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Peak Resorts buys Hunter for $36.8 mil

post #1 of 14
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Big news out of the Northeast today:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/peak-resorts-to-buy-hunter-mountain-ski-resort-1448919613

 

A few more details:  http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2015/11/30/peak-resorts-buys-hunter-mountain/

 

Supposedly a plan for pass reciprocity at other Peak Resorts ski areas in the works.

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I would assume the pricing would be in line with the epic pass.. Possibly more.. Sad but true
post #3 of 14

I wonder what Snowtime sold Windham for? A quick search and I could not find any news about this sale. It was around 10 years back.

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Hunter mountain was sold to Peak Resorts, the announcement was made yesterday they also own Mount Snow and a few other resorts.  I have always liked the terrain at Hunter and have been willing to put up with the crowds to ski some of my favorite trails, all though the crowds are far less on the west side.  I hope that the new owners treat the mountain with respect for its is a fun place to ski.  I remember the two brothers that use to own the mountain and their family, they did a great job for so many years. 

 

Mod note: merged with first thread about Hunter sale

post #5 of 14

Moderator Note: @Uncle-A : your post/thread was merged with the existing thread about the sale of Hunter to Peak Resorts that was announced late November 2015.

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Interesting.  Hunter is a good spot and the closest mountain to me that provides some challenging terrain.  I've had some great days there.  Wonder if Peak will be sprucing up the lodge or making similar improvements.

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Interesting.  Hunter is a good spot and the closest mountain to me that provides some challenging terrain.  I've had some great days there.  Wonder if Peak will be sprucing up the lodge or making similar improvements.


No idea about the plans for Hunter, but pretty clear that what Peak has done at Wildcat since that purchase was good for that mountain. In particular, the investments made in improving snowmaking in order to get more terrain open as soon as practical during early season.  I spent a day at Wildcat in early Dec last year.  Met a local who grew up in the area.  He had one of the lifetime passes, which now means he gets a season pass for a major discount.  Even though he has to pay for the pass, he said it was well worth it because Wildcat is on much more solid footing being part of Peak Resorts.

 

Have you read about the improvements made at Hunter for the 2015-16 season?

 

http://www.huntermtn.com/winter/improvements/

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No idea about the plans for Hunter, but pretty clear that what Peak has done at Wildcat since that purchase was good for that mountain. In particular, the investments made in improving snowmaking in order to get more terrain open as soon as practical during early season.  I spent a day at Wildcat in early Dec last year.  Met a local who grew up in the area.  He had one of the lifetime passes, which now means he gets a season pass for a major discount.  Even though he has to pay for the pass, he said it was well worth it because Wildcat is on much more solid footing being part of Peak Resorts.

 

Have you read about the improvements made at Hunter for the 2015-16 season?

 

http://www.huntermtn.com/winter/improvements/

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the link. Hunter already has impressive snowmaking. Good to see they aren't resting on their laurels. You can make as much snow as you want on Belt Parkway, I still rather be on the real Belt Parkway in Brooklyn which is no picnic either.

 

I've been opting for Windham lately for the mid-week drive-up, ski, drive-home trips.  I like the terrain better at Hunter it just seems that Windham has gotten a bit more natural snow over the last couple of years.  Plus Windham does the Stars and Stripes card.  Wish Hunter would do something similar.

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No idea about the plans for Hunter, but pretty clear that what Peak has done at Wildcat since that purchase was good for that mountain. In particular, the investments made in improving snowmaking in order to get more terrain open as soon as practical during early season.  I spent a day at Wildcat in early Dec last year.  Met a local who grew up in the area.  He had one of the lifetime passes, which now means he gets a season pass for a major discount.  Even though he has to pay for the pass, he said it was well worth it because Wildcat is on much more solid footing being part of Peak Resorts.

 

Have you read about the improvements made at Hunter for the 2015-16 season?

 

http://www.huntermtn.com/winter/improvements/

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the link. Hunter already has impressive snowmaking. Good to see they aren't resting on their laurels. You can make as much snow as you want on Belt Parkway, I still rather be on the real Belt Parkway in Brooklyn which is no picnic either.

 

I've been opting for Windham lately for the mid-week drive-up, ski, drive-home trips.  I like the terrain better at Hunter it just seems that Windham has gotten a bit more natural snow over the last couple of years.  Plus Windham does the Stars and Stripes card.  Wish Hunter would do something similar.


Interesting there is that much difference in snowfall considering that Hunter and Windham are so close together.  I've only skied a day at Hunter during early season.  Have driven by Windham before opening day but can't really see that much from the base.

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Interesting there is that much difference in snowfall considering that Hunter and Windham are so close together.  I've only skied a day at Hunter during early season.  Have driven by Windham before opening day but can't really see that much from the base.

On average yes the two mountains are usually similar in annual snowfall. Over the last couple of years when we've had big storms and I wanted to head up for a powder day Windham usually got a few more inches.
post #11 of 14
I guess this will be the end of the Value Pass, which is the only thing that made skiing affordable for me. Having survived quite a few injuries in the military, fighting fires, rock climbing, and skiing, it takes me 5+ 'days' of skiing to even begin getting back in shape. Testers was day 2 this season, and my legs were shot after 3 hours. A cheap season pass is a necessity for me.
post #12 of 14
It seems obvious that the Value Pass is a thing of the past. I won't be skiing at Hunter again.
post #13 of 14

Hunter is in the mix for the "all the Peaks" pass.  $600 for all their mountains.  unlimited.  Seems like a fair shake if you ski in the East.

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Hunter is in the mix for the "all the Peaks" pass.  $600 for all their mountains.  unlimited.  Seems like a fair shake if you ski in the East.


For more about the Northeast Peaks Pass:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146106/northeast-peak-pass-2016-17-for-7-mountains-including-hunter-wildcat-mount-snow

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