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Sunday, 27 December 2015 00:00

Let the winter begin!

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awesometubing3Winter, 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 up to this point, but - with snowmaking - we’ve been piling the snow up any chance we get.

You can shush down the slopes with board(s) on your feet or, of course, you can sit back and enjoy the thrill of the winter season on a SNOWTUBE at Plattekill Mountain.

Snowtubing is simple, no experience necessary.  All you have to do is enjoy the ride – then do it again!  When you get to the Tubing Park, you’ll be towed, in the tube, up the hill, then you’ll go to your lane (kind of like a sloped bowling alley with bumpers) and zoom! Away you go!

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We have the snowtubes and all you need… all you have to do is dress the part (we recommend a waterproof layer over the jeans so they don’t get cold and soggy), jacket, a pair of boots, gloves and hat – and you’re all set!

It’s fun for the whole family!  Then, as in those romantic images, when you’re done, come into the warm, cozy lodge and retell the stories of your day on the Platty slopes!  We plan to open the doors on New Year’s Day - Friday, January 1, 2016 for a season of skiing, snowtubing and après snow activities! 

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 00:00

I'm dreaming of a ... WINTERY 2016!

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imdreamingThe 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 our memory.  But the milder winters?  Does anyone recall the dates or where you were when there was no snow?  We’ve had those years too.

But looking ahead and keeping the faith … Farmer’s Almanac is still predicting that the snowiest periods will be early to mid-January, late February and early to mid-March.  Their even saying that April and May will be cooler and drier than normal.

We have not lost hope!  Snowmaking has officially begun!  We’ve taken advantage of the short cold spell and made as much snow as we could in our Snowtubing Park and Learning Center so we could start with a soft opening on December 26th.  First time skiers can get an inaugural lift to the top of the Learning Center on our new carpet conveyor, and everyone can enjoy snowtubing during the holiday season!

We know that everyone is itching to get back on the snow!  We are too!  And we’re ready for those colder temperatures and big snowfalls!  Ah, the all important first chair of the season!  Can’t wait!

In the meantime, swing by, grab a cup of holiday cheer and try one of our homemade soups.   Our food service and lounge will be open on December 26th too! 

Look forward to seeing you all out on the slopes!

Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

A Big Deal, for a Small Mountain

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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 say, why is this such a big deal? all the mountains have carpets.  The answer, is that unlike larger resorts with big budgets, small private run resorts have to acquire things at a much slower pace.  These conveyor carpets have proven to be a dream for students and ski instructors alike as the ease with which to learn has increased tremendously.  The only limitation, has been the price tag at around $200,000 new.  Truly cost prohibitive for smaller mountains.

So for 22 years now since the Vajtay’s have run the mountain, their handle tow has transported thousands of new beginner skiers and the Vajtay’s have sat patiently waiting for these new carpet lifts to become “old” to their larger corporate counterparts, and worthy of replacing.  Ironically this happened this summer.

And now, after waiting for what seemed like a very long time, Plattekill has said goodbye to their old rope tow.  “This is a big deal for us” says Laszlo Vajtay. “We’ve waited a long time for this, and the opportunity was right.”

 

Saturday, Sept 5 Plattekill had the official ribbon cutting of their “Bunny Hop Express” and did an inaugural spin of their new carpet lift.  The public was invited and a ceremonial bottle of champagne christened the lift to officially open it for the upcoming ski season.  See you on the slopes…soon!