Art of Business: Q&A With Danielle Vajtay of Plattekill Mountain | Outdoors | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

Art of Business: Q&A With Danielle Vajtay of Plattekill Mountain 

click to enlarge chairlift.jpg

Newyorkupstate.com calls Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury "one of four top places to hit the slopes," with 38 trails, including 1,100 feet of the "true vertical" skiers crave, and four lifts. Plattekill has a rep as a laid-back, family-friendly ski destination, a great place for those who'd rather "keep it real," as their tagline says. We spoke with co-owner Danielle Vajtay to get the latest.

So you're going into your twenty-fourth season of running a mountain.

Has it been that long? It keeps us busy. There really is no off-season anymore. But it's a good life; I can't complain. It has ups and downs, for sure.

I see you've upgraded your snowmaking equipment.

We add new equipment every year. There was hardly any when we took over; you go along, you figure out where the loopholes are. This year we have a new valve-house and 3,200 feet of new pipe. It all starts with snow—without that, you got nothin'. It might have been pouring for days but the minute the temps drop, the phone's ringing off the hook: "OK, what have you got up there?" It's a relatively short season and everyone wants to make the most of it.

There's an article in Ski Magazine posted on your website about people's visceral desire for old-fashioned skiing. That's what you offer?

We were so amazed to see that being discussed. It's not about fancy bars and valet parking. It's sport and snow and people. Who would have thought this old rustic lodge would so inspire people. But people come in and say, "My God, you couldn't build this anymore." We've added the infrastructure that counts, a second chairlift, a carpet lift in the beginners' area.

I also noticed you rent out the whole mountain? How's that going?

Hugely popular! We put it on social media offering people the chance to rent the whole thing and now we're almost fully booked. Monday through Thursday, for $3,500, Plattekill can be your private mountain for a day. We get all kinds of people: retreats, family reunions. We've had half a dozen bank executives, 700 Jehovah's Witnesses. We tailor the experience to your wishes.

There was a period when we wondered how we'd manage, without high speed lifts and an ultramodern lodge. But you know what? We have a really good thing and people love it. Plattekill.com

Speaking of...

  • Book Reviews: Short Takes
  • Book Reviews: Short Takes

    February doesn't have to be consumed with celebrating presidents and Valentines-explore some forgotten history and learn about spiritual and physical health with this month's hand-picked selection of books.
    • Feb 1, 2017
  • Art of Business: Windham Mountain Spa
  • Art of Business: Windham Mountain Spa

    Slopes, fireplaces, and a full spa.... what more could you ask for? Get to Windham Mountain Spa today!
    • Jan 1, 2017
  • Telefest at Plattekill Mountain
  • Telefest at Plattekill Mountain

    A taste of Norwegian skiing at Plattekill Mountain.
    • Feb 1, 2014
  • More »
Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Common Ground

Oct. 6-Nov. 13 — A photography exhibition by Ellen Lynch. The exhibit pairs separate photographs of...

View all of today's events

Latest in Outdoors

  • New Year’s is Coming Early at Skyway Camping Resort
  • New Year’s is Coming Early at Skyway Camping Resort

    Since winter camping is just a little too cold for comfort, Skyway Camping Resort in the Catskills is celebrating New Year’s early with live music, dancing, hay wagon rides, crafts and more. Book your stay at Skyway around the event: August 12, 2017.
    • May 25, 2017
  • Major Upcoming Events in Dutchess County
  • Major Upcoming Events in Dutchess County

    Dutchess County hosts a variety of events each year, featuring the Walkway Marathon, which will include a Half Marathon and 5K, Dutchess Dragon Boat Race along the Hudson River, and ongoing Great Estates Pass showcasing the rich history in the area.
    • May 4, 2017
  • Art of Business: Pawling House Bed & Breakfast
  • Art of Business: Pawling House Bed & Breakfast

    Near the heart of Pawling Villiage sits the historic Pawling House Bed and Breakfast.
    • Feb 1, 2017
  • More »

Related to Outdoors

More by Anne Pyburn Craig

  • Upperstate: Columbia & Greene Counties

    To the backdrop of lush farms and historic architecture, these Hudson Valley counties have become dynamic centers of thought incubation, innovation, and avant-garde art.
    • Sep 1, 2017
  • Hands-On Education

    A slew of authentic learning institutions in the Hudson Valley take kids away from technology an back into the immediate sensory world.
    • Sep 1, 2017
  • Art of Business: Halstead Realty

    Nancy Felcetto runs the Hudson Valley outpost of the leading metro real realtor Halstead Realty.
    • Aug 1, 2017
  • More »

Hudson Valley Tweets