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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.
My ski trip to Chautauqua NY can't be covered in one post. With a packed agenda that had us all over this fun region, you'll come to understand how a combination of skiing, wineries, craft breweries/distilleries and some really nice people create a symbiotic relationship that make the Chautauqua region well worth it.
Mount Peter is not trying to be something it's not. It is not on the Epic Pass or the Ikon Pass. Heck, it's not even on the Indy Pass. What Mount Peter is, is a feeder ski area with a focus on providing top notch ski lessons in a fun family atmosphere that includes snow tubing and a solid apres ski scene.