We got a room at the new Tamarak Club. It newly opened two weeks ago.
The drive that should normally take 1 hour ended up taking 2 hours and 15 minutes. Yes, finally folks we have SNOW in New York.
After we got checked in we went in town for dinner. Ellicottville reminds me of Aspen, Colorado. It was just like a Currier and Ives postcard.
The boys were so happy to see snow, throw snowballs and stand on the mounds of snow.
We walked around downtown with twinkling Christmas lights...just beautiful....Benjamin is trying to eat the snow.
As we walked by one restaurant a dog was outside waiting while his owner had dinner. Brock couldn't resist saying hello.
Brock amid the snowflakes.
We had pizza and Beef on Weck....perfect to end the day.
We had dinner at a place called Balloons...
Back to Holiday Valley...at 8:30 they had night skiing. The runs were lit up and shining bright.
Eric woke us up bright and early (6:00am) and we went back in town to a little old-fashioned diner that only accepts cash for breakfast.
They have a town square with a gazebo and Christmas tree.
Old Victorian homes with Gingerbread trim...I could definitely live here.
The sun was rising and this church was setting like white icing against the sky.
So we got the boys hooked up for ski school, their boots fitted and skis ready to go.
This is called the Magic Carpet Ride...it takes kids up to go down the bunny slopes to learn skiing. Eric is helping Benjamin and Brock.
It was so cold... 11 degrees to be exact.
Eric and I are skiing a blue run and that is the view back to the resort.
My husband is an excellent skier...He skis Black Diamonds but he loves me enough to ski blue and green runs.
Eric and Blake after Blake took his first chair lift ride and down his first green run.
I said because he never falls. Seeing Eric ski is just about as much fun as seeing him ice-skate.
It is pure beauty to watch this man at winter sports.
Tammy, Benjamin and Eric waiting at the chair lift.
Blake, Brock and cousin Eric
Michael, Eric, Benjamin and myself (still cold) but loving the sunshine.
Eric's niece Sarah (doesn't she have a pretty smile) waiting warmly at the lodge.
Brock, Uncle Tim and Benjamin on chair lift
Blake and Eric on chair lift
Brock flying down the mountain
Benjamin showing great form
Uncle Tim, Brock and Benjamin
Blake skiing downhill
Eric looking great
The gang...I think Michael and Eric have gone off to ski some harder runs.
The view from the lodge
Sarah, Michael and Eric snacking at the lodge
Brock, Benjamin and myself. This was easier in my twenties.
Eric enjoying every moment with his family in New York.