Plattekill Mountain and NYSkiBlog are super stoked to announce the sixth annual Tree Skiing Work Day at Plattekill in Roxbury NY on Saturday October 22, 2016. Rain date will be Sunday October 23.
We’re recruiting a motivated, smiling crew of lopper wielding powder fiends to help develop some of the Catskills best tree skiing. Our longterm goal remains true boundary-to-boundary skiing at a ski area that wants you to pursue your passion all over the mountain.
Plattekill regulars know the mountain has it all: steep terrain, good snowfall and a great vibe. You can access it all without liftlines.
I first heard Peekamoose Blue Hole was in trouble last year. I’d recommended the spot to a buddy of mine, and upon his return he called me with a tragic tale.
Things were grim: hundreds of people with grills playing loud music surrounded by broken glass and garbage. He told me there were so many cars parked along the road that it was difficult to drive past it.
Peekamoose Blue Hole, as I knew it, was not supposed to be that way. While it hasn’t exactly been a secret since the dawn of the internet age, it’s location, lack of services, and deep, ice cold water had always limited crowds.
In a low snow year, Hunter was reporting most of its terrain open. Weather forecasts were calling for a warm and sunny April day in March and I was thinking about Hunter for a day of midweek skiing.
Temperatures ranged from the 40s to the 60s on my ride up, base to summit. The baseball hat and sunglasses were mandatory, but I was comfortable in my light ski pants with shorts underneath, a breathable shirt and a windbreaker.
Normal for midweek, the lifts and trails were empty. Hunter was hosting the annual fireman’s races and there were plenty of firemen on the mountain, some wearing full gear and some wearing shorts only.