Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
|Photo by Dick Sanford at the Catskill Mountain News|
|Photo by Dick Sanford.|
|Photo by Dick Sanford|
|Till Next Year...|
Friday, March 16, 2012
|The Bar at Plattekill|
This weekend there will also, of course, be Guinness and Jameson's and Murphy's. And what Nate Batthany (who is in charge of the awesome bar as well as the food in the bar – that steak quesadilla, say) calls an "Irish Car Bomb." Now while I was left stuttering over this politically tricky, say, notion, he explained that this was a combo of Bailey's and Jameson's and said, "You don't know what it is because you're not a college student." Too right. But anyone who drinks Bailey's has bigger problems. That stuff is just gross. So is Irish Whiskey. I'm a malt lady myself. Scotch malt.
|Yes, Rudd checking your email helps you ski bumps. Or are you putting on Ryan Adams?|
|Nailing the kicker at the top Block (and also proving why action sports photography is a proven skill. He did catch air.|
|She caught air too... I just didn't. At least not on film.|
|The Tunis clan takes in the glory of the day and 1000 feet of vert.|
Friday, March 9, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
|Let's hear it for the O'Donnell lady patrollers...|
Those fine men and women in red have your back. (And mine...). At Platty they're all volunteers, so let's show them our love. Particularly when we're skiing lots of lovely powder.
Okay that's a segue to show some powder shots that Becky Porter took on Sunday. I must apologize for forgetting my camera today. But, I had more serious thoughts on my mind: FRESH TRACKS. Sorry (sort of) if you missed them.
|Thank you Becky Porter for remembering your camera....|
|Yes that's powder. I know you might have forgotten what it looks like.|
Saturday, February 25, 2012
|no lift lines but awesome conditions.|
|who wouldn't smile?|
|See, John Tunis knows quality.|
|Love the patroller opening Plunge (though poached before-- and while we're on Ski Patrol please buy a raffle ticket to support them....|
|And yes that's me....|
Friday, February 24, 2012
|Zane Ashford, 15 rocking the slopes and a ski patroller....|
While you’re supporting the ski patrol today, think too about the ski patroller of the future. (Remember I told you this is a two-fer). Zane Ashford, 15, she bubbly with blond hair and blue eyes – and good natured to boot. Also, a fully qualified member of the national ski patrol. We met when I rode the lift with her dad Bim, head of the Platty ski patrol. And like any doting dad he told me about young Zane becoming a patroller at 14. She started studying for it when she was 13… While she can’t actually work at Platty (too young), her story is inspiring.
|Proud pops... Now support the ski patrol|
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
|It's even cold enough to make snow at night....|
|At Squaw... notice the bare rocks. I got p-tex...|
Friday, February 3, 2012
|See Pixie-ish smile hiding a wry sense of humor.|
|Ballet on planks on Platty's Northface.|
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
|The Macker – his name well earned, starts a fire with a blowtorch.|
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
|And baby makes three. Plus four planks.|
|Learning on Powder Puff|
|Ready to take after Dad. In the groomer.|
Monday, January 9, 2012
|Harvey shooting for the blog.|
|And check out that grin. He's having a good birthday...|
Friday, January 6, 2012
Come this Friday and skating returns to Margaretville (not skateboarding either for all who think the weather might stand in the way of actual ice).
The village has a winter tradition of free ice skating in the village park (behind Freshtown and by the pavilion). The rink is ad hoc, made of hay bales and custom liner filled with water turned into, of course, ice. It’s set up by a team of volunteers headed by Mike and Becky Porter. I can’t say enough good things about the two of them; he rode his bike across the country after two year’s of cancer treatment, was science teacher at MCS and is president of the volunteer fire department. (He also cuts a fine figure in the department’s dress uniform). And, where it comes to dress or dressing, Becky can dress a deer on the way to church on Sunday (she has before) and is a skater and skier. As Mike says, he’s just there doing her bidding. He does not actually skate but wants to encourage everyone to get outside. To make sure you can, the Porters have skates on their back porch (at the corner of Orchard and Academy Street in the village) for anyone to borrow.
The rink is open anytime you feel like coming and having a skate. To keep the ice smooth they use something called a “wand,” a four-foot garden hose attachment that sprays a thin stream of water on top. That’s all it takes to get the Zamboni effect. On Wednesday the ice was at least two inches thick, Mike reports. “Not quite good enough yet.” Because of the weather he suggests skating in the evenings and early mornings when it’s cold. And in the early morning you’re likely to catch Becky there too. That’s her favorite time to hit the ice.
Skating when it’s too warm makes it both hard to skate and is hard on the ice, which, given that the rink is run by volunteers, makes them work harder too. Plus, if you come when it’s dark out, there’s a light on a post by the rink that you can turn on yourself, anytime you want. So if you fancy a romantic midnight skating jaunt…
The rink will be up, “Until,” Mike says, “mother nature says ‘no.’” Which here in the Western Catskills means February.