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  • Monday, 25 February 2013
    In the run up to this year’s Ski Patrol BBQ, I am celebrating the patrolers at Platty. First to get in the mood, I’m reposting this piece from last year on one of the mountain’s youngest patrollers, Zane Ashford, now all of 16. And what a cool name, no? And a beauty. And she can save your life. Okay this week’s posts have one big message: Support your ski patrol. Platty’s is all-volunteer. ... Read more
  • Monday, 18 February 2013
    Let Freedom Ring! Plattekill Mountain is proud to announce our very first TELEFEST on Thursday, March 7. TELE for $20 – freeheelers and anyone who signs up for our Learn to Tele package will be entitled to $20 lift tickets! Just show us your tele boots. PSIA Tele-Guru Mickey Stone will be in the house and we’ll offer tele clinics, demos and a fun race – so bring your skins. The mountain will ... Read more
  • Thursday, 7 February 2013
    One of the best skiers at Plattekill? Someone in a pair of camo ski pants that look like they should have come from Cabella’s. Someone whose two great loves seem to be skiing (first) and hunting (second). This is Rich Prado and his family are 3-generation Plattekill skiers. “My dad is really the inspiration” Rich says. “He was the one who would rally to get us up and to the mountain for 8:30, ... Read more
  • Tuesday, 5 February 2013
    What would you do for snow? Well, if you’re one of about 50 Plattekill skiers, something close to a pagan ceremony. Last weekend there was a snow fest of sorts, a dinner and then a bonfire all to honor Ullr. Ullr, you say? Who? He is the snow god. His name also means “Glory.” Read this from Wikipedia: “For decades and originating from within the winter skiing community of Europe, the Scandinavian ... Read more
  • Friday, 1 February 2013
    Ed’s note: This fine piece of epic prose describes a heroic race last weekend, AKA the Great Chef Races, held on Sunday morning, and betting all of a dollar. The race is going to be restaged this Sunday. It’s a battle of men vs women where age seems to come before beauty, but some of us (the editor here is betting on beauty). Also note, this is a guest post by Mr. ... Read more
  • Wednesday, 30 January 2013
    Northface last Saturday…Photo by Sarah Merusi Oh yeah, whither the weather and where goes my winter? These are the questions on my mind. And probably yours too. I mean, I live what, 10 miles from Platty and I hear the wind raging and rain falling and I know how warm it is. So what happens now? See that nice picture? The one with the whales… Yeah that was last weekend when it was ... Read more
  • Tuesday, 22 January 2013
    It’s a completely different feeling… You’ve heard the rumors – Plattekill is going Freeheel. It’s true: we now have some rental gear in limited sizes in the rental shop – making Platty the only mountain in New York State that offers tele equipment for rent. It’s a beginning, and we hope to acquire more. There are also tele lessons available for never-evers and beginner-to-intermediate freeheelers who want to improve their turns. Plattekill, with ... Read more
  • Sunday, 20 January 2013
    Mountain Macker spends his bday giving us the present Plattekill’s master of snow and grooming, Macker is today celebrating his birthday. His name fits his outsize reputation; he’s a flirt, a man of swagger and a skier of Stocklis (which is definitely a fine acquired taste, those handmade Swiss skis). And today he hooked the groomer to a winch to groom out the hard whales on Blockbuster – meaning we skiers and riders ... Read more
  • Wednesday, 16 January 2013
    Nate in the Skiers Bistro Platty is a place where few people want to leave and many want to come. Well not that many, not too many, not so many that the die-hard fans are chased away. Though thanks to Unofficial Networks, Platty now tops the list of where to ski on the East this MLK weekend. And if you want to stay at Platty (because who wants to leave, see above) there ... Read more
  • Saturday, 12 January 2013
    Really what more is there to say when you see this? Oh except for maybe to talk about the the Blockbuster Bar (so named for its fine view of the trademark hill)… More Stella is served than anywhere in Upstate NY and it features fine fine bespoke brews… But, just to tell the owner of this snowboard, I am not coming to the dark side. Ever. Read more