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Sunday, 09 March 2014 14:13

John and Jill Went Up a Hill …..

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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.

The End


Thursday, 27 February 2014 22:11

Our own little slice of history

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SKIING AT PLATTEKILL can often feel like being part of skiing’s heritage. The hill is old school, keeping it real. There are even skiers on long skis – and not because they didn’t update their gear, but because they believe in skiing the way it once was. Harder, more challenging. True to its roots. It’s also why tele skiers sing Platty’s praises. (And why there's the Telefest this weekend). But the hill also has its own historian of skiing. George Quinn. You’ll find him in the shop. He’s also just published a book Skiing in the Catskill Region on the sport’s history from its earliest days when Norwegians brought ski jumping to the area. (Click the read more button to see the rest of the post....)

Monday, 17 February 2014 20:41

Tele-Ho Learning to Free My Heel (If Not My Mind)

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TELESKIERS, WE'VE ALL SEEN THEM sashaying down the slopes at Plattekill. They look strangely athletic and relaxed at the same time. Plus those beards. The free-heel technique has always fascinated me so I thought I’d trade my skis for some tele skis for an afternoon. (click the "read more" button below to real all about my hijinks on the hill and see if I did actually free my mind).