Olympic medalists to bring day spa to Ellicottville


BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) An Olympic skier who won the silver medal in the moguls in 2002 now plans to develop a Scandanavian style day spa in the hills of Ellicottville.

Holiday Valley is selling five acres of forest land at the end of Snow Pine Village Road to allow former Olympic Ski silver medalist Travis Mayer to develop the unique day spa where guests would alternate between hot and cold installations.

“So they’d spend fifteen or twenty minutes in one of the hot pools and then do a cold plunge and then might do fifteen or twenty minutes in one of the steam rooms and then do a cold plunge and an overhead cold shower,” said Mayer, who grew up in Orchard Park. “That flushing of different temperatures is really good for your body and we actually did a lot of it when I used to be a competitive skier, which is part of the reason I think it’s such a great idea.”

“The views will be tremendous,” according to Corey Wiktor, executive director of the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency.”You will look out towards the east toward Summerville Valley, the Village of Ellicottville, Holiday Valley, the slopes the golf course. This will be a wonderful view setting.”

The private development cost will be about $2.4 million. Wiktor says the CCIDA is contributing more than $600,000 in savings over a 14 year period. “We’ve offered them sales tax abatements on local furnishings and fixtures and equipment as well as some minor real property tax incentives as well.”

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 25. If the Town of Ellicottville gives site plan approval, Travis Mayer hopes to break ground in April and have this project up and running by December of 2020. Mayer’s family founded Mayer Brothers Cider Mill. He and his wife are expecting a child in early March. They plan to move to the Ellicottville area in April to get the project started.

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