Blog

  • Tuesday, 13 March 2018
    The experience of Plattekill is the sublime combination of natural terrain, incredible people, and right now – the blessings of a March filled with week after week of perfect snow. Each, a key ingredient…making up the soul of a place. This past Friday Chris S., Ray, Chris R. and I gathered at the end of the most amazing tree run I’ve ever skied in my life – it was the most amazing skiing ... Read more
  • Friday, 23 February 2018
    SO IT WENT from 65 degrees to six inches of pow in 24 hours. On Wednesday I ran six miles in shorts, sun, summer. Thursday I split my desk at 2 to ski 12 runs in the afternoon and I brought the wrong skis. Too narrow. I had the best turns of the season and I took no photos. It was too good to stop. But, I am posting this because it ... Read more
  • Tuesday, 13 February 2018
    Alan is one of those skiers that is good at everything.  Rips through crud, bumps, catches smooth airs of natural features, and finds great lines that are an absolute blast to follow. He has been skiing Plattekill for 20 years, and except for the nursery becoming locker space, he says not much has changed. At least in the ways that count – there are still no lift lines to speak of, the terrain ... Read more
  • Friday, 2 February 2018
    A quick shout out to Shaggy’s Copper Country Skis, Never Summer, Harpoon Ales and Bomber! And an even bigger shout out to the Plattekill crew for battling the warm weather to give us some great snow to ski/ride this past weekend. What a great demo day. Companies like these are close to my heart – small, independently-owned and operated, and like Platty – representing a true love of the sport. Or, rather – a ... Read more
  • Thursday, 25 January 2018
    SOMETIMES OWNING a ski hill is like farming. Well it’s often farming, snow-making, stockpiling it etc. But, right now that stockpile, those whales, they’re where it’s at. And you can see Platty owner Laszlo Vajtay (below) skiing them on Sunday in the brilliant sunshine. Good news for this weekend? More sunshine. And it’s warm and those whales… Given Mother Nature’s fine case of whiplash inducing weather those whales are a promise that we ... Read more
  • Friday, 19 January 2018
    First the snow. It fell this week. Eight inches. And that is just the natural stuff. The other stuff came from guns, the application of pressure + water and very cold temperatures. All of which makes for a very welcome Friday morning! Then there’s the phrase “ski the east.” It comes with a bit of bravado or bravery because we know what we can do. Ice/east, they nearly rhyme. And, here in the ... Read more
  • Thursday, 18 January 2018
    MLK weekend and Plattekill, like all other area resorts, was up against it. All of that beautiful, heaven-sent snow was being washed away by a very inconsiderate and torrential rainstorm rudely descending on our mountain just as the weekend approached and we were finally thawing from a glacial freeze. But you can’t keep a good mountain down. As soon as the temps hit freezing the guns were prepped and the fight was on. Ice crystals ... Read more
  • Friday, 5 January 2018
    Isn’t it cute, this is your spirit animal this weekend Polar bears are super cute, right? And right now they are your spirit animal. Because Powder + Arctic Blasts = More. Of everything. So a how-to guide to surviving skiing at 0 degrees (or colder. Today is colder. Plus windchills). My tips are two of everything—goggles, handwarmers, base layers… First the material: wool. It wicks moisture, keeps you warm. And it doesn’t get stinky. It’s ... Read more
  • Friday, 22 December 2017
    Opening weekend at Plattekill, and this past Sunday, I finally made it out. Descending onto Meeker Hollow Road, I was welcomed by a bright, clear morning. Snow still clung to the windswept fields, and to every branch shouldering the road. The conditions seemed great. Gearing up in the lodge, sunlight beamed in through the massive windows, lighting up the empty bar. There was only a handful of us – quickly getting ready, nodding ... Read more
  • Thursday, 30 November 2017
    GIVE A HAND to those who have your back (and legs and wrists…). This weekend is the ski patrol BBQ—also to say this weekend is promising fresh powder on Friday. So on Saturday come out and ski and then stay. It’s WinterFest, which means torchlight parade and… the ski patrol’s fundraiser. There is Brooks’ BBQ’s chicken dinner [btw Brooks won a James Beard Award, the most prestigious in the restaurant world… like the ... Read more