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Sunday, 10 January 2016 00:00

Will 2015-16 be the year without a Winter?

dct east potential snow setupNot so fast, you Debbie Downers!  There is no conclusive data from ANY weather source regarding El Nino years.  Some reports say that we’ll have below average snowfalls and other reports are indicating a much higher than average snowfall.  I’ve heard that someone coined a phrase for those who “wish” we’d see a snowfall – “wishcasting.”  Yup, that’s what we’re doing here at Plattekill a lot of WISHCASTING!

So, we’re going to keep things positive … there are reports out there that the things we termed last year … such as the Polar Vortex is moving into a position that will bring cold air to the East.  And a couple years ago, we talked about Arctic Oscillation (2009-10) which just dumped snow on us – YAY Artic Oscillation!

So, don’t give up hope.   The report is now that a more favorable weather pattern is heading our way!  Our snowmakers are ON IT!  Temps are already starting to drop and we will resume “Operation Snowstorm”  tonight here at the mountain and be ready for the upcoming Martin Luther King Weekend holiday!

Check out what The Weather Channel reported about the potential for Eastern SNOW …

http://www.weather.com/forecast/regional/news/more-favorable-pattern-east-snow

Monday, 04 January 2016 00:00

Brrrr ... Winter HAS arrived!

snowstorm-smIt’s been quite the test of faith this winter when trying to gear up to travel to the mountains for winter fun.  You look out your window and see earth tones of brown, yellow or possibly some green but not much snow.  But there you are with Season Pass in hand or looking to purchase your first ticket for the upcoming season, anxious to put your skis or board on the snow.

November comes and goes, December comes with the record breaking warm temperatures, then goes … the New Year comes and goes, and finally January feels like January!  You’ve waited all Summer/Fall, November, December for this moment.

So, to compensate for the lack of natural snowfall this year Plattekill has begun ‘Operation Snowstorm’.  As long as the temperatures stay where they should be, we are making snow around the clock to bring winter to Plattekill snow enthusiasts, and you can thank a Plattekill snowmaker for that!

Best part is that our snow is not far off from the real deal.  How?  We blow our snow light and fluffy and don’t need to worry about making it firm to withstand high traffic flow on our trails.  As you know, if you’ve skied here before, even when our lodge and parking are filled, there’s lots of elbow room on our trails.  They call that a low “skier per skiable acre ratio”, we think.

Either way, until good ol’ Mother Nature blesses us with a blanket of the white stuff, we’ll make it ourselves.  So have no fear.  Pack up your boots, your board(s), grab your warm winter clothes and head to Plattekill for some skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing fun – it’s all here!  We know it’s been a test of patience, but don’t wait any more, winter has officially arrived at the mountain.  Now, come spend some time on the snow with us…

Sunday, 27 December 2015 00:00

Let the winter begin!

awesometubing3Winter, as we know it, is “slow approaching” this year, but don’t let that keep you from visiting the mountains where we still have lots of fun both on and off the slopes.  If you’ve seen the romantic images of a ski lodge, happy people relaxing by a fire with a warm drink in hand …we’ve got all that here!   Plus, we have snow too!  Although not much from Mother Nature up to this point, but - with snowmaking - we’ve been piling the snow up any chance we get.

You can shush down the slopes with board(s) on your feet or, of course, you can sit back and enjoy the thrill of the winter season on a SNOWTUBE at Plattekill Mountain.

Snowtubing is simple, no experience necessary.  All you have to do is enjoy the ride – then do it again!  When you get to the Tubing Park, you’ll be towed, in the tube, up the hill, then you’ll go to your lane (kind of like a sloped bowling alley with bumpers) and zoom! Away you go!

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We have the snowtubes and all you need… all you have to do is dress the part (we recommend a waterproof layer over the jeans so they don’t get cold and soggy), jacket, a pair of boots, gloves and hat – and you’re all set!

It’s fun for the whole family!  Then, as in those romantic images, when you’re done, come into the warm, cozy lodge and retell the stories of your day on the Platty slopes!  We plan to open the doors on New Year’s Day - Friday, January 1, 2016 for a season of skiing, snowtubing and après snow activities! 

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 00:00

I'm dreaming of a ... WINTERY 2016!

imdreamingThe holidays are upon us and 2016 is staring us in the face.  But what happened to the white Christmas?  Where is our snow this year?  Everyone remembers last year … the storm that brought a very white Thanksgiving and those cold temps that kept us going until well after the Easter holiday (we had a storm that day too).  Even the storm that hit our region in 2010 is still in our memory.  But the milder winters?  Does anyone recall the dates or where you were when there was no snow?  We’ve had those years too.

But looking ahead and keeping the faith … Farmer’s Almanac is still predicting that the snowiest periods will be early to mid-January, late February and early to mid-March.  Their even saying that April and May will be cooler and drier than normal.

We have not lost hope!  Snowmaking has officially begun!  We’ve taken advantage of the short cold spell and made as much snow as we could in our Snowtubing Park and Learning Center so we could start with a soft opening on December 26th.  First time skiers can get an inaugural lift to the top of the Learning Center on our new carpet conveyor, and everyone can enjoy snowtubing during the holiday season!

We know that everyone is itching to get back on the snow!  We are too!  And we’re ready for those colder temperatures and big snowfalls!  Ah, the all important first chair of the season!  Can’t wait!

In the meantime, swing by, grab a cup of holiday cheer and try one of our homemade soups.   Our food service and lounge will be open on December 26th too! 

Look forward to seeing you all out on the slopes!

Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

A Big Deal, for a Small Mountain

 

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!

 

We have expanded our Learning Center this year!  After realizing last year that we needed a bigger space.  We have also relocated our handle tow lift allowing more room on the trail for introductory lessons.  Learn more about our lesson programs by clicking here.

NEW ADDITION 2014-15 ... the Jr. Development Program for intermediate skiers ages 7-17.  This program will run 8 consecutive Saturdays beginning January 10th, with the exception of holiday periods. We are also offering a discounted junior season pass with the program purchase.  Find out more by clicking here.

Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

All New Snowmaking at Plattekill Mountain!

All new snowmaking for the 2014-15 season on the headwalls of Twist and Ridge Run trails off our double chairlift. This area is brand new to snowmaking. This is a HUGE improvement to two of our most popular trails. We have also expanded the snowmaking power on The Plunge trail under the double chair making for much faster opening of the trail for the upcoming season.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

Are you ready for some "Snowfall?!"

Get ready for the all-new permanent "tower-mounted fan guns" that have replaced the existing snowguns on our Lower Face trail! This will make for a TON more snowmaking - faster and deeper than ever before!  This is one of our most widely used trails on the lower part under the triple chair.  This will also provide a deeper base for racing.  Are you ready for winter?! We are!!