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.
Friday, 4 January 2013 The day I learned to ski it was 6 degrees in the Catskills. People kept telling us, the us being me and my husband and the other never-ever with us, to be careful of frostbite. How would we get it? We sidestepped up and down a hill for hours it seemed working up a sweat. I remember trying to turn and getting told off for not snowplowing. I’d skied once as a ... Read more