While there is no snow yet on the ground in Western New York, ski and snowboard season is just around the corner and you can gear up this weekend and save some money.

Kissing Bridge will also be hosting an open house over the weekend as well. If you want to sell items, you can drop them off starting at noon today. The ski swap will kick off on Saturday and go all weekend long.

As part of the event, there will be food and drink specials, live music, and more. While there is no snow yet on the hills, they have tested the snowmaking machines and as soon the weather is cold enough, they will start making their own snow.

You can watch their webcams anytime HERE.

Speaking of skiing and snowboarding, did you know you can ride the longest "Magic Carpet" in North America right here in Western New York?

When the ski slope opens up at Emery Park, North America's largest "Magic Carpet Ride" will also reopen.

The "magic carpet" is the automatic moving sidewalk that skiers and snowboarders use to get to the top of the hill and it was installed at the park in 2019. It is 920 feet long and takes about 5 minutes to get from the bottom to the top.


Installing the moving sidewalk, cost the county around $850,000 and the system replaced the old t-bar system that had been used in the park over the past 50 years.

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Emery Park also offers free skiing and snowboarding on three different hills. The hills are perfect for people who are just learning how to ski or snowboard or someone who just wants a couple of quick runs.  

According to the Erie County website, the slopes at Emery Park are open Wednesday Through Friday from 3-7 pm and on Saturday and Sundays from 10 am until 7 pm. They are also open on holidays from 10 am until 7 pm.

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