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Friday, 22 November 2013 16:38

Here's to New Tricks

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Someone asked me the other day if I shred. That is funny. It’s funny because one look at me and you would know that I do not shred anything but paper. Don’t get me wrong, I love the winter. I love to ski but getting on a snowboard? No.

So, here we are working on what is expected to be a killer terrain park. Things like rails and jibs have become part of my vocabulary. Now I don’t pretend to be a ripper, shredder, rider or anything of the sort but when I see these park designers working their magic, I can’t help but get excited. They are building some really cool stuff. In the excitement, I may have inadvertently promised a few people that I would get on a snowboard once this awesome park is done!

All this got me thinking…can the “old dog” learn new tricks? I mean we also have telemark, snowshoeing, and tubing, here too. I say why not? I promise I am going to get on a board this winter. Maybe after that I will try a learn to telemark lesson. So now, I am extending a challenge of sorts to everyone visiting us this year. Try something new. If you ski, grab a board. If you board, try the telemarking. Grab a tube! You don’t have to be an expert to have a little fun. Whether you are a “young” dog or an “old” dog, you might just be surprised when you learn a new trick. See you at the terrain park!!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 13:18

Winter Predictions...

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The wooly bear caterpillar can predict a bad winter if it’s black in the front or if the middle is wide. Or is it black in the middle and brown in the front? Wait, I think it’s squirrels with bushier tales and low nests! Thick shells on the acorns and birds heading south early are all signs of a big winter ahead! Ahh yes, it’s that time of year again.  

The time when we all speculate about the winter ahead. Those of us spending our time on the mountain can find signs of a good winter to come around every corner. We pour over the Farmer’s Almanac and if it says the winter will be warm, we know they don’t know what they are talking about. If they say a big winter ahead then by golly, those farmers know their stuff. Incidentally, the Almanac is predicting one heck of a nasty winter. I told you they know their stuff! In the end, we are keeping our fingers crossed and our snow guns ready because whatever Mother Nature doesn’t give us we are surely going to make on our own. And though I may not be qualified to do so, I am going to make my own prediction. This winter we will have snow on our mountain no matter how it gets here. We will have yummy food in our lodge and cocktails at our bar. We will have events galore and our tubing park will be filled with laughter. We will have skiers and riders young and old. First timers and old timers and as always we will be keeping it real!!!

Thursday, 24 October 2013 13:25

A Mountain...to Yourself

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            With the arrival of the FIRST SNOW this morning, Thursday, Oct 24, we are buzzing with excitement and anticipation of a great ski season here on the mountain. The finishing touches are being put on the new trail maps, snow making equipment, and our lodge, to welcome old friends and new.oct242013 first snow

            Speaking of exciting….every thought about RENTING A SKI MOUNTAIN all to yourself for your exclusive use this winter? We’ve got that available right here at Plattekill.  Got a corporate event you need to plan?  Looking to motivate or thank your company employees for all their hard work?  Reward them with the gift of skiing!  All day,  just you, your group and the mountain. 

How about a fundraiser?  Looking to raise funds and have fun in the process?  Renting the mountain can be a great, unique way to raise money for your cause and thank your donors at the same time!  We can help you plan.  Weddings too, now that’s unique, or simply gather some of your closest friends and spend the day with us catering to just you.

It is surprisingly affordable at just $2500, and a ton of fun. Where else can you have an entire ski mountain open just for you? Just Plattekill! For more info call us at (607) 326-3500 or email group sales at laurie@plattekill.com and we’ll get you all the details and help you get started.

            As always, we look forward to seeing you on the slopes and in the lodge. Our bistro and kitchen will be serving up new fresh and delicious foods to warm you up. Don’t forget about our tubing park. It’s open day and night now, so bring the kiddos and have a blast!   Plattekill Mountain, Keeping it Real.