I know, I know, you are not supposed to create web content that drives people away from your site. In this case, my loyal readers, it is worth it. Over on Harvey Road, a web site allegedly dedicated to ski news from New York State, some trip reports have emerged focusing on none other than Jay Peak, Vermont. And these aren't just your average "hey, I went to Jay last weekend" kind of trip reports. No, these reports are by Laszlo Vatjay, owner of Plattekill Mountain, nestled in the western Catskills of New York. Do you remember when Powder Magazine had a feature called "Little areas that rock?" I don't recall if Plattekill made it to Powder mag but from what I hear, it should have. Like Jay, Plattekill has steep, challenging terrain, lots of snow, a friendly vibe and a dedicated posse of core skiers. Unlike Jay, it is off the radar for many eastern skiers. So when the ski area owner decides to take a ski holiday with his family, where does he go? To Jay Peak, of course!
Here are links to Laszlo's insightful, funny and entertaining reports of his family's stay at Jay the week before Easter:
Episode One, in which Laszlo arrives, and gets the lay of the land:
Episode Two, in which Laszlo experiences a "Welcome to Jay Peak" kind of day, retreats to the Ice Haus and comments on the development situation. All from his cell phone:
Episode Three, in which Laszlo has better weather, enjoys the great snow, meets some friends and reflects on the Jay Peak experience:
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
|Sometimes it is hard to believe you are going skiing.|
|A little air underneath the Aerial Tramway.|
What is it about spring skiing? For easterners, at least, I think it is the combination of being released from the death grip of winter with the fact that we can still ski. Conditions are very forgiving. Mellow, even. Everyone is relaxed, you can drink a beer on the deck afterwards, the people watching is highly entertaining and for some reason, many skiers feel compelled to wear funny hats, shorts and even t-shirts on a day that really requires a jacket and helmet. People that ski once a year come out of the woodwork with ancient equipment. Tailgate parties develop at the base of the lift and elsewhere. Lawn chairs appear in the parking lot. Everyone is having a great day. Half the people on the hill are probably impaired, one way or another (except for Sunday morning, when half the people on the hill are probably hung over). Very often, skiers will put up with pretty marginal conditions to enjoy this sacred rite. Not this time. Jay Peak delivered, with full coverage, no closed trails and amazing conditions. We skied places you don't often get to ski in early April: Green Beret; Valhalla; Powerline; Northwest Passage; Andre's Paradise and and more. On Friday, conditions were even a bit "wintry" and we found patches of powder in the woods.
|Pudd enjoys fresh tracks, in the woods, in April.|
Nice it was. So long Jay Peak, see you next season.
|More air on Green Beret.|
|Pudd sticks a Jonny Jay Jet Turn in Valhalla.|
|You have to like the first chair feeling...|
|The Lord of Powder revels with the minions looking on through the window.|
|Conditions are perfect on NWP.|
|Let the spring celebrations begin!|
|Rock on buddy: Olin Mark IVs, Burt bindings, safety straps, Lange XRs and awesome toque.|
|A very appropriate spring-skiingmobile.|
|Pudd bids adieu to Jay Peak for another season.|