I like Windham a lot and have considered switching from Hunter to Windham. However, it costs 800 dollars more for my dad and I to get passes there and they close earlier. They always close a week before Hunter and I even remember them closing 2 weeks earlier one year. I like Windham's layout better, they are the only mountain that always opens all their trails in the Catskills, and they are less crowded and don't have the edgy, in-your-face vibe that Hunter sometimes has. However, the parking is further away, the high speed quad is slower than the Hunter 6-pack, and they close earlier. All of this for 800 dollars more.
I don't get all the Windham hate on this site. It may be the most luxurious resort in NY (not a problem for me), but it is the 3rd largest, has some great cruising terrain, and has some more challenging runs as well. I say it beats Belleayre any day and Plattekill when there's no natural snow.
Yes early season when it's got man made and it's free sure. Glades aren't in play then anyways so it doesn't matter since you can't ride glades anywhere else.
they are the only mountain that always opens all their trails in the Catskills, and they are less crowded and don't have the edgy, in-your-face vibe that Hunter sometimes has.
Not for nothing but I can't remember the last season when Platty did not have all of their trails open for most of the winter. Granted not in the early season. Also, you'll be hard pressed to find a better vibe anywhere in NYS.
"The weather report is looking good for Thursday night snowmaking. We just brought in 3 extra compressors. What?!! True fact. We are not messing around! Extra compressors mean we can power up at least 40 additional snowguns. LET THERE BE SNOW! We are going to hit it hard and it will happen fast. Stay tuned... we have a few more surprises up our sleeve for this weekend and beyond."
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
With the ground bare and no snow in the forecast, Windham Mountain in the Catskills is trying something different this Sunday.
It plans to start making snow on its higher trails, where temperatures can be colder, while opening other trails to mountain biking.
Spokesman Jesse Tolz said mountain bikers, skiers and snowboarders could all be sharing the lifts as they get to their trails.
“The forecast is pretty bleak through mid-January,” Tolz said Thursday afternoon. “We are going to be mixing up the scene.”
The rental shop will be handling not only skis and snowboards, but mountain bikes as well, he said. Windham will open at 8 a.m. Sunday and remain open until 4 p.m.
How can they open only their upper trails? All the lifts go to the bottom except Wheelchair and East Peak. I suppose they could open Wolverine off the Wheelchair lift and have downloading on the HSQ, but that is really unusual.