Hunter Mountain

Hunter Mountain opened in 1960 and has been one of the top New York ski resorts ever since. Interestingly enough, this ski area was the first to feature snowmaking on all of its trails. Prior to that, it was the first ski resort in the world to have summit to base snowmaking capabilities. The Hunter Mountain Ski Resort continues to be a pioneer in the industry when it comes to snowmaking and is known for its ability to rebound in short order after a warm or rainy spell. This essentially means that you can expect good skiing and snowboarding conditions during the winter season.

Hunter Mountain calls New York's beautiful Catskill Mountains home, as do two other ski areas. These other two are the Belleayre Mountain Ski Area and the Windham Mountain Ski Area. The eponymous mountain that the resort sits on is among the tallest in the Catskills, topping out at 4,040 feet. The top elevation for the Hunter Mountain Ski Area is 3,200 feet, while the base elevation is 1,600 feet. This results in a vertical drop that is also 1,600 feet. The trails are actually spread out over three mountains. There are 55 total trails and 240 skiable acres when you add it all up, and the terrain caters to all levels. There are bumps and steeps for the advanced skier or snowboarder and plenty of intermediate and beginner slopes for visitors who aren't up for black diamond excitement.

Twelve lifts are in place at the Hunter Mountain Ski Area, and these lifts include four quad chairs, two triple chairs, a handful of double chairs, and one handle tow surface lift that gets beginners to the top of the easiest runs. There's also the newer six-person chairlift that helps to make the lines move faster than ever. Approximately 140 inches of natural snow blanket the various trails on an average annual basis, and thanks to the resort's snowmaking capabilities, the conditions are usually good regardless of which trails you decide tackle.

If you're not quite ready to take on some of the black diamond runs, or even some of the green or blue runs, for that matter, it is worth noting that Hunter Mountain boasts an excellent, award-winning learning center. This learning center puts a focus on families and beginners and offers a variety of lessons and workshops. Both skiing lessons and snowboarding lessons can be arranged. The learning center also houses the resort's rental shop for anyone who needs equipment.

When a break from skiing or snowboarding is in order during your winter season visit to the Hunter Mountain Ski Area, you can always try some tubing. Hunter Mountain snow tubing sees participants flying down chutes that almost 1,000 feet long. Two tube tow lifts get riders back to the top. You must be at least 42 inches tall to if you want to do some Hunter Mountain snow tubing and fees apply. Most people indulge in a two-hour session, which is reasonably-priced. Hunter Mountain snow tubing is only possible on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the December to March ski season.

Hitting the slopes and doing some tubing are just two options for things to do on a winter visit to the Hunter Mountain Ski Area. The resort features a collection of restaurants, not to mention a few bars. One of the bars is a prime apres ski venue that offers live entertainment on the weekends. Thanks to the fact that there is a day spa at Hunter Mountain, treating yourself to some rejuvenating and relaxing spa sessions is also an option for things to do. This isn't only a winter destination, however. Summer is also a popular time of year, with possible activities including hiking and fishing. You can also take zipline and canopy tours in the summer, and since there are some good golf courses in the area, you might as well bring your clubs.

Regardless of when you choose to visit Hunter Mountain, plenty of good lodging options await. At the mountain itself, the Kaatskill Mountain Club offers ski-in and ski-out condos that feature full kitchens, fireplaces, and more. The Kaatskill Mountain Club is where you will find the aforementioned spa. Other facilities include heated indoor and outdoor pools, two guest hot tubs, a fitness center, an arcade, a restaurant, and event facilities that can handle up to 300 guests.

There are plenty of good bed and breakfasts, lodges, hotels, and motels in the Hunter Mountain area, but if you want to stay especially close to the slopes, other resort lodging options include the Pinnacle Condominiums and the Liftside Village Condominiums. As is true of the condo-style units at the Kaatskill Mountain Club, these condos offer the comforts of home and are just steps from the slopes.

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