Ellicottville businesses eager to start ski season

ELLICOTTVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — People in Ellicottville are saying it finally feels like winter. The village got a few feet of snow Thursday and Friday after a slow start to the winter season.

Mom and pop shops now see a glimmer of hope. Last year the small businesses struggled during the winter season. The mild winter last year left Holiday Valley ski slopes empty and business weren’t seeing the usual amount of customers.

“It was bad, it was really bad. This is our 33rd year in business and 32 years that was the worst one we’d ever seen, said Spencer Timkey, manager of the Boardroom Snowboard Shop.

Business owners say their businesses depend on the weather. If the town sees snow, everybody thrives, if they don’t, it can be a struggle.

“With snow comes skiers, and with skiers come people who don’t ski and like to shop and come downtown and enjoy everything there is to do in Ellicottville,” said Jessica Gilbert, owner of Ava Grace Fashions.

This winter is already proving to be a good one for the people in Ellicottville. The ski slopes are covered with snow, businesses are ready for the holidays and visitors are eager to start winter off in ski country.

“People are just itching to get out here and they’re really excited so we’re excited as well,” said Timkey.

Holiday Valley Resort will officially open for the season Saturday.

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