South of Buffalo near Ellicottville, the Holiday Valley ski area has 58 runs spread across 1,400 acres that are served by 11 lifts which access a vertical descent of 750 feet. Over the past few years, Holiday Valley has opened up challenging glades that are littered with roots, stumps, rocks and fallen trees. Most of the glades are unmarked and are not suggested after 3pm.
The main terrain park is located on the Foxfire slope. It is a traditional slopestyle course for shredders with a some experience and a lot of courage.
For apres ski, try the Depot or Brewery. For nightlife, first hit the Gin Mill and then Mattigans.
Bonus - signup for the Holiday Valley weekly e-mail which occasionally has excellent last minute weekend bargain packages with lodging and lift pass combos.
To reach the snowboarding at Holiday Valley Ski Area from the north, head south on US190 to US90 westbound (the NYS Thruway.) Take Exit #55 to US219 South. Follow US219 south for 50 miles to Ellicottville, then 1 mile farther south on 219 to Holiday Valley.
To reach the snowboarding at Holiday Valley Ski Area from the west, follow US90 to Exit #37 (the Jamestown exit). Follow SR86/US17 east (Southern Tier Expressway) to Exit #21 in Salamanca. Take US219 North 10 miles to Holiday Valley.
Overall, Holiday Valley Ski Area is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 15 snowboarding resorts in New York.