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!