Blog

  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018
    A voice rises from the dark. The scene is achingly beautiful. Snow falls, glistening. The voice is Macker’s – he who, with Plattekill’s owner Laszlo, keeps the mountain running and it snowing and that snow groomed. The voice in the dark says, this is his favorite time of day, before the sun rises, “First thing in the morning, first one here, making sure snowmaking works and the guys are here and the ... Read more
  • Monday, 3 December 2018
    To quote Powder magazine: “Plattekill is the Alta of the Catskills.” The article, befittingly titled: Forever Wild was just released in Powder Magazine’s December 2018 issue.  It’s fantastic. A beautifully written homage, not only to Plattekill – but to Belleayre and Hunter as well. Awesome mentions/profiles of Laszlo, Danielle (including the history of Plattekill, and how they came to own it) and local skiers: Rosie Kelly, Scott Ketchum and NYSkiBlog’s Harvey. Perfectly capturing the vibe and uniqueness of our ... Read more
  • Thursday, 18 October 2018
    PLATTY TREE-SKIING WORK DAY (If You Clear It, We Can Ski It) On the double I dream of trees, but I can never quite see the line not from the chair. Well now here’s your chance not just to see it but to build it. This weekend is the annual Tree Skiing Work Day sponsored with the NYSkiBlog.com. Everyone breaks off into groups, chooses potential lines, and clears them trying to imagine each turn as ... Read more
  • Tuesday, 3 April 2018
    This past Saturday was spring skiing at its absolute finest. The snow was soft, slushy – exactly what you want when the sun is out, the jackets are off, and the beer is on ice. Which it was. I felt as though I was at someone’s backyard party, complete with an outdoor bbq. With a fantastic ski resort thrown in. The spring vibe was everywhere, t-shirts, sunglasses, and the wide grins of those who ... Read more
  • Thursday, 22 March 2018
    ACTUALLY THEY’RE WAY better than alright. Watch the ones who’ve grown up around Plattekill. They learn more than skiing. Speak to, say, Hannah Lamont, 12, and as she talks about skiing sounds way beyond her years. Like this: “I just find it relaxing (this isn’t even alpine she’s talking about but tele. Her dad taught her when she was 4). And, just to feel that vibe of going down the hill fast ... Read more
  • Wednesday, 14 March 2018
    PERHAPS A PICTURE is worth a thousand words? Because I don’t have enough words to describe the creamy awesome-ness of today’s tracks. It was one of those special days… a Powder Daize when the mountain opens midweek for the die-hards. No grooming, a dozen cars in the parking lot and whoops being yelled down the mountain…. It was so good that the only pics I could take were from the chairlift. Then again ... Read more
  • Tuesday, 13 March 2018
    The experience of Plattekill is the sublime combination of natural terrain, incredible people, and right now – the blessings of a March filled with week after week of perfect snow. Each, a key ingredient…making up the soul of a place. This past Friday Chris S., Ray, Chris R. and I gathered at the end of the most amazing tree run I’ve ever skied in my life – it was the most amazing skiing ... Read more
  • Friday, 23 February 2018
    SO IT WENT from 65 degrees to six inches of pow in 24 hours. On Wednesday I ran six miles in shorts, sun, summer. Thursday I split my desk at 2 to ski 12 runs in the afternoon and I brought the wrong skis. Too narrow. I had the best turns of the season and I took no photos. It was too good to stop. But, I am posting this because it ... Read more
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2018
    Alan is one of those skiers that is good at everything.  Rips through crud, bumps, catches smooth airs of natural features, and finds great lines that are an absolute blast to follow. He has been skiing Plattekill for 20 years, and except for the nursery becoming locker space, he says not much has changed. At least in the ways that count – there are still no lift lines to speak of, the terrain ... Read more
  • Friday, 2 February 2018
    A quick shout out to Shaggy’s Copper Country Skis, Never Summer, Harpoon Ales and Bomber! And an even bigger shout out to the Plattekill crew for battling the warm weather to give us some great snow to ski/ride this past weekend. What a great demo day. Companies like these are close to my heart – small, independently-owned and operated, and like Platty – representing a true love of the sport. Or, rather – a ... Read more