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  • Friday, 21 June 2013
    The July 4th weekend at Plattekill will definately not be lacking in one thing…ACTION!  The lifts will spin July 4-7…all 4 days for the July 4th Holiday weekend for recreational riding as well as hosting the EthirteenEast Coast Showdown event featuring Downhill racing , Super D and Enduro events –more–.  We’ll be offering FREE Thursday and Friday tickets to anyone who participates in all 3 events, so come put your skills to the test and SAVE ... Read more
  • Monday, 18 March 2013
    We’re working overtime getting geared up for next weekend’s BIG ProGRT DH race here at Plattekill. The coursephoto8 is being prepped, tweeked, raked and dialed for the event. We just finished the finish line area and added an all new bridge take off as an alternative to years past wallride. This race is gonna be a GOOD ONE! Pro/Cat1/Cat 2 will all share the same course with several “optional” go around sections and ... Read more
  • Friday, 8 March 2013
    MTB Season begins at Platty. Since opening day for biking, it’s been been full speed ahead with trail work here at Plattekill. We’ve got TONS of work going on all over the mountain on our bike 3769635880 20fddebfdd mtrails as we are full speed ahead working on an ALL NEW course for the Plattekill ProGRT Downhill race coming to Plattekill May 26. In addition, we’ve had a small army out on the ... Read more
  • Wednesday, 6 March 2013
    …and Sam Boice is one of ours! Working at a ski hill can be thankless and cold. Many jobs are hardly glamorous, parking one of them. Try telling someone who wants to park in the loading zone she can’t or that plum spot, the one right by the lodge, isn’t available. But Sam Boice has turned the work into something else entirely, something like a calling. It’s still cold (and he’s there ... Read more
  • Tuesday, 26 February 2013
    Image from the National Ski Patrol – this is not Ansell. Or the telemarker, or the priest “Can you see me?” Ansell Hawkins was asked. “Yes, I can,” was the answer, and now nearly a year to the day later, he explain. “Yes, I could see him – the most handsome telemarker bent over me.” Now before I continue, you can file this under the but-for-the-grace-of-god column. Personally every time I see a ... Read more
  • Monday, 25 February 2013
    In the run up to this year’s Ski Patrol BBQ, I am celebrating the patrolers at Platty. First to get in the mood, I’m reposting this piece from last year on one of the mountain’s youngest patrollers, Zane Ashford, now all of 16. And what a cool name, no? And a beauty. And she can save your life. Okay this week’s posts have one big message: Support your ski patrol. Platty’s is all-volunteer. ... Read more
  • Monday, 18 February 2013
    Let Freedom Ring! Plattekill Mountain is proud to announce our very first TELEFEST on Thursday, March 7. TELE for $20 – freeheelers and anyone who signs up for our Learn to Tele package will be entitled to $20 lift tickets! Just show us your tele boots. PSIA Tele-Guru Mickey Stone will be in the house and we’ll offer tele clinics, demos and a fun race – so bring your skins. The mountain will ... Read more
  • Thursday, 7 February 2013
    One of the best skiers at Plattekill? Someone in a pair of camo ski pants that look like they should have come from Cabella’s. Someone whose two great loves seem to be skiing (first) and hunting (second). This is Rich Prado and his family are 3-generation Plattekill skiers. “My dad is really the inspiration” Rich says. “He was the one who would rally to get us up and to the mountain for 8:30, ... Read more
  • Tuesday, 5 February 2013
    What would you do for snow? Well, if you’re one of about 50 Plattekill skiers, something close to a pagan ceremony. Last weekend there was a snow fest of sorts, a dinner and then a bonfire all to honor Ullr. Ullr, you say? Who? He is the snow god. His name also means “Glory.” Read this from Wikipedia: “For decades and originating from within the winter skiing community of Europe, the Scandinavian ... Read more
  • Friday, 1 February 2013
    Ed’s note: This fine piece of epic prose describes a heroic race last weekend, AKA the Great Chef Races, held on Sunday morning, and betting all of a dollar. The race is going to be restaged this Sunday. It’s a battle of men vs women where age seems to come before beauty, but some of us (the editor here is betting on beauty). Also note, this is a guest post by Mr. ... Read more