Monday, December 31, 2007

Video of the Week 12/31 - POWDERRRRRR!!



There's another great video with a tour through the powder...it's a little bumpy, but worth watching! Check it out here.

We'll see you tonight for fireworks!

POWDER ALERT: 8" so far, with up to 12" more coming!!

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year's (Eve)! A huge storm blew through last night and left us with 8" of snow...you all know what that means! It's time to get up to Hunter!

Do you have to work today? Well, if you do, you're still in luck: we have up to 12 inches of snow coming tomorrow throughout the day, so if you miss the opportunity today, there's more coming on New Year's Day! What a way to start off the 2008...with a grand total of up to 20" of powder!

Check the NOAA and Accuweather forecasts for updated information...and we'll keep you up to date with photos, video and more via the Hunterblog and Huntermtn.com!

Join us tonight for Fireworks & Torchlight Parade!

Our New Year's Eve festivities will kick off at 6pm tonight, and will feature a torchlight parade and fireworks (as well as a DJ at the Main Bar area until 7:30)...so come bring in the New Year at Hunter Mountain!

We look forward to seeing you here!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Serious snow coming our way!

Hello everyone! It's a nice, high 30's Sunday here at Hunter Mountain, and we've been watching a pretty big storm coming our way -- we're going to get 3-8 inches, with it starting around sunset and finishing in the early hours of the morning. According to Accuweather, the storm will be bringing lots of snow to the area, followed by a cold snap.


Here's our latest alert:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY
238 AM EST SUN DEC 30 2007

A SNOWFALL OF 3 TO 8 INCHES IS EXPECTED OVER THE ADVISORY AREA...BEGINNING SHORTLY AFTER SUNSET THIS EVENING...AND ENDING BY THE MIDDLE OF MONDAY MORNING.

THE SNOW WILL DEVELOP SHORTLY AFTER SUNSET...AND WILL BE OCCASIONALLY HEAVY TOWARD...AND AFTER MIDNIGHT. THE SNOW WILL THEN GRADUALLY BECOME LIGHTER AND MORE INTERMITTENT AROUND DAYBREAK MONDAY...BEFORE TAPERING TO FLURRIES BY THE MIDDLE OF MONDAY MORNING.


Stay tuned for more info! Thanks to those of you who came out to enjoy Ladies Only Demo Day, and the 100+ people that stopped by our Rail Jam last night!! Photos will be up soon -- and we hope to see you for our fireworks and torchlight parade tomorrow night, starting at 6pm!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Join us for New Year's Eve!

We have some events taking place soon, including Ladies Only Consumer Demo Day on Sunday, December 30, and New Year's Eve festivities on Monday, December 31.

We also are holding a Rail Jam on Saturday evening...continue to RideHunter.com for more information about our park events.

We also just posted a new video of the week...take a look at all of our snow!!

We hope to see you this weekend, and/or on New Year's Eve!

Our New Year's Eve festivities will kick off at 6pm on Monday, December 31, and will feature a torchlight parade and fireworks..

Come bring in the New Year at Hunter Mountain! We look forward to seeing you here!

Get Ready: LocalMotion #1 kicks off on January 7!

Localmotion kicks off its first race and party on January 7, 2007. It's one of our most popular local events. This year, each race will be themed, with the first one being "Ugliest Outfit." The party will be at O'Neill's in Tannersville.

For more information about LocalMotion, continue to the website!

Save 15% on Lift Tickets With eSki!

Also, for a 15% discount on daily lift tickets, head over to shop.huntermtn.com and purchase your tickets in advance through eSki! Continue to eSki to purchase your tickets!

While many of our other sales are over, we've still got plenty of gift cards! Gift cards are valid all over the resort, in retail locations, or for dining, lift tickets and products, rentals and more! Get your gift card now

Ladies Only Consumer Demo Day: Sunday, 12/30!

Ladies Only Consumer Demo Day kicks off on Sunday, December 30. The demo day features women-specific equipment, both skis and snowboards, from companies including Salomon, Rossignol, Burton, RIDE, and more. Don't miss out on this special opportunity just for women!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

New Video of the Week Posted!

Check out our new video of the week! It's been a fantastic holiday period so far, and if you haven't been up here yet, we hope you're coming soon!

Raining down there...Snowing up here!

Good morning everyone! We wanted to let everyone know that while it is raining in the metro area and even as close as Kingston, up in these altitudes we are seeing snow. It's been snowing here for an hour or so, and we already have a thin white blanket on the ground. We're looking at 2-4 inches for the area today, so stop by -- despite the rain everywhere else, it's a white winter in Hunter...we hope to see you today!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Snowmaking...Christmas Eve

New update: Christmas Eve
We are making snow not the best temps yet, but we have to improve what yesterday did to us. It is just to bad because the mountain was in such great shape. The skiing and riding is not bad but it is not as good as it was....we will be running all night and hopefully tomorrow.

We will be doing a lot of hit and run so we can cover more terrain. This is what we are good at, so now we have to go to work. Tonight we are on HBK, Minya, Belt, Wayout, Lower Crossover, Racers, Ike, Mossy, Lower Madison.

On Christmas Day, we will move to Upper K27, Eastside Drive, Milky Way, Cliff and others. Lets see what happens with the weather.

Merry Xmas and hope for some cold temps
Snowmakers

Last Call for Winter Card Purchase!

Hello everyone, and happy holidays from Hunter Mountain! Despite yesterday's crazy weather, we've begun the recovery we're famous for....the snowguns are going, and the trails will be reblanketed with snow all week long.

I just wanted to remind you that this is the LAST DAY to get your Winter Card....so head over and get one now if you haven't already! The Winter Card gives you 4 days -- 2 at Hunter and 2 at Windham -- for $119!!! That's less than $30 a day!!

Head over to HunterMtn.com to get your Winter Card now!

Please allow 24 hours to process you card before picking it up.

*The Winter Card is valid through the end of the Winter 2007-08 season at both resorts, except peak holiday periods (Dec. 25-Jan. 1, Jan. 19-21 and Feb. 16-18). Unused visits may not be carried over into future seasons. Please treat the card as cash. If it is lost or stolen, it cannot be replaced. Questions? Call the Hunter ticket office at 800-HunterMtn ext. 2200 or the Windham ticket office at 800-SkiWind ext. 1100.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Holiday Update from Snowmaking

Merry Christmas And Happy Holidays from all from the Snowmakers....here is your Holiday update.

Saturday morning, December 22: we just shut the snowmaking guns down for a few days because ol' mother nature is not in the Christmas spirit of giving good tidings and cheer, but the snowmakers will give that to all who ski and ride.

Starting Monday, at some time thru the day, we will fire up the guns for what we at Hunter are known for and the BEST AT: a speedy recovery from the wraths of the weather Gods. We will be moving all over the mountain getting back into the shape that we are in right now with some of the best skiing and riding in years for the holidays.

Lets all hope for the best on Sunday and the weathermen being wrong once again...and HOPE for an early Christmas present or a late Hanukah gift of SNOW!

Everybody that has been to Hunter lately...you know how good it has been. For the ones that have not yet been up....what are we waiting for? Make some plans to get up here over the holidays. Give yourselves a special present: a skiing and boarding trip to Hunter. We have and will have great conditions for you, so see you soon.

Merry Christmas,
The Snowmakers

Friday, December 21, 2007

Snowtubing is Open!

Snowtubing is open! Starting today, snowtubing will be open -- different hours through the weekend, and then 9am-9pm through the holiday week (weather permitting, as usual).

Continue to the snowtubing page for more information!

Employee Demo Day Rail Jam Video

A video slideshow of some shots from our demo day rail jam on Tuesday...enjoy!


NASTAR Video

This is a pretty funny video...tons of NASTAR footage. Of many of you know, NASTAR started yesterday here at Hunter. Enjoy the video!


Seasonal Workshops & Programs

I'd like to take a quick minute to highlight some of the seasonal programs we have going on -- there are more spaces left, and some of these sessions need more people to be able to run. So if you're interested, contact Jen Schmidt.

ADULT SNOWBOARD SEASONAL GROUP
Love to Ride? We are forming an adult Seasonal Snowboard Group. Groups meet every Saturday & Sunday from now until March 9th. The group consists of riders that are comfortable on black terrain and wish to improve on their riding skills with other adult riders. We have a few riders ready and are looking for a few more. If interested please contact Jen Schmidt for details.

MOUNTAIN MEN GROUP
Let the boys be boys! Love to rip the mountain? Smash gates? Bash bumps? Than this is the group for you! Mountain Men is a new Seasonal Program offered to adult men who are comfortable on all Hunter Mountain Black terrain. Fine tune you skills with the other guys. Any men interested in a program the runs for now until March 9th every Saturday & Sunday please
contact Jen Schmidt for details.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Snowmaking Update: Wednesday!

We shut down this morning with a inversion temps up top were 29 and about 24 at the bottom so with those temps and the forecast we gave up. The weather does not look like it will cooperate the next few days...then again, it keeps changing everyday so nobody really knows what's up until it
happens.

As of now we will start up tomorrow at some point in the day, we will try to get more opened up in Hunter One, build up some trails and look for a good forecast with some cold weather so we can move to K27, then either Annapurna or 44........ all depends on Mother Nature. The riding and skiing is really good--nothing like last year--so get up here and give it a try!

- Bruce

Monday, December 17, 2007

Sony Pictures' STEEP Premiere: This Friday!

Sony Pictures' film debut, STEEP, is taking place this Friday (December 21, 2007) in the Hunter Foundation Theater. The film documents the history of big mountain skiing, including personalities such as Bill Briggs, Stefano De Benedetti, Eric Pehota, Glen Plake, Shane McConkey, Seth Morrison, Chris Davenport, Ingrid Backstrom and Andrew McLean.

The film was shot in Alaska, Wyoming, Canada, France and Iceland. For more information about this film premiere, visit Catskillmtn.org. You can also view the trailer on the official movie site, SteepFilm.com, or on YouTube:

Snowmaking Update: Monday

Burrrrrrrrr, it's cold! So with this new cold front we have the guns are blasting all sorts of snow everywhere the conditions are fantastic with the last 2 weather makers. Sunday even though it sleeted it really helped us out with the front moving in the winds really picked up so that kept everything from blowing away.

Here we go for snowmaking: Claires, Upper Xover, Racers, loading up the halfpipe, and expanding the terrain over in Hunter One that includes the Highlands, Briar Patch, and Rip Van Winkle. Along with the new stuff we are building up the base and making more powder all over so the conditions will be sweet. Bundle up and get out here and don't miss the great times up here...lets not wait! We are in great shape with a lot of room to yourselves on the slopes.

- Bruce

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Storm Update: Sunday Afternoon

Hello everyone, and thanks to those of you who came out to ski or ride this weekend! As many of you know, the quad as been up and running all weekend and we are glad we could fix it in time for everyone.

For those of you who didn't come up (and those of you who did), I wanted to give everyone an update on this storm. There was a lot of "freezing rain" and "rain" forecasted for the area, and we have been watching the snow/sleet mix all day, which, as imagined, has created really nice powder conditions on the mountain.

There has been no wet moisture and temps haven't dropped below 28. Around 5pm today, the sleet is supposed to switch to snow, which allows for another powder day or two early this week. We've been super lucky with the storm as far as conditions are concerned and sometimes the forecasts can differ from what's really happening....so there's the real deal!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Snowmaking Update: Saturday

Right now we are making snow on Claire's, Colonels alt, Whitecloud, Upper X-over, Racers, Rip's in Hunter One. If everything goes as planned we should have Claire's, White Cloud, Upper X-over, a good chance with the Alternate, and a very slim to none on Racer's for Sunday.

ooks like we will shut down on Sunday due to the weather, but we will start back up Monday morning with a very cold forecast for the beginning of next week. This will allow us to make some moves and get some more new terrain opened up maybe like K27 steeps possibly Purna, and loading up the terrain park but lets see what happens.

Anyway the snow is great with lots of terrain opened up, the Quad is running so everything is good....with that, boot up and make some turns!

- Bruce

Friday, December 14, 2007

POWDER ALERT #2: Weekend Storm Coming, 6-12"+ Predicted!

In case you haven't heard about the huge storm that passed through, hear this: we've got 10" of fresh snow, with more on the way! We're in the 6-12" prediction zone, according to Accuweather, and because of the altitude, we could get more than that. If Hunter wasn't in your weekend outlook, it's time to load up the car and get up here, because it is going to be day after day of powder and pristine conditions.

Keep an eye on the forecast and/or call the SnowPhone for updated info -- as of today, we've got 34 trails open, and we might just get enough snow to open a handful more trails for Sunday. Check out the latest video from Hunter Mountain, and bookmark the Hunterblog for periodic conditions updates!

Kaatskill Mountain Club Holiday Special: Stay 2 Nights, Get the 3rd at 50% off!

Want to stay super-close to the resort, at a beautiful hotel overlooking Hunter and the Catskills? Here's a sweet deal, straight from our own Kaatskill Mountain Club. Stay two nights between December 24-29 get the third night at 50% off!

Reserve now by calling our Vacation Specialists at 518-263-5580 and refer to the Holiday Special. (Reserve now!!! Offer ends on December 17, 2007) Continue to KaatskillMtnClub.com for more information about our luxury hotel!

2007-08 Hunter Mountain Photo Contest #01 Starts Today!

Our first photo contest has begun! We're looking for your best shots of Hunter Mountain, on the slopes, lift, or on Hunter Mountain property. The top 5 winners not only get an unlimited lift ticket, but the photos are submitted for possible use in Hunter's 2008-09 Resort Magazine, which is published in July.

This is an awesome opportunity, not only for you to get a free lift ticket, but also to get massive recognition....the Resort Magazine is distributed all over the surrounding area, and mailed out on request. For guidelines, head over to the website.

Get It Now: 10 Days Remain for Winter Card Sale!

TEN days left to get your Winter Card...and less than two weeks until Christmas! This is one of the best gift options available this year from Hunter Mountain, offering two days at Hunter and two days at Windham for $119* -- less than $30 a day! The Winter Card is only available until 12/24, so get yours while you can! Continue to the website to get your Winter Card!!

POWDER Alert!

I know this post is a little late, but this area has received between 10-12" of snow in some areas, so you know where YOU should be right now! As for new terrain, we're waiting to hear from ski patrol, but there is another storm rolling in this weekend, so keep an eye on the forecast. More information coming soon, as well as photos/video/etc.

An update on the quad will be posted later today as well. This weekend at the bar we've got a DJ on Saturday night, and the bar will be open until 7pm tonight, 8pm on Saturday and 7pm on Sunday. More info coming soon!

Sweet video!

Some of our terrain park regulars sent in a sweet video from this past weekend...check it out below! If YOU have a video you'd like to submit, send it in!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Updates & News

Hello everyone! It's been a fantastic Tuesday here at Hunter, with great conditions and occasionally sunny blue skies. There hasn't been any precipitation since Sunday night's storm, and if you take a look at the NOAA forecast, nothing treacherous is heading our way, despite "three day winter storm warnings." Tomorrow mid-morning and afternoon, the clouds will clear and we'll have some blue skies and sunlight.

There's another storm heading towards the Northeast for the weekend, so it looks like we may get some snow out of it.

Some of you may appreciate this photo...


As for conditions, we will be grooming either tonight or tomorrow morning. 30 trails were open and 4 lifts were running today, after grooming of all open terrain last night.

Many of you have asked me about road conditions and driving, and the roads are fine, and probably will be no issue tomorrow. Some of the lots here (paid parking, etc) are a bit icy so please be careful unloading and walking through the lots, though the main lot and bus lot are fine. If you are driving up and concerned about the roads, you can call the operator at 800-HunterMtn and she will tell you what she can.

The quad is still not operational, but F and B are running fine and people are pleased with the conditions...check back for more updates as the week continues! Tomorrow afternoon or evening, we are planning on starting up snowmaking again, too.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Snowmaking Video, Part 2

Second video from Snowmaking...we've had a great weekend thus far and tons of people have come out for Consumer Demo Weekend...today the weather looks excellent and we're psyched to see so many people skiing and riding.




And to those of you who are sticking around or arriving today, don't forget about the Dine-Around today, which begins at 1pm and lasts until 5pm. The dine-around is a great opportunity to try a few of Hunter's fantastic restaurants. Download the flier here, and enjoy!

Snowmaking Video, Part 1


Saturday, December 08, 2007

Snowmaking Update: Saturday Night

Here is the latest news on snowmaking: the plan will be to start up around 4:00 and hope for a good night we will be going on Claire's (bottom), Gun Hill, Dropoff, B Flats, and other locations around to build the Base and improve the conditions to near perfection.

The skiing today was great so if you missed out that is to bad, if you did miss out lets get up here and make some turns...it is really good. Snowmaking for the upcoming week is up and down there is some funky weather moving in so it will be tough to predict when and where we will be going more on a day by day thing.

- Bruce

Park Report Posted!

As many of you know, the terrain park is open today. The park report has been posted -- it's usually brought down between 9 and 10 am, which is when it will be scanned and posted. Instead of reproducing content (and to provide the most accurate information), when you click the link, you will see the original PDF that arrives from the park staff.

The park report is also accessible on the sidebar of the blog, and via the main site.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Weekend Outlook

Hi everyone -- sorry for the late update, but a lot is going on up here at Hunter. The West Side will be open this weekend, but Claire's will not be open tomorrow top to bottom -- the only West Side trail we have right now is Way Out.

We're projecting 27 trails for the weekend, with 7 lifts. Snowmaking is shut down for the evening, and probably for tomorrow, as it's going to be a little warm tomorrow.

Consumer Demo Weekend kicks off at 9am on Saturday and Sunday, the sushi bar is opening...all that good stuff. See below for further details, but the weather looks good, though it will be in the 30's. The terrain park will also be open tomorrow, with a number of features. Thanks for reading, and we'll see you this weekend!!

This Weekend: Consumer Demo Weekend, Sushi Bar Opening & Dine-Around

Hunter will be holding Consumer Demo Weekend on Saturday and Sunday , with demo equipment from over 20 ski and snowboard companies...join us for two days of brand new equipment and excellent conditions! Demo Days are great opportunities to "test drive" the newest gear from the major manufacturers in the ski industry. Reps will be on location with hundreds of pairs of skis and snowboards for you to try. More information on Consumer Demo Days is available here.

An area Dine-Around will be taking place on Sunday, December 9 from 1-5pm. The Dine-Around features seven local restaurants, including Hunter Mountain's Van Winkle's. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk of the Kaatskill Mountain Club, the Catskill Mountain Foundation Bookstore, and other areas, and are $20 in advance, or $25 day of event. The Dine-Around is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with a few of Hunter's many local eateries and to sample cuisine of the region. For more information, please visit HunterChamber.org.

Hunter's famous sushi bar will also be opening this weekend, from 11:30am to 7pm on Saturday and 11:30am to 6pm on Sunday. FrankieOkie will be DJing in the Main Bar area until 7pm on Saturday, so stick around after a day of skiing or riding for a few hours of sushi, music and, of course, the Main Bar...it'll be open until 8pm.

Sony Pictures Classics' STEEP to Debut at Hunter Theater December 21, 2007

Sony Pictures Classics new film STEEP, a documentary about the history of big mountain skiing, will debut at the Hunter Foundation Theater on December 21, 2007 . STEEP features many classic big mountain names, including Bill Briggs, Stefano De Benedetti, Eric Pehota, Glen Plake, Shane McConkey, Seth Morrison, Chris Davenport, Ingrid Backstrom and Andrew McLean. For more information about the film, visit the official site, and stay tuned for more information!<

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Tuesday Snowmaking Update

Another message from Snowmaking, and a video:

Sorry, but it looks like ol' Mother Nature is not going to do what they said she was going to do, so Claire's does not look good for this weekend...but you will have Wayout ready to go Wednesday. We will have Heuga and Dropoff ready by the weekend.

On Wednesday we will have Upper K27, East Side, Milky Way, and Gateway. So it is starting to really shape up with some really good skiing the snow is really nice today a little windy but not that bad. Until tomorrow....

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Snowmaking: Sunday/Monday Update

Sunday - Snowmaking is shut down for the day and night. We will start up mid-day on Monday. We shut the guns off due to the in coming weather even though now they are saying it will be all snow the temps and humidity will not be all that great for snowmaking.

Monday a big cold front is moving in, so here is the plan: Upper k27, East Side, Milky Way, Gateway, possibly Heuga and Dropoff...in the long range looks like we will start Claire's up on Wednesday so by next weekend we will have Claire's and Way Out.

- Bruce

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Snowmaking: Morning Update

Okay here is the scoop. It finally looks like Mother Nature is going to give us a break with the weather, a little burp on Sunday of snow & ice then back to snow depending on the line...we hope to get 6".

Monday we will start back up again and as of now we will be going to the West Side with Wayout, and Upper K27, East Side, Milky Way, Gateway, and undecided on Heuga depending on the
winds.

As for now we will be opening on Sunday (not a guarantee but 40-50%) Cliff, Bleeker, Ike, Mossy. I said we would open Belt And Minya today and we did so I feel good about the others for tomorrow with the temps predicted.

With this terrain opened and what I hope to open tomorrow this has to be the most terrain opened around. Skiing & boarding will be good to so suck it up, pack up the car and get up here!

- Bruce

Friday, November 30, 2007

Forecast for the Weekend...Great Temps, Conditions, More Terrain & Snowmaking!

As many of you might have noticed, our Snowmaking Manager, Bruce, has been sending over updates every few days, and we have been posting them in the blog. For the latest snowmaking information, please feel free to check the Hunterblog, as we will continue posting up-to-date info about snowmaking, lifts, sales, specials and events.

The weekend weather looks excellent for skiing, riding and also for snowmaking. We'll be opening more trails, including (but not limited to) Belt Parkway, Minya Konka, Lower Crossover and Mossy Brook. More terrain will open as snowmaking continues. Head over to NOAA to check the forecast for more information. There will be some wind chill on Saturday, so bundle up and help us bring in December!

LocalMotion 2008 Race Series Dates Announced!

Dates for our LocalMotion 2008 race series have been announced. LocalMotion is one of our most popular winter events, and we're pleased to bring it back again for another year. Check our Events Calendar for more information and dates, or visit the LocalMotion page for in-depth info....LocalMotion starts in January. We hope to see you there!

Giants Stadium Sale: Last Chance for $39 Big Lift Card w/ Free Lift Ticket!

Next week marks the beginning of one of the biggest ski/snowboard sales in the Northeast: the Princeton Ski Show at Giants Stadium. The show begins on Tuesday, December 4 and lasts until Saturday, December 8. This show is the last opportunity of the season to get the Big Lift Card for $39 with the free unlimited lift ticket. The Big Lift Card was available for this price, with free lift ticket, until November 1, and is now available for $49 with no free lift ticket.

The times of the sale are as follows:
Tues, Dec 4 - 2pm - 12am
Wed, Thur, Fri, Dec 5-7 - 12pm - 12am
Sat, Dec 8 - 10am - 6pm

We hope to see you there! Our Winter Card will also be available for sale.

Christmas Shopping? Give the gift of Winter!

Looking for a fun gift that everyone can use? Consider the Winter Card: two days at Hunter and two days at Windham for $119. That's less than $30 a day at two great resorts 15 minutes apart. The Winter Card is only available through December 24, so get yours now! It is completely transferable, available online and at the Princeton Ski Show (mentioned above).

*The Winter Card is valid through the end of the Winter 2007-08 season at both resorts, except peak holiday periods (Dec. 25-Jan. 1, Jan. 19-21 and Feb. 16-18). Unused visits may not be carried over into future seasons. Please treat the card as cash. If it is lost or stolen, it cannot be replaced. Questions? Call the Hunter ticket office at 800-HunterMtn ext. 2200 or the Windham ticket office at 800-SkiWind ext. 1100.

Snowmaking: Friday Update

Here's the scoop - Right now we are making snow on the Belt top to bottom, Minya, Lower Xover. We are concentrating on these trail with all we can so that they will be opened up on Saturday.

Saturday we will try our best to get out of everybody's way but this early in the season we still have to take advantage of the weather so there will be some guns on the opened trails. We will move to the terrain park, Ike, Boston Road, and maybe the Cliff or Heuga?? (depends on the wind), if everything goes right.

The weather looks good with some COLD weather so this will give us a big boost in getting more terrain opened.

Forget Christmas shopping at the malls come take advantage of the early season snow with no crowds out there, while your here buy your presents: Big Lift Card, Winter Card, or stop by the ski shop!

- Bruce

ALSO: For those of you who were wondering about the Quad, it's currently operating and has been repaired. Thanks for your patience!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wednesday Snowmaking Update

Last night the weatherman's prediction was a little off. The low temps on top hit this morning at 6:00 am with a low of 21, the bottom hit a frigid 28 so with that it was not a very stellar night.

Up and coming we will start up again Thursday with predictions of some cold air moving in after a brief warm-up Wednesday night, the plan remains the same get more terrain opened: Minya, Lower Xover, Mossy And The Belt .

Lets hope that Mother Nature will gives us a break when and if she does we are ready to move. If anybody out there knows any dances or spells for cold weather, lets do it...we need some Help with the weather!

- Bruce

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Snowmaking Update

Bruce, our snowmaking manager and unofficial video correspondent, sent a message over for posting today...here it is!

Well we survived the rains that Heinz field in Pittsburgh could not, yes we lot some snow but we are still in great shape and recovery will be quick 1 night and then ready to start the big moves.

Tuesday 27th we will be starting up in the afternoon as the temps drop hopefully we will be up and running by 4:00 PM. Tonight we will be on HBK and off Broadway, Madison, Mossy.

The weather for tonight will be cold enough to resurface what we have with some powder and position us for the next big moves, which will be on Thursday. The temps on Wed. are not good so we will start up on Thursday.

The next move we will be going to the Belt, Minya, Lower Xover, Ike.

This hopefully will all be opened by Saturday if the Mother Nature gives us a break. The long range looks good and with this we will be able to really start getting some terrain opened up.

So get ready.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Another slideshow from Snowmaking!

Some photos from our snowmaking manager....weekend 1 at Hunter Mountain. Thanks to everyone who came out, and we hope to see you back here soon!

Cool Video from AlpineZone!

Our friends from AlpineZone stopped by yesterday to hit the slopes....and sent us a sweet video. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Lifts & Trails Conditions Info available...

People have been looking for this page, and here it is thus far. We're hosting it on our site, but bookmark it -- it will eventually be moved to our main snow reporting page.

Lifts, Trails & Conditions

Tonight's Rail Jam is ON!

Just a quick note to everyone, tonight's Rail Jam WILL be taking place from 5-8pm. The rails will be put up during the day, and the event is free, but registration is required.

The Main Bar and pizza bar will be open until 8, and Paradise Alley will be performing at the Main Bar from 4-7. We'll see you tonight!

Today: Hunter One, Tomorrow: Off-Broadway, Madison and more!

Good morning everyone!

I wanted to post some photos from I took early this morning, and also give you the info about snowmaking for today, tonight and tomorrow.

We're blowing in the same areas at the moment, as it is very cold and perfect snowmaking weather. The weather still looks good, but snowmaking will probably only be at night during the week, as day temps are in the high 30's and low 40's.

The below photos are snowguns on Hunter One.


Later this afternoon or tonight, weather permitting, snowmaking will continue through the night, and for tomorrow, there's a good possibility of having the Off Broadway, Madison, and maybe even Mossy Brook open.


Stay tuned for more information. We're working on getting the open lifts & trails page up, but have some issues with our website....I know some people are having some problems, and we are doing what we can to iron out the problems....so have patience, and keep checking back!

Friday, November 23, 2007

A Fantastic Friday at Hunter Mountain!

We have had an amazing Friday here at Hunter, and are now making snow on Kennedy, Hunter One, Madison and Mid-station. We plan to run the guns right through to tomorrow, and keep them going as long as possible.

C-Lift/Hunter One

There is a very good possibility of running C Lift tomorrow, and the Quad and F-lift will be running as well....Kennedy will be open as long as temps stay down tonight (here in Hunter, we're looking at a night time low of between 10 and 15 degrees!).

Guns on Hunter One, mid-morning.

I got some pretty cool shots today (among them are the ones in this post, all taken around 10am this morning). Remember: if YOU have a great photo of Hunter, send it in! Also check back, as our webmaster Steve has taken a bunch of photos every day and posted them on the site.

One of the C-Lift chairs in front of the snow cannon.

See more photos of snowmaking, the trails, the resort and more on the main page of the website, or in the gallery!

Snowgun at base of C-Lift

Check back tomorrow or call the Snowphone later (800-HunterMtn) for updated conditions...the forecast is looking excellent for the weekend, and I hope everyone had a really excellent Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

This weekend: Colder Temps, More Terrain, Live Entertainment & More!

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving from Hunter! Yesterday's opening day was fantastic, and we'd like to thank everyone who came out to ski or ride. The snow is still in good condition, despite the balmy weather, and we're going to make more snow and open more terrain as soon as temps lower (tonight) and possibly have more terrain for the weekend.

The current NOAA forecast shows that temperatures will drop into the low 20's and as low as 11 degrees on Friday night....so think snow(making)!

Head over to the Hunterblog or the website for photos and video from yesterday!

This weekend, we're also going to have extended bar hours and live entertainment: on Saturday, Paradise Alley will be performing from 4-7pm in the Main Bar area. The bar will be open until 8pm, and if you like the band, head over to O'Neill's for their second performance, kicking off at 10pm and ending at 1am!

We here at Hunter plan to host plenty of live entertainment through the season, so keep checking back for an entertainment listing, or continue to Paradise Alley's website to read more about them!!



Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more info!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Another video!

Some more shots from today, from Bruce...we've had an amazing opening day, and thanks so much to everyone who came out!



Some shots from opening day!

It's a great opening day here at Hunter Mountain...temps are in the high 40's, but thanks to our Snowmakers, their decision to make snow from summit to Mid-Station was a great one, and we haven't lost much cover, if any! Our base depth exceeds 48," so there is plenty of snow for everyone!




Enjoy the photos, and keep checking back for more updates!

Monday, November 19, 2007

More Information About Opening Day

Earlier today we announced that Hunter Mountain will be open for upper mountain skiing and riding (summit to Mid-station ONLY) on Wednesday, November 21. There will be servicing via F-lift. This terrain is available for advanced skiers and riders only.

The trails open will be Hellgate to 7th Ave/Mid-station. Adult lift tickets are $39 until terrain is further expanded...we hope to have summit-to-base skiing available this weekend, weather permitting.

Breakfast and lunch will be served in the cafeteria/food court starting on Wednesday. The bar will be open until 7pm on Friday, 8pm on Saturday (with live entertainment, and the pizza bar will be open), and 7pm on Sunday.

Children's programs are not available at this time. Limited Playcare will be available on Saturday and Sunday. Please call 800-HunterMtn for further information, or visit our website at HunterMtn.com!

We hope to see you out there soon!!!

We're opening on Wednesday!

Good morning everyone,

Hunter Mountain will be opening on Wednesday, 11/21/2007. Upper mountain only, F-lift servicing and Hellgate / 7th Ave to F-Lift will be available. Quad (A) will be used for the ride up and back down to base.

These trails are open to advanced skiers only, until we open summit-to-base.

Another video from Snowmaking!


Princeton Ski Show: Last Chance for $39 Big Lift Card!

Hunter Mountain representatives will be present at the Princeton Ski Show from December 4 - 8 at Giants Stadium. The Princeton Ski Show is one of the biggest ski expos in the region, and at this show, the Big Lift Card will be available for sale at its original price of $39 with a free unlimited lift ticket.

Receive season-long savings of $15 off weekends, $21 off mid-week and $27 Tuesday lift tickets with the Big Lift Card, and use your free lift ticket anytime -- weekends, holidays or whenever else!

Click here for more information about the Big Lift Card>>

Snowmaking continues!

Our snowguns are still churning out plenty of powder...here's a photo from this morning!


Stay tuned!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Photo, snowmaking video & updates!

Our snowmaking manager Bruce made a video of some recent snowmaking shots from Hunter -- complete with music! Check it out here!


Can't see this video? See it here.
As far as snowmaking is concerned, we are still making snow and plan to continue through the weekend, with a probable Wednesday opening if the weather cooperates. Most recent photo, as of earlier this afternoon:

Stay tuned for more info!!

College Season Passes: New season, new policy, check it out!

This year, College Season Passes are available to anyone with a valid full-time student ID: this year there is no age requirement. Bring in a student ID and a letter showing a minimum of 12 credits per semester, and a season pass is yours for $299! This deal is only available until December 23, so get yours now while it's still available!

Continue to eSki to purchase your pass online >>

Friday, November 16, 2007

Snowmaking Continues!

Here's an updated photo, as of 4pm today. As you can see, the guns have moved down to the bottom of Hellgate / top of Midstation. Stay tuned for more tomorrow!

Snowmaking Update: It Has Begun!

Snowmaking has officially started, with more to come! The snowmakers are currently running lines and setting up guns, so anyone in the area, take a look for the lights, or listen for the compressors later tonight!! Check back later in the day for some more photos!

As far as the forecast, nighttime lows are hovering around snowmaking temperatures, with daytime highs in the mid-30's. The resort's opening is still slated for sometime next week...more details soon! Leave a question, comment, or shoot me an e-mail and I'll answer whatever questions I can!

Vote: New poll up on RideHunter!

A new poll has been posted on RideHunter. Polls are used by our park and grooming crews for feedback on the terrain park.

This poll's question is: If you could choose one improvement for Hunter to make to its park, which would you choose? Let us know what you think...vote here, and stay tuned for more polls throughout the season!

There's also a new blog poll posted below the news on the sidebar to the right. Scroll down and click "vote here" to vote!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Latest photo of the Pinnacle!

As many of you know, The Pinnacle project is almost completed. Last week, we shot a great photo of it, and a few have asked to see the latest....here's what it looks like so far!


Within a few weeks, the project will be completed!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Latest Snowmaking Update

Good morning everyone!

We received a few inches of snow on Friday night, which is still lingering on the trails. The latest snowmaking update: weather permitting, we plan on making snow on Friday or Saturday of this week in hopes for a Thanksgiving opening.

Stay tuned for more info!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Hunter Mountain Hiring Day, Part 2

Hello everyone,

For those of you looking for winter jobs, or those of you with friends who are looking for winter jobs, Hunter's second Hiring Day takes place on Saturday, November 10 from 9am to 2pm. We have openings in snowmaking, lift operations, food & beverage, Playcare, ticket sales and many other areas.

For further information, please call HR at 800-HunterMtn x2314 or stop by Hiring Day, located in front of the main office of the base lodge.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Snowflakes in Hunter!

Hello again everyone! For the last two days, the area has seen numerous periods of flurries, some even lightly blanketing the ground with snow.

If you check the NOAA forecast, you will see that there is snow likely throughout the rest of the week, and the weather is definitely cooling down (it is currently 37 degrees).

Check back soon for more updates!

Monday, November 05, 2007

What everyone's wondering!

Hello everyone! As the weather gets progressively colder, and the season lurks closer and closer, more people ask me when the resort will open. At present time, everyone gets the same answer: keep an eye on the weather, and keep checking back. At this particular time, we do not have a set opening date, and it's too soon to tell when the weather will turn to become continuously cold.

I will say that NOAA's forecast this morning showed a chance of snow showers in the area starting Wednesday and continuing through the week. We will certainly not be opening this week, but residents may see a few puffs of white when we test our snowmaking system...so keep a look out.

Next week, I'll probably update the Snow Phone, so that will be another source of information as we get closer and closer to our opening day. In the meantime, check out the new website, pick up a Winter Card, and keep on keepin' on!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Hunter Mountain & Windham Mountain unveil Winter Card


2 visits to Hunter, 2 visits to Windham for $119


Hunter and Windham Mountains are proud to partner up for the 2007-08 season with the Winter Card, which offers two days of skiing or riding at Hunter and two days at Windham for $119! This Winter Card is an exclusive limited-time offer, starting sale on November 1 and lasting only until December 24, 2007. The card is valid through the 2007-08 season.

Hunter and Windham, which are only 8 miles apart, are offering this card to provide our customers with an opportunity to ski cheap at both resorts. Hunter and Windham are just over two hours from New York City, offering not one opportunity to ski or ride, but two different mountains at a deeply discounted price: $29.75 a day! Here at Hunter, the
Winter Card offers a potential savings of $32 a day...and a total maximum savings of $127 on lift tickets!!

Remember to get yours soon ... the Winter Card is available for a
limited time only!! For more information about the Winter Card, please contact our ticket office, at 800-HunterMtn x2200. The Winter Card is only available for purchase online via HunterMtn.com and Windhammountain.com, and at select trade shows in the Tri-state area.

Continue to eSki to purchase the Winter Card!
For more information on the Winter Card, visit the website!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Big Lift Sale w/ Free Lift Ticket Ends Tonight at Midnight!

Good morning skiers and riders, and Happy Halloween! As the weather cools and the leaves fall, those of you who eagerly await the snowsports season are reminded of how close it is. With nighttime temperatures in the 30's, we are getting closer and closer to snowmaking weather.

Our Big Lift Card sale ends tonight (Oct 31) at midnight, so get your Big Lift Card at $39 while you still can! After midnight tonight, the Big Lift Card will be $49 with no free lift ticket...this is your chance to purchase season-long savings AND a free lift ticket for just $39!

The Big Lift Card is Hunter's greatest value and most popular winter card. The card features giant season-long savings! You'll save:
- $15 off weekend/holiday lift ticket purchases
- $21 off midweek tickets
- Half Price lift tickets on Tuesdays [not valid on Dec 24 2007 or Jan 1, 2008]

Get yours now! Head over to the website to purchase your Big Lift Card!

Continue here to purchase/renew your 2007-08 Big Lift Card!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Resort Magazines still available!

Haven't seen a Hunter Mountain Resort Magazine yet? These 70+ page vanity magazines are available at locations throughout the mountaintop area, and cover everything from shopping, dining and area attractions to ski and snowboard topics and current ski industry issues such as global warming.



Get yours before they run out!

Monday, October 29, 2007

One More Week: Free lift ticket with the Big Lift Card!

Hello again! One week is left in our October Big Lift Card sale. Until November 1, the price of the card is $39 with a free unlimited lift ticket. After November 1, the Big Lift Card will be $49 and does not include a free lift ticket...so get yours while you can! Sale ends November 1!

The Big Lift Card is Hunter's greatest value and most popular winter card. The card features giant season-long savings! You'll save:
- $15 off weekend/holiday lift ticket purchases
- $21 off midweek tickets
- Half Price lift tickets on Tuesdays [not valid on Dec 24 2007 or Jan 1, 2008]

Continue here to purchase or renew your 2007-08 Big Lift Card

Hunter Mountain's 2007-08 Group Rates Available!

Our group rates for the 07-08 season have been posted and are now available for viewing. This year's rates feature extensive savings for groups of 15 or more. For those of you who would like to come to Hunter with a group or do not have transportation to the mountain, please check out our Tour Operators page.

There are plenty of buses that regularly come to Hunter for skiing and riding. Group members save on lift tickets, rentals and group lessons...and there are plenty of opportunities midweek and on weekends to join in a group trip!

For more information about group options, please contact Mike Pickett via e-mail mpickett@huntermtn.com or by calling 800-HunterMtn.

Continue to the Group Rates page

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

This weekend : Jimmy Sturr, Oktoberfest and Columbus Day Swap & Sale!

Hello again! Our second weekend of Oktoberfest kicks off on Saturday & Sunday, with three Jimmy Sturr shows on Saturday, and the annual Columbus Day Swap & Sale taking place in our retail shop, starting on Friday. Want to swap your stuff? The retail shop will be open for swap starting at 9am on Friday, and will be open for the Swap & Sale Friday through Monday from 9am to 5pm.

The forecast shows mostly sunny skies and mid-70's, the Skyride will be open, mountain biking will be available (this is the last weekend for mountain biking! ), and there will be plenty to do here at Oktoberfest, which offers free admission: we'll have Austrian and German-American bands, Schuhplattler dancers, lots of vendors, puppet shows, jugglers, magicians, climbing wall (for a nominal fee), and food and drink. Free arts & crafts and free pumpkins for the kids.

Jimmy Sturr will be performing three shows: 1:30-2:15pm; 3:00-3:45pm and 4:15-5:00pm!

For further Oktoberfest information and/or a schedule of events, continue to our website >>


Next weekend: Season Passholder Party on Saturday!

On Saturday, October 13, we will be holding our annual season passholder party. Kicking off around 1pm, we'll have live music, free food, drinks, raffles and giveaways, and much more...all in honor of our loyal season passholders. Come in and join the celebration and anticipation of winter here at Hunter!


Remember these days?

The party is open to all season passholders. Retail sales will be taking place, and prizes will be drawn throughout the day. Snowsport Services will be open for pass purchase and pick-up! Please stay tuned for further information next week.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Oktoberfest at Hunter Mountain ... This Weekend & Next!

Autumn greetings from Hunter Mountain!

We wanted to send a little reminder that we are having our Oktoberfest this weekend and next, so stop by and join in the fun! Admission is FREE...what've you got to lose? Sunny skies and high 60's this weekend, plenty to do, and the beautiful fall foliage of the Northern Catskills are just a few reasons to stop by this weekend!

October is the time of the harvest, and in the old country, after the harvest is in, it's time for celebration. We'll have Austrian and German-American bands, Schuhplattler dancers, lots of vendors, puppet shows, jugglers, magicians, horse petting zoo, and food and drink. Free arts & crafts and free pumpkins for the kids. All in the majestic splendor of the beautiful northern Catskills in the autumn.

ALSO: next weekend, Jimmy Sturr will be performing three shows on October 6!
Continue to Oktoberfest info and entertainment schedule >>

The Skyride will be open both weekends, with beautiful views of fall foliage. Up here on the mountaintop, we are around two weeks ahead of the Hudson Valley and lower elevation areas...we've got tons of color up our way, and the Skyride is a great way to enjoy it!
For further info on the Skyride, please continue here >>

Mountain biking is also running (see also: all mountain bike rental bikes are for sale!) Mountain biking will only be open for two more weekends, so hit our bike trails before they turn to ski slopes!
For further mountain biking info, continue to the website >>

Thanks so much for reading, and we hope to see you soon!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

All Mountain Bike Rental Bikes are FOR SALE!

Price starts from $599.95 (a $1,000.00 value) or Two for $1,000.00

Try before you Buy. Take rental fee off purchase price.

Need protective gear? No problem.
Giro or SixSixOne Full face Rental Helmet with
SixSixOne Elbow pads and Knee/Shin pads are FOR SALE.

Price: $50.00 for the Helmet-Elbow-Knee/Shin pads.

There are two weekends left for the Bike Park.
October 7th is the last day.

The weather is beautiful and our trails are the best they have been all year!
For further information, call the Retail Shop at 800-HunterMtn x2233, or send an e-mail!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hunter Mountain's Big Lift Card On Sale Now!!!

I’ve received many, many e-mails inquiring as to when this card is available, and the answer is RIGHT NOW! Hunter’s greatest value, the Big Lift Card, is on sale now, and available for renewal.

The Big Lift Card provides season-long discounts on lift tickets, offering $15 off weekend/holiday tickets, $21 off midweek tickets, and ½ price tickets on Tuesdays. If the card is purchased by November 1, a free unlimited lift ticket is included!

The Big Lift Card is $39 when purchased online or at select consumer shows, and $49 when purchased at Snowsports Services or Ticket Sales areas at Hunter Mountain. After November 1, the Big Lift Card will be $49 and will not include a free unlimited lift ticket, so get the best deal while you can!!!

Click here to purchase or renew your Big Lift Card >>
Click here for more information on the Big Lift Card >>

Want to renew last year’s Big Lift Card?
· If you are renewing last year's card that you still have in your possession, please enter the last six digits from the card into the purchase form. We will re-load your existing card for you to use again this season.
· If you lost your card or are purchasing one for the first time, we will mail you a new card.

We hope to see you all out on the slopes this season, Big Lift Card or not -- this is the greatest and longest value, so take advantage of it as early as possible...it pays for itself with the free unlimited lift ticket (a $57 value!) Restrictions apply.

DON'T FORGET:
Haven't had enough of off-season events?
Coming up this weekend, Microbrew & Wine Festival...
Followed by two weekends of Oktoberfest!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Hunter Mountain's Microbrew & Wine Festival Kicks Off September 22 & 23!

Hunter, NY, August 30 -- Hunter Mountain’s annual Microbrew & Wine Festival will kick off on September 22 & 23, featuring microbrews and wines of the Hudson Valley, New York State and beyond. The festival starts each day at noon and ends at 5pm, taking place in the base lodge at Hunter Mountain Resort.

Breweries scheduled to attend include Butternuts, Brooklyn Brewery, Redhook Ale, Ithaca, Albany Pump Station, Lake Placid, Saranac, Keegan, Gilded Otter and more. Wineries include Poplar Ridge, Americana, Cascade Mountain, Red Barn, Ashley Lynn, Warwick Valley, Long Island Meadery, Baldwin Vineyards, Thousand Island Winery and many others.

Tasters will be able to vote for the best beer, best brewery and best winery, which will be announced towards the end of the festival on Sunday. The Christine Spero Group will be performing from 1-4pm on Saturday.

The Microbrew & Wine Festival is the one of two annual beer festivals at Hunter Mountain, the first one being TAP New York in April, which highlights 100+ beers of New York State.

There is free admission to the grounds, and a $20 tasting fee, or an $18 tasting fee if purchased online, through our eSki service at HunterMtn.com. The Skyride will be open both days for trips to the summit, and an array of food and craft vendors will be present.

To purchase discount tickets online, please continue to eSki >>

For further information on the Microbrew & Wine Festival, please continue to the Microbrew & Wine Festival page >>


Thanks, and we hope to see you soon!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hunter Mountain's Season Pass Sale Ends Monday!

Hello skiers and riders! We wanted to send a quick reminder to you that our early purchase incentive program for our season pass sales ends on Monday, September 3, so get your orders in while prices are still at their lowest, and while you still get a free lift ticket for every $600 spent during this part of the sale! These free lift tickets are completely transferable and make great gifts for friends, colleagues and others!

Information for 2007-08 passes and seasonal programs can be found here, or you can download a copy of our Hunterlogue for a PDF file containing all the info you need to know about what's happening with seasonal programs, competition teams, lockers, children's programs and more!

Continue through to eSki to purchase your season pass! >>

We hope to see you soon, and can't wait for the first snowfall of the 2007-08 snowsports season!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Celtic Festival videos!

Want some instant replay of our Mass March? Ok, maybe not instant, but here's an opportunity for those who missed it (and those who attended!) to see the Mass March and afterward again!





Thanks so much to everyone who came out, and we hope to see you at our remaining festivals, Microbrew & Wine Festival (September 22 & 23) and Oktoberfest (September 29 & 30, Oct 6 & 7)!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Hunter Mountain’s International Celtic Festival: This weekend!

Hello everyone, and greetings from Hunter Mountain! The weather seems to be cooling from recent heat waves, just in time for one of our most popular summer events, the International Celtic Festival. The festival kicks off August 18 & 19, and gates open at 10am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday, with entertainment starting at noon on Saturday and 9am on Sunday with the pipe band competition. With plenty of live music, food and drinks, vendors and children’s activities, how could you not want to stop by this fantastic annual celebration?

The Skyride will be open (for festival-goers only), mountain biking will be available, and there will be plenty to do for everyone. Live entertainment includes such acts as Black 47, Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, Glengarry Bhoys, Andy Cooney and much more. Head up to Hunter on Sunday for the Mass March, where hundreds of bagpipers march down the mountain, or observe the pipe band competition. For an entertainment schedule, click here >>

International Celtic Festival tickets are available online at a discounted rate of $10 per person (or $12 at the gate), so get your tickets in advance and pick them up at the window when you show up! Head over to the website to purchase your tickets in advance! >>

For further information about this event, please visit HunterMtn.com. We hope to see you this weekend!