Winter is "Snow" Much Fun in the Enchanted Mountains!

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A Flurry of Fun awaits you in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County!  Here we may have, what some people may call, harsh winters, but we sure know how to enjoy them!  The pace doesn’t slow down here, unless you want it to, during the winter months with continuing festivals, winter activities, and indoor fun.  Discover winter wonderlands and pristine backdrops after the snow has freshly fallen.  View breathtaking landscapes full of trees glistening with snow detailing each branch. 

Sparkling Trees at Allegany State Park              Art Roscoe Trail System Beginning        Fun Loving Folks at Pfeiffer Nature Center

Feel invigorated while cross-country skiing in Allegany State Park or snowshoeing through Pfeiffer Nature CenterArt Roscoe Trails in Allegany State Park consist of 24 miles of winter bliss for cross country skiing and is the largest Trail System in Western New York and hosts an annual Loppet Classic XC Ski Race & Tour in February. 

   Topping the turtle at Holimont                Beautiful Day at Holiday Valley         

Cascade through the hills on your snowboard or skis at HoliMont ski resort or Holiday Valley, ranked the #5 ski resort in the East by Ski Magazine.  The need for hibernation will never feel so far away as you zig zag down the 52 slopes at HoliMont or ride the 13 high-tech lifts that guide you to Holiday Valley's 58 slopes and trails.  Holimont has a new deck on the Foxwood Warming Hut and again is open to the public during weekdays!  Take advantage of their Weekday Experience Package to get 10 weekdays of skiing and/or riding, as well as 5 group clinics at a minimal cost!  Holiday Valley has redone their iconic Clocktower and added new snowmaker guns for optimum winter fun! 

   Ready to Ride!              Large enough for the whole gang

Or find the thrill of crisp excitement while riding on a snowmobile through just under 400 miles of trails, stopping at local establishments that cater to riders.  With quaint towns, and open spaces, Cattaraugus County is perfect for winter wonderland fun on a sled.  Group Camp 5 has recently opened on the Quaker side of Allegany State Park.  This gorgeously remodeled Camp has 18 winterized cabins, seven individual facilities (3 are handicap accessible) and one giant mess hall that includes three upright refrigerators, a freezer, and 14 tables with benches.  Call (800) 456-2267 to reserve your stay now!

We have festivals galore to keep you going and out and about, with focus on the Holidays, music, or delicious treats! After Christmas, celebrate New Year's Eve right by being part of the Torchlight Parade at Holiday Valley Ski Resort followed by letting loose at the Winter Blues Festival January 9th and 10th in Ellicottville.  Find recreational fun at the Olean Area Sports and Outdoor Show being held January 17th and 18th at Good Times of Olean or the Sportman's Show at the Seneca Allegany Casino on February 21st and 22nd.  The twists, turns, thrills, and high speeds in the snow returns to Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino on Feb. 6 and 7 with AMSOIL Championship Snocross.  There are plenty of more events before and after the Holidays so check the Events Listing often!

Twists and Turns to Victory!            Learn different Cultures           Casino for fun! 

If you follow the natural progression to slow down during the winter months or just like to stay in the warm indoors, then come in from the cold to one of our museums, galleries, or theaters.  View the various exhibits held at the Regina A. Quick Center or take in their performing art series, watch a classic play, or cheer on our college basketball team, the Bonnies in one of their games.  Learn about the Native heritage, ride into railroad past or get in touch with nature at our area's museums that offer a full day’s activity for families looking to get out of the house.  It's always a fun time at the events held at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca.  This year they are bringing Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blues Traveler, Lorrie Morgan and the Eli Young Band for pure excitement!  Or try your luck at the vast array of slot machines and card tables any time. 

Challenge yourself to learn a winter sport.  Ice skate at the indoor rink in Olean, test your angler skills by ice fishing at Allegany State Park, or fly down the hills while tubing.  Or grab the gang and go sledding, fun on any day in winter!  Whatever you decide to do to lose those winter blues, the Enchanted Mountains will make it happen!

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