“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 patroller rescuing someone, I always feel like that could be me – even more so as I write about the rescue. This story is also why you should support your ski patrollers.
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.
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 be open to non-freeheelers as well with $38 mid-week tickets. Platty is the ONLY mountain in the Catskills to offer telemark rentals! Free your heels and your mind will follow.