Skiing Western New York’s Snowbelt and maybe some Jet Ski Wave Jumping Around New York City – 2013
by Hobo Matt
The elevations are nothing to write home about though, and Vertical drops range from 400 to 750 feet. But, some of these ski areas receive 200 inches of annual snowfall, which is an awful lot of snow.
Most of the ski areas in this region are day trip destinations, with the exception of Holiday Valley and Holimont in Ellicottville, New York, which is your only real choice for resort type accommodations and amenities. Holiday Valley is a purpose built four seasons resort. Holimont is a member owned destination open to the public on weekdays only. Ellicottville is a quant fun-loving ski town boasting four full blocks of great restaurants and shopping establishments. The town has become a year round tourist destination, drawing tourists from all over western New York and southern Ontario, Canada. Area activities include skiing, snowboarding, shopping, dining, tubing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Lodging accommodations include the beautiful Inn at Holiday Valley, right at the base of the Sunrise Quad or in one of the many nearby townhouses, condos or lodges on the slopes or in the village. For Four Star amenities, stay at The Tamarack Club, a spectacular condo-hotel at the base of Holiday Valley.
The closest ski area to the Buffalo metropolitan area is Kissing Bridge. It’s a forty-five minute drive from the city and your best bet for a day trip. “KB”, as the locals call it, sits on a ridge just outside of Colden, New York, and has a good assortment of beginner and intermediate runs. There are no hotels close to the ski area, so if youre looking to get-away for a few days, you’re better off heading over to Holiday Valley in Ellicottville.
Peek’n Peak Ski Area is a four season regional getaway just outside the picturesque village of Findley Lake, New York. The area offers several lodging choices and is good for an overnight getaway, but the hill has a scant 400 foot vertical drop populated with mostly intermediate slopes.
Finally, Cockaigne Ski Resort is a small five slope establishment ninety minutes south of Buffalo.
Best Options: KB for the day and Holiday Valley for the getaway!!!
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A day out with the Jetty Jumpers, a group of Jet Ski riders from Brooklyn, who soar over the waves around New York City.
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Jet Ski Wave Jumping Around New York City – 2013
Family fun at Rockefeller Center
Image by Ed Yourdon
This is one of several photos that I took at Rockefeller Center in Dec 2013, and I’m embarrassed to admit that I did almost no editing at all before deciding to upload it to the restricted set of "friends and family" photos on Flickr, ear the end of an exhausting multi-week project to upload some 40,000 photos that I had archived on my computer but never uploaded anywhere else …
All I did with this batch of photos was to make a preliminary pass to eliminate about half of the images that were blurred, out of focus, or blocked by someone who decided to walk in front of my camera just as I was pushing the shutter button. So this particular photo (and all of its brethren uploaded to the "Dec 2013 – Rockefeller Center" set) were merely 1-star "candidate" photos that should have gotten several more passes of critical reviews before any decision was made to upload them. I had not done any cropping, horizontal/vertical adjustments or other color adjustments
… and and now that I’ve done so, I still don’t think it’s worth more than a couple of stars in my rating system. Maybe 3 stars, but almost certainly not 4 stars. And definitely not 5 stars!
Nevertheless, one of my loyal Flickr friends did me the honor, sometime in the last few days, of marking the photo as a "favorite." Under the circumstances, I’ve decided to make it a "public" photo. Who knows … maybe it will grow on me if I keep looking at it. But for now, I think I still have to put it in the "loser" set on Flickr, among other losers for the year 2013…
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