Snow making, Distance to NYC, Plenty of Bussing options
Price, Small Mountain, Crowds on weekends
Went over the last weekend in Jan 2013. Paid $70 for an adult all day lift!! I only paid $73 a day for Mont Tremblant in Canada during the NYE holiday. Its a 2.5 hr drive from NYC, and though I haven't taken 1 yet, there are a lot of bus operators that do trips to Hunter from NYC. 1 way to avoid the outrageous lift cost is that the busses are a good deal, generally $80-90 for RT bus and lift.
On Saturday, it was really crowded. But the weather was quite cold, subzero the whole time. So they had the snow guns out the whole time, and the runs were quite good, as a result.
A good mountain for beginners, they have a whole section of lifts and runs for beginners, much more than other area mountains. I guess this is to accommodate all the firsttimers from NYC. This can have its upside and downside, since some of the more courageous ones might clog up the more expert lifts. Again, since its such a small mountain (compared to a place like Blue Mtn in PA), this can be a problem.