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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Plattekill Mtn, NY: 10/30/11

Ski Day 1: Plattekill Mountain snagged bragging rights as the first ski area to spin lifts in New York this season. With six inches of snow on Thursday and over a foot on Saturday night, Laszlo Vajtay, Plattekill’s CEO, made the call late Saturday night.

Plunge at Plattekill

While the decision caught some by surprise, Laszlo had indicated as early as Friday afternoon that if the second storm delivered over a foot, he would open for business.

ML and I had been discussing the possibility of skinning the mountain for turns since Thursday. And while we liked the idea of Plattekill being the first ski area in the state to open, we were selfishly hoping to have the hill to ourselves.

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First Turns of the Season at Killington

NY Ski Forum regulars tBatt and Condor, rose before dawn, and headed over to Vermont to capitalize on the first skiable snow of the season. Following is an excerpt and a link to the full trip report.

Killington First Snow: October 28 2011

“Snow in the forecast? Hell yeah! I didn’t know who was getting what, and toyed with the idea of going to Whiteface for Toll Road v2.0. With reports of 12″ new at Kmart, we decided to go for the blue light special.

There was about 8 inches of snow with more in drifts and less where the wind was blowing. Having a base would have been nice as there were patches of overgrown grass that grabbed your tips. But it was a bluebird day with temps just above 30. It was a hell of a day.”

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Hickory Ski Reporter: Pk Gerstenberger

Hickory Ski Center reporter

Pk Gerstenberger is joining NYSkiBlog this season as the ski reporter for Hickory Ski Center in Warrensburg, NY. He’s a 17-year-old all-mountain skier who has been skiing at Hickory since he was two years old. Pk’s family has been skiing the hill since before he was born. They love the atmosphere and the challenging terrain.

Pk is a junior at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, NY. He plays for the soccer team and is active in the high school ski club. Last season, Pk took first place in the Hickory Terrain Park competition.

From the time he started skiing, the only seasons Pk missed at Hickory were during the years when the mountain was closed. During that time, he filled the void by skiing Whiteface, Gore, West Mountain, Jiminy Peak and other mountains across the northeast β€” but in his mind, there is no mountain quite like Hickory.

β€œIt’s incredible to experience the diversity of the mountain. Hickory’s got a lot to offer the expert skier: steep terrain, tree skiing and new terrain park. It’s a great spot for an up-and-coming skier, one of the most challenging mountains in New York.”

Pk has made it a point to ski every trail and tree shot at Hickory each season. While he will continue to roam a variety of ski hills during the week, every weekend he’s cruising the trails, tricking in the park, or ripping through the trees at the mountain he loves the most.