"Ski country" is an hour's drive south of the city and averages 180 inches of snow each year, making it one of the most popular winter recreation spots in the northeast. Things to do: downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, sledding, and tobogganing. Ski reports and event information available via (800) CALL-NYS.
Chestnut Ridge (1,213 acres)
6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park
Downhill/cross country skiing; tobogganing; outdoor ice skating; paths for biking/hiking; casino with fireplace; tennis courts; pavilions for rent; Winter Carnival; loaded with wildlife.
(716) 662-3290 or (716) 858-8352 (enclosed shelters)
Holiday Valley Road (Route 219), Ellicottville
50+ downhill/cross country slopes, trails; snowtubing; snowboarding. Open year round. Discounted night/partial day rates; flex-time ticketing
Route 240, Glenwood
36 downhill/cross country slopes, trails; snowtubing; snowboarding. Winter Carnival March 13-14, 2004.
Open winters November through March, based on weather
Peek 'N Peak Resort and Conference Center
1405 Olde Road, Findley Lake
27 downhill/cross country slopes, trails; snowtubing; snowboarding. Open year round.
Polar Wave Snowtubing
3500 Harloff Road, Batavia
Open weekends to the public.
(585) 345-1630 or 1 (888) 727-2794