Plattekill Skis Jay Peak VT

Jay PeakHave you ever wondered what it’s like for an owner of a ski area to visit another resort? Is he constantly checking out the lifts, the prices of food, if the ticket people are friendly, or the kind of snowmaking guns they use? Or is the idea to get away, forget about your profession for a few days and just ski — and let someone else deal with things?

This week, Laszlo Vajtay, owner of Plattekill in the western Catskills, is skiing with his family at Jay Peak in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. He’ll be checking in with reports about his vacation: skiing, food, accommodations, skating, curling, or just hanging out with the kids. Here’s the first installment, about his arrival at Jay.

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Whiteface, NY: 4/9/11

We skied Whiteface today, for a big spring corn harvest, and a shot at the slides, and we got both. In the early morning, we skied the steepest groomers in softening corn.

We lapped the Summit chair waiting for the Slides. Patrol opened access at about 11 and we did as many runs as we could. The skiing was fantastic. Steep, soft, bumps and trees — even the ice was soft.

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Gore Mountain, NY: 4/8/11

I wasn’t really sure what to expect at Gore today. It’d been almost three weeks since I’d been here an a lot had happened. A cold snap, some wet weather, and then last weekend’s off the hook debut of spring.

Gore Mountain Gondola

Cover looked decent from the Lodge, so I was optimistic that conditions would be good up top. The snow was barely getting soft at the base by 8:30, so I started down on the front. I then moved over to Topridge and Uncas. Edgeable at the top, and very carveable on the lower steep pitches. Somehow the summit seemed even warmer and conditions were good up top before 10am.

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