Hunter Mountain resort is located in Hunter, NY. It is inside the Catskill Park on the slopes of 4040 foot peak, Hunter Mountain.
The ski area is built on the Colonel's Chair area of Hunter Mtn and has a top elevation of 3200 feet and a vertical drop of 1600 feet. The mountain is approximately 2 hours from Manhattan and is a popular destination for the New York metro area. Hunter has 240 acres of skiing. The trails on the mountain face northeast, east, and west.
There are 3 distinct areas: Hunter One, Hunter Mountain and Hunter West. Hunter One features green and blue trails, Hunter Mountain has green, blue, black and double black trails and Hunter West has black or double black trails. The main chair lifts are a high speed 6, a high speed quad, 2 fixed grip quads, two triples, and 3 doubles. The main face of Hunter mountain is served by the high speed 6-Pack, two triples, and a fixed grip quad. Hunter does not have a green trail at the top of the mountain and only has 2 blue trails at the top.
Hunter has a well deserved reputation for great snow making. Hunter has 95% of its trails covered by snow making. Once the seasonal temperatures stay below freezing for a few days Hunter will run snow guns 24/7 to get the whole mountain open. The yearly natural snow average is around 85 inches.
There are 2 base lodges, one serving the main face and one serving Hunter One. There is a groovy, spiraling, concrete Summit Lodge that also serves food.
During the 1970s and the 1980s Hunter had a well deserved reputation for being a crowded and even dangerous on weekends. This is no longer true. Trails have been widened and lifts have been upgraded. While this has not eliminated some lift lines and occasional crowding, Hunter remains a good choice for weekends. The lack of a green trail from the top could be a contributing factor to crowding on the 2 blue trails from the top.
Hunter West is one of the top expert pods in the East. There is a high speed quad servicing 1300 vertical feet in about four minutes. There are two black diamonds, four black double diamonds and a glade. The consistent top to bottom pitch on the double diamonds makes them unique and enjoyable.