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Trail closure signs posted prematurely.
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Monday, 08 September 2014 08:43

We all know that we are losing access to the original white trail alignment for the section between the tower and the CCC forest road.  (If not, read all about it).

As you recall, the old trail would remain shared use until the replacement trail is complete, but we had to finish the replacement by the end of 2014.  We had 4 work days in the spring to partially clear the corridor, and have six days scheduled this fall to complete the trail.

We have contacted the DEC to remove these signs until the replacement trail is complete. (Update: DEC has removed them for this section of trail).

Please make an effort to make one or more of the work days this fall so we can complete the trail.

The replacement trail has been designed to be bigger (longer) and better than the old trail, so please respect the closure when it comes into effect later this year, and help ride in the new route and make it the best around.

 
Insect-damage tree removal planned for Golden Hill. Trail to be maintained
Written by Jon Sundquist   
Monday, 08 September 2014 08:26

The DEC advised us this morning in a phone call that the logging/salvage required as a result of the tent caterpillar infestation at Golden hill that he discussed with WNYMBA a year or so ago, will likely begin this winter.

It's planned that the contractor will complete the work over the winter, including restoration of any damage that might occur on the trail and trail corridor. The DEC is working with the contractor to minimize any such damage and will post signs for both bikers and the contract workers to be aware of each others presence during the logging operation.

 
HOLIDAY VALLEY LIKES US – TO THE TUNE OF $2000!
Written by Tallboy   
Saturday, 02 August 2014 08:54

Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s Marketing Director recently contacted WNYMBA President Jim Allen to advise that the club had been selected to receive a one-time donation of $2000. This unsolicited donation came as a huge surprise and was very obviously very welcome in our group, where the annual budget wouldn’t keep the Goodyear blimp in the air for more than a couple of minutes.

Asked to comment, Allen said, “It’s possible that Jane saw something in the way we rallied over 13,000 votes in our recent bid for the “BellBuilt” grant. Then again, it’s also possible that she just felt sorry for us because we’re constantly covered in mud and bleeding from our most recent trail wounds!”

The photo taken on the deck of the main lodge shows (L-R): Dennis Baldwin (Ellicottville Bike & Bean/WNYMBA), Jack Kramer (WNYMBA), Rich Sandler (General Manager – Tamarack Club), Steve Crowley (Director of Mountain Operations), Jim Allen (President – WNYMBA).

WNYMBA would like to thank Jane and the entire staff at Holiday Valley. It’s easy to take for granted the fact that we can park and ride at Holiday Valley at no charge. In fact, it’s an earned privilege that not many resorts offer and it exists because of a long history of cooperation and mutual respect between WNYMBA and Holiday Valley.

Stay tuned! We hope to be able to offer some exiting news as to how we intend to use this donation to promote even more and better mountain biking in Western New York in 2015.

 
Archery tournament returns to Holiday Valley again
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 07 July 2014 20:23

Our Friends at Holiday Valley asked us to pass along the word that they are again hosting the international bowhunters organization (IBO) championships this year.  This has been a highly successful event for HV.  HV has provided us with grant money this year, and hosting events such as IBO helps provide that funding.

Of course, nobody wants to be riding around in front of flying arrows, so the trails at Holiday Valley will be closed during the event.

Here are the details from HV Mountain Manager Steve Crowley:

"Would you please spread the word that Holiday Valley is hosting the IBO again this year. The Archery event runs from August 5th through August 10th. We will need to have all trails at Holiday Valley closed that week. We are also using some State land right across Mutton Hollow rd from Spruce Lake, we will be clear of the bike trail there but if you add to be cautious in that area to your message it will be appreciated.  Thank You for your help."

 
A Very Special Shout Out - To All Who Helped
Written by The F'n Man   
Monday, 19 May 2014 20:50

Just wanted to thank everyone who supported our effort to win funding to build a world class flow trail at Holiday Valley.

We had a terrific voter turnout, and came within 5% of the votes needed to win.

We are hoping to turn this into a win by some other means.

Again, thank all of you for your support.

 
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Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.