More Plattekill Tree Skiing: Work Day 2012

Plattekill Mountain and NY Ski Blog are proud to present the second annual Plattekill Tree Skiing Work Day at the ski area in Roxbury NY, on October 14th, 2012.

Like last year, we are recruiting a hardy horde of lopper wielding powder fiends to take to the woods to get some of the Catskills best tree skiing primed for a safe, deep, and schuss filled winter. The management certainly appreciates the efforts, as well.

Each participant will be treated to a delicious BBQ lunch on the patio and a voucher good for a day ticket to ski one day FREE during the 2012-2013 season.

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Memories: Skiing Minnewaska and Mohonk

I wasn’t around for the very beginning of skiing at Lake Minnewaska. But in 1980 or ‘81, when my best friends introduced me to skiing, they dragged me to Lake Minnewaska on a wicked cold January day. Back then, you had to arrive bright and early. The parking lot would fill up quickly and you were out of luck. “Don’t go, it’s too popular.”

Millbrook Mountain

The lodge was in the old Wildmere Hotel. Perched on a cliff overlooking Lake Minnewaska, Wildmere had been a graceful example of the grand nineteenth-century wood frame resort hotel. But by 1980, it was a tumbledown shadow of its former self. It had been closed to lodgers, most of the furnishings auctioned off. Pieces of old furniture blocked staircases because the upper floors were unsafe.

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Upper Hudson River Watershed

Upper Hudson River Watershed Map. The Hudson River was named for Henry Hudson, the English explorer who sailed up the waterway in 1609 for the Dutch East India Company. It’s 315 miles long and flows from north to south through eastern New York State.

The official source of the river is Lake Tear of the Clouds, on the slopes of Mount Marcy, however, the waterway is known as Feldspar Brook and the Opalescent River, until it reaches Henderson Lake, above the old Tahawus Iron Works.

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