Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pretty, Rocky

Beautiful day up on Shaupeneak Ridge today.  Geologically, it's nothin but a big pile of rocks, which the thin cover did not quite cushion. Still, nice to get out.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Far From the Madding Crowd

There wasn't as much new snow today as we'd hoped at Platty - pretty sure there was more down here in the valley.  But tomorrow promises to be sweet - 3-6" of new freshness.  Have fun up there, y'all!  The Freeheeler's gonna stay local and make some turns in the backyard with Henry - maybe check out Shaupeneak on the vintage (80's?) Karhu XCD GT's I took up on the Powderpuff at Platty today - with Asolo leather boots and only 55mm underfoot, these badboys demanded perfect balance and a deep stance - real old school.  I'll post some pix if Mother Nature doesn't make liars of the weathermen.

For now, here's a late-afternoon shot from the newly opened Northface run - as you can see, crowds were not a problem today.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Shaupeneak Ridge has a phenomenal trail system managed by Scenic Hudson in the Marlboro Mountains in Esopus, Ulster County, NY.

Been hoping to do some BC skiing here on the Orange Trail, which was built by the mountain bikers of Fats in the Cats.  There's an amazing hemlock forest that, in summer, is carpeted by ferns.  Should be awesome for skiing - just need some snow!

Here are a couple of pictures of Hank on Louisa Pond, a kettle pond at the top of the ridge, which is now just about ready to skate on.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Henry Gets a Tele Lesson

Here's Henry, 20-months old,  rockin' some sweet L.L.Bean Snowflakes by Karhu that he got from my dad (thanks Poppa Mike!). These babies are 65mm at the shovel and 50mm underfoot, with a two-strap nylon-webbing binding system.  He'll be rippin' the pow in no time.

Monday, January 16, 2012

"I've Been to the Mountaintop"

What better way to celebrate the message of Dr. King and his struggle than to free your heels?  The skiing was good this weekend at Platty; OK, so Sunday's absence of warmth was a bit extreme. But we're not complaining - glove liners and handwarmers kept it civilized, and all that flexing at the bellows kept the toes warm enough.  Things got a little windblown and scraped off by the end of the day today, but there's a nice base now and we're looking forward to more terrain opening next week.

Snowing here in the Valley tonight - maybe the Freeheeler will get a chance to get out on the XC skis soon!

Here are a couple of shots from the ride home tonight:

This is a nice little rest stop off Rt. 30 near Platty - I totally want to ski that hill in the middle distance - gonna have to talk to the farmer.

Here are a couple of vintage train cars at the Delaware and Ulster Railroad in Arkville. 

OK, so it hasn't been an epic winter so far here in the Cats - that was last year.  But who knows what the next couple of months will have in store?   In the meantime, we're having a lot of fun on the snow we've got.

Nothin' but Blue Skies

Gorgeous bluebird day at Platty yesterday, even if the temps were a bit low.  Mid-day was perfection. The Freeheeler is looking forward to some more terrain opening soon (today??).

Here's a late day pic, giving Mother Nature a hand, blowing snow on Northface.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Snowing in the Catskills!

It's no secret that Mother Nature has been pretty stingy with the white stuff this season.  But we can be thankful that she's giving us at least a little taste today.  Keep it comin', Mama!

Here's a picture from Plattekill Mountain's webcam, recorded at 11:40 am this morning:

Everybody keep doing the snow dance!!!