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This past Monday my friend, Annette and I took the day off and decided to make a day full of fun in Ellicottville. We knew we were going to grab brunch at Katy’s before heading to Holiday Valley to try out the ski boards. As we got closer to the date, we decided on either doing cross country skiing or tubing to save a couple bucks {because I’m “living on a budget” more now a days}.

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{I love these coffee mugs at Katy’s}

When we arrived in Ellicottville it was a little later than planned {this was my fault because I arrived late to Annette’s house}. Katy’s only serves breakfast until noon {note to self if you plan on doing the same thing}. So we grabbed lunch which was pretty good {I had the Firecracker Panini and Annette had the Tannenbaum Panini} and then decided to go to tubing.

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{Holiday Valley Tubing – Open Thursday thru Sunday}

We went down the street {because Holiday Valley tubing isn’t located on the main resort that the skiing and snowboarding is on}. When we arrived, the parking lot was plowed, but no one {I mean NO ONE} was there. To our surprise they are closed Monday thru Wednesday. Yes, I say to our surprise because I assumed it was open the same hours as the main resort is {don’t ever assume}. So we decided to head to the main lodge and get an adult beverage and then decide if we wanted to hit the slopes. When we arrived, the bar was closed {we literally laughed out loud at this point}. We then decided to just head back in to town and grab some drinks at EBC {Ellicottville Brewing Company}.

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{Some of the slopes}

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{The view was so pretty}

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{Beer flights at EBC! I found some new beers I like beside my go to Blueberry Wheat}

While the day didn’t go as we planned, we still made the best of it and had a fun day off { #itsjustfun – Holiday Valley’s tagline}.

As much as I dislike and never really post anything negative about places I go on my blog, I am always honest with what I share and share my opinion, so here it goes… I love Holiday Valley, I think its a great place to go, but I do think that their website is a bit confusing and isn’t as “straightforward” as it could be. I feel like it takes multiple clicks and pages to get to the information you are looking for.

I will also say, it seems {comparing to my last year’s snowboarding experience} that weekends and nights are their busiest time, so instead of having coupons geared for more of the Canadian clientele or offering coupons for your peak hours, why not offer coupons or discounts for those “off peak” hours. There wasn’t nearly as many people on a Monday afternoon as compared to a weekend.

I understand Holiday Valley is ranked in the top 10 for best resorts in the East, but for those people on a budget and not as experienced in skiing or snowboarding {like me}, it can be expensive and steer people away. While are plans for a adventure packed Monday didn’t go as we had planned, we still made the best of it and have new memories we made.

Until next time.

-B

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