A dissected plateau. That’s the official term for the Catskills in the unpoetic language of the geologists who coined the phrase. It makes sense when you stand on their summits and chú ý the similar heights of the various peaks.

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Still, the designation was clearly given by a scholar at a desk. On the other hand, our hike, The Devil’s Path Traverse, was clearly named by those with boots on the ground.

I had the rough pleasure of hiking the traverse, which is also known as The Hardest Day Hiking Trail in America. At 25 miles và 17,000 vertical feet, it’s a sprawling journey of soaring views of the Hudson Valley and Catskills Park, replete with opportunities to scramble the climbs và cruise long downhills.

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Plattekill Mtn • October 30, 2011 • photo by ml242

Each of the last two summers we’ve published a weekly series that we gọi Friday Fantasy Photos. It’s designed to lớn help us dream about the sport we love through the hottest months of the year. Speaking for myself, this summer feels a little different. The season was tough on both skiers và the ski business. While NYSB remains as stoked as ever about the years of skiing ahead, we wanted to lớn try something a little different.

We’re going lớn continue our tradition of posting ski photos each Friday between Memorial Day & Labor Day. But this year we’re calling the series “The Season in Photos.” and instead of emphasizing the season itself, our focus is going lớn be on the spirit that drives us to ski.

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A few years ago Jay Peak’s advertising campaigns poked fun at casual skiers: “Black Diamonds, they sound expensive.”

In news announced today, Jay Peak partners Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros are undoubtedly hoping they’ve found a kim cương in the rough. Long overlooked as the perpetual “best kept secret” in Vermont, Burke obviously caught their neighbors attention. While Burke doesn’t get the abundant snowfall that Jay does, its 240 annual inches and snow preserving temperatures have long made it a tree skiers paradise.