No you read it correctly. Really I misspoke. Only half was listed as open, the trails that have had snowmaking.
Honestly I wasn't sure how much would be in play before I got there. I only asked Chris one question by text: are people skiing Ridge Run? If the answer is no it means only snowmaking terrain is in play.
That kind of skiing is not for everyone. The guys I skied with yesterday skied almost exclusively on natural snow.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
I've been known to duck a rope or two at Gore, however it's a mountain I know and can usually sense when something will be skiable. I know the issue is usually the one 70 year old working patrol midweek just doesn't feel like opening it.
If I knew I was meeting up with some people who know Platekill id be more inclined to do that, but if I'm going to buy a lift ticket the day before for a mountain I don't know I'm going to assume what is listed as open is what I'll be skiing. Perhaps next skiblog Platty day I can meet up with some of the regs here
One edit to my earlier post. Hunter has almost no natural snow on the ground but Belle actually did have a little. Perhaps being father West in the cats helps
But, as someone once said..."I ski Plattekill, every pair of skis are rock skis."
The biggest issues of opening trails with marginal snow, isn't skiing them, mostly only experts are ducking ropes, it's patrol having to get someone down in a sled. That ain't easy with rocks, sticks and brush sticking up.
Hunter skied well today until it didn't..
up until around 11 everything was like velvet , Ike and racers had a nice coating of man made..Then the place turned into a piece of marble..Parts of the mountain were like a nicely polished bowling ball..