The warmer weather looks like it's here to stay, though it seems like we didn't really get away from it this past winter.
The springtime foliage is blooming and there's a whole new group of people who want to experience the sport of lift accessed mountain biking and fall in love with this great Catskill Mountain experience.
Now, you don't have to run out and buy a bike, and you surely don't want to get something that won't be able to handle the true mountain bike terrain. The recommendation is to try it first, as your "dream bike" might cost a couple thousand dollars or more, not to mention the protective gear that comes along with it.
Plattekill Mountain offers the experience (over 20 years) and everything you need for a great mountain bike adventure at an affordable price. Beginner to advanced mountain biking trails, lift access, bike and gear rentals, you will find it all at Plattekill.
The sport of lift accessed mountain biking is fun and exciting and has greatly expanded over the last couple decades with the advent of full suspension bikes and some pretty crazy or totally inspiring (depending on your point of view) stuff from GoPro videos posted on YouTube.
When you head to the mountain, be sure to wear comfortable clothing (nothing too baggy), closed toe/heel shoes (no sandals), bring water to hydrate and that's about it.
A good way to begin is to first find a ride within your limits (beginners will appreciate Plattekill's Greenhorn trail), with someone who is knowledgeable (like the folks at Plattekill) and you'll find that mountain biking can be a really fun and safe sport. As with any new sport, you have to build up your skills and confidence by getting out on the trails and gaining experience. You may be used to riding on the road or possibly off-road, but it may take a bit to develop your skills in downhill. Negotiating roots and rocks is an education in the great outdoors itself. And that's not even getting into what good ol' Mother Nature will throw at you and how the conditions change from dry to wet and vise versa.
With all that being said, one thing most experienced riders agree on is the necessity of protective gear, especially a helmet.
So, Plattekill Mountain has made it easy and all-inclusive with their 2 Hour Rise & Shine or Full Day Beginner Package. That way, you don't have to worry about if you forgot about something really important as you're on your way up to the summit or anything else for that matter. Both packages include a KHS full suspension mountain bike, all your protective gear, lift pass, and a personalized guide. It's the perfect outdoor mountain experience when visiting the Catskills for a day or weekend. If you're in the Catskills and wondering "What is there to do?" plan a visit to Plattekill Mountain for a great Catskill Mountain adventure.
The ski season at Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY may have ended, but the mountain bike season has already begun due to the early arrival of Spring. The two seasons literally overlapped this year at Plattekill, and they opened their trails to mountain bikers two weeks ago in conjunction with the closing weekend for the 2015-16 ski season. The unseasonably warm weather made for earlier trail clearing of winter debris, and since the crew was able to get a jump on trail maintenance, Plattekill Bike Park decided to officially open this coming weekend (April 2-3, 2016) for the mountain bike season – the earliest it has ever opened in it’s 21 years of lift-accessed mountain biking.
Plattekill is anticipating an exciting Spring/Summer/Fall season ahead. Plans are in the works to continue to build their array of mountain biking trail options for all ability levels. They also have several mountain bike races scheduled for the season with the first one, the “Plattekill Gravity Open,” being held on May 22.
Biking, however, is not the only excitement on the Plattekill Event Calendar this Summer. Plattekill plans to continue and expand their free summer concert series, “Music on the Mountain”, to four weekends this year beginning in June and spanning thru Labor Day. All concerts are scheduled for the first Saturday of every month featuring a variety of live music from rock and roll to bluegrass. In addition, the mountain will offer dinner specials (from clambakes to pig roasts) and scenic chairlift rides until 7pm on concert nights.
New this year, Plattekill is hosting the NY Outdoor Expo ’16 on Saturday July 9th (rain date: July 10). This event will showcase fun and exciting things to do in the great outdoors and feature exhibitors, presentations and demonstrations in the areas of hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, rod & gun, archery, camping, rock climbing and so much more. The pay-one-price admission will allow participants to try one or all of the great adventures happening on the mountain that day, and children 7 and under are free. More information on this or any of the Plattekill Mountain events, as well as registration details CLICK HERE.
For most winter enthusiasts, the 2015-16 season will go down in the history books as the winter that wasn’t. As far as good ol’ Mother Nature was concerned, completely uncooperative, according to Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY. However, needless to say, they have been fighting the good fight against odds to bring winter to the mountain for their guests this season. According to Ken Davie, Operations Manager at the mountain “this winter we’ve put our snowmaking system to the test, running at its full potential, and making more snow than we have in the mountain’s history.” Thank goodness for that as this allowed them to pile up the snow. El Nino ... Oh, El Nino. Those who love the winter have come to loath the phrase El Nino.
For skiers and snowboarders, these snowmaking efforts have brought them a season at Plattekill…and that season is not over just yet. The mountain plans to continue operations on expert-only terrain for the upcoming weekend, banking on huge, deep piles of snow the mountain made in anticipation of an early spring warm up. At the same time though, their mountain bike enthusiasts have been “chomping at the bit” (so to speak) to ride their bikes with this great warm weather.
So, in an unprecedented move, the mountain has decided to literally blend the seasons together, and welcome skiers, snowboarders and mountain bikers to the mountain this weekend encouraging visitors to pick their pleasure on how they would like to enjoy the slopes -- skiing, snowboarding or biking…or all of the above. The $35 full-day spring ticket is good for all three, so the mountain welcomes guests to bring all their gear for the upcoming weekend.
Since the snowpack is limited to the ski trails where there has been man-made snow, the Plattekill Bike Park crew has been able to begin trail clearing in an effort to kick off the bike season early this year. This weekend’s soft-opening makes it the first mountain bike park on the East Coast to open lifts this early for biking. “We’ve cleared several trails on our triple side of the mountain, in preparation for this split early season offering” says Laszlo Vajtay, GM of Plattekill Mountain, “we still have enough snow coverage on our Double Chair side of the mountain to let people ski and board and the Triple Chair will service the mountain biking enthusiasts, making everyone happy and bringing our winter and summertime guests together for one fun weekend.”
Weekend festivities also include a BBQ out on the deck (weather permitting), live music and plenty of local craft brews on tap. Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, mountain biker or just looking for an opportunity to head for the mountains, one thing is for certain, there will be fun times to be had at Plattekill Mountain this weekend.
Short of a major snowstorm, this weekend will be the last one for skiing this season and the mountain plans to officially open for mountain biking the first weekend of April.