Friday, December 30, 2011

Do the Math: Buy a Big Lift Card on Monday & Save Season Long!

Good morning skiers & riders! We've got some quick math for you today, because Monday is a great day to save a few bucks... and I'm going to tell you how.
First, Monday, January 2, is a day you may have off work or school... and you might be thinking of coming to ski or ride (or you might not... it'd be good to start now!) Although this is a holiday, Hunter's sticking with midweek pricing... which means $58 lift tickets at the window, but $29 lift tickets for Big Lift Card holders!
So, here comes the math. Ready?

Buy a $49 Big Lift Card at the ticket window.
Buy a $29 lift ticket (50% off, with your Big Lift Card discount)
Spend a total of $78, get a half price lift ticket for Monday AND (yes, there's an AND) save 50% off midweek and 25% off weekend & holiday tickets ALL SEASON LONG.
You heard it right. You can spend $58 on a full price lift ticket on Monday, or you can spend $20 extra and save every other time you come to Hunter, plus get a ton of additional benefits (read about them here!)
Get more info on the Big Lift Card here. We'll see you Monday, if not before!! Happy New Year from Hunter Mountain!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A few words on winter.

Today, Thursday, December 29, we probably have the best surface conditions of the season thus far. There are a ton of people here totally stoked to ski and ride, our snowguns are blasting, Consumer Demo Days are in progress and we're prepping for our New Years celebration.

Meanwhile, back here in the marketing office, I see another handful of news articles and television clips regarding the lack of snow and the suffering of ski resorts.

Admittedly, Hunter is included in a select few of said stories. Though, to the surprise of many writers and anchors, we are quick to admit we're suffering from a distinctly different problem: we don't have such terrible news at all. And here's why, for those of you who are wondering what we all think about the weather-driven doom and gloom we're all hearing about:

As I type this, Hunter has 29 trails open. Hunter One, the main mountain and the West Side are open, plus park features (and a progression park, too!). 9 lifts have been operating for the Christmas/New Years holiday week. Snowtubing is open. All of our learning programs are operating. We've got NASTAR, events, live entertainment and most importantly people are here, and they are psyched to be skiing and riding.

As of today, Hunter has more trails open than Whiteface, Sugarloaf and Mount Snow, plus all of our immediate neighbors. Our snowmakers worked through the coldest night we've had yet (last night), and we have every intention of continuing to crank our compressors and snowguns whenever temperatures permit. For those of you who are not aware, we don't need snow. We just need cold. Hunter's snowmaking power allows for such recovery that the lack of snow is completely irrelevant to our operation.

What is most important is that our customers -- the thousands of people who have come to ski and ride so far this season -- are excited. We all want to enjoy the winter conditions, and Hunter has some of the best anywhere. We're aiming to please, and we can assure you that we will continue to open more terrain, and serve up the most awesome snow conditions anywhere around... we hope you can keep some of our positive attitude amidst all the moaning and groaning about the weather!

We hope to see you for New Years, and we welcome any questions or concerns you may have. Ask anyone here, out on our slopes, poke around our Facebook page or give us a call... we don't have much to complain about at Hunter Mountain, nor do our customers.

Have a great day and we hope to see you soon!

In the short term, we have a few mid-temperature days with cold nights coming this weekend... next week, nighttime temps plunge into deep freeze. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

eSki Special through Thursday: 20% off weekend lift tickets!

Get 20% off your lift tickets on Saturday and Sunday if you purchase by Thursday. Head over to eSki now to save 20% on lift tickets this weekend! **Click the date in the top right corner of the page to indicate Saturday or Sunday (Dec 24 or 25). Lift tickets will become available when one of those dates are selected.

eNews 12/20: eSki Special, West Side, 3X, New Video & more!

Click here to read our latest e-mail blast!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Zephyr Express & Way Out open today!

Good morning everyone! We're going to have some new terrain opening today, including Minya Konka, Lower Crossover, East Side Drive, Way Out, Eisenhower and Bleecker Street. We're hoping for The Cliff, too, and if we don't get everything we're making snow on open tomorrow, it will DEFINITELY be open later in the week. Most importantly, our Zephyr Express is going to be running on the West Side tomorrow... come on out and ride our newest addition! Join us for a high speed ride up the West Side! We'll see you out there!

Ticket prices are going to be $54 for adults. Enjoy your day and stay tuned for more terrain opening news!

The holidays are fast-approaching and we want to remind you that we've got the 3X Card available online only until the 24th of December: this makes a great holiday gift: three non-holiday visits for under $40 per day!

Remember to check our Facebook page for photos, videos and updates on snow conditions and much more! We hope to see you out there on the slopes!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12/13 eNews

Hello skiers and riders! To read our latest e-mail blast, click here!

Monday, December 12, 2011

We Need Beats!

We’re looking for people to lay down some beats for our weekly videos, radio commercials and other digital advertising. If you’ve got mixing skills, or are interested in hearing your beats in Hunter’s videos and on regional radio, send us your stuff! If we use it, we’ll hook you up with a 3X Card, and you can come ski and ride to Hunter three times on us! We’ll also throw you some props at the end of our YouTube vids. Hit us up for more info or send your mix to us at!

NY Ski Blog Coverage.... 12/11/11

Some good stuff and a lot of photos posted in the NY Ski Blog and forums yesterday... check 'em out!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

In case you were wondering....

We'll be open midweek running the Kaatskill Flyer! Come on up and enjoy some beautiful weather we've got on the way. If you missed this weekend, we feel a little sorry for you, because today especially was positively beautiful. Midweek pricing is $36 adult or $18 with your Big Lift Card discount!!
Also, if you haven't fanned us on Facebook, please do!! I'd really love to hit 20,000 fans! We've got great giveaways and special offers exclusively for Facebook fans.... so please add us!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Alright folks, here's the deal for tomorrow:
- We'll have top-to-bottom skiing and riding. We are making snow on the Belt, though we do not know if it will be ready for tomorrow yet. The Kaatskill Flyer will be the primary lift, with a possibility of running D-Lift for intermediates (and those of you who need a break from Hellgate!)
- We are priming Hunter One, but it will not be open tomorrow. As stated above, Midstation may be available for intermediates via D-Lift.
- Mike and the park crew put some rails and boxes out, so those will remain for tomorrow.
- Pricing is $36 for adults, $27 with the Big Lift Card.
- Don't forget that if you're skiing and riding today, keep your ticket, and you can get a $26 ticket tomorrow! $10 off a full price ticket when you show your lift ticket from today.
- Shane is shooting our weekly video today and tomorrow, so if you want to tell everyone how awesome we are, look for him. Your face in our weekly video. Sounds good right?

In terms of snowmaking, nighttime temps are looking great tonight, with some tomorrow night and Monday night strong possibilities as well. We're going to open as quickly as mother nature allows. There are some raging parties in town tonight, and Solid Smoke is playing at the Main Bar (see below). Thanks for reading and keep checking back!

Keep Today's Lift Ticket, Save $10 Next Time!

Hey all! We wanted to let you all know to keep your lift tickets if you spent today here at Hunter for our opening day! Present your lift ticket from today, 12/10, on another day in the season (including tomorrow) and get $10 off!!

This is valid only on full price tickets (ie, cannot be combined with other offers EXCEPT for the Big Lift Card discount.... if you have a BLC, you get your Big Lift Card price, THEN get $10 off). So don't throw out your ticket... show it at ticket sales tomorrow or any other day for $10 off!

See you all soon and thanks so much to all of you who came out today!!

Solid Smoke Today 4 - 7:30 pm

Everyone here is really excited about opening day! After you take your turns make sure you stick around to check out Solid Smoke playing in the main lodge from 4 - 7:30 pm. DJ Dave Leonard will also be working the crowd from 2 - 8 pm. It's sure to be a good time with all the positive energy and excitement buzzing around here. Happy winter!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Pricing for Saturday

Saturday pricing will be $28 for adults and $21 for Big Lift Card holders. Stay tuned or call 800-486-8376 for further details. We'll see you tomorrow!

Seasonal Programs Start Dec 17th

Good morning everyone,
Seasonal programs will start December 17 NOT this weekend. Just wanted to let y'all know! Stay tuned for more news later in the day.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Hunter Mountain eNews 12/8: We're opening Saturday!

To read our most recent e-mail blast, click here!


Hellooooo campers!
We would like to let you know that due to recent snowfall and decent nighttime temps for snowmaking, we will be opening on Saturday!

At this point it is looking like we will use the Flyer to up/download for F-Lift, so we will at the very least be open mid- to summit. If we get some really good temps and make a lot of snow, we will obviously open top to bottom. We will do whatever Mother Nature allows, so things may change between now and Saturday in terms of open terrain. We are *hoping* to have Hellgate-Broadway-Kennedy (otherwise known as HBK or Mainline) top-to-bottom open for Sunday, and the nighttime temps look good.

We'll have pricing up on our website tomorrow, and we'll have some info from Bruce as snowmaking continues to spread out. We're also planning on getting a trail open around C-Lift so some Hunter One terrain will be available for Sunday.

Again, terrain availability is based on snowmaking and temperatures, but we will be open on Saturday... you can count on that. Stay tuned here and on Facebook for updates. And while you're waiting, you can watch the snowmaking video we shot last week:

More info soon.

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Friday, December 02, 2011

makin ze snow

We're making snow (duh). This blog post is a little late. BUT... here's a photo.
There are more photos on Facebook, and we'll be shooting photos and video in the early morning hours tomorrow with a video up on YouTube perhaps as early as tomorrow afternoon... so stay tuned. Nighttime temps look good for continuous snowmaking once the afternoon/evening rolls around, though daytime snowmaking will be limited.

While you're waiting for new photos & video, check out the NY ski license plate!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hunter Mountain Competition Team Blogspot: Delay of Program Start & Happy Thanksgiving

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hunter Mountain eNews 11/22: Black Friday Specials, Opening & more!

Check out our latest eBlast!

Black Friday Specials!

We hope you're all gearing up for Thanksgiving... we are! We wanted to let you know that we're offering some Black Friday specials on eSki! These specials will ONLY be available on Friday, 11/25, and will be located at
Here's what we've got for you:
- Buy our 3X Card for $119 and receive a FREE $20 Hunter Mountain Gift Card
- Buy a $50 Gift Card for $40 (20% savings!)
Don't forget to visit on Friday, 11/25 to take advantage of these amazing deals!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gold Pass $44 Lift Tickets Available Now!

We wanted to thank those of you who purchased a 2011-12 Gold Season Pass and to let you know that your additional lift tickets are now available for purchase on eSki!

Click this link to buy up to four (4) $44 lift tickets per Gold Pass. They make great gifts, and they are completely transferable! Share with your friends and family!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Added Values for the Big Lift Card

In case any of you are wondering what the added values this year for the Big Lift Card are...

Each Big Lift Card comes with a number of extra deals. Last year they came with a booklet, this year some of these values will be pre-loaded onto your card and others will be redeemed via barcode. We'll get back to you with more information shortly! In the meantime, here's what you get:

20% off a Demo
Buy one, get one half off: Mid-Mountain or Skyrider Zipline Tour
$44 Lift Ticket (4 coupons available!)
FREE Progression Session
2 for 1 Snowtubing
Bring a Friend to receive your BLC discount (2 coupons available!)

These deals do come with some restrictions but everyone with a Big Lift Card is entitled to each one; remember there are only 5 DAYS LEFT to get your Big Lift Card with a free lift ticket, so get it now!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Hunter Mountain Last Minute Specials: Exclusive Offers Ending Soon!

To view our latest e-mail blast, please continue here.

Zephyr Top Terminal Photos

Hello everyone! Our president, Russ, was up at the summit today and snapped some awesome photos of the new top terminal of the Zephyr Express. Enjoy!

(Taking the Skyride ramp off the Flyer in preparation for winter!)

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Albany & New Jersey: Stop by and say hi this weekend!

Hunter's marketing department is all over this weekend, and we've got two prime locations for y'all to come see us! The Albany Ski & Snowboard Expo at Empire State Plaza kicks off tomorrow evening and continues through Sunday, and we'll also be down at the NJ Ski Council Jamboree on Friday night (Martin Griff of the Trenton Times already interviewed their PR guy, Bob Zega... check it out!)

Randy and Kyle will be selling the Big Lift Card at the Ski Council Jamboree, and they will also be available for purchase in Albany on Saturday and Sunday (sorry, smiles only on Friday!) There are some great deals on gear and lots of opportunities to win free lift tickets, so take a ride this weekend!

Also keep in mind Big Lift Cards are only available with the free ticket through November 15! Get yours now for 25% off weekend & holiday and 50% off midweek tickets ALL SEASON LONG!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Over a foot of snow total!

We received over a foot of snow! Posted a few photos this afternoon; the snow was followed by a beautiful sunny day today! Our webcams were down for awhile as Time Warner lost service on the mountaintop (and down below) but keep an eye out for updates on snowmaking and much more! Thanks of checking back and we'll see you soon!

8" of snow as of midnight!

Yeeeahhh!! It's still snowing hard in Hunter! We've got about 8" outside now, and there's a dope rail jam underway at the Spinning Room/Boarding House. Check back tomorrow for an updated total!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

4-5" so far, much more coming!

We have a serious snowstorm on our hands! I've seen some photos of New Jersey, Westchester and Long Island, and it looks like everyone is getting some fresh pow. We've got 4-5" as of 6pm (I tend to err on the conservative side, though I have heard 6" so far)... not a bad total for only a few hours of snow.

We're expecting MUCH more... with Accuweather's winter storm warning lasting to 6am tomorrow morning, I'd say we're in for quite a bit more. Check out the radar below, and stay tuned for more updates!

It's snowing hard!!

After receiving 3-4 inches of snow on Thursday evening... it's snowing again! And if you're in the NY Metro market, it might be snowing by you, too!

So far we've got about a half inch, and we are expecting... well, 11.5 inches more. We're setting our tentative opening day to November 19, for those of you who missed it on Facebook :)

Stay tuned for updates, and don't forget the Halloween Party & Rail Jam at the Spinning Room/Boarding House tonight, in Tannersville!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hunter Mountain Competition Team Blogspot: NEW! Freeskiing Team

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Season Passholder Party This Saturday!

We just wanted to remind you that our annual Season Passholder Party is this Saturday, October 15 from 1-6pm! You'll be able to take advantage of special passholder-only discounts in our ski and snowboard shops. Passholders can register to win some great prizes, including extra discount coupons valid in our ski and snowboard shops!

You can purchase your pass at early season rates during the party, meet our staff, and get great deals (20% discount for passholders) in our ski and snowboard shops. The Skyride will be open (weather permitting) to see the last of autumn's color in the mountains. 

Mingle with old friends and make new ones! It's a great way to meet like-minded people who enjoy the outdoors in winter and plan to spend a lot of time at Hunter Mountain this season. Admission price for guests (non-passholders) is $15 per person. This party is open to midweek season passholders too! 

We hope to see you here!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hunter Mountain’s West Side Quad to be named Zephyr Express

HUNTER, NY – Hunter Mountain’s latest lift installation, a high-speed detachable quad to serve its West Side, has been named the Zephyr Express. The name was submitted by Creel Brown, a Hunter Mountain patron from New York, NY, in a contest after being chosen from hundreds of submissions. The name refers to a westerly wind, originating from Greek mythology. The Kaatskill Flyer, which was installed for the 2010/11 winter season on the front side of Hunter Mountain, was also named via guest submission.

The Zephyr Express, which began its life as Hunter’s Snowlite Express, was refurbished during the 10/11 season. The quad will replace the Y-Lift on the West Side, which services Hunter’s expert terrain and is a haven for mogul and steep pitch skiers and riders. Some of Hunter’s most famous trails, including Annapurna, are located on its West Side.

The progress of the lift installation has been covered on Hunter’s Facebook page and in the Hunterblog, located at The Zephyr Express will be finished on time and ready to open for the 11/12 winter season. The capacity of the lift will be 2400 per hour, an upgrade from 1900 per hour, the capacity of Y and Z lifts combined. Z Lift will be used as a backup lift to provide extended capacity.

“We know many of our guests have waited patiently for a high speed detachable on Hunter West,” explains Russ Coloton, President of Hunter Mountain. “We’re happy to be able to give our dedicated expert skiers and riders a smoother, faster ride back to the top of the West Side.”

Follow Hunter’s lift construction via Facebook or blog at or


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Monday, October 10, 2011

20,000 Facebook Fans for Free Tickets

I decided recently that it might be awesome (ok, it would definitely be awesome) to enter the 2011/12 ski season with 20,000 Facebook fans. So here's the deal:

If we can amass 20,000 Facebook fans by our opening day, we will give out a FREE LIFT TICKET to one of you EVERY WEEK. We're going to be giving away free stuff ALL SEASON LONG, but we promise we'll give one lucky Facebook fan a free ticket every single week of the 2011/12 ski season. So share with your friends and post up on your page... we've got about a month and a half to get 2,010 more fans!! Can we do it?

If we get to 25,000... maybe we'll up the free lift ticket count. Baby steps... :)

Saturday, October 08, 2011

ONE WEEK LEFT for Lowest Price on Season Passes!

We just wanted to remind you that you've got ONE WEEK LEFT to purchase your 11/12 season pass at the lowest available price! 

If you haven't gotten your pass yet, do it now! Accuweather's long-term forecast predicts above-average snowfall and cold temperatures... not to mention we'll have our new quad on the West Side and plenty of other things going on! We hope you choose to spend your ski season here at Hunter!

Get your season pass now... and hopefully we'll see you next weekend at the Season Passholder Party!

In the meantime... if you don't have plans today, come to Oktoberfest! The weather is beautiful and fall colors are at their peak! Don't forget to swing through the retail shops for our annual Swap Sale! Bring in the kids to get fitted for winter so you're prepared when the first snow falls! We'll have deals on all 2010-11 winter merchandise: skis, snowboards, jackets and more, plus 50% off fishing gear from Orvis. The swap continues through Monday, October 10th. 

What are you waiting for? Head over to and set yourself up for 2011/12!

We'll see you out on the slopes!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Monday, October 03, 2011

2011 AlpineZone Ski Area Challenge

Have something to ask about Hunter Mountain? Head over to AlpineZone and post your Q... I'll be answering their top choices sometime very soon!

2011 AlpineZone Ski Area Challenge

Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Have A Laugh: West Side Name Submission Funnies

It's a beautiful day here in Hunter!!

Though we have yet to choose a final name for our new lift, I did have an opportunity to giggle at the long long (long long long) list of submissions.

I know many of you are eagerly anticipating finding out the West Side quad's new name... in the meantime, here are some sillies that will (sad to say) probably not be winning:

East Coast Ice Glider
Catskill Creeper
Broadway Boogie Woogie
The Neil Diamond Skyway
(with attached comment, wah wah wah... so good so good)
The Wicked Witch (of the West)
Catskill Catapult
Empire State Elevator
The Mod Quad
Wide Load
The Back Side Ride

Stay tuned & thanks for your submissions! We'll be letting you know the final decision soon!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hunterblog Update!

...I know: finally! This redesign has been a long time coming, and everything should be prettier and more efficient now. I am still adding content to the sidebar, but all in all everything looks good (we'll also have a new header sometime soon).

This season we'll have our two new Marketing Assistants, Kyle & Trista blogging in here as well. Kyle will be updating RideHunter, too. So everyone be nice :)

I added a few new tools: one allows you to subscribe to this blog via e-mail. Scroll down to the bottom of the sidebar to sign up. 

Thanks and we hope to see you at Oktoberfest!

2011-12 Big Lift Card ON SALE NOW!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hunter Mountain Competition Team Blogspot: Eastern Alpine Summit

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Hunter Mountain & New York Zipline Adventures host Prattsville kids


Hunter Mountain & NY Zipline Adventures Host Prattsville Children
Kids spend Tuesday, September 6 with Hunter & Zipline staffers

HUNTER, NY – Hunter Mountain and NY Zipline Adventures staff members hosted children from Prattsville on Tuesday, September 6 at Hunter Mountain. Prattsville, which is located less than 15 miles west of Hunter, has been devastated recently by the effects of Hurricane Irene.  The small town is one of the hardest-hit in the Catskills. The children participated in indoor and outdoor activities, including the NY Zipline Adventure Tower. Transportation, meals and activities were provided for over 100 children.

For further information or additional photos, please contact or call 800-486-8376 x2339. For more on how Hunter is assisting victims of Hurricane Irene, visit

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ooohhh YEAH... new VanWinkle's menu. Photos + info.

On Wednesday night, Steve and I went up to VanWinkle's to check out the new menu. We had heard a lot of buzz and we needed to take some photos of the awesome new items added to the summer menu by new Executive Chef Tim Lang. The menu has been completely reworked, and there is some SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS food.

I posted a ton of photos on the Hunter Mountain Facebook Page, but to give you a quick recap, we received four appetizers, and four entrees. Our appetizers were all new items to the summer menu: sea scallops and watercress, roasted portabella mushroom and goat cheese overlaid with asparagus, a colossal crabcake (it really is colossal) and caprese. All were outrageously delicious... the crabcake was utterly fantastic, and I am not a crabcake person. These are all light, healthy (well... I beg to differ on the crabcake but it's seafood at least!) and fresh.

I will admit that I am a notoriously health conscious eater, and in the past, VanWinkle's offerings had not been my cup of tea. I'd drive off the mountain for light, inventive fare (and vegetarian options) at other regional eateries: New World, Peekamoose, Aromathyme, The Artist's Palate. After eating at VanWinkle's on Wednesday night I can tell you I'll be staying up here! Who needs to drive anywhere when there's watermelon feta salad?!



For entrees, we received the evening's special, red snapper over yellow rice; salmon in orange-ginger glaze; a watermelon feta salad I knew I wanted from the moment I saw it on the menu; and mind-blowing mushroom ravioli. Both fish dishes were delicious, and any time the snapper comes back on the menu... ORDER IT! In the meantime, I suggest you tide yourself over with the mushroom ravioli. Normally a heavier dish soaking in cream sauce, Tim's ravioli has huge chunks of mushrooms, and is coated in a brown butter sauce. Check it out below... the big chunks of mushrooms give it an amazingly meaty texture.


The watermelon feta salad was weird and awesome... not a combination I've ever had before (or thought to combine), dressed with limoncello vinaigrette. Incredible.

Dessert included a ricotta-honey cheesecake (if you're shaky on the texture of ricotta cheese, order it anyway. You will not be disappointed!) as well as the mini tartlet and a Victorian chocolate cup.

Check out the photos, the menu, and then head up there. We've got a new Foursquare special launching tomorrow, so make sure you check in when you get there!! We hope to see you soon... and PLEASE feel free to post your own amazing food shots on our Facebook page! As a devotee of healthy, slow, local and organic, VanWinkle's new menu has some incredible offerings for the pickiest of eaters. Come on up!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hunter Mountain Competition Team Blogspot: Lake Placid - Freestyle Team Ramp Camp

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rip Lives! plus Zipline, Skyride and much more!

Summer is in full swing in the northern Catskills, and we've got a lot on the horizon here at Hunter! First and foremost, you might've been cruising through town lately and seen the awesome Rip VanWinkle statues out in front of homes and businesses... these are brought to you by Rip Lives, and they will be auctioned off in September, with proceeds going to local artists and mountaintop not-for-profit businesses. So if you find one that suits your fancy, make sure you head over to the auction... it could be yours!

Our Kaatskill Flyer has been taking people to the summit week in and week out: have you taken a Skyride yet this summer? Check for more info and the operating schedule. We've also got the Mid-Mountain Tour, Skyrider Tour and Adventure Tower open all year round! Mild to Wild Summer Savings! 10% off the Mid-Mountain or Skyrider Zipline Tours on Wednesdays until August 31st! This is an adventure that can’t be missed! Call 518-263-4388 to book your reservation or book now at Promotion code Wedn. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts. Offer expires 8/31/2011. Reservations are strongly recommended.

While you're perusing through the resort's many offerings, don't forget to stop into VanWinkle's for a bite to eat! Serving up lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and dinner every night, VanWinkle's has a brand new summer menu offering light, fresh fare. We've got outdoor seating with beautiful views, and a full service bar, plus happy hour and nightly specials! View the new menu here!

Festivals, Y & Z-Lift Chair Sale & West Side Construction!

August is also coming up quickly, and soon enough it will be time for summer festivals, beginning with our annual Brats & Brews and International Celtic festivals. Tickets are on sale for these fests... get them now on eSki!
Not enough for you? This year, the organizers of Mountain Jam are launching a new blues festival: Bluestock! Three days of blues, brews and much more. Gregg Allman will be here... will you? Get your tickets and/or view the lineup at!
There are still Y- And Z-Lift chairs for sale, and our West Side quad installation is well underway. Don't forget to check the Hunterblog for photos and updates about the lift installation. Y- and Z-Lift chairs make great yard and porch decor and allow you to keep a piece of Hunter history forever! For more information or to purchase a chair, e-mail For further info on the West Side installation, visit!

Don't forget to Like Us on Facebook (we'll have some great deals and giveaways coming in the near future!), and keep abreast of updates, photo, video and more in the Hunterblog. We've got a lot going on all the time, and we want to keep you informed! We're also on Twitter... and for those of you with feed readers, our RSS feed is here. Among other new features coming in 2011/12 is a mobile site... stay tuned!

We hope you're having a wonderful summer... we are!

Friday, June 17, 2011

BMW Off-Road Performance School July 4-5

MAX BMW Motorcycles is proud to be bringing the BMW Off-Road Performance School to Hunter Mountain Resort July 4-5, 2011. Located in the heart of the Catskills, Hunter is the perfect venue for this program. It features great terrain, a first-class hotel and spa and is easily accessible from everywhere in the northeast.

Riding your own dual sport BMW and using the same basic curriculum developed at the legendary BMW Off-Road training facility in Hechlingen, Germany, the Off-Road school is a two-day program designed to maximize every rider's ability on dirt, gravel or other non-paved surfaces. Professional instructors from the BMW Performance Center will be coming up from South Carolina to teach this event. Each day will consists of approximately six hours of riding time and two hours of classroom instruction.

Riding includes drills on dirt, gravel, water and grass and excursions up and around Hunter Mountain and the surrounding area.

Riding exercises include:

  • Riding position
  • Slalom
  • Circles
  • Figure Eights
  • Sand
  • Stopping on a hill
  • Gravel
  • Recovery from a hill
  • Hill climb and descent
  • Riding ruts, whoops and logs
  • And More!!

Riders also will be able to put their newfound skills to use on a dual sport ride with the instructors. Riders are required to wear FULL protective gear including helmets, gloves, riding jacket, riding pants and boots that protect the ankles. Knobby tires are a must (we have special pricing for tires and labor for students who are paid and signed up for the class.) This course is intended for intermediate and advanced riders only.

This is the first time the BMW Off-Road Performance School has been held at Hunter and it is the only date in the northeast this summer. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and reserve your spot early. In order to provide a personalized level of attention, class size is limited.


What: MAX BMW Off-Road Performance School, featuring instructors and curriculum from the BMW Performance Center. Two-day program.

Where: Hunter Mountain Resort, Hunter, NY (map)

When: July 4-5, 2011

Cost: $1095 $550 if you register by June 18th!
(includes two days of instruction, lunch both days, dinner on the 4th)

Accommodations: Riders are responsible for their own lodging. We recommend
the Kaatskill Mountain Club at Hunter Mountain. Room nights are $135 plus
applicable taxes. Check them out at For reservations
call: 800-486-8376 and mention you are with the MAX BMW Group.

Other information: Riders must bring their own bike and full protective gear. Knobby tires required (we have special pricing for tires and labor for students who are paid and signed up for the class.) Hunter Mountain Resort offers an array of activities for other family members.

Information and Registration: Class size is limited. For questions or to register, please e-mail Max Stratton at or call him at 203-740-1270.ately six hours of riding time and two hours of classroom instruction.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Hunter West Lift Update!

I know you're excited to read what's new with Project West!Crews are currently removing the old Y-Lift drive terminal. They are also pouring new base drive terminal footings. Progress is going smoothly and we are excited about the upcoming season, even in June! Stay tuned for more!

Don't forget to check us out on Facebook for the latest and greatest on all things Hunter!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hunter West Lift Update! Concrete!

Just a quick note to let you know that our crews have been working hard on the base terminal for the new West Side Quad. They have been forming the footings and pouring concrete! Enjoy!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hunter West Lift Project UPDATE!

The Hunter West lift project is well underway! Our crews have been working hard on preparing the land for the installation of the new quad! We know you are all excited, so without further ado, here are pics!

Removing haulrope from Y-Lift

Y-lift counterweight de-tensioned

Extended lift line

Drive terminal excavation

Hunter Mountain Stream Cleanup!

Many thanks to the team members listed below who helped pick up debris from the stream yesterday!

Jen Schmidt
Sarah Slutzky
Eric Johnson
Steve Laing
Russ Coloton

With the assistance of another 5 or 6 Greene County Soil and Water Conservation staff members, we picked up a half pick up of metal and about
15 bags of trash.

Just one more step Hunter is taking towards a green earth!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Thank You!

Just received this from the fine folks at Thanks to YOUR support during the "Hell Track" event, we were able to present them with a donation of $2,700! Thank you again, together we helped make a difference!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Thank You for Coming to TAP NY!

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all for making it the biggest and best TAP New York yet! 41 breweries pouring nearly 150 individual beers. Some very new breweries took home the trophies:

Saturday Winners

  • Matthew Vassar Brewers' Cup: Best Brewery in the Hudson Valley - Crossroads Brewing
  • F.X. Matt Memorial Cup: Best Brewery in New York State - Barrier Brewing
  • NEW AWARD! The John Calen Memorial Award: Best English Style Pale Ale - Crossroads Brewing's Outrage IPA

Sunday Winners

New York State:

  • Gold: Brown's Brewing - Whiskey Barrel Porter
  • Silver: Cortland Brewing - Flight Level 410 Olde Ale
  • Bronze: C. H. Evans - Hefeweizen

Hudson Valley:

  • Gold: High Point Brewing - Double Platinum Hefeweizen
  • Silver: Brown's Brewing - Whiskey Barrel Porter
  • Bronze: Crossroads Brewing - Outrage IPA
Thank you again, and we hope to see you at our other summer events!

Thursday, April 28, 2011


As of this morning, less than 100 tickets remain for Saturday of TAP New York! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

We now have 41 breweries registered for TAP NY 2011!  Newcomers to TAP NY like Fire Island Beer Co., Barrier Brewing, Cortland Beer Company, and others have now signed on as well. View a full list of our attendees at!

TAP New York is also about food. Each year we offer plenty to eat and best of's included in the ticket price.  The food theme for 2011 is comfort food.  Take a look at what's in store! Remember that food sampling is included with your ticket!!

So join us this April 30th & May 1 as we TAP New York at Hunter Mountain in the beautiful northern Catskill Mountains. Hours are 1pm to 5pm Saturday, 12 noon to 4pm Sunday.

Saturday (advance sale only): $60
Sunday (advance sale only): $49
Designated Driver (advance sale only): $20 each day
Two-day Special (advance sale only): $100

Friday, April 22, 2011

1 Week Left!

Lock in your season passes, lockers and programs at the lowest rates! Prices increase May 1... you've got one week left to get the biggest bang for your buck!

Click HERE for Season Passes

This year, give yourself a little extra... upgrade from the Big Lift Card to our ValuePass!

For $229, the ValuePass offers unlimited midweek skiing & riding, plus 30% off weekends & holidays!

Buy now, and ski & ride all season long at a huge discount!

Prices increase May 1... upgrade now for the lowest rates!

Click HERE for Value Passes

Friday, April 15, 2011

2 Weeks Left for Early Season Pass Pricing!

Lock in your season passes, lockers and programs at the lowest rates! Prices increase May 1... you've got two weeks left to get the biggest bang for your buck!
Click HERE!

Also This year, give yourself a little extra... upgrade from the Big Lift Card to our ValuePass!

For $229, the ValuePass offers unlimited midweek skiing & riding, plus 30% off weekends & holidays!
Buy now, and ski & ride all season long at a huge discount!

Prices increase May 1... upgrade now for the lowest rates!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The West Side Project Has Begun!

As many of you know... we are installing a quad to service the West Side! The project is now underway! The chairs are off Y and Z lifts, and land clearing has begun for the new base terminal! Also, parts from the old quad have been fully rebuilt and re-galvanized! Check out the pics! Make sure to keep it locked here or on Facebook as the project continues!

Re-galvanized cross arms!

The chairs are off the Y and Z lifts!

The view of 44!

The new base terminal location!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Friday, April 08, 2011

Hunter's Hell Track! Raising Money For Japan!

Hunter, NY -- Hunter Mountain will be holding a charity event on Saturday, April 9th to raise money for Japan. The event will feature a "Hell Track" -- a modified boardercross-style track in the Empire Terrain Park. Registration will be held from 10am to noon in the base lodge; riders will meet at noon in the Yurt.

Participants must have a lift ticket ($25 special rate this weekend) or season's pass and make a $15 donation, which will buy them a wristband for unlimited access to the track. Raffle tickets are included in the donation, and additional raffle tickets can be purchased separately. All proceeds from the event will be donated to

Raffle tickets will be on sale to the general public as well. Prizes include skis, snowboards, helmets, outwear, goggles and much more. Sponsors include Arbor Snowboards, Ashbury, Bern,, Capita Snowboards, Coal Headwear, Flow Snowboards, Homage Brooklyn, Mount Everest Ski Shop, Nike 6.0, Oakley, O'Neil, Orage, Ovr Ride, Salomon Skis, ThirtyTwo & Union Bindings. More Sponsors to be added as they come on board.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Tuesday eBlast... posted on Wednesday!

Hello skiers and riders! We've got some sunny days arriving later in the week, with Pondskimming and some other events kicking off this weekend! April 10th is our projected last day... as we've said, if business levels are still high and the weather looks good, you all might get another weekend in... we'll see what happens! Stay tuned!

We'll be reopening on Wednesday, 4/6, and from here on out, we've got $25 lift tickets for everyone (no additional discounts accepted). ValuePasses will be accepted on weekends, too!!

Meanwhile, this weekend, we've got...
- Pondskimming! Get your wet suit ready... we'll have space for 100 contestants, lots of prizes, giveaways, live music and more! Registration is at 11am and the event kicks of at 1pm! All you need is a lift ticket.
- Hunter's Hell Track: Raising Money for Japan... here in the Empire Park. $15 donation includes a wristband to hit the track as many times as you want. Also includes raffle tickets for prizes. Additional raffle tickets will be for sale... prizes include skis, snowboards, helmets, outerwear, goggles & more. RSVP on Facebook at the link above! 

We've also got two new videos up on our YouTube Channel! Check them out!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Closing Monday & Tuesday, Ways to Save on Wednesday!

Hello skiers and riders! It's a beautiful day here at Hunter Mountain!

Hunter Mountain will be closing due to the weather forecast for Monday and Tuesday 4/4 & 4/5. We will reopen Wednesday 4/6... with $25 lift tickets for the remainder of the season!! (All lift tickets will be $25... sorry, no discounts).

Value Passes will be valid during weekend operating hours, too! We are scheduled to close Sunday, April 10th... but if weather and business levels are good, we may change our minds…stay tuned!!
Pondskimming kicks off next weekend on April 9th... we hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hunter Mountain Competition Team Blogspot: Hunter Mountain Racing Foundation - 6th Annual Pig...

Hunter Mountain Competition Team Blogspot: Hunter Mountain Racing Foundation - 6th Annual Pig...: "Hunter Mountain Racing Foundation 6th Annual Pig Roast & BBQ Saturday, April 2nd - Serving from 12:00-3:00 Colonel’s Hall Deck Adults $18..."

This Requires Your Attention!

Ready? 8-14 inches of snow coming FRIDAY! We've got a winter storm watch from Accuweather, and we are gearing up for some serious late spring powder!

That said, we are moving Pondskimming to April 9. So put your wet suit away for another week, and get out your midwinter gear!!

We'll see you this weekend! Stay tuned for snow totals, photos, news and more!

This says 6-12 inches, but higher elevations such as Hunter might get 8-14 inches!