Plattekill Mountain

Plattekill Mountain logoPlattekill Mountain is located high in the western Catskill Mountains surrounded by farmland and forest. Plattekill is the anti-resort without hotels, slopeside accommodations or high speed lifts. But you do get the deepest snows in the Catskills and a trail map with a steep, continuous 1100’ vertical drop, serviced by two chairlifts and a magic carpet that provide skiing on 38 trails.

The mountain skis big, yet retains an old school, wholesome feel providing a pure, unadulterated ski experience. There are few if any lift lines, trails are uncrowded and the snow surface rarely gets skied off. Every trail leads to the one base area, which is great for families with younger children.

The mountain has two peaks, one serviced by a Hall double chair, the other by a Hall triple. The view from the base of the mountain can feel intimidating to novices — it’s dominated by Plattekill’s expert terrain, including Blockbuster, Freefall, Plunge and Northface, which are some of the steepest runs in the Catskills.

However, there is a significant amount of terrain suitable for both novices and intermediates. Many classic, natural snow trails, like Ridge, Twist, Bail-out and Overlook wind their way down following the contours of the mountain. These trails offer a glimpse back to the way skiing used to be. In addition, the two-mile long Powder Puff trail from the top of the triple chair is the perfect trail to introduce new skiers and riders to the entire mountain. Plattekill also has a learning center located at the base area, which is serviced by its own magic carpet lift. This provides beginners their own slope without more advanced skiers. The mountain also offers a separate tubing area and lift that gives skiers and non-skiers alike additional outdoor fun.

The base lodge is friendly and warm with natural timber beams. There is always a place to sit, change and eat even on “busy” weekends. The lodge has a ski shop, equipment rental center, a full service cafeteria and a bar with grilled pub food located on the third floor overlooking the slopes.

Plattekill is family owned and managed and expands its snowmaking capabilities each year, through the acquisition of fan guns, compressors and grooming machines. There is also a continuing project that will largely expand the snowmaking pond located in the saddle between the mountains’ two peaks.

In addition to being known as a serious skier’s mountain, Plattekill has a reputation as one of the Northeast’s mountain biking meccas. It was one of the first mountains to offer lift serviced mountain biking in the east and has been doing so for nearly twenty years. It is host to sanctioned mountain biking races throughout the warmer months. Plattekill is an undiscovered gem that offers something for everyone in a sport that has become more and more homogenized.

To see our coverage, check out our Plattekill Blog.

by Marcski

Plattekill Mountain Trail Map

Plattekill Mountain trail map

Plattekill Vertical Drop and Stats

Summit Elevation3,300 feet
Base Elevation2,200 feet
Vertical Drop1,100 feet
# Trails38 trails
Trail Miles12 miles
Longest Run2 miles
Skiable Area130 acres
# Lifts3 lifts
Uphill Capacity3,000 / hour
Annual Snowfall †175 inches
10 Year Avg*113 inches
10 Year High*180 inches
Skier Density**23 per acre/hour
† Advertised annual snowfall
* Mountain reported 2012 – 2022
** Uphill Capacity / Total Acres, scale from 10 – 130

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Address 1469 Plattekill Road
Address 2Roxbury, NY 12474
Phone(607) 326-3500
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