I'll put in my 2c. With a couple of exceptions, Hunter is no more crowded on weekends than most east coast mountains, and usually less so. It is the most challenging mountain south of Killington, and there are ways to avoid the crowd if an expert skier. Hunter's double blacks have no comparable trails anywhere in the Poconos, and some of their single blacks would be doubles in the Poconos.
I also agree with most of the previous comments, except,
Originally Posted by Philpug
22...27...whats 5 amungst friends. I have skied Hunter prolly 30 times, it has been open less than half. But I am talking Lower K27, the upper part is indeed open because it is a main trail.
Lower K27 does get closed due to it's steepness and tendency to have HUGE bumps, after a bad thaw/freeze cycle when you wouldn't want to be on it anyway, but it's still open way more than 50% of the time most years. It seems Phil doesn't pick the right days.
|Anaperina is a waste of a trail the whole thing is a double fall line, do not bother skiing it.
Anapurna is my favorite trail on the mountain. It is narrow, deceptively steep and very challenging. Also, Be aware that with it's unique natural protection, and lack of grooming, it's condition will be different from any other trail on the mountain, the conditions won't be known untill you're well committed to the trail, and that trail is long way down. Being a double black, it gotta be really
bad before it's closed. Anapurna reminds me of Jaws of Death at Mt. Snow, but a lot longer, and it's steep section is steeper. Of course, once again, Phil was on it on the wrong days.
Most of Hunter has a double fall line, which adds to it's challenge.