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by: Tyler undefined - 17th February 2020

  • 2
  • 2Beginner
  • 1Intermediate
  • 4Expert
  • 2All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 1Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • 2Overall Value
Long Runs for NY, Steep
Weekend Crowds, Icy, Poor Terrain/Trail Signage, Not place for Families or Begginers, Steep

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I'd consider myself an above average intermediate rider. I went on a non-holiday Sunday. Got there as soon as lifts opened for the day. The first hour was actually quite enjoyable. They blew.. a little.. snow the two days before with the cold temps. I could really grip the ground below me and it made riding square and single diamonds quite enjoyable. However the conditions just got progressively worse as there were so many people just just stopping sideways down the mountain, scraping away any powder and making it seriously icy. Crowds both for main lift and on the slopes themselves were an issue. This is a steep mountain relative to it's size. To take advantage of the 1600 ft. vertical most will want to ride the Catskill lift the whole way up. Unfortunately for the intermediate or beginner rider - there's not a whole lot of "easy" ways down the entire mountain, and the easiest ones are also the most narrow, making it even more crowded/dangerous, especially due to the ice. The trails aren't greatly marked as to what terrain is upcoming, you can easily find yourself starring down a steep and icy slope by accident. The squares and "family" zone marked at the top are under estimates to their actual difficulty. You'll come across some pretty steep stuff. Trying to avoid an inexperienced family of 4 on icy steep slopes isn't the best experience. Would never suggest in-experienced children to ride this. "Family Zone" is an outright dangerous lie. The fact the 3 people died last year on this mountain is an awful tragedy first and foremost. My sincere condolences for their family and friends. Although these tragedies happened on trails not opened yesterday, I do not think this is merely coincidence. Too much ice, and trying to avoid many in-experienced riders in front of you adds much more risk of danger. The alternative to this for the novice rider is to only use the easier side of the mountain, which means equally long or longer lift lines, a slower lift, and for half, or less than half, of the run length as compared to the peak. This is why you see so many newer riders on the narrow "square" runs at the top. If you are an advanced skier that can ride steep AND icy terrain, you've got no issues even on a crowded day. You can ride trails and specific lifts where crowds aren't bad. If you're a slightly above average rider that can navigate steep slopes, just not the ice - come on a weekday that has seen plenty of snow being made beforehand. Not recommended to the below average rider or for families on weekends as you will probably eventually find yourself on a steeper slope than you can ride, slated with ice, trying not to crash into other riders struggling to get down. Or you can ride the easy slopes and still wait long lines with no slope length.

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  • 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...

  • James (16th December 2019)

    Hunter is great for what it is, which is basically the best mountain within 2 1/2 hours of NYC. It’s got great...

  • josephchu1 (4th December 2019)

    Midweek review: Love Hunter midweek. It’s close, value-priced, uncrowned and has decent steep terrain. None of the negatives that are present on...

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