I love this resort. It's relatively close to New York City . Very seldom do I go there to find huge crowds. It's a few dollars cheaper than Hunter Mountain. Plus it has the added advantage of being owned by New York State's DEC, so it really is all New York State resident's peak. Being on public land, the mountain even has some back-country skiing opportunities on hiker trails. You can take the lift up to the top hike about a mile east to the total summit and ski into the town of Pine Hill. Be sure to park a car as close to the trail head as you can. It's a long walk back to the lifts, at least three miles. You might want to try the hiking trails in warm weather just to get an idea of the terrain. Don't attempt this without a good two feet of fresh snow. Heed the warning signs Easterners. It's serious business.