# of trails: 38
# of lifts: 4
Skiable acres: 75
Longest run: 10,560 feet
Vertical drop: 1,100 feet
Full-day adult weekend lift ticket: $59 (two-day: $99; three-day: $145)
1, includes jumps, boxes, and rails
Lift-serviced snowtubing, snowshoeing, lodge, bar and grill. Note: only open on weekends and holidays, plus mid-week when there is more than one foot of snow on the ground
With trail names like Shredded Mozzarella and I Think I Can, Plattekill, which has been owned by the Vajtay family for more than 20 years, has a very playful atmosphere. A bit off the beaten path, loyal fans think it’s worth the trip.
You’ll find skiers of all levels happily cruising along here, whether on the Powder Puff, a gentle two-mile beginner course, or on the double-black diamond Blockbuster trail — 1,100 feet of intense vertical that is one of the steepest in the Catskills. “Plattekill is situated in a natural ski bowl, so all trails ski right to the base,” says owner Danielle Vajtay. “Our steep slopes are legendary, as most mountains are not situated like this.” In fact, 20 percent of the trails are rated black diamonds, while another twenty percent are double black diamonds. New this season is enhanced snowmaking, as well an eight-week Saturday ski instruction program for kids ages seven to 17. At $300, it’s a bargain.