Skiing with the Northeast Ski Blogger Summit group at Jay Peak was a great time, but the best day of the trip for me came today, when Harv and I stopped at Hickory on our way back to the flatlands.
There have already been several great reports from Hickory this season, and I can confirm that it’s all true. Six years after Bobcat’s closure in the western Catskills, Hickory’s recent comeback is just what the doctor ordered: a one-stop antidote for McSkiing — an old-tyme atmosphere straight out of the 1960s with an intimate, family-oriented base lodge.
Twisty, narrow trails, surprisingly steep terrain, and great tree runs.
And an incredibly friendly general manager who’s seemingly everywhere at once, taking care of bizness at the lodge, showing people around the hill, working Poma 2.
If you need a break from what the the ski industry has become over the past two decades, I can’t recommend this place enough. There’s no question that 100% natural snow is a double-edged sword, especially here in the northeast, but when you hit it at the right time, as we did today, it’s the softest, creamiest surface you’ll ever ski.