Plattekill Tree Skiing Work Day 2018

Plattekill Mountain and NYSkiBlog are stoked to present the eighth annual Plattekill Tree Skiing Work Day at the ski area in Roxbury NY, on Saturday November 3rd, 2018. Rain date is Sunday November 4th.

Plattekill fall aerial photo

As is our tradition, we’re recruiting a motivated, smiling crew of lopper wielding powder hounds to continue our maintenance some of the Catskills best tree skiing.

Our longterm goal is to clear as much terrain as possible under the legendary double chair. As regulars know, Plattekill is committed to helping skiers pursue their passion and find great lines all over the mountain.

free tree lines

While the ski business inexorably consolidates, Plattekill offers a different kind of experience: a family-owned ski area with steep terrain, good snowfall and a great vibe. You can access it all without lift lines.

And because Plattekill is only open weekends and holidays, tree lines remain fresh for weekend warriors, who know where to look. The best way to learn the mountain’s secrets is to come to this event to spend a day with those who know and maintain those lines.

new Plattekill tree line

Laszlo and Danielle Vajtay, the owners, appreciate this volunteer effort. Each participant will get a midday meal on the new deck and a voucher for a lift ticket valid on any regular operating day during the 2018-2019 season. Plus you’ll get an added bonus of inestimable value: street cred with New York’s tree skiers.

To be clear, the workday will be work. We’ll hike approximately 3 miles during the course of the day. Trees will be cut and dragged. Participants should ready to hike with a backpack containing 2 liters of water, a few snacks like PB+Js and Clif Bars, and a pair of work gloves. A camera is also a good thing to have, so you can start figuring out key angles to shoot your friends on pow days.

Plattekill work day crew

We need at least 12 volunteers to make it work. The more the better. We’ll meet at the Plattekill base lodge at 9:00 am on Saturday November 3rd.

Volunteers should come to the mountain with:

  • Energy to have a fun time working for the day
  • Good boots for working and hiking
  • Warm clothes / layers / gloves
  • Snacks / Water
  • Cutting tools: loppers / bow saw / leatherman

If you want to spend some time getting to know Plattekill and bonding with some diehards, please post in the comments below so we can contact you with details. And follow us on Facebook for any last minute updates. Think snow!


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78 comments on “Plattekill Tree Skiing Work Day 2018

  1. After last winter’s March “mega-dump” when I had a chance to sample the goods, I vowed that I would help out this year! Count me in and one other (my wife – never saw that happening!) as well. We’ll make a weekend out of it and do some hiking on Sunday.

  2. I’m going to try to make it ….I certainly get good use of the trees all winter long!

    p.s. I think I’m the one skiing in the middle picture in this article!

  3. How about some lanes somewhere off the triple (north side of the mountain)? It would make that side of the mountain more interesting.

  4. I saw that the woods between Freefall and Blockbuster may be the work site this year. I’m not opposed to that location and would enjoy working on it and later skiing it, but my vote would be something in the mellower Ridge Run/Twist area if there is still any work to be done there. We did steep terrain last year, and it’ll be in play less often than Plattekill’s other lower-angle tree skiing. Would be nice this year to work on an area that has a greater likelihood of being skiable.

  5. Let’s get some lines marked out, so we can be more effective in our efforts. Some survey tape by a group of experienced folks would help.

  6. Trying to work it out to be there. I’ve wanted to show up for this the last couple years but soccer has always gotten in the way. Games are on Sundays this year so I think I’ve got a shot (I’ll have a 14 and 10 year old in tow though).

  7. Jeff, that was the first area we did 3 or 4 years ago, it’s probably due for a little maintenance, but we have some big fish to fry this year!

  8. I’ll be there. We all discovered amazing tree skiing last season hiding in plain sight, between Freefall and Block. The bottom gets weedy and would be good to clear an obvious exit that doesn’t go into the Learning Center. I would be for working on that.

  9. IT IS ON FOR TOMORROW – COME OUT AND DO SOME GLADE CLEARING!

    Please know: The mountain cannot provide any tools. You can operate your own saws and chain saws as long as you have safety gear such as hard hat, glasses and chaps and leather boots, steel toe preferred as required.

    It would be super if a few people comfortable with their use could bring a chain saw.

    SEE YOU THERE / THEN

  10. Thanks, for the quick reply. Keep me in mind in the future and say hello to Laszlo for me.
    Paul
    PS Pray for Sn*w!

  11. in terms of the TIME of the workday people can start to gather any time between 8-9am and they will run the lift for a while starting at 9. come on out, its a fun time and if you ski trees, it benefits you directly.

  12. 9am! Plattekill is in! See you tomorrow. Lifts will be spinning to get you all up there. And the grill will be grillin’ and the sun will be shining!

  13. Wish I could make it! I’ve been wanting to get involved with projects like this. Going to be in Rhode Island that weekend for my friend’s belated graduation party though.
    🙁

  14. We’re going to be working near the double on lines that should be pretty visible that will hopefully be able to go on the map next year. And secret locations too, probably!

  15. ml242, can you divulge approximately where on the mountain (in the helicopter photo above) that you’re planning to work, or will the location only be provided to participants? I’d love to go, but will be out of town that day.

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