ELLICOTTVILLE – So, you love to be on the slopes, you love the crisp cold mornings, the camaraderie with fellow slope creatures. But you also like to be able to give back to those that are in need of a little help.

HoliMont, in conjunction with the Cattaraugus County United Way, is offering a chance to combine those two things – by coming out on March 6, paying a $60 registration fee and hitting the slopes.

In addition, prizes are on the line, food is to be had, and a lot of fun is to be found, according to Dash Hegeman, the ski area’s marketing director.

Ski Day for the United Way, which is in its seventh year, is a continuance in the mission of what HoliMont does, he said.

“It’s a fundraiser that also allows participants to enjoy a fun day out on the slopes” he said. “One of HoliMont’s core values is the idea of family unity and we take pride in being about to help this community.”

For the $60 registration fee, skiers will get a lift pass, continental breakfast, a gourmet lunch from Ellicottville’s Dina’s on the Mont, an event shirt, entry into the Poker Run and after-run snacks. Throughout the day, there will also be drawings for various baskets and 50/50 drawings.

From 1 to 3 p.m., skiers will get a playing card at the end of select runs. The skier with the best natural hand from the many decks to be dealt will win a block Cutco knife, valued at more than $600.

While the area is a semi-private one, the day is one where the public is not only invited, but encouraged to attend, said Candace Plants, executive director of the Cattaraugus County United Way.

“The event is a great way to have fun and meet new friends, network and get a bit of exercise as you support the wonderful agencies that receive donor dollars from the United Way of Cattaraugus County,” she said.

All proceeds go back into the programs funded through the United Way. The entire day is organized and managed by United Way staff and volunteers, so no fees are paid to outside fundraisers, Plants said.

The event, in its seventh year, was created by United Way board members Mark Guasteferro and Lettie Chilson and United Way supporter Dan Meess, with support of the HoliMont and the board of directors on the hill. The Cattaraugus County United Way offers donor funds to agencies within the county, including Cattaraugus County Community Action, Girl Scouts of Western New York, Allegany Highlands Council of Boy Scouts, Interfaith Caregivers, HomeCare & Hospice, Salamanca Youth Center and Special Olympics. Each year, the organization aims for $400,000 to build a funding base to help these, and other, services.

Registrations are encouraged in advance in order to guarantee an event shirt. Those registering on the day of the event will be given shirts until the supply runs out.

Visit to download a registration form or call 372-3620.