• Wednesday, 6 February 2019
    This past Saturday began like most – I was running behind. I always intend to be out the door, on the road with the dawn, ready to meet up with everyone in the lodge before first chair. Leisurely booting up with coffee and hellos, “how was your week? Were you here Friday?” “Been in the woods?” Maybe sitting down to a foil-wrapped egg sandwich. That sort of thing.   But no – no, I was utterly ... Read more
  • Tuesday, 29 January 2019
    Saturday: What David said: The gang’s all here. It’s that day in January where everyone you know is at Platty, the thing that make it feel like Cheers (even before Apres). What others said: Ski Block (Block is the mountain’s double black, with the steepest straight vertical anywhere in the Catskills). It’s the way the ones that knew, knew that the guns were going and snow soft was building into bumps. Also I ate it ... Read more
  • Monday, 14 January 2019
    This past weekend the double chair opened. And we all showed up. Unlike the week before, the drive to Plattekill was a landscape of snow-covered beauty. The weekend had gifted us with 8 or so inches, and the fields along Meeker Hollow glistened white under a lucent blue sky. The resort was utterly blanketed in snow, the double was running, and I nearly fell in the parking lot scrambling to get to the lodge. I ... Read more
  • Monday, 7 January 2019
    I was late getting to Platty this past Saturday, although I’d originally planned on getting there early. It was the NYSkiBlog 7th Annual Meeting complete with a screening of SNOWFARMERS that evening, and I had been looking forward to it all month. My yard that morning was rain-soaked and I was slightly skeptical there would be anything left to ski on by the time I got there. But the experience of Plattekill is ... Read more
  • Wednesday, 2 January 2019
    WHAT TO SAY about this holiday week? Maybe let’s start with a picture. A few of them… and if you weren’t there to get this, I’m sorry. It was indeed a freaky week– the weather included a list of every circumstance: Powder fresh from the heavens and, as seen above, from guns. Then Rain. Ice. And then more. But there were new guns that made new snow and more powder. Ski school kept ... Read more
  • Monday, 24 December 2018
    TAKE YOUR PICK of Christmas villains: Scrooge, the Grinch, Mr Potter in “It’s A Wonderful Life” or The Abominable Snowmonster of the North who tortured poor Rudolph and co in “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.” (Spoiler: He turns good in the end)… I’ve been cursing them all. But just as the Snowmonster turns good, so does the snow at Platty. The rain has threatened the holidays. There’s no other way to put it. ... Read more
  • 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 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