Blog

  • Tuesday, 1 March 2016
    With Spring right around the corner, the Spring Equinox falls on March 20th, many people are looking for flowers to bloom and are excited for the warmer temperatures.  But not the folks at Plattekill Mountain.  Hews of brown and green surround the mountain and the trails at Plattekill stick out like a neon sign promoting Winter, bright white carved throughout the mountainscape.  The snowguns at Plattekill are still creating a haze of Winter only on ... Read more
  • Monday, 22 February 2016
    What is Fake-mark you ask? Read on and you will learn. But first: Platty-mark. At other mountains you might see the odd telemark skier, but at Plattekill you’re guaranteed to see quite a few of them, often roaming in packs. Over the last four years Plattekill has become the tele Mecca of the Catskills, with gear rentals and lessons that you won’t find elsewhere. I’ve always thought that they look so elegant as ... Read more
  • Saturday, 16 January 2016
    This is the season, this is the quote. This is from Macker. He is the master of snowmaking at Platty. Now this could be a conversation that includes phrases like “wet-bulb temperature” (relating to humidity) and “inversion” (warmth in the upper atmosphere) both of which have taken a toll on snowmaking across the Northeast. Or, there’s the more commonly bandied “El Nino” (which sounds to me about like an armed bandit right ... Read more
  • Tuesday, 12 January 2016
    This map. It’s been settling arguments in the bar about length and descent since 1972. It’s beautiful. James Niehues eat your heart out. No lift lines. …and even if one does form, it’s so convivial that you’d hardly notice. Cheers. You wanna go to a place where everybody knows your name. It’s that “Norm!” moment when your ski buddies shout your name from the chairlift. It’s family run. If you don’t bump into Laszlo or Danielle in the lodge, you might ... Read more
  • Sunday, 10 January 2016
    Not so fast, you Debbie Downers!  There is no conclusive data from ANY weather source regarding El Nino years.  Some reports say that we’ll have below average snowfalls and other reports are indicating a much higher than average snowfall.  I’ve heard that someone coined a phrase for those who “wish” we’d see a snowfall – “wishcasting.”  Yup, that’s what we’re doing here at Plattekill a lot of WISHCASTING! So, we’re going to keep ... Read more
  • Monday, 4 January 2016
    It’s been quite the test of faith this winter when trying to gear up to travel to the mountains for winter fun.  You look out your window and see earth tones of brown, yellow or possibly some green but not much snow.  But there you are with Season Pass in hand or looking to purchase your first ticket for the upcoming season, anxious to put your skis or board on the snow. November ... Read more
  • Sunday, 27 December 2015
    Winter, as we know it, is “slow approaching” this year, but don’t let that keep you from visiting the mountains where we still have lots of fun both on and off the slopes.  If you’ve seen the romantic images of a ski lodge, happy people relaxing by a fire with a warm drink in hand … we’ve got all that here!   Plus, we have snow too!  Although not much from Mother Nature ... Read more
  • Tuesday, 22 December 2015
    The holidays are upon us and 2016 is staring us in the face.  But what happened to the white Christmas?  Where is our snow this year?  Everyone remembers last year … the storm that brought a very white Thanksgiving and those cold temps that kept us going until well after the Easter holiday (we had a storm that day too).  Even the storm that hit our region in 2010 is still in ... Read more
  • Thursday, 29 October 2015
    Back in 1993, the current owners of Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY, came across something they couldn’t pass up – a mountain on the auction block, and a dream.   Now, 22 years later, this family-owned and operated Upstate NY ski resort run by the Vajtay Family, has come a long way with many milestones. This season is no exception as they unveil a new carpet conveyor lift in their Learning Center. One might ... Read more
  • Monday, 20 October 2014
    We have expanded our Learning Center this year!  After realizing last year that we needed a bigger space.  We have also relocated our handle tow lift allowing more room on the trail for introductory lessons.  Learn more about our lesson programs by clicking here. NEW ADDITION 2014-15… the Jr. Development Program for intermediate skiers ages 7-17.  This program will run 8 consecutive Saturdays beginning January 10th, with the exception of holiday periods. We are ... Read more