The new entranceway of KB’s Central Lodge

By Alicia Dziak

Western New Yorkers know that late November means the snow is coming, and once the snow flies, it’s time to hit the slopes! Whether you prefer to head down those hills on skis or on a snowboard, a variety of terrain and much more await at the resort right in our backyard—Kissing Bridge.

While snowmaking began in mid-November, opening day is always weather-permitting, and according to KB president, Rich Fanelli, that day will hopefully be in early-mid December.

This season brings many improvements to KB. One that guests will immediately notice is the new entrance to the Central Area’s ticket center, and the carpeted interior of the lodge. KB merchandise will now be for sale at the ticket center.

There is also a new children’s center, located just across from the ticket center entrance.

Other improvements include expanded terrain on the beginner’s slope, which now gives newbies a basic slope and an intermediate run to work with, and the Holly chair has been resurfaced.

As always, KB has a host of special events planned throughout the season, starting with their famous Late Night Great Night, sponsored by Phatman Board Shop, on Dec. 29. During these events, discounted tickets can be purchased at sponsor location and trails are open till 1 a.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 31, ring in the new year with KB’s annual New Year’s Eve Celebration, complete with a torchlight parade down the mountain and fireworks.

Once January hits, KB is in full swing with live music and themed weekends that include Everything Buffalo, Beach Party, Country and Oktoberfest. Joe Wagner and Winston will also perform every Sunday at 3 p.m. starting Jan 7. The fun continues in February and March.

If you want to take advantage of pre-season specials, jump online starting at 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 24. There you will find deals on season passes, ticket packages and rentals for all the snowsports fanatics on your holiday shopping list. (You can also call 592-4963.)

Be sure to check out the Kissing Bridge page in the Springville Times during the season or visit for all the latest info.