To kick off the month of February HoliMont hosted two very popular social events on back-to-back Friday’s.  Friday the 3rd was HoliMont’s annual Men’s Day event where male Member’s brought their friends to the Club for a day of fun on the slopes as well as in the Chalet.  Being that it was the Friday before the Super Bowl the theme of the day was “Pregame Party.”
With the weather acting as it has this season it’s been very difficult to predict what you’re going to get in terms of conditions on a day-to-day basis.  Luckily for those attending Men’s Day they ended up getting spoiled with a vividly sunny day where there was scarcely a cloud in the sky. 
Many of the guys who attended Men’s Day partook in the Ellicottville nightlife activities the night before, which resulted in some entertaining stories being told the next morning as they were being checked in to the event.  Nevertheless, approximately 210 men took over the Chalet at HoliMont bright and early Friday morning.  The day started off with an energizing breakfast buffet by Dina’s and then for most participants it was off to the slopes.  There were ski races set up, lessons from the HoliMont Ski School offered, and a great selection of terrain open to make some turns on. 
During the lunch hour former Buffalo Bills great Steve Tasker was in the Chalet to do a meet-and-greet with all the guys.  Additionally, the Buffalo Bills went above and beyond and donated some great Bills items.  Autographed footballs and game day jerseys were raffled off later on in the day. 
After lunch it was back to the slopes for most of the guys.  The rest just hung out around the Chalet and took advantage of the laid back atmosphere.  Eventually, Comedian James Kurdziel took the stage in the Chalet and entertained the crowd with his quick-witted comedy style.  A Buffalo native, Kurdziel has garnered regional and national attention while working with Bill Burr (Chappelle’s Show), Colin Quinn (SNL, Tough Crowd), Greg Giraldo (Last Comic Standing), Greg Fitzsimmons (VH1), Jim Norton (HBO, Opie & Anthony) and Mike Birbiglia (Comedy Central) to name just a few. 
A week later the ladies of HoliMont completely took over the Chalet with their “White Out” event.  Just like the men, or perhaps even more so than the men, a lot of the ladies were out living it up on the town the night before.  But no matter how late they were out the ladies showed up in droves the next morning to commence with the white out. 
By the time registration was complete over 270 women were signed in to the event and ready to get the party started.  Not surprisingly the vibe in the Chalet for ladies day was much different than for Men’s Day.  Having a nice day out on the slopes was definitely an added bonus for the ladies but it was the in Chalet activities that really had the women excited.
As always, Dina’s provided a delicious breakfast spread that had a fantastic aroma floating throughout the Chalet.  There was also a very elaborate scavenger hunt that kept many of the women occupied throughout the morning.  Upstairs in the Chalet a vendors market was set up where approximately 15 different shops were showing off some of their finest items.  From handbags, to clothing, to jewelry, and a lot more in between, there were ample opportunities for the women to purchase some very unique products. 
Soon after lunch was finished part of the Chalet was cleared out in order to make room for a fashion show runway where the crowd was treated to an energetic display of some of this seasons hottest ski and snowboard outerwear. 
Once the fashion show culminated it was time for the real fun to begin.  With a DJ spinning a great selection of party beats the ladies spent the remainder of the event dancing the afternoon away.  And when the time came to call it a night a little peer pressure was thrown the DJ’s way and before you knew it the party continued on.
HoliMont would like to thank Dekdebruns Ski Shop, The City Garage, The Boardroom and Mud, Sweat n’ Gears for coming to HoliMont on both days to provide free ski and snowboard demo’s for all the participants of Men’s and Ladies Day.
Events like Men’s Day and Ladies Day are just a couple of the many reasons why membership at HoliMont is such a worthwhile decision.  Every winter great times are had, lifelong friendships are forged and of course there is always some very fun skiing and snowboarding out on the slopes.

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