Monday, December 31, 2007

Video of the Week 12/31 - POWDERRRRRR!!

There's another great video with a tour through the'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 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!

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) 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:

238 AM EST SUN DEC 30 2007



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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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!


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.

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.

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

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 You can also view the trailer on the official movie site,, 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 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 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!!


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 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 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

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'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 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

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