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With one morning of our trip to Chautauqua, NY left, we fortuitously stumbled upon Ellicottville Coffee Co prior to spending a few hours skiing at Holimont. This private ski club lived up to the hype of its pristine snow conditions, limited crowds and not an ounce of pretentiousness that you would expect from a club.
Located in northwest New York, situated near the base of two ski resorts, Holiday Valley and Holimont, is the town of Ellicottville. There, businesses work closely with the ski resorts to create a unique codependent relationship. It's this partnership along with the people involved that make Ellicottville special and one of the only true ski towns in the east.
Holiday Valley, one of NY State's largest ski resorts has a unique layout with a variety of terrain that is fun for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. This is enhanced by the beautiful lodges that provide an excellent apres ski scene and its close proximity to Ellicottville, one of the East's only ski towns.
Leaving Peek n Peak Resort our journey continued just a short distance away in Chautauqua county at Johnson Winery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars and Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing. There we received tours and tastings at New York's oldest estate winery and New York's first ever combination winery, distillery and brewery.
At only 400 feet of vertical, Peek n Peak isn't exactly big mountain skiing. This, however, doesn't seem to matter much to the regulars. The terrain is still fun and the people are more there for for a combination of drinking and skiing. Highlighted by three on-mountain bars you'll find an apres ski scene where people ski and snowboard from one bar to the other.