ALBANY, New York ??вЂќ In the Catskills, Belleayre Mountain in Highmount is holding the NATO Telemark Workshop, the most complete 2-day on snow Telemark clinic offered in North America, on Feb. 26 and 27. Feb. 26, the mountain is having a USASA Giant Slalom Race on Feb. 26 and a USASA Slopestyle Competition on Feb. 27. Feb. 27 is 50+ Super Sunday, with $25 discounted lift tickets to all guests 50 years and over with valid I.D. For more information on these events, call (845) 254-5600 or visit www.belleayre.com.
Windham Mountain in Windham is holding a Freeride Series Big Air on Feb. 25. The competition, in which competitors are judged on style, air, tricks and overall impression, is part of Windham’s ongoing snowboard and free ski series and is open to all. For more information on this and other Windham Mountain events, call (800) 754-9463 or (518) 734-4300, or visit www.windhammountain.com.
In the Hudson Valley, Mt. Peter Ski Area in Warwick presents Blues at the Mountain on March 5. Swing into March with blues band Full Plate. March 6 is Scout Day; lift tickets that day will be $15 for all scouts and $20 for family members. All troops are welcome; advance registration is appreciated. For more information, call (845) 986-4992 or visit www.mtpeter.com.
In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, Holiday Valley, in Ellicottville, will have a Women’s Seminar on Feb. 26 from 8:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join together with other women skiers to improve your skiing, overcome some of your fears and experience new terrain, but most of all, have fun. The seminar, which also includes lunch, is $90. Also on Feb. 26, Holiday Valley holds the Penguin Paddle, a fundraiser for the Bill Lounsbury Adaptive Program where participants slide down the slope on their belly “penguin style.” The event also includes a barbeque and raffle. You needn’t be a skier to join in the fun. Pre-registration for the races is required; call (800) 323-0020 or (716) 699-2345, or visit www.holidayvalley.com for more information.
Peek ‘n Peak in Findley Lake is holding a half-pipe contest for snowboarders on Feb. 27. The contest, at 1 p.m., is open to all ages. Registration, which is free, will be at the resort’s Retreat Lodge from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Prizes include Mountain Dew and Rossignol snowboards. For more information call (716) 355-4141 or visit www.pknpk.com.
Feb. 26 and 27 is Big Hat Weekend (with hat contest) at Cockaigne Ski Area in Cherry Creek. Also on Friday and Saturday, the mountain is also holding NASTAR at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. For more information on these and other Cockaigne events, call (716) 287-3223 or visit www.cockaigne.com.
In the Finger Lakes region, Greek Peak Ski Resort in Cortland is holding freestyle and halfpipe events Feb. 26 and 27. For more information call (800) 955-2754 or (607) 835-6111 or visit www.greekpeak.net.
Labrador Mountain in Truxton holds the Onondaga Cup Race at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26. This Giant Slalom ski race is open to all skiers 18 and older and will be set on the NASTAR race area. For more information, call (800) 446-9559 or (607) 842-6204, or visit www.labradormtn.com.
Also in the region, the Greater Rochester area is celebrating winter with Coldrush 2005, a wide variety of hundreds of great indoor and outdoor events. For more information, call (585) 546-3070 or (800) 677-7282, or visit www.goforthecold.com.
This ski season, I LOVE NEW YORK is giving away a free pair of Rossignol skis. To enter for the giveaway, visit www.iloveny.com.
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