As we gear up for the official arrival of the summer season with Memorial Day Weekend coming up, you most likely don't think about hitting a ski resort for some summer fun in the sun. Ski Mountains after all are for winter, skiing, boarding, snowtubing and the like. However, quite the contrary is what you'll find at most resorts, and Plattekill (or Platty as most come to call us) is no exception. In fact we'll be open for 5 DAYS May 22-26 for biking (on the mtn trails and the Rail Trail), scenic chairlift skyrides, hiking, geocaching, bbqing, camping and kicking back! Plus, we're super stoked to be hosting a stop on the 2014 ProGRT mountain bike race circuit as the event returns for the 5th consecutive year to Plattekill. So there will be downhill bike racing action here too with Pros and Amateurs from all over the country and beyond!
We look forward to welcoming racers, non racers and race fans for a fun, long weekend as we officially welcome in the summer season!
COME OUT AND PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Old Man Winter has put away the skis and snowboards here on Plattekill Mountain and with just a little more cooperation from Mother Nature, Spring will be here in full swing! The year-round fun continues out on the Platty trails as its time to get back on the slopes and hurtle the bikes on the biking trails. Pedaling since 1995, Plattekill was one of the first ever lift-served mountain bike parks to open in the Northeast.
The transformation from winter to summer is currently in full gear (pun intended) transitioning over our ski rental shop to our bike rental & repair center, moving food operations out onto the deck bbq and grooming our specially cut mountain bike trails.
We are keeping the tradition alive beckoning any & all mountain bikers to help pre-season clean and clear the bike trails on Saturday, 4/26. Helpers get a free lunch and get to ride for free on Sunday as well as receive a complimentary ticket to come on back and ride again.
Plattekill is open with lift access every weekend officially starting Saturday May 3, with a full-service base lodge offering with retail shop, full line of bike rentals, repair shop, cafeteria and outdoor grill as well as special events and…coming soon, music on the mountain. Stay tuned for more on that!
See you on the trails…
I’m getting ahead of myself because the story of John and Jill actually starts with Jill. Jill was an avid skier. She was also single. She spent her days at many different hills but never at Platty. I know this sounds like a sad story, but wait, I promise it gets better. So Jill was at another mountain when a friend mentioned Platty. Jill decided to give it a try. And so the next day, we had a POWDER DAY and Jill came to Platty. As she waited online for the chair, she turns around and sees the most gorgeous guy she ever saw. Yes folks those are her words, not mine. So here is the most gorgeous guy in the world. We will call him John since that was the name his parents gave him. Jill immediately starts to think of ways to meet John. She went all out trying to pop out of her skis, mess with her boots, you get the idea. Little did she know…
John was a long time Platty guy and a skiing fanatic. When John isn’t working, he is pretty much on a chairlift or skiing down a hill. And Platty Powder is his favorite! So here is John waiting to get on the chairlift and sees this beautiful woman ahead of him in line. John being something of a go getter realizes that this woman cannot get on that chair without him. So John does what any confident and awestruck guy might, and barges his way right up to Jill. They rode the lift together.
And yes they lived happily ever after but there is a little more to the story. 4 years later, to the day, John and Jill tied the knot. It wasn’t at a country club or on a beach. It was at the bottom of the triple chair. While their guests waited, John and Jill took a run from the top of the Face and skied right up to the minister. There was a dusting of fresh powder this day too!They exchanged their vows with their skis on and then took their first run as husband and wife. It was pretty magical.
The reception was beautiful and the cake was shaped like a mountain. Jill said it was her dream wedding. So when you pass this story on, remember... John and Jill went up a hill and found happily ever after.