It is a crisp clear morning in the Catskills. You stand knee-bent at the crest of the slope, pumped with adrenaline and ready to do some carving down the fresh, untrodden snow—but it’s hard to leave the still view. After all, you’re perched atop the second highest peak in the county.
Last year, Hunter Mountain marked 50 years since opening what is now one of the top ski destinations in the Northeast. And with a slew of new deals, they’re making sure everyone from ski bunnies to ski bums will be there this winter to jump-start the next 50 years of sweet rides.
The Cool Deals
Over three mountains, there are 55 slopes and trails—including 16 green slopes and 12 black diamond runs—which total 240 acres of mountable terrain. Easily accessible by bus and only two and a half hours from Manhattan, Hunter Mountain is bringing the competition this season with a new component of the learning program for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The Progression Session Six Pack ($149) includes one initial assessment, six individual group sessions—that focus on skills like control, linking turns, and extremes for mastering the entire mountain—as well as a pre-loaded swipe card. “You can pick and choose what you want to learn and where you want to improve,” said communications director Jessica Pezak. “It gives more power to the customer.”
In addition to the standard learning packages, the hottest value for gung-ho powder hounds is the Big Lift Card. For $49, skiers and boarders get 25% discount off weekend and holiday tickets all season, as well as 50% off mid-week passes. Make sure to purchase the Big Lift Card before the offer expires on November 15.
Après-ski and Stay
Still reeling from your last gnarly run down the mountain, swap the chairlift for a seat at the cozy Atrium Bar in the Copper Tree Restaurant and a quick replenishing meal. If you’ve worked your glutes enough for one day, head five minutes away from the slopes to Pancho Villa’s in Tannersville, a popular local spot for burritos and margaritas. Nearby Last Chance Cheese & Antiques Café has a fun European bistro vibe and is great if you’re in the mood for a cheese platter and a craft beer (there are over 100 to choose from). Consider accommodations at the Kaatskill Mountain Club, which is equipped with all the amenities for a luxuriating winter weekend escape: jacuzzi, restaurant and bar, spa, indoor and outdoor pools. Rates begin at $150 for midweek stays, and $250 on weekends, but be sure to review the site’s ongoing specials.
A year-round playground for adults and kids alike, Hunter Mountain joined New York Zipline Adventure Tours last year to present thrill-seekers with the tallest, longest zipline in the world. Always looking to improve, Hunter has installed the first six-passenger high speed detachable lift in New York, as well as another high-speed detachable quad on the West Side to replace the Y- and Z-lift. And with 120 new high-efficiency snowguns, you can be sure this mountain will be ready for action every day of the season. Review Hunter Mountain’s calendar for information on cool, adrenaline-pumping events you don’t want to miss.
How to get there: There are multiple options for easy travel to and from Hunter Mountain. Paragon Sports will charter skiers and snowboarders from the shop to the mountain for $42. You can purchase an $84 dollar pass, which will include your lift ticket. Visit Hunter Mountain’s Bus Lines page for specific information on various other pick-up and drop-off points in New York City.