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Free Fishing Day in NY!

Man teaching child to fish
Sat, 09/24/2022 (All day)

The NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation is hosting a FREE fishing day on September 24th. There’s no fishing license required on those days for the fresh or marine waters of New York State, making it the opportune time for people of all ages to learn and enjoy the day.

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Weekend Chairlift Rides at Holiday Valley

Chairlift ride in the summer. Photo credit: Holiday Valley
Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Oct 30 2022 .
Sat, 05/21/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 05/22/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 05/22/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 05/23/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 05/28/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 05/29/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 05/29/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 05/30/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 06/04/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 06/05/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 06/05/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 06/06/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 06/11/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 06/12/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 06/12/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 06/13/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 06/18/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 06/19/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 06/19/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 06/20/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 06/25/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 06/26/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 06/26/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 06/27/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 07/02/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 07/03/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 07/03/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 07/04/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 07/09/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 07/10/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 07/10/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 07/11/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 07/16/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 07/17/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 07/17/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 07/18/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 07/23/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 07/24/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 07/24/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 07/25/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 07/31/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 08/01/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 08/06/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 08/07/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 08/07/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 08/08/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 08/14/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 08/15/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 08/20/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 08/21/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 08/21/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 08/22/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 08/27/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 08/28/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 08/28/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 08/29/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 09/03/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 09/04/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 09/04/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 09/05/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 09/10/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 09/11/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 09/11/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 09/12/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 09/17/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 09/18/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 09/18/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 09/19/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 09/24/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 09/25/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 09/25/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 09/26/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 10/01/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 10/02/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 10/02/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 10/03/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 10/08/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 10/09/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 10/09/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 10/10/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 10/15/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 10/16/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 10/16/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 10/17/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 10/22/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 10/23/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 10/23/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 10/24/2022 - 5:00pm
Sat, 10/29/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 10/30/2022 - 5:00pm
Sun, 10/30/2022 - 11:00am - Mon, 10/31/2022 - 5:00pm

Enjoy a chairlift ride to Spruce Lake. You may explore Spruce Lake and walk down the trail or ride back down on the chairlift and you can load your mountain bike on the lift to ride the trails at the top of the mountain! Available Saturdays and Sundays from May 21 through October 30, 11AM to 5PM.

Photo credit: Holiday Valley

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South Dayton Flyer Train Ride 2022

Train Image
Sat, 09/24/2022 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Enjoy a 2-hour roundtrip from Gowanda to South Dayton, NY. There will be local vendors at each station where you can purchase goods from farmers, baked goods, and crafts. Great for all ages!

Train departs at 11:00am & 2:00pm

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Wine Tasting Train Ride 2022

NYLE Trail in Gowanda NY
Sat, 09/24/2022 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Take a fun filled 2 hour round trip, that departs at 5:00pm from our Gowanda Depot and travels through the fall leaves, meadows and valleys to South Dayton. 

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Pumpkin Carving Class with Eric Jones

Pumpkin Carving by Eric Jones
Sat, 09/24/2022 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Learn how to 3D carve a pumpkin with Eric Jones!

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Night Lights at Griffis Sculpture Park 2022

Night Lights 2019 at Griffis Sculpture Park
Repeats every week every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Sat Oct 15 2022 .
Thu, 09/15/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Fri, 09/16/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat, 09/17/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Thu, 09/22/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Fri, 09/23/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat, 09/24/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Thu, 09/29/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Fri, 09/30/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat, 10/01/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Thu, 10/06/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Fri, 10/07/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat, 10/08/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Thu, 10/13/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Fri, 10/14/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat, 10/15/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Griffis Sculpture Park will be illuminated with colorful and theatrical lighting when “NIGHT LIGHTS at Griffis Sculpture Park” returns on September 9th.  NIGHT LIGHTS will be open 25 nights for guests to walk some of the park’s trails to experience the interaction between lights, nature and art.  

NIGHT LIGHTS will open from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The dates NIGHT LIGHTS will be open:

  • September 9 & 10
  • September 15 - 17
  • September 22 (CANCELLED)
  • September 23 - 24
  • September 29 - October 1
  • October 6 - 9 
  • October 13 - 15

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CANCELLED-Gowanda's Classic Car Show 2022

Classic Car
Sun, 09/25/2022 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

A fleet of classic cars will be on full display, Sunday, September 25th at The Wicked Glen.

Registration opens at 11:00am and awards at 3:00pm. $10.00 registration donation. 

There will be a live band, food, 50/50, awards and fun!!

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Pumpkin Carving Class with Eric Jones

Pumpkin Carving by Eric Jones
Sun, 09/25/2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn how to 3D carve a pumpkin with Eric Jones!

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Vietnam: What a Vet Wants You to Know

Local Veteran, Norm Marsh Recording "Our Veterans, Their Stories"
Thu, 09/29/2022 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Cattaraugus County Museum and the Cattaraugus County Department of Veterans Services will host a free film screening event at JCC’s Cutco Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Part of the ongoing “Our Veterans, Their Stories” project, this event will showcase a new film series entitled “Vietnam: What a Vet Wants You to Know.”

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Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street 2022

Employees at The Nightmare Hayrides
Repeats every week until Sun Oct 30 2022 .
Fri, 09/30/2022 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Fri, 10/07/2022 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Fri, 10/14/2022 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Fri, 10/21/2022 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Fri, 10/28/2022 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Jump on the SCARIEST HAYRIDE in Western New York. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings only.  Nightmare Hayride is a twenty five minute tractor drawn hayride that will lead you down a creepy haunted path with live scary creatures.

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2022 Rock City Park's Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

Rock City Park's Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show
Sat, 10/01/2022 - 10:00am - Sun, 10/02/2022 - 5:00pm

October 1st & 2nd,  Show Hours:  10am - 5pm.

Rock enthusiasts will have the chance to view, purchase and learn about rare and common rocks from

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Woods Walk at the Lillibridge Property - Pfeiffer Nature Center

Trail at Lillibridge Property
Sat, 10/01/2022 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Pfeiffer Nature Center Woods Walk at the Lillibridge Property  

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Autumn Blaze at Sprague's Maple Farm 2022

Sugarhouse
Sat, 10/01/2022 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come to Sprague's Maple Farms the first 3 weekends of October for Fall Foliage Fun!

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Drawing & Acrylic Painting - October 1st

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm

This class is created for beginners, as well as intermediate painters. We will work in the medium of acrylic, learn about elements of art and principles of design, talk about how to mix right colors, create the illusion of depth, present light in your painting, and many more tricks and trades of painting.

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October StrOlean 2022

Strolean June 2019
Sat, 10/08/2022 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and city leadership are inviting the community out for a night on the town. Working with the city and members of the business community, the Chamber is announcing “StrOlean,” the event aims to bring folks to the downtown shopping district for an evening of fun. 

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Fall Foliage Train Ride 2022

NYLE Rail Station in Gowanda NY
Sat, 10/08/2022 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special roundtrip train excursion to South Dayton and back to see the fall foliage colors! The excursion also includes a 45-minute layover in South Dayton to let you explore the area before turning around and heading back to Gowanda, NY.

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Fall Foliage Train Ride 2022

NYLE Rail Station in Gowanda NY
Sun, 10/09/2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special roundtrip train excursion to South Dayton and back to see the fall foliage colors! The excursion also includes a 45-minute layover in South Dayton to let you explore the area before turning around and heading back to Gowanda, NY.

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Night Lights at Griffis Sculpture Park 2022

Night Lights 2019 at Griffis Sculpture Park
Repeats every week every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Sat Oct 15 2022 .
Sun, 10/09/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Thu, 10/13/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Fri, 10/14/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat, 10/15/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Griffis Sculpture Park will be illuminated with colorful and theatrical lighting when “NIGHT LIGHTS at Griffis Sculpture Park” returns on September 9th.  NIGHT LIGHTS will be open 25 nights for guests to walk some of the park’s trails to experience the interaction between lights, nature and art.  

NIGHT LIGHTS will open from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The dates NIGHT LIGHTS will be open:

  • September 9 & 10
  • September 15 - 17
  • September 22 - 24
  • September 29 - October 1
  • October 6 - 9 
  • October 13 - 15

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Gowanda's Trout Fishing Derby 2022

Man fly fishing in the creek
Sat, 10/15/2022 - 7:00am - 6:00pm

Gowanda's Fire Department is hosting a Trout Fishing Derby October 15-16, 2022! 

  • Saturday, October 15- 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, October 16- 7:00am-4:00pm

Fishing will take place within the Village of Gowanda boundaries of the Cattaragus Creek. 

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WILMA Woolly Bear Weekend

Local arts, crafts & products at WILMA Woolly Bear Weekend
Sat, 10/15/2022 - 10:00am - Sun, 10/16/2022 - 3:00pm

The 10th annual W.I.L.M.A. (We Invite Local Manufacturers & Artisans) will be held at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds the weekend of October 15th and 16th, 2022.

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Fall Foliage Train Ride 2022

NYLE Rail Station in Gowanda NY
Sat, 10/15/2022 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special roundtrip train excursion to South Dayton and back to see the fall foliage colors! The excursion also includes a 45-minute layover in South Dayton to let you explore the area before turning around and heading back to Gowanda, NY.

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Gowanda's Trout Fishing Derby 2022

Man fly fishing in the creek
Sun, 10/16/2022 - 7:00am - 4:00pm

Gowanda's Fire Department is hosting a Trout Fishing Derby October 15-16, 2022! 

  • Saturday, October 15- 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, October 16- 7:00am-4:00pm

Fishing will take place within the Village of Gowanda boundaries of the Cattaragus Creek. 

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Fall Foliage Train Ride 2022

NYLE Rail Station in Gowanda NY
Sun, 10/16/2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special roundtrip train excursion to South Dayton and back to see the fall foliage colors! The excursion also includes a 45-minute layover in South Dayton to let you explore the area before turning around and heading back to Gowanda, NY.

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Pumpkin Carving Demo with Eric Jones

Pumpkin Carving by Eric Jones
Thu, 10/20/2022 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Watch Eric Jones demonstrate 3D carving on a pumpkin!

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Scary Storytelling Night The Onohsagwe:de' Cultural Center

Outside view of Cultural Center
Thu, 10/20/2022 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum presents, "Scary Storytelling Night," on Thursday, October 20th at 6pm.

Stories are told by Leeora White. Please join in for an evening around the fire listening to old time, scary tales, and roast smores!

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Opry comes to the Hollywood

Inside of the Hollywood Theater
Fri, 10/21/2022 - 6:45pm - 9:00pm

"Opry comes to the Hollywood" to be held at Gowanda's Historic Hollywood Theater. There will be performers honoring names like: Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash.

In addition, there will be an instructor there to do a line dancing class prior to the show! What a wonderful way to have some fun and get the audience warmed up.

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Triple D Rodeo - Bulls & Barrels

Rodeo
Fri, 10/21/2022 - 7:00pm - 10:30pm

Triple D Rodeo, the newest Rodeo in Cattaraugus County should be your next stop! They host their "Bulls & Barrels" events every 3rd Friday of each month.

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Fall Foliage Train Ride 2022

NYLE Rail Station in Gowanda NY
Sat, 10/22/2022 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special roundtrip train excursion to South Dayton and back to see the fall foliage colors! The excursion also includes a 45-minute layover in South Dayton to let you explore the area before turning around and heading back to Gowanda, NY.

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Fall Foliage Train Ride 2022

NYLE Rail Station in Gowanda NY
Sun, 10/23/2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special roundtrip train excursion to South Dayton and back to see the fall foliage colors! The excursion also includes a 45-minute layover in South Dayton to let you explore the area before turning around and heading back to Gowanda, NY.

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Pumpkin Carving Class with Eric Jones

Pumpkin Carving by Eric Jones
Mon, 10/24/2022 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Learn how to 3D carve a pumpkin with Eric Jones!

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Pumpkin Carving Class with Eric Jones

Pumpkin Carving by Eric Jones
Thu, 10/27/2022 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Learn how to 3D carve a pumpkin with Eric Jones!

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Happy Halloween Train Ride 2022

Halloween Train Ride in Gowanda NY
Sat, 10/29/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 10/30/2022 - 4:00pm

We want to see your costumes! This roundtrip excursion stops in South Dayton and then continues back to to Gowanda, NY.

Our annual train ride features a costume contest, candy counting contest, prizes & more! We can’t wait for everyone to join the fun in their spooky and creative costumes this Halloween!

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Silent Film Night at the Hollywood

Inside of the Hollywood Theater
Sat, 11/05/2022 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Silent Film showing of "The Cat and the Canary" will play at the Hollywood Theater on Saturday, November 5th at 7pm.

See this 1927 horror thriller film as it was made to be seen. Organ accompaniment by renowned theater organist, Dennis James.

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Free Fishing Day in NY!

Man teaching child to fish
Fri, 11/11/2022 (All day)

The NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation is hosting a FREE fishing day on November 11th. There’s no fishing license required on those days for the fresh or marine waters of New York State, making it the opportune time for people of all ages to learn and enjoy the day.

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"First Responders" Train Ride 2022

Train Image
Sat, 11/12/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 4:00pm

If you’re a first responder, enjoy a free roundtrip train ride from Gowanda, NY, to South Dayton and back. A 30-minute layover in the village of South Dayton lets you explore the vendors in the area, such as farmers, baked goods, and crafts. All first responders ride for free!

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2022 Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival

2018 HV Beer and Wine Festival
Sat, 11/12/2022 - 3:30pm - 7:30pm

Beer is Back! The 18th annual Beer and Wine Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 12th. With many of the region's best craft brewers, wineries and cideries in attendance you can sample your favorites, plus try out several new and unique flavors. Add live entertainment, food trucks and 1500 of your closest friends, it's an event not to be missed.

Tickets on sale in July!

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Fancy Felted Soap - November 19th

Sat, 11/19/2022 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Transform an ordinary bar of soap into a unique piece of art! Students will learn the basics of needle and wet felting to create a colorful and functional felted soap. Perfect for a holiday hostess gift or a decorative and functional touch for your own bathroom!

Instructor: Lyn Harris

Date: November 19th, 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 1:00-2:30pm

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Randolph's Holiday Arts & Crafts Show 2022

Arts and Craft Show
Sat, 12/03/2022 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Looking for a great opportunity to pick up the perfect one of a kind gift for the holidays?  Randolph Central School is excited to announce the annual RCS Arts and Crafts Show will take place at the High and Elementary School GYMS of Randolph Central School District. Browse the vendors along with a concession stand and bake sale.

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Santa Express Train Ride 2022

Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of the train
Repeats every week until Mon Dec 19 2022 .
Sat, 12/03/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 12/04/2022 - 4:00pm
Sat, 12/10/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 12/11/2022 - 4:00pm
Sat, 12/17/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 12/18/2022 - 4:00pm

1 hour round trip from Gowanda, NY to Dayton, NY and return. Santa, and Mrs. Claus are coming all the way from the North Pole to ride with us. Join us on a fun and festive Christmas train ride where the kids get to meet Santa! He might even have gifts for all the boys and girls!

Times of Train Rides:

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Travel Guide

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It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County.

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Ranked one of the Best Ski Resorts

Holiday Valley Resort ranked #3 on Ski Magazine's 2015-16 best in the East list!  It has 58 day slopes, 37 night slopes and 13 high tech lifts.  It also has been the training ground for Olympic ski competitors.

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