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HoliMont offers rides on new lift

HoliMont Ski Resort is kicking off its 50th anniversary season at this weekend’s Ellicottville Fall Festival with rides on its new detachable quad chair lift.

 The Exhibition Express quad chair will be running from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The chair is an upgrade from a fixed-grip quad chair and will reduce time getting up the slopes. Rides are free and open to the public.

 “If you are a ski area, if you aren’t upgrading all the time you are falling behind, said General Manager Dave Riley. “If you want to be a player you have to upgrade your infrastructure.

 The resort will also hold its annual meeting starting at 9 a.m.

 HoliMont opened for the 1962-63 ski season with approximately 12 members and has grown to about 1,350 memberships, which encompasses about 4,000 people because many of the memberships belong to families.

-- Fletcher Doyle

Winter ski warning


     Holiday Valley is scheduled to open for skiing and riding Wednesday, with enough snow made to open the Mardi Gras and Yodeler quad lifts serving Mardi Gras, Yodeler and the Candy Cane loop.  

  The School Haus area might also be opened. Snow is being made on Cindy's Run and Sunrise and they and other slopes will soon be ready, the resort said in a press release. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with lift tickets costing $40 for adults and $30 for juniors for 8 hours.  

  Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placed is open for skiing top to bottom. Log on to www.whitefacelakeplacid.com for early-season deals.

    Speaking of Lake Placid, check out this video to see how Matt Alheim, watching a hockey game between Union and RPI, came away with a Chevy without having to make a down payment. His shot from center ice had to pass through a barrier with a hole only a half-inch wider than the puck. Local organizers are calling this the second Miracle on Ice.

-- Fletcher Doyle 

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