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MeekerHollowSki resorts, by nature, are known for their winter activities and events.  Did you know that there is just as much activity happening at these resorts during the summer months?   Plattekill Mountain, in Roxbury, NY, is no exception in taking on a secret identity in the warmer months, while still “keeping it real”.

The sun is shining, the flora is evergreen, and everything: music, skyrides, mountain bikes and beer – flow freely. There’s a whole schedule of events and things to do at Plattekill during this time of year.

The first NY Outdoor Expo happened in early July with much success and plans for another event in 2017 are already in the works.  Their “Music on the Mountain” Concert Series, an annual event, is now in its 4th year where free concerts are offered the first Saturday of every month June through September.  This year will also mark the 7th annual Plattepalooza Family Fall Festival over the Columbus Day holiday on Saturday, October 8th with pumpkin and face painting, s’more roasting, magician, local vendors, scenic skyrides, fall fare, live music plus much more.

Next up on the Plattekill Mountain Calendar of Events, “Music on the Mountain” Concert #3 on August 6th with the “Meeker Hollow String Band” from 4pm-7pm featuring bluegrass, new grass and everything in between.   Plattekill is also offering a New England Style Clambake as a dinner special that night, keeping in the spirit of the Summer season.  Be sure to come early as they sold out last year.

15fc083c 4536 11e6 b8b7 12e858f95c0f SITE PROFILEThe activities don’t stop there.  Plattekill is now offering Glamping - derived from the combination of two words: glamorous and camping – safari tent accommodations in a secluded location on the mountain. It’s camping without all the preparations.  Accommodations are perfect for special events (on-site weddings, concert nights) or just to get away from it all without all the fanfare of planning a camping trip. This means, the tent is already up when you arrive, the bed is in place, the Adirondack chairs are on the deck just outside the tent, and the fire pit just needs wood.  

Plattekill also has the unique quality of being the only area mountain available for rent.  Yes, you can rent the mountain mid-week year round.  During the summer, the 640 mountainous acres and rustic Catskill Mountain lodge can be rented for summer camps, family reunions, retreats, TV/movie productions, business meetings, team-building outings or whatever you think you can conjure up. 

NYOutdoorExpo pageheader Plattekill Mountain is hosting the first NY Outdoor Expo on July 9th, 2016 (rain date of July 10).  This event will promote tourism and recreation in the Catskill Mountain region and showcase a multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities throughout New York State. Vendors and exhibitors from all fields of the outdoor community will be represented:  biking, hiking, trail running, paddling, archery, fly fishing, hunting, wildlife rehabilitation and more and will be leading workshops, demonstrations and displaying and selling their wares. Stewardship and Conservation organizations will be presenting on topics ranging from invasive species to folklore and cultural history.

Last October, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of actions to promote tourism in the Catskill Mountains, including holding the first annual Catskill Challenge (modeled after the Adirondack Challenge launched in 2013), which is to be launched this summer as well.

The Catskills Region is home to some of the most beautiful mountains, views and attractions in the world and through these initiatives, we are once again putting the spotlight on this state’s unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our tourism industry plays an integral role in this state’s economy and we will continue to invest in our natural assets to support local businesses, grow our regional economies and generate new economic opportunities statewide.”

The NY Outdoor Expo will have a focus on activities for the whole family with Wildlife demonstrations, on-going trust and team building activities for kids by The Cliffs, Survival School Workshops with Destination Backcountry, and an overnight mountain camping adventure with Upstate Adventure Guides, to name a few.  Plus, Plattekill and Urban Sherpa have teamed up to provide an affordable bus trip from New York City for both the day trip and overnight adventure.

For more information about this event and to see the most current list of vendors and presentations, CLICK HERE.

recriders mtn cropA lack of things to do is typically not an issue at Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY with the mountain now open for summertime activities.  Offering lift-served mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides and bike rentals every weekend. 

Want a great Catskill Mountain Biking experience?  Guests can choose from a variety of packages with all you’ll need to for a day out on the trails (bike rentals, gear, ticket and guided tour) and they also offer a “Rise & Shine Package” which offers it all in a short 2-hour session both Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

However, that’s not all you’ll find at Plattekill this summer.  Their “Music on the Mountain” Free Concert Series is back for a third season and it has been expanded for 2016.   The series will feature four concerts this summer taking place the first Saturday of every month. Starting June 4th a local favorite, Blues Maneuver Band, will kick off the series with rhythm, blues and funk.   Each month a different genre will be offered along with different dinner specials on concert nights.   All concerts are free to the public and chairlift rides will also be open during those evenings until 7pm. 

Also new to the mix this year, the mountain will featuring the first ever “NY Outdoor Expo '16” on July 9th with the opportunity to feed your passion for the great outdoors.  This event will feature hands on activities from guided hikes and kayaking to fly fishing and s’mores roasting.  An exclusive Guided Mountain Overnight Camping Package will also be offered for enthusiasts.  Activities also feature scheduled demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and more. 

weddingreceptionPlattekill has also become a very popular destination for Mountaintop Wedding Ceremonies.  Panoramic mountaintop views and an exclusive setting come with all packages with receptions for up to 150 people.    Best part is the mountain is entirely yours for the day and the only activity on the mountain that day is you and your guests. 

For more information on Plattekill and all their offerings visit plattekill.com.  Plattekill is open every weekend from 10am-5pm. 

The warmer weather looks like it's here to stay, though it seems like we didn't really get away from it this past winter.

The springtime foliage is blooming and there's a whole new group of people who want to experience the sport of lift accessed mountain biking and fall in love with this great Catskill Mountain experience.

Now, you don't have to run out and buy a bike, and you surely don't want to get something that won't be able to handle the true mountain bike terrain.  The recommendation is to try it first, as your "dream bike" might cost a couple thousand dollars or more, not to mention the protective gear that comes along with it.

Plattekill Mountain offers the experience (over 20 years) and everything you need for a great mountain bike adventure at an affordable price.  Beginner to advanced mountain biking trails, lift access, bike and gear rentals, you will find it all at Plattekill.

The sport of lift accessed mountain biking is fun and exciting and has greatly expanded over the last couple decades with the advent of full suspension bikes and some pretty crazy or totally inspiring (depending on your point of view) stuff from GoPro videos posted on YouTube.

When you head to the mountain, be sure to wear comfortable clothing (nothing too baggy), closed toe/heel shoes (no sandals), bring water to hydrate and that's about it.

A good way to begin is to first find a ride within your limits (beginners will appreciate Plattekill's Greenhorn trail), with someone who is knowledgeable (like the folks at Plattekill) and you'll find that mountain biking can be a really fun and safe sport.  As with any new sport, you have to build up your skills and confidence by getting out on the trails and gaining experience.  You may be used to riding on the road or possibly off-road, but it may take a bit to develop your skills in downhill.  Negotiating roots and rocks is an education in the great outdoors itself.  And that's not even getting into what good ol' Mother Nature will throw at you and how the conditions change from dry to wet and vise versa.

With all that being said, one thing most experienced riders agree on is the necessity of protective gear, especially a helmet.

So, Plattekill Mountain has made it easy and all-inclusive with their 2 Hour Rise & Shine or Full Day Beginner Package.  That way, you don't have to worry about if you forgot about something really important as you're on your way up to the summit or anything else for that matter.  Both packages include a KHS full suspension mountain bike, all your protective gear, lift pass, and a personalized guide.  It's the perfect outdoor mountain experience when visiting the Catskills for a day or weekend.  If you're in the Catskills and wondering "What is there to do?" plan a visit to Plattekill Mountain for a great Catskill Mountain adventure.

 

recriders mtn cropThe ski season at Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY may have ended, but the mountain bike season has already begun due to the early arrival of Spring.  The two seasons literally overlapped this year at Plattekill, and they opened their trails to mountain bikers two weeks ago in conjunction with the closing weekend for the 2015-16 ski season.  The unseasonably warm weather made for earlier trail clearing of winter debris, and since the crew was able to get a jump on trail maintenance, Plattekill Bike Park decided to officially open this coming weekend (April 2-3, 2016) for the mountain bike season – the earliest it has ever opened in it’s 21 years of lift-accessed mountain biking.

Plattekill is anticipating an exciting Spring/Summer/Fall season ahead.  Plans are in the works to continue to build their array of mountain biking trail options for all ability levels.  They also have several mountain bike races scheduled for the season with the first one, the “Plattekill Gravity Open,” being held on May 22. 

Biking, however, is not the only excitement on the Plattekill Event Calendar this Summer.  Plattekill plans to continue and expand their free summer concert series, “Music on the Mountain”, to four weekends this year beginning in June and spanning thru Labor Day.  All concerts are scheduled for the first Saturday of every month featuring a variety of live music from rock and roll to bluegrass.  In addition, the mountain will offer dinner specials (from clambakes to pig roasts) and scenic chairlift rides until 7pm on concert nights. 

New this year, Plattekill is hosting the NY Outdoor Expo ’16 on Saturday July 9th (rain date: July 10).  This event will showcase fun and exciting things to do in the great outdoors and feature exhibitors, presentations and demonstrations in the areas of hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, rod & gun, archery, camping, rock climbing and so much more.  The pay-one-price admission will allow participants to try one or all of the great adventures happening on the mountain that day, and children 7 and under are free. More information on this or any of the Plattekill Mountain events, as well as registration details CLICK HERE.

For most winter enthusiasts, the 2015-16 season will go down in the history books as the winter that wasn’t.  As far as good ol’ Mother Nature was concerned, completely uncooperative, according to Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY.  However, needless to say, they have been fighting the good fight against odds to bring winter to the mountain for their guests this season.  According to Ken Davie, Operations Manager at the mountain “this winter we’ve put our snowmaking system to the test, running at its full potential, and making more snow than we have in the mountain’s history.”  Thank goodness for that as this allowed them to pile up the snow.  El Nino ... Oh, El Nino.  Those who love the winter have come to loath the phrase El Nino.   

mountain spring panorama

For skiers and snowboarders, these snowmaking efforts have brought them a season at Plattekill…and that season is not over just yet.  The mountain plans to continue operations on expert-only terrain for the upcoming weekend, banking on huge, deep piles of snow the mountain made in anticipation of an early spring warm up.  At the same time though, their mountain bike enthusiasts have been “chomping at the bit” (so to speak) to ride their bikes with this great warm weather. 

So, in an unprecedented move, the mountain has decided to literally blend the seasons together, and welcome skiers, snowboarders and mountain bikers to the mountain this weekend encouraging visitors to pick their pleasure on how they would like to enjoy the slopes -- skiing, snowboarding or biking…or all of the above.  The $35 full-day spring ticket is good for all three, so the mountain welcomes guests to bring all their gear for the upcoming weekend.mtnbikerock

Since the snowpack is limited to the ski trails where there has been man-made snow, the Plattekill Bike Park crew has been able to begin trail clearing in an effort to kick off the bike season early this year.   This weekend’s soft-opening makes it the first mountain bike park on the East Coast to open lifts this early for biking.  “We’ve cleared several trails on our triple side of the mountain, in preparation for this split early season offering” says Laszlo Vajtay, GM of Plattekill Mountain, “we still have enough snow coverage on our Double Chair side of the mountain to let people ski and board and the Triple Chair will service the mountain biking enthusiasts, making everyone happy and bringing our winter and summertime guests together for one fun weekend.”  

Weekend festivities also include a BBQ out on the deck (weather permitting), live music and plenty of local craft brews on tap.  Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, mountain biker or just looking for an opportunity to head for the mountains, one thing is for certain, there will be fun times to be had at Plattekill Mountain this weekend.    

Short of a major snowstorm, this weekend will be the last one for skiing this season and the mountain plans to officially open for mountain biking the first weekend of April.  

stplattyimageThe month of March is filled with facts, myths and traditions when we observe the Ides of March (March 15) and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).  The same holds true for the annual celebration of St. PLATTY’s Day at Plattekill Mountain.

So, maybe you’re asking yourself right now … what is St. PLATTY’s Day?  St. Patrick’s Day in the United States was created by Irish-Americans … as you might already have guessed, St. PLATTY’s Day was created by Skiing-Americans in Roxbury, NY.

FACT:  St. PLATTY’s Day started the March after the North American Blizzard in February 2006?  Though most of the snow fell in NYC (26+ inches), the mountain decided to celebrate with music and festivities hoping for more snowfall the following year.   Sure enough, February 2007’s storm, dropped 33+ inches in and around the mountain, and so the tradition began.

MYTH:  Yes, there is a Leprechaun alive and well on the mountain.  Like the famous Blarney Stone, be careful of the Platty Leprechaun because you may find yourself  entranced with her sweet flattery by humor and unmistakable wit.  You will find her in the lodge and on the mountain only on this special day.

TRADITION:   St. PLATTY’s Day has become an annual celebration in March.  The festivities (similar to those for the St. Patrick’s Day) include a lunch of Corned Beef and Cabbage, Golden Shamrock Hunt on the mountain, Party in the Platty Lounge with live music, green beer and lots of festive drink specials to share with the Platty Moose.

So, the FACT of this day is to discover the MYTH of the Platty Leprechaun which draws you to the mountains and lets you partake in this family friendly, fun TRADITION! 

St. PLATTY’s Day 2016 will be on Saturday, March 12, 2016. In addition to all the festivities, a great day of Spring skiing and riding await thanks to the significant snowmaking improvements on the mountain.  The Winter season continues at Plattekill Mountain.

With Spring right around the corner, the Spring Equinox falls on March 20th, many people are looking for flowers to bloom and are excited for the warmer temperatures.  But not the folks at Plattekill Mountain.  Hews of brown and green surround the mountain and the trails at Plattekill stick out like a neon sign promoting Winter, bright white carved throughout the mountainscape.  The snowguns at Plattekill are still creating a haze of Winter only on the mountain, which those Spring seekers are more than happy about.  However, it looks as if Mother Nature has decided that she’s not completely done with Winter either.  With a major snowstorm in the forecast the first week in March, Plattekill still has a lot in store for the remainder of the Winter season.

winterfest croppedWinterfest, being held on Saturday, March 5th, has become a well-known fundraiser for the well-trained volunteers of the Plattekill Ski Patrol.  So, on Saturday, after a day of skiing, snowboarding or snowtubing, Plattekill will be serving up a chicken dinner prepared by the 2016 winner of the James Beard Award (like an Oscar in the restaurant world), Brooks BBQ, at 5:00pm, while there is a live performance by the band Esquela, a raffle for great prizes and wrapping it all up with the annual Torchlight Parade, a glow of serpentining red flares being carried by skiers cascading down the mountain, at 8:00pm.  This is an event suited for everyone, from the very young to the young at heart and is hoping to attract the local community as well as people visiting the area.

Also, on March 5th, the I LOVE NY bus, operated by Hampton Jitney, will be making it’s last visit to Plattekill for the season departing from New York City and Long Island.  This is the second year that the I LOVE NY program has teamed up with Plattekill to bring people to the Catskills for Winter day trips.  Andrew Lynch, Vice President of Hampton Jitney stated “The feedback on these trips has been very positive and we’re looking forward to continuing them in the 2016-17 season.”

All in all, Winter in the East has been anything but normal during the 2015-16 season, but taking the brutally warm highs and the bitterly cold lows in stride, Plattekill Mountain is putting on a pretty awesome show.