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Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00

Powder day, first day

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When the first day of the season=100% open, you know your scarcity fears are over. When you’re the first one in the parking lot and the owner is still plowing because all of a sudden there’s another six inches of snow… ?
When you get on the chair and you can’t see any tracks even though you’re not the first one on (or off)…?
When the second lift opens, and the terrain is untouched…?
That sums up day one at Plattekill this year, where for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century day one = a powder day.

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I could go on. These are the questions (and answers) important to a skier’s heart. Well, to my skier’s heart that is. Last year is best ignored. And, this year began with a bang and powder and every single trail open—even the ones where no snow had been made and which never opened last year. So on Day One there was whooping and laughing and sheer cries of joy. Already this year Platty has had more snow than all of last year combined. And it’s only been open one day.

IMG 8998There was also a visit to the Cardinal, a winter rite and blessing of Ullr. The Cardinal is aka Cardenal Mendoza… brandy, hidden on the hill for winter rites (and a rite of passage for many a Platty skier.). Witness here the Cardenal’s greeting. First job finding the bottle in the snow. The rite includes a mouthful of snow, a slug of brandy and then more powder, that is, powder to be skied upon. All hail season 2016-17.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

The Secret Identity of the Plattekill Mountain Ski Area

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MeekerHollowSki resorts, by nature, are known for their winter activities and events.  Did you know that there is just as much activity happening at these resorts during the summer months?   Plattekill Mountain, in Roxbury, NY, is no exception in taking on a secret identity in the warmer months, while still “keeping it real”.

The sun is shining, the flora is evergreen, and everything: music, skyrides, mountain bikes and beer – flow freely. There’s a whole schedule of events and things to do at Plattekill during this time of year.

The first NY Outdoor Expo happened in early July with much success and plans for another event in 2017 are already in the works.  Their “Music on the Mountain” Concert Series, an annual event, is now in its 4th year where free concerts are offered the first Saturday of every month June through September.  This year will also mark the 7th annual Plattepalooza Family Fall Festival over the Columbus Day holiday on Saturday, October 8th with pumpkin and face painting, s’more roasting, magician, local vendors, scenic skyrides, fall fare, live music plus much more.

Next up on the Plattekill Mountain Calendar of Events, “Music on the Mountain” Concert #3 on August 6th with the “Meeker Hollow String Band” from 4pm-7pm featuring bluegrass, new grass and everything in between.   Plattekill is also offering a New England Style Clambake as a dinner special that night, keeping in the spirit of the Summer season.  Be sure to come early as they sold out last year.

15fc083c 4536 11e6 b8b7 12e858f95c0f SITE PROFILEThe activities don’t stop there.  Plattekill is now offering Glamping - derived from the combination of two words: glamorous and camping – safari tent accommodations in a secluded location on the mountain. It’s camping without all the preparations.  Accommodations are perfect for special events (on-site weddings, concert nights) or just to get away from it all without all the fanfare of planning a camping trip. This means, the tent is already up when you arrive, the bed is in place, the Adirondack chairs are on the deck just outside the tent, and the fire pit just needs wood.  

Plattekill also has the unique quality of being the only area mountain available for rent.  Yes, you can rent the mountain mid-week year round.  During the summer, the 640 mountainous acres and rustic Catskill Mountain lodge can be rented for summer camps, family reunions, retreats, TV/movie productions, business meetings, team-building outings or whatever you think you can conjure up. 

NYOutdoorExpo pageheader Plattekill Mountain is hosting the first NY Outdoor Expo on July 9th, 2016 (rain date of July 10).  This event will promote tourism and recreation in the Catskill Mountain region and showcase a multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities throughout New York State. Vendors and exhibitors from all fields of the outdoor community will be represented:  biking, hiking, trail running, paddling, archery, fly fishing, hunting, wildlife rehabilitation and more and will be leading workshops, demonstrations and displaying and selling their wares. Stewardship and Conservation organizations will be presenting on topics ranging from invasive species to folklore and cultural history.

Last October, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of actions to promote tourism in the Catskill Mountains, including holding the first annual Catskill Challenge (modeled after the Adirondack Challenge launched in 2013), which is to be launched this summer as well.

The Catskills Region is home to some of the most beautiful mountains, views and attractions in the world and through these initiatives, we are once again putting the spotlight on this state’s unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our tourism industry plays an integral role in this state’s economy and we will continue to invest in our natural assets to support local businesses, grow our regional economies and generate new economic opportunities statewide.”

The NY Outdoor Expo will have a focus on activities for the whole family with Wildlife demonstrations, on-going trust and team building activities for kids by The Cliffs, Survival School Workshops with Destination Backcountry, and an overnight mountain camping adventure with Upstate Adventure Guides, to name a few.  Plus, Plattekill and Urban Sherpa have teamed up to provide an affordable bus trip from New York City for both the day trip and overnight adventure.

For more information about this event and to see the most current list of vendors and presentations, CLICK HERE.

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