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WNYMBA does final ride on the white trail
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Sunday, 09 November 2014 21:41

Yes, the white trail is closing.  We had the funeral ride today.  Mike wore a suit, and Jen was dressed in black with a head veil, as was appropriate for the occasion.  Yeah, we had a good ride, but seriously, this was a sad day.  This is a trail we have been riding for over 20 years, but will no longer be available.  This really sucks.

Because shotgun season starts next weekend, and it already is snowing some, we figured this would be the last chance to ride the trail, since we only have until the end of 2014 to complete the replacement.  The replacement is just about done - I rode the whole thing today and it riding nice, just a few rocky areas still to work on.  But it is a shame we had to spend so much time on a duplicate trail when the efforts could have gone to something that would benefit everyone.

But today, it was time to say RIP, White Trail.

We almost made it!
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 19 May 2014 20:50

WNYMBA would like to be the first to congratulate Richmond Virginia MORE on winning the East Coast Bell Built grant.  WNYMBA is proud of the deep support that we received throughout the Western New York community.  Even though we were unsuccessful in pursuit of this grant, losing 13,896 - 13,029, we believe that it is a win for WNYMBA and Western New York to realize the enthusiasm and effectiveness of this particular group of volunteers - WNYMBA - in our continuing efforts to make Western New York a better place.  Even without this grant, WNYMBA will continue in our efforts to develop trails in the forests of WNY, and will continue to pursue grant opportunities to develop a wider variety of trail types in our area, including more flow, downhill, and beginner trails.

Special thanks go out the to the following for doing a tremendous amount of work spreading the word about this contest and helping WNYMBA to a strong second place finish:

  • Holiday Valley
  • Elllicottville Chamber of Commerce
  • Cattaraugus County Tourism
  • Ellicottville Brewing Company

In addition, we'd like to thank the Wonderful Community of WNY and all the many individuals who dug in and helped with our campaign. You know who you are and so do we – thanks!

Confirmation E-mail Blues?
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 12:47

Have you had trouble getting your confirmation e-mail from Bell for your Bellbuilt vote?

Bell is looking into the problem, but needs to know if this really is a big problem.  if you never got your confirmation e-mail (or your friend or coworker never did), please let us know by e-mailing

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We need to hear from as many people as possible that never got the confirmation e-mail, so that they can be aware of the size of the problem.  Please let us know what e-mail address you used to vote.

One note: Bell's IT consultant says you should not use IE8 (or older), so you may want to retry with Chrome/Firefox/Safari first if you used IE8 before.


15 Seconds to get you psyched to vote!
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 06:44

Thanks go out to Scott Goergen for putting the fine point on it:

Today's Bellbuilt Tidbit
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 00:00

As video star Dennis has told you, getting this grant will allow us and Holiday Valley to kick start a much larger trail building program at the resort.  Without this grant, this program may never get off the ground.

So, what is the big plan? Take a look at the map below:

The proposed Bell Built trail is highlighted in Red.  Perhaps we may even have enough money (because remember, HV is kicking in some assistance as well) to complete the purple trail.  The purple trail will provide a way to get up to the top of the switchbacks by riding first up the cat track to the Mardi Gras lift, then taking this new single track up higher.

Then there is also those three other fainter red dashed lines.


  1. The first will allow us to start using the singletrack traverse rather than the double track up to the top of Cindy's.  That isn't used any more since it ends in a hellish climb up to the wall chairlift.  We'd instead contour around to the start of the XC road.
  2. The next one would go from the purple trail to the top of Eagle lift.  This would allow another way to climb to the top all on singletrack.
  3. The last is another route along the top.  By building this loop, Dennis has some great ideas on how to set up a new longer race loop.
None of this will happen, however, it things don't get kick started with this grant.
So, are you motivated to go out and get everyone you know to vote????




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