Thursday, 21 March 2019 THE MAN IN black jacket and black balaclava is buying a ticket in the Platty office. He says, “I was out in Jackson Hole and someone sent me –” my ears pricked up. Gov, it had to be Gov Carrigan, who is a legend in Jackson Hole. He runs the Mudroom, a fantastic ski shop there, and is the kind of person where if you say you’re from the Catskills or ski ... Read more
Thursday, 14 March 2019 “Fifty bucks if you can spot a cloud.” That was Ray.
We gathered at the top of the double Ray, Alan, Brian, Lia, Maddie and I – readying for another lap on this perfect bluebird day.
As soon as I’d arrived it was as I’d hoped. Clear blue over a mountain with 100% coverage. Packed powder and seemingly endless untracked through the trees.
The trees. Again, that’s where we were heading.
Our first descent started with ... Read more
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 FRIDAY IS TELEFEST. There’s snow today (Weds) and there was surprise snow on Monday — half a foot. All in all there should be a foot + of fresh come Friday. And the mountain is open for all, whether your heel is free – or not. Below all seven Telefest posters in reverse chronological orders. There are babes in bikini in black and white in year one, designed by Jeff Crane who ... Read more
Friday, 22 February 2019 I FOLLOW AN inordinate number of ski patrol Instagram feeds—there’s Jackson Hole and Snowbird and Alta, even perhaps most importantly Snowbird’s dog’s Instagram feed: @frankiebsnowdog—whose bio reads “I work and play @ Snowbird Ski Resort” and whose photos are crazy cute. I also follow the #skipatroldogs—also crazy cute. There are dogs in goggles, dogs in snow, dogs on patrollers’ shoulders at work, dogs on chairlifts, puppies on rescue sleds getting acquainted with ... Read more
Wednesday, 6 February 2019 This past Saturday began like most – I was running behind.
I always intend to be out the door, on the road with the dawn, ready to meet up with everyone in the lodge before first chair. Leisurely booting up with coffee and hellos, “how was your week? Were you here Friday?” “Been in the woods?”
Maybe sitting down to a foil-wrapped egg sandwich.
That sort of thing.
But no – no, I was utterly ... Read more
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 Saturday:
What David said: The gang’s all here. It’s that day in January where everyone you know is at Platty, the thing that make it feel like Cheers (even before Apres).
What others said: Ski Block (Block is the mountain’s double black, with the steepest straight vertical anywhere in the Catskills).
It’s the way the ones that knew, knew that the guns were going and snow soft was building into bumps. Also I ate it ... Read more
Monday, 14 January 2019 This past weekend the double chair opened. And we all showed up.
Unlike the week before, the drive to Plattekill was a landscape of snow-covered beauty. The weekend had gifted us with 8 or so inches, and the fields along Meeker Hollow glistened white under a lucent blue sky.
The resort was utterly blanketed in snow, the double was running, and I nearly fell in the parking lot scrambling to get to the lodge.
I ... Read more
Monday, 7 January 2019 I was late getting to Platty this past Saturday, although I’d originally planned on getting there early. It was the NYSkiBlog 7th Annual Meeting complete with a screening of SNOWFARMERS that evening, and I had been looking forward to it all month. My yard that morning was rain-soaked and I was slightly skeptical there would be anything left to ski on by the time I got there.
But the experience of Plattekill is ... Read more
Wednesday, 2 January 2019 WHAT TO SAY about this holiday week? Maybe let’s start with a picture. A few of them… and if you weren’t there to get this, I’m sorry.
It was indeed a freaky week– the weather included a list of every circumstance: Powder fresh from the heavens and, as seen above, from guns. Then Rain. Ice. And then more. But there were new guns that made new snow and more powder. Ski school kept ... Read more
Monday, 24 December 2018 TAKE YOUR PICK of Christmas villains: Scrooge, the Grinch, Mr Potter in “It’s A Wonderful Life” or The Abominable Snowmonster of the North who tortured poor Rudolph and co in “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.” (Spoiler: He turns good in the end)…
I’ve been cursing them all. But just as the Snowmonster turns good, so does the snow at Platty. The rain has threatened the holidays. There’s no other way to put it. ... Read more