Back in 1993, the current owners of Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY, came across something they couldn’t pass up – a mountain on the auction block, and a dream. Now, 22 years later, this family-owned and operated Upstate NY ski resort run by the Vajtay Family, has come a long way with many milestones. This season is no exception as they unveil a new carpet conveyor lift in their Learning Center.
One might say, why is this such a big deal? all the mountains have carpets. The answer, is that unlike larger resorts with big budgets, small private run resorts have to acquire things at a much slower pace. These conveyor carpets have proven to be a dream for students and ski instructors alike as the ease with which to learn has increased tremendously. The only limitation, has been the price tag at around $200,000 new. Truly cost prohibitive for smaller mountains.
So for 22 years now since the Vajtay’s have run the mountain, their handle tow has transported thousands of new beginner skiers and the Vajtay’s have sat patiently waiting for these new carpet lifts to become “old” to their larger corporate counterparts, and worthy of replacing. Ironically this happened this summer.
And now, after waiting for what seemed like a very long time, Plattekill has said goodbye to their old rope tow. “This is a big deal for us” says Laszlo Vajtay. “We’ve waited a long time for this, and the opportunity was right.”
Saturday, Sept 5 Plattekill had the official ribbon cutting of their “Bunny Hop Express” and did an inaugural spin of their new carpet lift. The public was invited and a ceremonial bottle of champagne christened the lift to officially open it for the upcoming ski season. See you on the slopes…soon!