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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Holiday Valley Climbs As Ski Destination

Business First of Buffalo - by James Fink

Ski Magazine, in its annual ranking of regional resorts, rated Ellicottville's Holiday Valley fourth overall in the East, trailing only Quebec's Mount Tremblant and two Vermont locales in Smuggler's Notch and Stowe. No other Western New York ski resort made the magazine's Top Ten list.

The fourth-overall ranking is the second highest for Holiday Valley. In a 2004 survey, it rated third overall. Last year, it was the ninth-ranked Eastern North American resort.

Polling was done from readers and subscribers of Ski Magazine. More than 40,000 surveys were sent out following the conclusion of the 2008-2009 ski season.

Holiday Valley has been in the magazine's Top Ten poll for Eastern resorts for the past six years.

"We are very proud to be in the company of the East's finest resorts," said Dennis Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley president.

Various Holiday Valley amenities ranked highly with Ski readers. Its lifts were rated second overall in the East while Apres Ski atmosphere was ranked third and dining came in fourth overall. Family programs also rated fourth while service was ranked sixth, off hill activities was also sixth. The resort's terrain was rated seventh and overall satisfaction was eighth.

Holiday Valley's tallest run peaks at 750 feet. It was the only Eastern resort with less than a 1,500 foot vertical drop.

"What we lack in height, we make up in quality, services and facilities," Eshbaugh said

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

SKI Magazine Ranks Holiday Valley 4th in East!

Readers of SKI Magazine have rated Holiday Valley 4th in Eastern North America! This is the 6th consecutive year that we've been in the top ten in the East. Top marks were received in lifts, apres ski, dining, service, family programs, terrain parks, off hill activities and overall satisfaction.

Click here for more information. Details will be announced in the October 2009 issue of SKI Magazine, available in newstands on September 15.
The time is right to plan your winter full of fun. Check out our web site for season passes, multiweek programs, lodging packages and events for the 2009-10 season.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Fireworks Display To Cap Weekend

WESTFIELD - The evening skies over Chautauqua County will be illuminated Sunday night as Light the Lakes, the record-breaking fireworks extravaganza, returns for its second year.

The Dan Reed Pier in Barcelona, located on the scenic shores of Lake Erie, will be one of five fireworks "take-off" locations. The fireworks at Barcelona will cap off a full evening of events and attractions in Westfield/Barcelona with music, food and fun for all ages.

The festivities kick off in Barcelona at 5 p.m. with food vendors serving hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, curly fries, funnel cakes, shaved ice, popcorn and more. ZeBro's Harbor House will offer live music and a special menu.

Local bands Harbor Knights and Blackman's Gold will perform and there will be a special performance by Chautauqua Idol Shawn Wilder. Craft and farmers market vendors will also be on hand, glow necklaces will be available for sale and the Chautauqua County Corvette Club will be at the pier throughout the evening.

A live simulcast from all five fireworks sites - Westfield/Barcelona, Bemus Point, Findley Lake, Mayville and Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena - will feature live interviews and a countdown to the fireworks.

The evening will culminate in a stunning fireworks display, launched off the Barcelona break wall, at 10:10 pm.

Following the fireworks, many local Westfield/Barcelona businesses will have extended hours.

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Chautauqua To Host Jazz Festival

CHAUTAUQUA — The Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution and the Allegheny Jazz Society have announced the 12th Annual Jazz at Chautauqua. The lasting, lovely melodies of the most productive decades of popular American song will be heard throughout Chautauqua from Sept. 17 to 20.Thirty of the world's most renowned mainstream jazz artists from Australia, California, Florida, New Orleans, San Antonio, Portland, New York City and Ann Arbor will assemble for a weekend of memorable music celebrating the great composers of the 1920s, '30s and '40s. More than 27 hours of music will be presented throughout each day in solo, duet, trio, band and vocal formats.All performances will be in the Athenaeum Hotel's main dining room. Weekend packages are still available for reservation to enjoy the festival. Packages for only music and meals will be available after Sept. 9. The weekend rates include lodging, continental breakfast, brunch and dinner buffets, open bar, evening snacks, music, service charges and applicable taxes.For more information or to make reservations call 1-800-821-1881 or visit

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