Wednesday, 6 March 2013 …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 ... Read more
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 Image from the National Ski Patrol – this is not Ansell. Or the telemarker, or the priest
“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 ... Read more
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