Wednesday, 4 March 2020 This Saturday night is the best party on the hill. It’s the ski patrol BBQ, and it goes entirely to support Plattekill’s Patrollers. They’re all volunteer and they pay for all their equipment. So, this is the day to show them the love. (Actually you should do that every day).
Their members are made up of volunteer firefighters, doctors, neighbors, friends, fathers and daughters (check out that picture of the Blackwells here father ... Read more
Sunday, 1 March 2020 February 29, 2020. This was the magic day, the extra day, the one that opened a hole into a parallel space and time, one where we walked through that door in the wardrobe and it was all on offer. It snowed. Whiteout snow. The only snow anywhere around. And, it was here. (I’ve been at Platty where it’s snowed 6 inches in a couple hours while all around, elsewhere in Roxbury: nothing, ... Read more
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 It was what I asked Rich after running into him atop the double. He didn’t say anything, just smiled and headed towards Freefall.
This was Saturday. A definition bluebird sky, not a cloud in sight. Cold. And nearly every trail groomed to pristine perfection.
I followed Rich to the top of Freefall where he – without hesitation – launched a 90 degree shifty off the top headwall, landing…I don’t know…somewhere FAR below ... Read more
Sunday, 9 February 2020
ROMAN HRAB drops to his knees before a four year-old. Roman smiles up at the kid and nods. The 4 y.o. is on tiny skis and ... Read more
Thursday, 23 January 2020 We all keep getting them. These constant updates from out West, New England…even Europe. “18 inches overnight and a 172” base… BEST season in years… it’s literally VOMITING snow on us and we have to TUNNEL out our front door…”
Yeah…I can’t stop looking either. Reading, envying… cursing the unseasonably warm temps and rain that took away our amazing early December snow.
But, at some point, you have to put away the phone, shut ... Read more
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 THE DOUBLE chair opens Friday… (some hiked to Northface last weekend) but for those like me who are a tad lazy, this is your weekend. I still remember when I first skied Northface. I’d been skiing for maybe a year. I barely knew what I was doing. I pulled into the parking lot, and the attendant pointed at the hill as if it was the promised land: “It just opened yesterday. Macker ... Read more
Saturday, 28 December 2019 THIS Winter at Platty we’ve had it all: Powder? Check. Spring skiing? We’re on it. Yes, it’s only Christmas week, but the seasons are in full swing.
It’s been sunny and warm and with corn snow and no crowds. This Boxing Day at Platty, there was the Killington snowsports’ employee who’d left Vermont to ski with his family and escape the crowds. Vin Faraci of WhiteRoom Skis was home skiing with his family. ... Read more
Thursday, 5 December 2019
A MYSTERY showed up in my inbox, a text from some unknown sender with a message: “A bypass of the lifts and FB.” It was, as you all might see, the view from the top of Platty, from the platform for weddings at the mountain with: Two skis, one pack, poles… Evidence that someone had hiked up, had earned their turns and that priceless view of the Catskills.
I texted back: Who is ... Read more
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 IF THERE WAS ANY QUESTION as to whether we were getting twitchy and anxious for the snow to fly, the 53 STRONG who showed up the past Saturday to cut / clear glades for this year’s tree skiing MADE IT VERY CLEAR: enough with the Mai Tais and flipflops; sweater-weather, we love you, but our hearts are aching for something even colder, faster. We want the season which haunts our summer dreams ... Read more
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 WHAT DO PLATTY’S two bloggers want for their birthdays? Powder. And, this year we got it. Not in inches but feet. Isaac and I celebrate the same week in March at the top and tail ends of the week (and at either side of the vernal divide). And to celebrate: fresh powder, creamy, rich, awesome.
It was so good, I took no pictures. In fact, it was three days of skiing that were ... Read more