Almanac: Ellicottville, New York

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Population 1,900

Elevation 1,500 feet

Median Price of a Single-Family Home In Town $136,561

Median Price of a Single-Family Home In County $63,182

Tax on Above Home in Town $2,500; in County $1,400

Main Businesses Tourism, lumber, mill work

School Population 703

Local Ski Areas Holiday Valley, 750-foot vertical drop; 266 skiable acres by day, 189 at night; 180 annual inches; lift ticket, $37; season pass, $590. HoliMont, 700-foot vertical drop; 160 skiable acres; 200 annual inches; open to members and their guests only on weekends; open to the public on weekdays for $30 per day.

Best Local Event Mardi Gras, New Orleans-style festivities on a much smaller scale, but a blast nonetheless.

Locals' Favorite Restaurant Silver Fox (upscale American, cigar bar upstairs), Dina's (upscale café, great breakfast), The Gin Mill (low-key, pub-type fare and atmosphere)

Locals' Favorite Hangouts Foster's (an old Irish bar), The Gin Mill (a bit more upscale)

Local Practice Crockpot cooking is a tradition on the top floor of Holiday Valley's spectacular Tannenbaum Lodge. With guests in mind, planners lined the brown-bag area's perimeter with numerous electrical outlets.

Best Places to Stay At $70-$120 per night, the slopeside, 102-room Inn at Holiday Valley, built in 1995, is a great option (716-699-2336 or 800-323-0020; www.holidayvalley.com). If you prefer a B&B experience, book early at the Ilex Inn. It has seven rooms, as well as a bungalow, and is just a mile from either ski area ($95-215 per night; 800-496-6307 or 716-699-2002; www.ilexinn.com).

Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 456, Ellicottville, NY 14731; 800-349-9099; www.ellicottvilleny.com.