The holidays come around in a flurry of excitement and anticipation, but before you know it they are gone and you are filled with a slight sense of disappointment. It's difficult, but Western New York holds a whole host of wintry activities. So, how are you to choose what to do in next couple of weeks? Plan your time wisely and decide what activities are best for you.
There is no end to what you could do in one of the snowiest places in New York (if it ever comes). Go skiing or snowboarding at Kissing Bridge in Glenwood (www.kbski.com), Holiday Valley in Ellicottville (www.holidayvalley.com) or Buffalo Ski Club in Colden (www.bscskiarea.com).
Kissing Bridge has an annual fireworks show on New Year's Eve followed by skiers skiing down the mountain holding torches. Down the road is the Colden Tubing Co. (www.kbski.com), which is a big thrill, especially if you are racing your friends down the hill.
There are also many ice skating rinks. For those of you who are much better than me at skating, and can do more than take a few nervous teeters before falling down, this can be a great day trip for you and some friends. One great place to go to is Rotary Rink downtown (www.buffaloplace.com/rotary-rink-fountain-plaza), where it only costs $3 to rent a pair of skates.
Sledding is also a great activity. Spraguebrook Park in Glenwood has a great hill for sledding, as does Chestnut Ridge in Orchard Park. Bring some friends, a tube and a canteen of hot chocolate, and you are good to go for a snowy day.
Besides the skiing, Ellicottville has many little shops that are filled with winter and Christmas-related trinkets and you could spend the whole day shopping there with your friends.
You may have missed Kissmas Bash, but there is still the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which will be performing two shows on Dec. 27 at the First Niagara Center (firstniagaracenter.com). Christmas will be over by then, but the orchestra will get you right back into the spirit of things.
So now you have plenty of ideas for things to do over the next couple of weeks. Christmas only comes once a year, and you have to make the most of it while you can. The only question remaining is: What should you do first?
Alissa Roy is a junior at Springville-Griffith Institute.