By Alicia Dziak
February in Springville means fun around every corner. Outside or in, this is no time to hibernate.
Kissing Bridge has a month filled to the brim with fun. On Friday, Feb. 3 and Feb. 17, head to their famous Late Night Great Nights, when lifts are open till 1 a.m. Visit www.kbski.com for info on where to grab your discounted tickets.
Every weekend is a party at KB, and upcoming weekends include Mexican Fiesta Weekend Feb. 3-5, Blues Weekend Feb. 10-12, Mardi Gras Feb. 18 and NASCAR/Daytona Weekend Feb. 24-26. Food and drink specials, prizes, live music and awesome skiing and riding are all yours for the taking!
Get your competition on!
On Feb. 11, take part in the Snowshoe Softball Tournament to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Springville. (See the article below.)
On Feb. 12, check out the annual Art Roscoe XC Ski Weekend, tearing into ASP for another amazing year of cross-country skiing action! Head out on one of the three different course distances (6K, 13K & 22K ) to experience heart-pounding action. For more info, visit.heartrateup.com.
Head to Kissing Bridge for the Jackrabbit Race Series, Monday evenings through Feb. 20.Snowshoers take to the course under the lights around the base of Kissing Bridge’s North area (the North area is closed to skiing on Monday’s) during this weekly thrashing of heart pounding snowshoe action. You can run it, walk it or mix it up as long as you’re on snowshoes. Races begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. in the warm confines of KB’s North Lodge. After each event the bar & restaurant will be open for snacks, beverages & socializing.
Snowshoe rentals will be provided by Gear for Adventure on-site at each event for $5. For more info, visit www.heartrateup.com.
On Feb. 18 at 10 a.m., it’s time for the Sprague Brook Scramble Snowshoe Race, featuring 2.5 and 5-mile courses.
First timers and seasoned experts are welcome— all it takes is a pair of snowshoes and you’re in!
The course consists of the Parks XC ski trails, which are rolled prior and after so skiing can resume, but at 10 a.m. on race-day, it’s all about snowshoeing.
Entrants line up near the lot and proceed around the course for awards and bragging rights during the annual scramble. Gear for Adventure will be on-hand to assist with rentals or check in with them prior if you’re looking to try it out. For more info, visit www.heartrateup.com.
If tubing without the work of getting back up the hill appeals to you, look no further than Holiday Valley Tubing Company, where you can enjoy up to 22 lanes of pure downhill fun. The tubing park is open Thursdays through Sundays, and daily over the President’s week school break.
Sprague Brook houses one of the area’s best sledding hills, which is open daily, weather-permitting, from 10 a.m. until dusk. You can explore the park on cross-country skis or snowshoes from 7 a.m. to dusk. There are also designated snowmobile trails.
At Chestnut Ridge Park, winter sports enthusiasts and families can spice up the cold winter months with a variety of snow activities including tobogganing, sledding, snowboarding, snowshoeing, XC skiing (ungroomed), hiking, and snowmobiling on designated trails. Toboggan chutes are operated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays, and on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., weather permitting. The sled hill is open daily from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. when conditions allow.
Emery Park in South Wales offers a T-bar for downhill fun, operating from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays, and from 4 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays (weather permitting).
Allegany State Park also offers miles of groomed cross-country trails for XC skiing in the Art Roscoe trails system.
On Feb. 12, check out the annual Art Roscoe XC Ski Weekend, tearing into ASP for another amazing year of cross-country skiing action! Head out on one of the three different course distances (6K, 13K & 22K) to experience heart-pounding action. For more info, visit www.heartrateup.com.
Want even more ASP fun? Join in every Monday evening at 4:30 p.m. in January and February for a trek into the sunset. A park Naturalist will lead interpretive snow shoe treks, weather depending, or hikes along the summit ridgeline on Bear Paw Trail. Witness a breathtaking winter sunset at Stone Tower, then make your way back to the Summit Warming Hut for an after trek social. The 2.3 mile trail is easy to moderate with some slight elevation changes. Be sure to dress for the weather, bring a flashlight, snack and sense of adventure! Treks will run every Monday through Feb. 27. For more information, contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at (716) 354-9101 ext. 236.
The nearby Seneca Allegany Casino plays host to some amazing events as well.
The twists, turns, thrills and high speeds in the snow returns to Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino on Feb. 3 and 4 with AMSOIL Championship Snocross. The region’s newest winter tradition promises to provide fun for the whole family during a two-day, nationally-televised event that continually brings fans in the tens of thousands to descend upon the foot of the Allegheny Mountains for nonstop, heart-pumping, action-packed races with the world’s best snowmobile athletes.
February is also the perfect time to enjoy outdoor ice skating.
East Aurora’s Healthy Zone outdoor rink offers open skating throughout the winter months. For info, visit www.thinkrink.org/skate.
Head to Buffalo’s Canalside for a winter wonderland of fun on the ice. Go ice skating, try out the Olympic sport of curling or ride the ice bikes. Visit www.canalsidebuffalo.com for info.
Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza in Buffalo is a free and open-to-the-public outside ice rink in Downtown Buffalo. For info, visit www.buffaloplace.com/rotaryrink.
So much fun awaits this February—enjoy it!