About the Buffalo Bucket List Challenge: Getting healthy, nailing that promotion, sorting our your finances – they’re all respectable resolutions. But frankly, they’re boring af, which is why we here at Step Out Buffalo are challenging you to really step out of your comfort zone in 2017 with the Buffalo Bucket List Challenge. We know it can be difficult to constantly come up with new and exciting ways to enjoy your time here on planet earth, and more specifically Western New York, so we’re doing the work for you. Every Wednesday this year we’ll publish a new Buffalo Bucket List Challenge post with a fun / interesting / exciting / unique “task” to try.
For more info on how to win prizes by actually accepting this challenge and participating via Instagram, read more here! It’s easy, promise.
Week 2 Challenge: Hit the Slopes
This weeks challenge is to hit the slopes! Dare to channel your inner chapstick commercial persona and zip down the hills via snowboard or skis at one of the following snow sport venues in the area. You’ll get a great workout, breath in some fresh air, and you’ll even have fun doing it if you can avoid “yard sailing”.
Kissing Bridge Snow Sports
10296 State Rd, Glenwood, NY 14069
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 9am-9pm, Thursday-Saturday 9am-10pm, and Sunday 8am-8pm
Ticket Price: Weekday unlimited (anytime) adult tickets are $40 and weekday night adult tickets from 3pm-9pm Monday-Wednesday and 3pm-10pm Thursday-Friday are $35. Weekend dawn patrol adult tickets from 8am-11am on (Saturdays and Sundays only) are $40 and weekend/holiday unlimited adult tickets are $60, Saturday night adult tickets from 3pm-10pm are $35 and Sunday night adult tickets from 2pm-8pm are $35. For more information on lift tickets, check out their website.
Rentals: Ski or Snowboarding equipment is $30 to rent for adults
Where to go after: Hot soup or anything off of the comfort food section at Colden Mill is the perfect end to a fun filled day outdoors. Grab yourself a steamy plate of Shrimp and Grits because you earned it!
6557 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY 14731
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 9am-9pm, Wednesday-Friday 9am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:30am-10pm
Tickets: Flex-time tickets are available for you to choose the time (4 or 8 hours increments) that you want to ski/snowboard (not available on Saturdays or on holidays). Weekend adult ticket passes from 3:30pm Friday through 4:30pm Sunday are $124 (price includes Saturday night), adult weekend tickets for 8 hours are $72, and adult weekend tickets for 4 hours (non-holiday Sundays) are $65. Weekday adult 2-day ticket (9am to close both days) are available for $96, adult weekday tickets for 8 hours are $59, and adult weekday tickets for 4 hours are $54. For more details on ticket pricing, click on the link attached.
Rentals: Ski rentals range from $27 for 4 hours-$75 for the weekend and snowboarding $30 for 4 hours-$84 for the weekend
Where to go after: Treat yourself to some breakfast food at Dina’s! They offer great food at any time of the day, but their raisin bread french toast or Blueberry Belgian Waffles are my jam.
HoliMont Ski Club
6921 NY-242, Ellicottville, NY 14731
Hours: Open to the public Monday-Friday 7am-3:30pm
Tickets: Weekday adult full day tickets are $56, or $52 for a half day (after 1pm)
Rentals: Adult ski rentals and snowboarding rentals are $28 each
Where to go after: Stop at Ellicottville Brewing Company for a cold one and some bar classics like their Bavarian soft pretzels served with their own EBC Pale Ale beer cheese sauce.