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Posts from November 2021

Holiday Valley - LogoEllicottville, NY (November 30, 2021) – Holiday Valley’s President, Dennis Eshbaugh announced today their 64th winter season will begin on Friday, December 3rd, weather permitting. Hours are from 9AM to 4:30 PM with 4 lifts open: Yodeler, Mardi Gras, Tannenbaum and Creekside and approximately 6 trails. Limited services and beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain will be available. Night skiing will start on December 10.

thomas-cole-national-historic-siteTo Implement Master Infrastructure Plan

Catskill, NY (November 30, 2021) – As it celebrates 20 years of being open to the public, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today a major grant award of $360,000 from Empire State Development. With this critical support from the State of New York, the Thomas Cole Site can now implement its Master Plan for site-wide improvements to expand further its cultural, educational, and economic impact.

Ski NY logoLooking to Maintain Increase in Skier Visits and Revenue from 2020/21

Jamesville, NY (November 29, 2021) – SKI/NY, a New York State-based organization that promotes skiing to first-time and life-long skiers and riders, saw an incredible increase in ski ticket sales in 2020/21 – and hopes to keep the momentum going this ski season.

During the winter of 2020/21, ski areas in New York State marshalled to provide safe socially distancing guidelines to keep customers safe and on the slopes. Overall, ski areas across the state saw an additional 300,000 skier and rider visits to its ski areas, a 27% increase over the previous season’s numbers. This increase represented a total of four million visits, putting New York State third in the nation for overall skier visits behind Colorado and California. From a tourism economics view, the ski industry and supporting hospitality services represent 14,000 jobs in New York State alone.

Ski NY logoSki Areas Making Millions in Investments to Enhance the Skier and Rider Experience

Jamesville, NY – Ski areas in New York are investing in their mountains to improve snowmaking and grooming performance as well as making the ski and riding experience better for all. You’ll see why New York State has the best snowmaking in the world!

SKI NY’s Passport Program for 3rd and 4th Graders has returned and is now accepted seven days a week at over 20 participating ski areas. With this program kids can get a free lift ticket with an adult purchase, and they can use the program up to two times at each participating ski area. A few ski areas will accept the program anytime too! A $41 processing fee does apply. Go to iskiny.com for more!…

We Are NYWinter Festivals, Cozy Eateries, Ski Mountain Upgrades and New Lodging Offer Countless Opportunities for Seasonal Fun Across New York State 

Governor Kathy Hochul today extended an invitation to New Yorkers and visitors alike to explore all the new experiences available in New York State this winter. Spectacularly colorful light displays and magical ice castles invite and engage travelers in unique seasonal offerings. There are ski mountains offering all levels of skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing to indulge any outdoor adventurer, while museums, arts and cultural events, and vibrant music venues provide warmer, indoor options.   …

We Are NYRink Opening on December 3 with first "Hannaford Free Skate Rental Saturday" of the Season on December 4

NYS Holiday Tree Lighting & Fireworks Festival Presented by Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York on December 5

OGS & NYPA to Unveil New Energy-Efficient Lighting System by Lighting Up the Empire State Plaza in Seasonal Colors

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the official opening of the Winter at the Plaza events season.

Beginning Friday, December 3, the Empire "Skate" Plaza ice rink will open at noon, weather permitting. The annual holiday tree lighting ceremony presented by Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 5.

We Are NYNew 19,000-Seat UBS Arena Accomplishes Major Milestone of Overall $1.3 Billion Belmont Park Redevelopment Project

New LIRR Elmont-UBS Arena Station Completed

otal Project Expected to Create 10,000 Jobs, Generate $2.7 Billion in Economic Activity

Photos of the New Arena Available Here

Aerial Video of New Arena Available Here

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the opening of UBS Arena, which will bring the New York Islanders back home to Long Island. The new arena marks a major milestone in the overall $1.3 billion Belmont Park Redevelopment Project, which is transforming 43 acres of underutilized parking lots into a premier sports and hospitality destination. In addition to being the new home for the New York Islanders hockey team, the UBS Arena will feature concerts, live entertainment and other events throughout the year.

We Are NY2021 State Parks Campground Overnight Stays Up 15 Percent from Previous 2019 Record

2021 DEC Campground Overnight Stays Up More Than 10 Percent from Previous 2016 Record

Campsites, Cabins, Cottages, Yurts Occupied Nearly 1.2 Million Nights

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that overnight reservations at campgrounds operated by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) climbed to record highs this year as visitors embraced safe, healthy, and affordable recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We Are NYMore Than Two Dozen Holiday-Themed Events Across the State 

Jones Beach Magic of Lights Show on Long Island Kicks Off Seasonal Events 

Photos Of The Light Show Can Be Viewed Here

Governor Kathy Hochul today invited New Yorkers to celebrate the holidays at dozens of seasonal events and programs at State Parks and Historic Sites across the state through the end of the year, starting with the annual Jones Beach Magic of Lights show kicking off Friday, Nov. 19, on Long Island.

"Jones Beach is home to a meaningful holiday tradition, where friends and families gather for the spectacular annual light show, or explore the decorated historic site and take in the natural beauty of New York," Governor Hochul said. "Our Parks have something for everyone of every age to enjoy and as the State continues on the path to return to normalcy, the Magic of Lights Show is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season."…

Discover Schenectady PassportSchenectady, NY (November 16, 2021) – Discover Schenectady introduces a new digital Group Attendee Passport designed to attract new, and retain existing, conferences and group tour business to Schenectady County by offering an easy place to find discounts and specials at participating businesses and attractions.

A temporary, customizable link will be given to individuals attending meetings, conferences, weddings, sports tournaments, and more including crews working on film, TV or stage productions in Schenectady County. This digital passport will list discounts and specials offered by Schenectady County businesses. Passport holders open the link on their mobile device at the participating business of their choice to redeem the deal or discount.

Click here to access the I LOVE NY press kit.