- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 3
- All Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 0
- Nightlife 0
Pros: Close to NYC, good trails, variety
Cons: very crowded
Recommended For: Single/Newlyweds, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2008
Hunter has good trails and is close to NYC, so naturally it is pretty crowded. I guess it can't be helped. Excellent snowmaking on the main part of the mtn. Most of the trails are fun and cruisey. When the back part (Hunter West) has reasonable snow cover, you can ditch the mobs of kinderboarders and clueless-but-endearing foreign tourists to enjoy some steeper runs. Just watch out for the icy moguls... ouchie.
There are some parts of Hunter that could use a little sprucing up. For example, the olde schoole lodge at the tippy top has character, but the cafeteria food selections are dismal and from the outside the lodge looks closed down and abandoned. At the base, it's total chaos trying to get food, find a table, and not lose your friends. A couple of the lifts are pretty challenging-- the Hunter West double slingshots you off at the end, and the smaller lift from the main base terminates at the top of a steep, icy rise, so it's like a final graduation test for snowboarders. Or a fun place to sit back and watch the carnage. Either way, good times.