By Kellen M. Quigley
As winter finally rolls in and feels like it’s here for the long term, why not spend a day (or two) on the slopes this January, the perfect month for skiing, snowboarding and all things snow sports.
January is National Learn a Snowsport Month, and Kissing Bridge will be offering some great opportunities for skiers and snowboarders all month long.
With 39 slopes spread out over 700 acres, there’s lots of great terrain perfect for the beginner skier or snowboarder, plus several challenging slopes for advanced snowsport athletes.
As of press time, few of the slopes were open due to a spike in temperatures earlier in the week. However, those numbers are sure to increase now that the warm spell earlier in the week is gone. For the latest snow report, call 592-4961.
Late Night Great Nights are back at Kissing Bridge. Come ski or board during the darkest hours for a discounted rate from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The next one is scheduled for Jan. 18.
Present your valid coupon, available at various retail partners, at KB’s ticket center to save $5 off Late Night Great Night Pass or $15 off an Ultimate Pass.
Dates may be subject to change due to weather. Visit www.kbski.com for all the latest info.
Down the road in Ellicottville, more opportunities for January skiing and snowboarding await.
If you’re interested in night-time skiing, nine of Holiday Valley’s lifts run after dark, which means there’s still plenty of terrain to cover once the sun goes down. As the days start getting longer, the nights you can spend on the slopes will only get shorter.
With Martin Luther King Jr. Day next week, having that Monday off is the perfect reason for a three-day weekend to explore Ellicottville and all that it’s known for this time of year.
Whether you prefer your winter fun indoors or out, you’re sure to pack a whole lot of memories into three days.
Plus, long weekends mean more time on the slopes. On Monday, HoliMont will also be open to the public. It’s the perfect opportunity to check out the private ski area!
Later this month, Holiday Valley Snowsports School is featuring the 6th annual “Your Turn” women’s clinic on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24 and 25.
Led by Lisa Densmore Ballard, a widely acclaimed coach, instructor and ski racer, will be assisted by several of Holiday Valley’s finest women instructors. Intermediate through advanced level skiers will benefit from this clinic.
The clinic will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast. Pre-registration is advised as attendance is limited. Stop at or call the Snowsports School Desk, 699-2345 ext. 4422, or the Creekside Lodge Children’s Desk at 699-2345 ext. 4424.
The clinic includes two days of coaching, demo equipment, breakfast and lunch each day plus dinner on Thursday. Specially priced lift tickets will be available. Lodging special at the Inn at Holiday Valley for Wednesday and Thursday nights, Call 800-323-0020.
For even more downhill thrills and chills, check out Holiday Valley Tubing Company. Located just five minutes from downtown Ellicottville, the tubing park offers hours of downhill thrills.
A cozy warming hut is at the base of the hill with a snack bar, fireplace and restrooms. Or you can warm up and rest outside at the giant bonfire pit.
In addition to regular hours Thursday through Sunday, the tubing park is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
For more info, including rates, visit www.holidayvalley.com/winter/tubing.
Visit the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster near the Tannenbaum Lodge and get ready for a thrilling ride down through the snowy woods.
The Mountain Coaster is similar to a roller coaster but it is low to the ground and follows the contours of the terrain. You ride alone or with a friend in a “car” attached to rails that pulls you up the hill, then it follows a zigzagging spiraling path down the mountain.
The Coaster operates during the winter season from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and also on Monday, Jan. 21.
With so many ways to enjoy the first month of the new year outdoors or on the slopes, January 2019 will be one to remember.