The Top Five and Only Places to Ski and Snowboard in Buffalo
Can you believe it snowed this morning? I know a lot of you are thinking that winter is going to be here soon and it’s going to be cold, icy driving conditions, shoveling the driveway every day, and there’s nothing fun to do outside. If you are one of those people that don’t like winter and want it to go by fast, I have a solution for you. Go to a ski resort and try either skiing or snowboarding. Once you get the hang of it you are going to get hooked and want to go every day. Every time you go you get better and better at it and your confidence keeps going up and you can take that confidence and use it in your everyday life. It is also a great way to get exercise during the winter and spend fun times with your family and friends. It is also a great stress reliever sliding down a mountain, away from work, school, and any of your problems. You go into your own little world and all you think about is what trail or trick you want to do next. It makes the winter just fly. Then when winter is over, you are going to wish it was back.
Holiday Valley is one of Buffalo’s most popular ski resorts. They have slopes for all ski levels so whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or expert you will have a fun and challenging time. They have the fastest ski lifts around, so you don’t have to waste your day sitting on the lift. The lifts also have a great feature that allows only your chair to slow down when you get to the top of the mountain so it is easy to ride off.
If you want to learn how to ski or snowboard this season Holiday Valley has a great bunny hill and easy runs with great instructors to make sure you learn correctly and safely. They offer rentals for skis and snowboards for all sizes and ages.
For those who are looking for more of a challenge Holiday Valley offers many black diamond runs that are steep with jumps, rails, and moguls that will get your blood pumping. Then when you really think you are good you can go down the famous double black diamond run “The Wall”. You can probably guess the reason why they call it the wall, because it straight down with huge moguls on the side. This run is recommend for experts only so make sure you are ready before you attempt to make it down.
If skiing and snowboarding is not your thing, Holiday Valley has luxurious lodges that give you a great view of the mountains and riders coming down the hill. They also have fine dining at John Harvard's Brew House where you can enjoy a great meal with a beautiful view. At the end of the day stop by McCarty Café to get a coffee and muffin after a long day of skiing.
Kissing Bridge is great if you are looking for some nice mellow skiing. They have easier trails that are relaxing and fun to learn on. Don’t worry if you are an adrenaline junkie they also have one of the best terrain parks with huge professional jumps, rails, boxes, and other fun obstacles. If you just want to get speed they have a fun trial called “Crazy Eights” that is just like a professional race course with twist and turns that will have you flying down the run.
They have two nice lodges with a picnic area were you can bring your own food to eat. If you want to get a quick bite they offer fast food in the main lodge. If you are looking to spend a little more time eating with family and friends, they have a great pizza place called Glenwood Grill and Pub located right next to the mountain. If you are feeling fancy, they have a more formal restaurant called the Harvest Room that is right in front of the central hill. The restaurant offers fine dining with a relaxing atmosphere and warm fire place to keep you cozy as you watch the skiers slide down the mountain.
Holimont is a great place if you don’t want to wait in long lines. They have 50 slopes and 8 ski lifts as well as a terrain park and half-pipe.
For weekend skiing, they only allow members that joined the club. The advantages of being a member are unlimited skiing, no lines, host or attend Holimont socials, reserving the chalet for private parties, and other great advantages. Don’t worry, if you just want to go a couple of times, the mountain is open to non-members Monday through Friday. They always have great powder with their cutting-edge approach to managing lifts, snow guns and snowmaking stations. Their first-hand experience navigating the terrain on snowboards and skis helps provide HoliMont with unparalleled ski conditions, so members and guests can enjoy skiing without the disruption of snowmobiles whizzing by.
Peek'n Peak is known for having terrain parks for all levels. They have a beginner park that has small jumps, flat boxes, and short low rails to learn skills and techniques before advancing to the intermediate park. The intermediate park has medium size jumps, gaps, cannon rail, a school bus, and many different kinds of flat and kinked rails. Then when you are ready you can ride the advanced park with huge jumps, step up jumps, street style double barrel down flat rail, gap to wall and a half-pipe. If you are not into the terrain parks they also have normal downhill runs, and cross country skiing. If you want to spend a weekend their they have luxurious chalets located on top of the mountain that you can either rent or buy so you can wake up and start skiing without waiting in a ski lift line.
Buffalo Ski Club is the closest ski resort to Downtown Buffalo. If you skied in the past you may remember the resort Tamarack, where many people went to learn how to ski and snowboard, but they had to shut down the resort from lack of funds, so Buffalo Ski Club decided to buy them out and expand their resort. Now it is double the size and they kept were Tamarack was the same so if you want to go back to where you may have learned to ski or snowboard, you can ride those same slopes again and make new memories. When you get tired you can relax in the big old lodge with a big fire place inside that is always burning to keep you warm and cozy.