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Hunter Mountain December 2014

In some ways, Hunter is the victim of its own success. On yet another drive up 87 with a recent transplant, I was asked to describe the hill. Being articulate or coherent at a quarter-of-six is hard work, so I settled on my gold standard of sports analogies.

Hunter Mountain December 2014

Hunter Mountain is kind of like the Yankees. Even if they win 100 games, the season is a failure if they don’t win the World Series.

Since not everyone knows about Baseball, The Yankees are not only my favorite team but they are historically, the most successful. And in other news, precisely because of this, they have as many passionate detractors as they have casual fans.

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Plattekill Opening Day 2014

At Plattekill Mountain, NY, the ski season started off with a bang. The 3-day storm that punished the northeast with rain and snow held on to cold temps near the mountains of Roxbury.

Plattekill Opening Day 2014

In the end we were left with a soft fluff that clung to the slopes with the tenacity of a much older base. Taking advantage of early season rates ($35 thru 12/21), powder hungry skiers gathered early for a chance at shredding the weeks accumulation as the lift turned for the first time.

Our group was wide-eyed and diverse.

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Plattekill Glades Workday 2014

As Plattekill Mountain preps the trails with snowmaking and other upgrades, NYSkiBlog is pleased to announce that we’ve been invited back for a fourth year of off-the-map improvements for another snowy winter of tree skiing.

Plattekill-Mountain-Glades

By now the drill is well known by the previous attendees but everyone is welcome to join regardless of experience. Come to help improve the skiing and get a feel for the Plattekill vibe.

If you haven’t been, the mountain is a world apart from a typical resort, blessed with frequent lake-effect snowfall and skiers that are happy to let other people go first on the chair to get to it. It’s skiing the way it used to be.

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