Blog

  • Thursday, 30 November 2017
    Your heart is here—That’s what we heard this Valentine’s Day as a group came to ski at the mountain. And here this winter, there’s been a lot to love. (Plus check out Dylan and Gavin who’ve grown up at Platty in the terrain park)… Storms dumping more than we expected, cold nights where we’ve come to turn on the snow guns soon as temps were right. We made snow this week and will ... Read more
  • Tuesday, 14 November 2017
    THIS IS HOW I grew up skiing. Dog-eared ca 1972 copies of ski mags. Stacks and stacks of them. Which is to say I didn’t grow up skiing at all but spending my summer vacations in a ski house in Southern Vermont. I didn’t ski. But I read. I dreamed. I stared and studied and longed. I also grew up in Virginia, and my family wasn’t inclined towards winter. Mountains for us ... Read more
  • Wednesday, 4 October 2017
    As promised, I’ve been digging around in the past to get pumped for the season. Platty’s opening day is in sight–it’s October, we’ve got a frost warning, THE PLATTEPALOOZA FALL FESTIVAL is around the corner, and I’ve swapped Summer Ale for IPA. It’s time. My 80’s my wish list would have included (besides a time-traveling DeLorean) the chance to meet my ski idols: Scot Schmidt, my Idaho girl Picabo Street, and obviously Glen Plake. I remember ... Read more
  • Wednesday, 13 September 2017
    Winter is coming. Bad for the people of Westeros. But, (and please excuse me geeking out over Game of Thrones)—thank R’HLLOR. (Again, apologies…but the season only ended a few weeks back, I haven’t fully recovered.) Okay, so yes—Summer. You had your place. You will always have your place. But even the best beaches, trails and Mojitos just don’t feed my soul like those first turns on SNOW. And…here we are. Summer is winding down—packing ... Read more
  • Thursday, 7 September 2017
    This year for the Platty blog, there are two of us—Isaac is joining me. He grew up skiing in Idaho (more about that in his first post, coming soon). We met on the triple , on Isaac’s first run at the mountain. Platty’s lifts are great for such things; some of my best friendships have been formed on the double, and Isaac—no different. It was his first time at the hill, and ... Read more
  • Friday, 2 June 2017
    As the seasons change, we’ve decided to switch things up a bit for summer 2017. Best known for featuring one of the longest mountain biking seasons on the East Coast, this year, we are offering biking on a more limited basis, instead shifting our warm weather focus to the expansion of our wedding venue operationsand private catered events. As some of you already know, we are still opening mountain biking to the public the first ... Read more
  • Monday, 20 March 2017
    Stella, I love you. Really what else is there to say? There might also be thanks to Laszlo and Macker and the snowmakers for making snow last weekend long after other ski hills have stopped in the run-up to the storm. But, really all there is to say is: Yes! And then list the numbers like: 36 (that is inches…as in, 3 feet). And then there are more, new numbers like 3 ... Read more
  • Monday, 20 February 2017
    There are many places to start talking about Elizabeth Royster-Young: community hero, snowboarding advocate, or Brady Bunch mom. That’s how she describes her blended family—her three kids, two step-kids—they’re family of seven. Or, there’s the woman who works in tech, testing software. Or, there’s the girl from Jersey City who got pregnant at 15 in high school, a teen and single mom. The girl who got pregnant again in college and in ... Read more
  • Wednesday, 25 January 2017
    Ski racing is full of legend and myth—Bode Miller’s skiing to school in New Hampshire as a kid, Lindsey Vonn racing at little hills in the Midwest, or Julia Mancuso toughing it out at Squaw Valley when she was little in a Gap jacket that wasn’t even waterproof and doing run after run after run. In the rain. They’re the stories of daring and vision and self-definition, and of determination against the odds. ... Read more
  • Thursday, 12 January 2017
    These pictures speak for themselves: “Come ski, and bring on a long weekend! Welcome MLK Jr. Day!” The hill is covered top to bottom: Plunge, Blockbuster, Northface…all in deep white. It’s the first time snowmaking on all the runs has happened by Jan 15! And witness these photos (and video) just to show you how much.  The snowmakers—”Snow Cowboys,” as Platty’s Head of Operations, Macker (also in some of these photos), calls them—have been hard at ... Read more