by Erin Collins, Special Events Coordinator
at the Buffalo Museum of Science

The Christmas decorations have been taken down and St. Patrick’s Day is still two months away. For Buffalonians, that means winter. It’s easy to fall into a weekend pattern of food, couch, sleep, repeat during these cold post-holiday weeks. Don’t let it happen! Take advantage of Western New York’s many outdoor activities that are perfect for this time of year.

Kissing Bridge in Colden, N.Y. is a great place to prevent cabin fever. A short, scenic drive from Buffalo, skiers, snowboarders and even those less adventurous will find something to do there. I ventured down with friends and family last weekend to take advantage of KB’s “2 for 40 on Route 240” promotion. From 4 until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, two night passes are only $40 when purchased together. For $20 each, you and a friend can hit the slopes and enjoy a night of winter fun.

While some of my companions that night were avid skiers, I am not. In between tumbles and trying not to break a leg, it really was fun to get out of the house and breathe in some fresh, crisp air. (Or gasp below-freezing air while trying to catch my breath on a ten-degree night). In all seriousness though, nothing beats the view from the ski lift at KB. Looking down on lush, beautiful pine trees covered in sparkly, white snow as puffy flakes fall down around you makes the challenge of skiing totally worth it.

Even if you’re like me and skiing involves more time picking yourself up than gliding down the trail, you can still relax at one of KB’s four bars and restaurants when you’ve had enough snow up your back. From gourmet pizza and fish fries to fireside fine dining, there are many options to choose from when you need to take a rest. If you’re not a skier but don’t want to miss out on the fun, weekends at KB feature live music by local bands. So take a drive down to enjoy the atmosphere and spend some time at one of Western New York’s most scenic places.

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