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Hunter Mountain, Hunter

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Hunter Mountain is a ski resort located about three hours north west of New York City in Hunter, New York. It features a 1600ft vertical drop.
From its inception in the late 1950s, the management of Hunter Mountain has employed extensive snowmaking facilities. Hunter was the first ski destination in the state of New York to install snow-making, the first in the world with top-to-bottom snow-making, and the first in the world to have 100-percent snow-making coverage of the mountain.
The resort offers snow tubing and snowshoeing as well as skiing. Hunter Mountain also features two terrain parks and holds freestyle events throughout the ski season.
During the mid-50’s a group of local businessmen, including Orville, Karl Plattner Sr. and Israel Slutzky, developed plans to revive the area's economy after the Great Depression, World War II and the decline of Catskills tourism had caused long-term economic distress. The sport of skiing was becoming popular, and the group considered developing Hunter Mountain as a ski resort. After a failed lobbying attempt to get the state to develop a new ski area on Hunter Mountain, the group contacted Denise McCluggage, a sports editor at the New York Herald Tribune. They told her they had a mountain to give away to any developer who would build a ski area called Hunter Mountain on it. McCluggage wrote an article that attracted the interest of a group of Broadway show-business people.
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  • Stayed at the perfect little airbnb right at the base of the mountain. We took the Scenic Ride chairlift and then hiked to the firetower. The views were incredible. The staff working both the... 
    Stayed at the perfect little airbnb right at the base of the mountain. We took the Scenic Ride chairlift and then hiked to the firetower. The views were incredible. The staff working both the...  more »
  • Our pass was taken by the mountain. I sent the below explanation for a difficult time. I followed up today and realized this email was received and rejected but they did not have the decency to... 
    Our pass was taken by the mountain. I sent the below explanation for a difficult time. I followed up today and realized this email was received and rejected but they did not have the decency to...  more »
  • So despite having lived in the NE for 25 years I've done most of my skiing in VT, this was the first time to Hunter, and despite all the hate and disappointment I saw in these reviews I have to say... 
    So despite having lived in the NE for 25 years I've done most of my skiing in VT, this was the first time to Hunter, and despite all the hate and disappointment I saw in these reviews I have to say...  more »
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  • Even though Hunter Mountain was purchased by Vail Resorts, it maintains a local mountain feel, not that much different from when it was privately owned. I telephoned the resort in July to ask about next season's ski pass and whether it could be mailed to me. It didn't matter that it sounded like an offshore-based call center, I had my pass within a week and they waived the shipping charge. That's the kind of customer service that builds loyalty!
  • Took the chairlift up in the summer and hiked down. I recommend really good hiking shoes if you plan on hiking up or down as we were slipping on the rocks. The views from the top are amazing and the breeze was very welcome on a hot summer day.
  • Skied here since 2019. Last skied mid January 2022. Snow coverage was not great and all the pistes were icy. Number of people was not as ridiculous as Mt Creek but it was still a lot. Expect 10-15mins lift wait time.
  • Breathtaking views. I went there for the scenic skyride n it just blew off my mind how beautiful it was. The place has a full lawn where fair kinda thing goes on..food was good lively music n clean rest rooms !
  • I’d like to say super positive things about the experience… as far as zip lining goes the mid-hill set is lame. Short zip lines, not much to see. They traverse a small bunny hill type of wooded area. Carrying the zip line metal thing is the worst! Especially if you’re small stature. 4 stars for staff and 3 for the zip lining. I won’t be back because I don’t want to carry that heavy metal zip line thing. It’s the length of my leg.

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