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Old 02-16-2010, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Any opinions of/experience with Plattekill Mountain (Catskills)?

I keep reading such great things about it (compared with other mountains in that area, Windham, Belleayre, Hunter, etc.), but the trail map looks unimpressive. Also, it has only three lifts and the mountain, in general, looks pretty small. Anybody been to this place recently? If so, what'd you think of it, what's it like for boarders, etc.?

Also, are the trails (mostly blues) long and flat, or steep and short? Looks like it's the latter, in which case, you spend too much time waiting in line or riding the lifts. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Funny you should mention this because I just started looking into this place the last couple of days and am thinking of taking a 1-2 night trip to hit up platekill and maybe hunter or belleayare.

From what I've heard don't go by only the trail map. There are a lot of "unofficial" trails that are marked by the regulars. As long as you keep it in the mountain boundaries they don't mind you taking these unofficial trails. Also there you rarely have to wait in any lift lines since the mountain is in such a remote location.

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that's very helpful. and if i can be of some assistance to you, don't go to Hunter. it's absolutely awful. Belleayre and Windham are 1000 times better in every way, and they're right in the same area.
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i think im going there soon. i live near philly, and we get a coupon book for things to do in south jersey, and theres buy one get one tickets for plattekill(yeah i have no idea why for them, when they are 4 hours away) but ive always wanted to check it out.

i hear its all about the riding there. pretty bare bones and whatnot, which is awesome as hell
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that's very helpful. and if i can be of some assistance to you, don't go to Hunter. it's absolutely awful. Belleayre and Windham are 1000 times better in every way, and they're right in the same area.
i used to HATE hunter...but ive been going there quite often but only during the mid week where its dead, and i must tell u, that its not that bad. there r a lot of trails to explore that r hidden and if u catch them on a pow day, u will jizz in ur pants haha
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My friends and I had a house at hunter for two seasons. Needless to say I didn't ride much on the weekends...lol It's a lot of fun during the week though and more fun terrain than Bellayre and Windham. I haven't been back to windham since I dislocated my elbow 11 years ago so I may be a bit biased.

I'll be heading up there tomorrow to catch the snow.
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I ride bikes here a lot in the off-season but have never been here for snow. I've always thought if they got a lot of snow the bike trails would be fantastic fun but if the snow is thin I'll bet it kinda blows.
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i'm biased, but every time i've been to Hunter (a good 4, 5 times in the past two seasons) it's been crazy crowded, and crazy icy all over the mountain. i find the runs to be shorter, and more importantly, a lot of them don't get direct sunlight, meaning they freeze faster in the cold weather. the best run for intermediates is the Belt Parkway, and even that is crazy crowded and iced over the entire day.

i find Windham's runs to be much wider, much less crowded, and much longer. Belleayre isn't as big, but it gets about half (or fewer) people, meaning the runs are never crowded.

if you ride mostly terrain park, i can see liking Hunter better because of the park and the halfpipe, but for someone like me who just likes to cruise and carve, i really can't stand it.
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Hunter is the only mountain I've actually seen a fight break out in the lift line. I also was threatened by some meathead that he was going to show me his "biscuit", which I later found out meant his gun... here I thought he was coming on to me.... it is New York
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sadly, that doesn't surprise me at all.
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