and Cafe Try delicious homemade soups, dinners and more. Located in Salamanca Mall Antiques in the heart of Salamanca’s downtown district.

New in 2012! 100 Main St. Salamanca (716) 490-2791 81-83 Main St. Salamanca (716) 945-4351 6661 Route 417 Killbuck (716) 945-9864

Ole Hickory Tavern A little bit of Ireland on the east side of Salamanca. Patrons can shake off a long day with a pint of Guinness beer and enjoy a meal of good Irish fare.

460 Wildwood Ave. Salamanca (716) 945-3153 219 Broad St. Salamanca (716) 945-1000

New in 2012! 56 Hickory St. Salamanca (716) 945-4544

The Pyramid Inn Local truck stop features a Sunday breakfast buffet, Friday night fish fry and your choice of beverages.

Route 417 Killbuck (716) 945-4722

Plaza Restaurant Where the locals hang out for good, down home cooking. Open for breakfast and lunch.

Wildwood Grill and Saloon Stop by and enjoy a bite to eat and watch the game on one of many flatscreen TVs. Or catch a live band on the second floor.


53 Wildwood Ave. Salamanca (716) 244-6886

New in 2012!

Looking for a great place to enjoy a soup, sandwich or yummy dessert? Try homemade apple pie, tiramisu and more. Be sure to add a scoop of ice cream!

54 Maple St. Salamanca (716) 945-4525

Lodging Accommodations Allegany State Park The largest park in New York State has more than 400 campsites with 375 cabins (many of which are winterized) and three group camps available for rental.

(716) 354-9121

A Salamanca landmark for more than 100 years, the Dudley offers lodging on Main Street in the city’s downtown.

132 Main St. Salamanca (716) 945-2002

Travelers will find RV sites as well as furnished cottages, roomy cabins and elegantly decorated guest house rooms for rent. Online at

4768 Route 353 Salamanca (716) 938-6136

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

Napoli Pizza Offers eat-in or delivery dining for a full range of pizza, subs, wraps, salads and a variety of dinners and appetizers. Online at

183 Center St. Salamanca (716) 945-7777

Elkdale RV Resort

Myers Steakhouse and Inn A unique and historic destination with a tradition of good food in a cozy and comfy atmosphere. Part of Salamanca for more than 100 years.

Dine in or take out with a delicious choice of Chinese food, from dumplings to seafood to vegetable dishes. Special lunch, dinner and Sunday buffet deals.

Dudley Hotel

Langworthy’s Restaurant Step back into the great, old fashioned days of diners and soda bars. Comforting, homestyle meals and specialty homemade pies and soups.

4777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. (877) 553-9500

Seven Dragon Buffet Chinese Restaurant

132 Main St. Salamanca (716) 945-2002

Great Wall Chinese Restaurant Chinese food for dining in or carrying out. Featuring daily specials, a lunch buffet and all your favorite Chinese appetizers, soups and meals.

Featuring The Western Door Steakhouse, The Fire Lounge Pub and Cocktail Bar, Thunder Mountain Buffet and Seneca Cafe.

689 Broad St. (716) 945-9859

This tax-free Salamanca hotel boasts a friendly staff and 68 comfortable hotel rooms and suites, including a KidsSuite and several jacuzzi suites.

779 Broad St. (716) 945-7600

Hotel Westgate 734 Broad St. A unique “Boutique Hotel” located near the Seneca (716) 945-1807 Allegany Casino which offers a variety of specialized rooms, each appointed for your immediate needs.

Myers Steakhouse and Inn A perfect getaway for not only a good meal but a comfortable place to stay with cozy rooms. Visit online at

460 Wildwood Ave Salamanca. (716) 945-3153

Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel The hotel, which doubled in capacity in 2012, boasts 11 levels of pure luxury with award winning rooms and service. Online at

777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. (716) 945-9300

Tarry Here Bed & Breakfast Come slumber and tarry at this beautiful bed and breakfast, where the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Online at

141 Broad St. Salamanca (716) 945-3123

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Seneca Allegany Casino opens second tower By Rich Place Managing Editor SALAMANCA – Visitors to the area, including those coming to Ellicottville, might find it a bit easier to get a room at the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel in Salamanca this winter. A $48 million project expected to be completed mid-December nearly doubled the capacity of the hotel from 212 to 413 rooms. Four of the floors opened in October. The need for additional room is simply supply and demand; Seneca Gaming officials said the resort’s 212 rooms regularly achieved occupancy rates greater than 95 percent with many weekends being completely sold out. The project, originally set with a price tag of $53 million, was completed both under budget and ahead of schedule, according to Seneca Gaming Corporation President and CEO Cathy Walker.

“Thanks to the outstanding work of our construction partners and the help of some great winter weather, we are proud to announce that the project is being completed ahead of schedule and at $48 million; $5 million less than the budgeted amount,” she said. The tower itself was built on the four-story steel skeleton of a tower from a stalled construction project in 2008. “In one year, it goes from four stories of steel to a completed tower,” noted Robert Chamberlain, senior vice president of design and construction at Seneca Gaming. By nearly doubling the capacity of the hotel’s casino, the new tower adds more than 30 new full-time hotel jobs. Those are in addition to the more than 300 construction jobs created by the building’s creation, according to Seneca Gaming. Not all the recent hoopla was about the brand new tower opening at the resort. The original tower, which opened in May 2007,

received $1.2 million in renovations. Inside, the transition from the original tower to the new one is nearly seamless. Standing at 413 rooms by the end of the year, the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel will remain about 200 rooms smaller than its sister property in Niagara Falls. There, the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel boasts approximately 600 rooms. The new tower’s opening comes 10 years since Seneca Gaming opened the Seneca Niagara Casino in 2002 and five years since the Seneca Allegany Casino first opened its doors. Guests to the casino this winter season include Diamond Rio (Jan. 12) and Creedence Clearwater (Jan. 27). An Amsoil Championship Snocross Series event is scheduled to be held on the casino’s grounds from Feb. 22-24. For updated information, visit Press photo by Rich Place

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Allegany State Park Visitor’s Map

Where to go Crosscountry Skiing this winter... Allegany State Park – Art Roscoe Trails The Art Roscoe Ski Area offers 35 miles of skiing with eight loop trails, ranging from 1½-6 miles long. There is no trail fee. (716) 354-9163. Allegheny River Valley Trail in Allegany Follows the banks of the Allegheny River in Olean, Allegany and St. Bonaventure. It’s an easy, ungroomed trail.

Holiday Valley in Ellicottville Both crosscounty skis and snowshoes are available for rent at Holiday Valley’s rental shop. Use of trails is free. (716) 699-2345. HoliMont in Ellicottville The rental shop has snowshoes and Telemark skis, but not crosscountry skies. Snowshoe and crosscountry lessons available. (716) 699-2320.

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Calendar of Events Dec. 15 Dec. 27 Dec. 28-30 Jan. 17 Jan. 22 Jan. 26-27 Feb. 2-3 Feb. 16 Feb. 23 March 1 March 9-10 March 16 March 17 March 23

Free Equipment Demo Day Racing, Freestyle & Snowboard Christmas Camp U.S. Airbag Freeride Demo Tour Line Traveling Circus Harley Day Valley Freestyle B Camp Boarding for Breast Cancer Penguin Paddle Telestock Winter Carnival Guns and Hoses Snowmakers Race Northwind Super G Pond Skimming and Cardboard Box Race

Visit or scan this code with your smartphone for an updated event listing and additional details.

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Calendar of Events Dec. 30 Jan. 6 Feb. 1 Feb. 6-8

Feb. 9 Feb. 18-22 Feb. 22 March 6-7 March 7 March 8 March 9 March 10-15

Jet Set Kids Escaping Drugs Skiscape Mens’ Day PSIA (Prof. Ski Instructors of America) and AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors) Event Phoenix Adaptive Race U.S. Winter Break Week Ladies’ Day PSIA and AASI Event United Way Day Torch Lite Parade Mardis Gras (Apres) Canadian March Break Visit or scan this code with your smartphone for an updated event listing and additional details, including members only events.

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The 2012-13 Ski & Entertainment Guide is the 23rd edition of the annual supplement to The Salamanca Press and covers the Ellicottville ski s...

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