Festivals Fill Fall at Catskill Ski Resorts

By AlpineZone News |
Sep 21 2011 - 09:04 AM

Roxbury, NY – A series of fall festivals will celebrate both Catskill Mountain fall color and the ski season ahead at the region’s ski and snowboard resorts.

Plattekill Mountain ski area in Roxbury will hot its first-ever Antique Show at the mountain this Saturday and Sundayfrom 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Admission to the event is free to browse the variety of items from a bygone era. Along with antique vendors, the event will also have a variety of local food booths selling homemade pies, desserts, cheese, wine, and more. Plus the Plattekill staff will be cooking up a variety of BBQ items on the deck. Local musicians have also been asked to attend the show and the resort’s chairlift will be operating all weekend for scenic fall-foliage chair rides.

The antique show itself is the brain-child of Steve Coster of Second Wind Furniture in Hobart, N.Y., who says that his main goal in organizing the event was to “make the event large enough and varied enough to make the trip worthwhile for not only the antique-goers, but the whole family.”

While recent flood damage has played havoc with local Catskill communities and dealer participants in several area counties, the show must go on. In an effort to help those communities that have been hit so hard, there will be an opportunity to donate to local flood relief at the event. “Perhaps, when folks from out of the area travel through our region and see for themselves the extent of the damage, they will be moved to help ease the plight,” hopes Coster.

For more information, directions to the event and more, visit the resort website at www.plattekill.com or call the mountain at (607) 326-3500 . Anyone interested in vending local goods or antiques at the festival should contact Coster for more information at (607) 538-1941

Color in the Catskills draws motorcyclists from across the Northeast to Hunter Mountain ski area in N.Y. (photo: Hunter Mountain)
The following two weekends feature two separate events at Hunter Mountain ski resort in Hunter, N.Y.: Colors in the Catskills Sept. 29-Oct. 1, and the resort’s iconic Oktoberfest Oct. 1-2 and 8-9.

Colors in the Catskills welcomes autumn foliage to the Catskill Mountains with a special focus on motorcyclists. Co-sponsored by MAX BMW, the event takes place on the grounds of the ski area and all bikes are welcome. Live bands will provide entertainment on Saturday and Sunday. Food and beer will be available and activities will include dirt/trail riding, cruising on uncrowded roads, exhibits from motorcycle, arts and crafts vendors, and rides aboard Hunter’s summer Skyride chairlift. Rides will be guided from base to summit and on-site camping is available.

Hunter’s Oktoberfest features authentic German and German-American entertainment in the beauty of the northern Catskills in autumn. The resort’s modern celebration of the harvest features a farmers market, plenty of vendors, free crafts and pumpkin painting for the kids, and more. Free admission makes the event affordable for families.

Oktoberfest hours are from 11:30 a.m. until 6:15 p.m. each day. On-site camping is available on grassy sites adjacent to the festival grounds on the festival’s first weekend. For more information and for vendor registration, visit www.huntermtn.com.

Belleayre Mountain’s 32nd Annual Fall Festival will be held at the Catskill ski resort’s Overlook Lodge in Highmount, N.Y. on October 8 and 9 of Columbus Day Weekend. The Fall Festival will again this year feature its traditional Craft Fair showcasing local artisans, the Uber Winter Equipment & Apparel Sale for discounts on skiing and riding gear for the coming season, the Sky Ride to whisk people to the summit for spectacular views of the Catskill foliage, traditional German Oktoberfest Food, an expanded Fair Food Court, an Outdoor Expo and more.

Belleayre is currently taking applications for vendors and spaces are filling up quickly. For registration forms or additional information, contact Belleayre Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at (845) 254-5600 ext. 2473 or go to www.belleayre.com to download a vendor application. The expanded food court is also soliciting new food vendors. Food vendors should call (845) 254-5600 x1316.