Plattekill opened Dec. 7 with upgraded snowmaking

By Jay Braman Jr.

The owners of Plattekill Ski Resort in Roxbury have set Saturday, Dec. 7 as their opening day, despite the latest warming trend.

Plattekill is last of the four ski areas in the Central Catskill Region to open. Taking advantage of last week’s cold snap, Belleayre at Highmount, and Hunter and Windham mountains in nearby Greene County, all opened up last weekend thanks to massive snowmaking efforts. All three remain open at midweek.

At Plattekill, owner Lazlo Vajtay got excited early last month when white stuff accumulated on the slopes for the first time this season. “We are buzzing with excitement and anticipation of a great ski season here on the mountain,” he said.

The most recent check made by Vajtay on November 30 showed that eight inches of snow had fallen on his slopes. For up-to-date information on Plattekill’s opening, go to www.plattekill.com.
Since last season Vajtay has made several investments to better the skier experience at Plattekill.

“New for this year, we are making significant snowmaking upgrades and switching over to more energy efficient snow guns, adding learn -o-tele packages with full equipment rentals to our array of lessons, expanding our learning center terrain and making several ticketing upgrades,” he said.

In the meantime, staff is kept busy preparing. “The finishing touches are being put on the new trail maps and our lodge to welcome old friends and new,” Vajtay said.

Plattekill is also adding an all-new dining partner page to its website to help guests with vacation planning.   

“In addition our food service department is revamping menu options in our Bistro to keep all our skiers and snowboarders well fed while out using up energy on the slopes this winter,” he added.