Work has been slow this month, so I guess you could say I have a little too much time on my hands.
I actually think this has potential to "preserve" the historical value of Plattekill. Things are getting a little tight with the new Magic Carpet, and ski instructors teaching lessons in the very confined base area. It takes away from the convenience of Plattekill being a "skiers mountain"
This plan would add an additional lodge, and parking area about the size of the current one, but the ski school, and rentals would operate out of the lower lodge, leaving the current lodge with plenty of space for seasond skiers. And plenty of place to park. (no more parking a half mile down the road) The magic carpet would be re-located over there, and the runout on Freefall would return to normal. The main lift would be a High Speed Quad, and is 8/10 of a mile long. I would also utilize the Tanglwood double as a beginner lift that serves the lower 1/3 of the terrain and will operate at about 350 Ft/min.
Overlook is currently a Green, but it's got some steep spots in it, and I don't want to have a green trail connecting the two mountains. I don't want novice skiers to think it's easy to ski over there, so I've changed it to blue.
Acquiring the Land, and funds for this project would not be totally out of the picture. Part of it is a farm that has potential for sale, and the rest is state land. With the recent (and likely future) funding at Belleayre, it's likely that funds may be available for Belleayre's biggest competitor.
This would also increase Plattekill's vertical to 1250'
What are your thoughts?
Disclaimer: This diagram is nothing more than my imagination, and does not mean to suggest that Plattekill's current operation is inferior.
Clearly stirring the pot- I like it! First though, no detaches! That just drives up prices. Second, why can't we buy the farm on the other side of the road, directly below the parking? Then we can extend the vert without spreading out down valley. Just build the new lodge down there, move parking, the road and the maintenance buildings out of the way. Then move the carpet and the tubing to the other side of the new lodge, extend all the trails downward, put a double from there up to about where the top of the carpet is now, trash the triple and put a fixed grip quad from the new base up to where the triple lets off now. The old lodge stays where it is but the rental and sales area on the lower level (and maybe the empty house in the woods also) is converted into a low-cost ski-in-ski-out hostel
, why can't we buy the farm on the other side of the road, directly below the parking? Then we can extend the vert without spreading out down valley. Just build the new lodge down there, move parking, the road and the maintenance buildings out of the way. Then move the carpet and the tubing to the other side of the new lodge, extend all the trails downward, put a double from there up to about where the top of the carpet is now,
I've thought about that too, but if you extend the trails downward you are going to have to build a skier bridge to get over the road and down to the new lodge. Unless you don't want to be able to park in the old parking lots or use the old lodge anymore. Do you really want it to look like Belleayre? Also it's pretty steep down through there, and like you said the shop, compressor building, snowmaking pond and pump house are in the way as well as the lower parking lot. That's a lot up move around. My goal was to keep all of that exactly like it is, and add another pod elsewhere. I don't think moving down valley would be all that bad. Yes it would require a lot longer lift, but it would also add some great trails and long uninterrupted glades with favorable exposure.
Also, I don't want to move the tubing. I want the tubing hill to be close to the bar so that parents can hang out at the bar while their kids stay occupied - tubing. The current bar set up is pretty good. People dig it. I wouldn't add another bar at the new lodge unless there was a high demand for it.
If It came to that, I would try to make it a year round restaurant that catered to locals during the summer as well as summer tourists alike.