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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Mountain Bike Season is HERE!

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MTB Season begins at Platty.    Since opening day for biking,  it's been been full speed ahead with trail work here at Plattekill.  We've got TONS of work going on all over the mountain on our bike 3769635880 20fddebfdd mtrails as we are full speed ahead working on an ALL NEW course for the Plattekill ProGRT Downhill race coming to Plattekill May 26.  In addition, we've had a small army out on the slopes working on an ALL NEW BEGINNER BIKE TRAIL from the top of the mountain to the base.  This much needed trail will make for a real nice easy way down for new mountain bikers to the mountain and people that are looking for a fun, easy, flowy recreation ride from the top of the mountain.  Approximately 2 miles long, this new run will consist of a nice addition to the mix.  Stay tuned for more!!! 

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:57

Every Hill Needs Some Heroes

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 ...and Sam Boice is one of ours!  Working at a ski hill can be thankless and cold. Many jobs are hardly glamorous, parking one of them. Try telling someone who wants to park in the loading zone she can’t or that plum spot, the one right by the lodge, isn’t available. But Sam Boice has turned the work into something else entirely, something like a calling. It’s still cold (and he’s there even when it’s 5 degrees with a wind-chill 10 degrees colder) but he’s transformed the job into something warm and welcoming. He’s my hero at the mountain, kind and generous and always with a smile. You can see it even with the balaclava on (it’s in the crinkle of his eyes). He knew my name long before I knew his, and because he’s often the first person you meet on the hill, he sets the tone for the day. He also sees the full realm of human behavior – or, at least, the lengths people will go to for first tracks on a powder day. And, the job has more to it than his smile. It’s literally changed how he sees the world. Here's my Q&A with him where he reveals his secrets from surviving the cold to getting people to put their clothes on... 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 23:35

Saving Grace

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“Can you see me?” Ansell Hawkins was asked. “Yes, I can,” was the answer, and now nearly a year to the day later, he explain. “Yes, I could see him – the most handsome telemarker bent over me.” Now before I continue, you can file this under the but-for-the-grace-of-god column. Personally every time I see a patroller rescuing someone, I always feel like that could be me – even more so as I write about the rescue. This story is also why you should support your ski patrollers.