Monthly Archives: February 2010
Ski Day 22: My plan was to ski Plattekill with James and Jason, and to ski Gore on Sunday and Monday. Work got in the way of Monday and ultimately Sunday too. I was daytripping the Catskills again.
If you think Belleayre is in the middle of nowhere… Plattekill is 20 miles beyond that. The snow was incredibly deep in Delaware County. So deep that with the consistency of the snow, the trees were basically unskiable. Waist deep.
Platte is a part-time mountain, only open Friday thru Sunday. It has the most natural snow in the Cats (190″ avg) – and they leave a lot of terrain ungroomed. Hey it’s a vibe… it’s also a cheap way to run a mountain. We stuck to the sides of the “groomers” weaving in and out of the untracked and the huge soft bumps.
Skiing was incredibly tiring. Off the groomers, it was basically impossible, at least on my boards. Snowboarders had the advantage – if you followed them in, you could keep moving.
We connected with PDQ’s ski sister Amy, and her friends Brandy and Brian. Brian is a musician and lined up a performance in the Plattekill bar at 3pm. Amy and Brandy were there to make turns and lend support. Pretty cool twist on dawn patrol… skiing the morning and giggin’ the afternoon.
Cool mountain with a great laid back feel. And we definitely picked the right day. Tons of snow at the only mountain in the Catskills that didn’t lose power on the biggest day of the year.
A foot and a half at home, and GP also reported 18 inches. When I drove down my unplowed driveway snow billowed over the hood and into the windshield. Subaru face shots in the driveway!!
I was surprised to see a line up 15 minutes before opening. I got on the 5th chair. I thought yesterday was great, today was even better! The snow was light and powdery and DEEP!
I started out alone and skied top-to-bottom without stops, visiting all the ungroomed and untracked places. I ran into Marilyn on Chair 4, and we hit Chair 5 just as it opened. There was a lot of fresh snow on the trails and in the woods on the east side. I did 5 laps until Alsops and Arethusa were completely tracked out.
Gore Mountain phone call 10:30 am: Emily is out West, but her backup answered the phone. She indicated that 6 inches of snow fell before precip stopped overnight. I pushed on NCP. She’d spoken to the groomers and they made no mention of anything but snow overnight. Apparently it’s wet at the bottom, because that was how it fell. She said she’d call it packed powder.
I told her she should post it up, people REALLY want to know what is up. She said she’d talk to patrol first, and then update the site.
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From the Garnet Hill Website, 9:30 am: “Friday, Feb 26th – 38″ of fresh snow. Trails are open as we are clearing down branches. We hope to commence grooming this afternoon after branches are cleared and the snow has time to dry.”
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Email, Emily, 9am: Spoke to Patrol. No mention of NCP.
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Email, North River, 1200 feet, 8:30 am: Snowed til midnight then NCP all night after that.
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Email, Ignera Hermit, 1100 feet, 7:00 am: “Reporting from my station – 1.06″ ncp yesterday and .61″ ncp all last night ending this morning.”