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by: Hunter Mountain Review - 27th December 2017

  • 5
  • 5Beginner
  • 4Intermediate
  • 5Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 4Terrain Park
  • 5Overall Value
Awesome double blacks spread throughout the mountain, west side, fast lifts, good snow coverage, amazing on week days.
Crowded on weekends, can be icy, not the best Apres Ski.

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Review: Hunter Mountain Ski Resort is AMAZING if you know when to come and where to ski. The mountain may seem crowded, but on weekdays you have the mountain to yourself, and lift lines are nonexistent. Even if you go to HMSR on weekend, the West Side will never have lines. HMSR may be icy a lot of the time, but their are many hidden trails and paths that always have good snow. Also, HMSR will always have snow due to 100 percent snowmaking. HMSR has some of the best learning areas, is adding a massive expansion that will bring in at least 6 new intermediate trails. HMSR has amazing expert terrain. And not all of the expert terrain is on hunter west. Upper Crossover, K27, Racers Edge, and Milky Way are all on the main face! Overall I rate Hunter 5 out of 5 stars. Terrain overview: Hunter One: While Hunter One is where most of Hunter's learning terrain is located, it also has some great blues and even a few blacks. Learning Area: Learning area at the base of Hunter One. Lower Hunter One: Lower slopes of Hunter One. Many green slopes, a small terrain park, and two blue trails. Middle Hunter One: Middle slopes of Hunter. Home to four interesting blue slopes, that each have their own character. Upper Hunter One: Contains two short but steep black diamonds. Hunter East/Main Face: Lower mountain: Has terrain parks, racing trails, double black diamonds, a glade, some learning terrain, and a couple greens. Mid Mountain: Contains a variety of blues and single black diamonds that all merge into one large bowl. Upper Mountain: Many narrow cliffside blacks, a few double blacks, and the top of the famous Belt Parkway. Also accesses Hunter West. Hunter West: West side entry: The two trails that lead to West Side, Way out and Colonels Alternate. West Side; The main area of Hunter West. Here is an overview of Hunter's Expert Terrain! Expert Terrain Overview: Hunter West Expert Terrain: Annapura: Annapurna is a long and narrow double black on the West Side. It has a long start before heading onto a steep headwall. After the headwall it is a narrow trail that winds through the woods. Accessed by Kaatskill Flyer and Zephyr Express. Which Way Glades: Trees inbetween Clair's Way and Taylor's Run. Annapura Woods: Unnofficial glades inbetween Annapura and Westway. Westway: Westway is an extremely wide and extremely steep trail on Hunter West. It is the steepest trail on hunter west, with a 39 degree pitch at the headwall, but is rarely open. Accessed by Kaatskill Flyer and Zephyr Express. Clair's Way: Clair's Way is a narrow and unique double black diamond. It's most famous feature is the doughnut, an area where the trail splits into two paths. Both paths are incredibly steep. After this, there is another steep headwall before the trail mellows out into an average eastern double black. Accessed by Kaatskill Flyer and Zephyr Express. Taylor's Run: Taylor's Run is a narrow single black that starts on Clair's Way and winds in the woods between Clair's Way and Westway. Accessed by Clair's Way. Colonel's Alternate: Colonel's Alternate is a steep and narrow New England style bump run that leads to Clair's Way or Belt Parkway, a long blue. Accessed by Kaatskill Flyer. Main Face/Hunter East Expert Terrain: Racer's Edge: Racer's Edge is a very well known double black diamond on the lower mountain. It starts off with a narrow bottleneck onto a steep and narrow slope. After this it the trail turns to the skier's left and onto the extremely steep but wide headwall. After this the trail merges with belt parkway onto the battery, a green run at the base of HMSR. This trail is one of the iciest trails on hunter, due to the amount of people that ski it. Accessed by Bleecker Street. K27: K27 is an incredibly steep mogul trail, and it is the steepest at Hunter. It has a headwall that is 44 degrees! The upper part of the trail is narrow, with a drop off on one side. This upper section leads to Lower K27, which is an insanely steep mogul run. If you can't ski Lower K27 you can ski East Side Drive instead, which is a black diamond. After the headwall, lower K27 becomes a narrow trail which winds through the trees to the base of the F-Lift. Accessed by Kaatskill Flyer. Crossover: Upper Crossover is a very steep mogul run. It is however not as steep or long as K27. After Upper Crossover, lower crossover is a narrow and mildly steep single black that goes down to the base of the F-Lift. Accessed by Hellgate. Hellgate: Hellgate is one of the most well known trails at Hunter. It is a wide cliffside single black that winds down the cliffs of Hunter's East Face. It leads to Bleecker Street and Roadway. Accessed by Kaatskill Flyer. The cliff: The Cliff is a narrow cliffside black diamond. It is narrower and less frequently skied than Hell Gate, and is farther above Hell Gate. It leads to Bleecker Street. Accessed by Kaatskill Flyer. Mad Box: Mad Box is a short and narrow path that leads to Jimmie Heuga Express. Accessed by Kaatskill Flyer. Jimmie Heuga Express: Jimmie Heuga Express is a narrow cliffside trail that has amazing scenic views. It leads to Bleecker Street and Dropoff. Accessed by Kaatskill Flyer. Bleecker Street: Bleecker street is a long and rolling path that accesses Racer's Edge and Eisenhower Drive. Accessed by Hellgate, The Cliff, and Jimmie Heuga Express. Eisenhower Drive: Eisenhower Drive is a narrow black diamond that has 3 steep faces. It leads to the Battery, and is accessed by Bleecker Street. Minya Konka is a narrower and steeper version of Hellgate that winds down the cliffs of the main face of Hunter. It access Lower K27 and leads to Lower Crossover. Accessed by Kaatskill Flyer. East Side Drive is a narrow black diamond that accesses Milky Way and Lower Crossover, and also acts as a bailout route if Lower K27 is too hard or closed. Accessed by Kaatskill Flyer. Milky Way: Milky Way is a average width single black that is sometimes groomed, sometimes has moguls, and sometimes has both. It is on the lower liftline of the F-Lift, and leads to the bottom of the F-Lift. It is accessed by East Side Drive. Milky Way Glades: Woods between lower K27 and Milky Way. Empire Glades: Woods between Lower Broadway and Kennedy. Lower Broadway: A racing trail accessed by B Flat that leads to Hunter's base area. Park Avenue: A massive terrain park accessed by B-Flat that leads to Hunter's base. Park Avenue West: A smaller terrain park right next to Park Avenue and below Lower Broadway. Dropoff: A terrain park that is accessed by Jimmie Heuga Express. It leads to Belt Parkway. Hunter One Expert Terrain: Upper Highlands and Upper Hemlocks: Two short but beautiful single blacks that lead to Lower Highlands and Rip Van Winkle. They are both accessed by the HP Poma lift. If these trails are open, you really should hit them. They are both just interesting because of their location. Boston Road Terrain Park: The trail is rated green, but it has a terrain park. Accessed by H lift. Thanks for reading my overview and review of Hunter Mountain!

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  • Jayson Fraone (14th January 2021)

    Me and my friends have been skiing hunter mountain for years now. It has always been great up until vail bought them...

  • Greg (3rd January 2021)

    Get it together Vail Corp. Now you own Hunter so learn how to make snow. This is January and conditions are horrible....

  • Alex (24th February 2020)

    I had a great first experience at Hunter. Dropped my 4yo daughter for the morning kids program (her first time) and I...

  • Tyler (17th February 2020)

    I'd consider myself an above average intermediate rider. I went on a non-holiday Sunday. Got there as soon as lifts opened for...

  • C. Sam Morgan (27th January 2020)

    Ice is good, powder is good too. If you are real. Ski the East. To complaint about ice, is like going to...

  • Jazzy Jeff (18th January 2020)

    Avoid at weekends and holidays. Not sure whether this is epic pass holders coming up but it’s a disaster - half hour...

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