[R184R, Hunter Mountain] calls itself the "Snowmaking Capital of the World" although snowmaking has been over for awhile now. The snow cover has transformed into the corn snow of spring.

Spring mean cold nights and warm days, and a snowpack that changes from frozen to soft, and back again to frozen overnight.

Many skiers and riders consider spring the best time of the season. It is, but it also is all too brief as it spells the end of winter.

Hunter Mountain will close April 11 after 141 days of operations.

The New York area plans to go out with special offers for skiers and riders.

Any Mountain Season Pass Holder Day April 5 offers free skiing to any holder of a 2008-09 season pass at any area anywhere in the world.

Family Day April 10 offers free skiing to juniors age 7-12 and young adults age 13-18 free skiing when accompanied by an adult who buys a lift ticket. Limit one free ticket per adult.

Lift tickets will cost $19.59 April 11, in honor of Hunter's opening 50 years ago.

Hunter has 11 lifts, 55 trails, a vertical drop of 1.600 feet off a summit elevation of 3.200 feet, and 240 acres of skiable terrain. Trails are divided among beginner - 30 percent, intermediate - 30 percent, and advanced - 40 percent.