First of all at 2 1/2 hours, Hunter Mountain has the most challenging terrain withing a striking distance of New York City. If you are an advance or expert skier Hunter is your best option short of driving 5 to 6 hours (each way), you will particularly enjoy the Hunter West trails. If you are a beginner or low intermediate, the terrain on the lower mountain or Hunter One is a great place to acquire the necessary skills to enjoy the whole mountain. Somewhat problematic is the situation for more advanced intermediates, since the blue terrain in the front of the mountain can get crowded on holidays weekends, in particular the Belt Parkway trail.
Taking classes with the Hunter Mountain SKI SCHOOL is one of the best choices a beginner, intermediate or an expert can make, it will enhance your skiing skills, give you insight on the terrain, as well as permit you to use the ski school line. The school is composed of a large group of extremely friendly professionals that are passionate about skiing and sharing their knowledge. Generally speaking they are all PSIA certified instructors with a very large proportion of Level 2 & 3 instructors as well as a good number of PSIA examiners in their ranks. Also remember, for most ski instructors in the US, sharing their knowledge of skiing is a labor of love, since the pay is not particularly good, so don't forget to tip.
The main LODGE itself is a charming structure which lends itself to creating a warm climate of camaraderie. Prior to skiing in France, I would have said that the food was very good, but my standards have changed, so I must say that its more then acceptable but not a culinary experience, except for the sushi bar, which is extremely good. There is a second lodge, next to the learning area, which is extremely functional in its design, making the experience of buying tickets, renting equipment and getting to the learning area seamless.
Thanks to th ski school, Hunter Mountain is an excellent destination if you have children, their all day ski program will give the kids a chance to have fun in a safe environment, develop their skills and make new friends.
After skiing you can definitely head down to the lodge for a few drinks and on weekends enjoy the live entertainment, it is an extremely friendly place, where you can unwind with old as well as new friends. The village of Hunter and nearby Tannersville, offer a complement of restaurants and activities that should meet anyone's expectations. The State Troopers can be a pain, with their frequent surveillance and if you are speeding or driving under the influence beware, since they will catch you, but this is better then the alternative which involves damage to property and life. For those that do want to party like heros there is a good night time club scene, just be careful with how much you drink if you plan to drive or plan accordingly and use the taxi services.
I am not so sure if Hunter would be my first choice if I was planning a week of skiing, but for a long weekend getaway or better midweek getaway, its definitely a no "brainer".
In the past year I have moved from New York to Brussels, the closest skiing is in the Ardennes, and they make Hunter One look imposing as a result I am moving to Geneva!
Enjoy Hunter, enjoy making new friends and keep going back for more,