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Coming to the Catskills tomorrow for the first time.

Staying in Fleishmans through New Years, which seems close to Belleayre, and skiing there on Saturday. Also looks like Platty, Hunter, and Windham are all within range. Any of those 4 have notorious holiday crowds and should be avoided?

I read through the Directory and see that these are "some of the most visited ski areas in New York." And this is probably one of the most visited weekends. Any tips to avoid the worst crowds would be appreciated.
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Tomorrow's rain should hold crowds down. Saturday is likely to be firm everywhere unless it warms up or the sun comes out. Forecast is calling for cloudy and 34 at base elevation.

In general on holidays, barring difficult weather or conditions, most mountains, including Hunter, Belle and Windham will be crowded. Plattekill is generally uncrowded all the time but will also have less terrain open.

As a teleskier I don't really care about limited terrain. If I get a lift ride up and can ride down a nice trail with reasonable or steep pitch and I'm unfettered by too many other skiers I am happy.

Disclaimer: It is well documented that am not unbiased. The last time I skied in the Cats I went to Plattekill even though they were closed and other areas were open.

I would ask others to chime in about crowds at the other three hills. I don't really know.

Welcome to the forum.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
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All the cool guys are named camp
Welcome Camp

That's all I got.

Can't help with the Cats
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Crowds from most to least: Hunter, Windham, Belle, Platty. On its worst day, Plattekill’s trails are blissfully un-crowded. The only reason not to go is that they might have a tougher time recovering/grooming after a rain. If it rains a lot and then the temps drop, Hunter will do the best job (by far probably) of getting their trails back in shape. Just check out Harvey’s current blog post to read more about it. It will also be the most crowded no matter what. Be ready to throw an elbow if required.
"You want your skis? Go get 'em!" -W. Miller
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camp wrote
Coming to the Catskills tomorrow for the first time.

Staying in Fleishmans through New Years, which seems close to Belleayre, and skiing there on Saturday. Also looks like Platty, Hunter, and Windham are all within range. Any of those 4 have notorious holiday crowds and should be avoided?

I read through the Directory and see that these are "some of the most visited ski areas in New York." And this is probably one of the most visited weekends. Any tips to avoid the worst crowds would be appreciated.
There is a another factor to consider besides sheer numbers.  From what I observed, the folks who are at Platty know how to ski/board.  Meaning you don't have to worry as much about human missiles.  I would guess that Belleayre may be a bit better in that regard compared to Hunter and Windham.  But I generally ski midweek during early or late season when it comes to the northeast.

For future reference, the people who are on the slopes at Jiminy Peak tend to know what they are doing. Meaning both the parents and the kids for families.  Having lights that allow skiing until 10pm also means it's possible to ski in the late afternoons and/or evenings with fewer people.
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Brownski wrote
  Be ready to throw an elbow if required.
Yo Harv --- that's how you get the attention of that bartender at Gore
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campgottagopee wrote
Brownski wrote
  Be ready to throw an elbow if required.
Yo Harv --- that's how you get the attention of that bartender at Gore
Now that you mention it, that may be where I learned the skill- but at the Terminal Bar in the Bronx not the Tannery
"You want your skis? Go get 'em!" -W. Miller
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LOL

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We skied Belleayre, Windham, and Platty. Platty was by far the family favorite, just our kind of vibe/terrain and was plenty fun even with only a few runs on one side open. Hope to come back when our season shuts down (one state south).
Harvey Harvey
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Nice.

camp I would love to meet you. There is a gathering at Plattekill this coming Saturday. Some skiing, a film after dark and probably a toast in there somewhere. Be great if you could come.

https://www.facebook.com/events/415386172329430/
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
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