It was time to put my bad knee behind me. I had already gotten back in the water after taking a year off from surfing, and it had been just as long since I skied down a mountain, so it was time. After a winter of snow storms that dumped foot upon foot of snow in the northeast, I waited until April 9th to make my first visit to a mountain.
Ski Plattekill in Roxbury, New York, had 31 trails open this late in April, with a solid snow base and 60 degree weather. As I took my first run I remembered how much I enjoyed skiing and instantly regretted waiting until the last ski weekend of the year to get back into it.
Plattekill is closed for the season now, but they do allow you to hike up the mountain and ski the remaining snow on the upper parts. In two weeks I’ll be strapping my skies to my back and hiking up.