Thursday, 9 January 2014
BOXES, RAINBOWS, BIG AIR JUMPS, rails, rail boxes, double barrel rails, tables, launch pipes…. There are big plans afoot for the terrain park at Plattekill and many of them are already out and in use.
Not long ago pictures of two guys walking in the woods appeared on Facebook. The photos were taken in late autumn but they should hearten any Plattekill park rider. The images were of the hill’s natural features and ... Read more
Sunday, 5 January 2014 HARVEY ROAD OF the famed NYSkiBlog came to celebrate his birthday at Plattekill. Read more about it here. First tracks, great shots and a birthday no one will forget. Who can when it includes 16 inches of untracked?
Friday, 3 January 2014 CHAMPAGNE, IT’S NOT just for kings and the elite. No here in the Northern Catskills champagne means something else entirely. Powder. Yes. A foot and a half of it to be precise. And, here is the proof in the pictures. Conditions were stellar, the sky was blue, the skiing the sort that had people whooping and using words like “epic” and saying that they can’t remember when it was this good. [Click ... Read more
Wednesday, 1 January 2014 Okay I will be posting soon about the Terrain Park which has been open since opening day and is this year better, bigger more stocked and more stoked than ever. But first, we interrupt this program with a conditions update. The double chair is running, though it’s only to get toboggans to the top for ski patrol—but that means it will be open soon. Maybe tomorrow?
A winch cat is at the top grooming the ... Read more
Sunday, 22 December 2013 So here it is, that time of year that some of us love, some of us hate, and some of us just seem to spend eating our weight in cookies. That makes me think of that New Year’s resolution I have about exercise….yeah, yeah I know we are all going to eat better, exercise more, etc. A few weeks back I talked about old dogs and new tricks. My follow up is ... Read more
Friday, 20 December 2013 ‘Twas the weekend before Christmas when all over the ski hill,
The sound of snow guns could be heard, so the trails they would be filled.
Macker sat high on his groomer laying out carpets of white.
While Laz on his snowplow made sure no cars would have a fright.
Because already in December the snow had come aplenty,
And so far the number of skiers might have been only one hundred and twenty.
So, the fine folks ... Read more
Thursday, 12 December 2013 Okay there are always questions that come with Opening Day. Can you find your ski socks? (check). Your gloves and helmet? (check). Have you sharpened your edges? (check.) And have you packed cash to tip the bartender? (check). Because remember Platty’s bar is awesome. But then there’s how it feels to get back on the hill, that Opening Day fluttler of nervousness at skiing for the first time in a new ... Read more
Sunday, 8 December 2013 In a country where we seem to love everything super-sized from our meals to our cars, we must ask if size really matters? Is bigger always better? Naturally, when discussing bank accounts, bigger is better and a few extra zeros on the end of my paycheck wouldn’t make me complain either.
But what about our mountain? We are not the biggest. Not even close. We don’t have the most trails or the most ... Read more
Friday, 22 November 2013 Someone asked me the other day if I shred. That is funny. It’s funny because one look at me and you would know that I do not shred anything but paper. Don’t get me wrong, I love the winter. I love to ski but getting on a snowboard? No.
So, here we are working on what is expected to be a killer terrain park. Things like rails and jibs have become part of ... Read more
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 The wooly bear caterpillar can predict a bad winter if it’s black in the front or if the middle is wide. Or is it black in the middle and brown in the front? Wait, I think it’s squirrels with bushier tales and low nests! Thick shells on the acorns and birds heading south early are all signs of a big winter ahead! Ahh yes, it’s that time of year again.
The time when ... Read more