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There’s plenty of outdoor activities to experience during the holiday break, such as hitting the slopes at Kissing Bridge during its opening weekend of the season.

By Kellen M. Quigley

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for the kids (and hopefully some adults) who have the rest of the decade off from school or work.

In between times of family and community celebration, there’s plenty of opportunities for seemingly endless fun over this holiday break.

Hit the slopes at Kissing Bridge, which is open for the season, weather permitting. Lifts are spinning and the powder is calling all skiers and snowboarders.

Kissing Bridge has 39 slopes spread out over 700 acres. There’s lots of great terrain perfect for the beginner or intermediate skier or rider, plus several challenging slopes for advanced.

Whether new to skiing and snowboarding or experienced shredders, Kissing Bridge has the right experience for you with the new Family Fun Experience and Family Mountain Adventure packages.

Serviced by nine lifts, it is easy to see that at Kissing Bridge you will spend more time on the slopes and less time in the lift line.

Visit www.kbski.com for more info.

You can hit the slopes at HoliMont or Holiday Valley. Both ski resorts are open and in full swing.

Choose from numerous lifts and slopes, warm up in the lodge and then head back out and do it all over again with beautiful scenes of the surrounding Ellicottville area.

Check out www.holidayvalley.com for the latest updates and snow reports.

Holiday Valley offers other ways to enjoy downhill winter fun if you want a break from or aren’t into the skis or snowboard.

Holiday Valley Tubing Company has up to 22 lanes, each 900 feet long with a drop of 100 feet. Some lanes are single width while others are wider group lanes to allow for linking up with friends.

The park is located on the corner of Route 242 and Bryant Hill Road on the northeast of Ellicottville. For more info, including rates, visit www.holidayvalley.com/winter/tubing.

Also 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.

For more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com/winter/sky-flyer-mountain-coaster.

The cross country trails along the top ridgeline of Holiday Valley and around the golf course at the bottom of the mountain are generally packed by snowmobile and, if weather permits, the lower trails are track set.

The easier trails along the golf course at the base of the mountain are open during daylight hours and feature solar lights for a nighttime ski on the golf course, just be sure to stay away from the ponds that are used for snowmaking.

Snowshoeing is also available on the lower slopes and on the golf course, but be sure to stay to the side of the cross country tracks.

Winter sports can also be had closer to home, right at Sprague Brook Park, an Erie County park that offers snowshoe trekking daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. Miles of trails on varying terrain offer something for all abilities. For info, call 858-8513.

Don’t forget to throw your sled in the trunk so you can take advantage of soaring down the sledding hill behind the casino building.

Looking for some indoor fun? Head to Cascade Lanes or Springville Lanes for some competition. Order a pizza and a pitcher of pop and make an afternoon of it.

Stroll down the village streets and stop into your favorite shops to stock up on gifts for yourself and post-holiday deals.

There’s no shortage of exciting adventures you can take this time of year. Enjoy the last of 2019 with friends and family and enjoy all Springville has to offer this holiday break!