Windham vs. Hercules

In 2014, the stars have aligned early for skiers in New York. The Catskills are in the bullseye for winter storm Hercules, and no one should miss out on turns tomorrow, let alone over the weekend.

Instructor-Mike-Powder

Not wanting to get snowed out, I left the city late last night, GF in tow, to make sure that we would arrive at Windham bright and early.

I’d seen their trail count increasing pretty quickly since the thaw and I had been dying to check out some of their summer improvements, which include new terrain features in the form of a blue square called Windfall and a very tasty looking gladed area just off of it.

Windham-Mountain

As I sit in Legends at days end, banging out my report, there’s a good 6-8″+ up top and the snow is piling up. If my knees weren’t also barking, it might be harder to sit in here to watch it happen.

Traverse-to-Winfall

I’d almost forgotten about how much vertical you can rack up on the A-lift. It’s a quick fly and ride. Windfall was very fun, so we traversed out to it a few times.

The east side was also skiing great, although visibility was tough with a man made blizzard humming along with the natural.

Amy-Diggin-the-Powder

I’d think that three more ways down will be on line tomorrow, especially if Hercules smashes the area with another foot, which is what the pros are talking about.

There’s nothing better than midweek pow, at least when you can get off to enjoy it. No lines, cheaper tickets, and you just get more of the snow to yourself.

Windfall-Woods

Take my word for it; you just can’t make a bad choice if you choose the Catskills this weekend.

4 comments on “Windham vs. Hercules

  1. Were the new Whataride Glades open? Is that last photograph looking down into them from Windfall? I was up at Windham on the 29th when it rained for most of the day and coverage off the main trails was dismal to non-existent. it’s good to see winter returning.

  2. Whataride isn’t open unfortunately, i hiked in a bit to get that shot. I was hoping this storm would do it but it will unfortunately take another. It’s a fun cut though, there are a few boulders and natural features to take advantage of.

  3. Great pics, man. It was a lot of fun taking a run with you. Did you make it out on Friday?

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