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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hello,

Could you guys give me a quick review about hunter mountain. I hear it gets very crowded is this true? And is it crowded during the week as well and how about fridays? I hear the terrain is pretty nice though. Thank you

Adam
post #2 of 27
It gets crowded on the weekend, best to go during the week Monday-Thursday. Fridays can be busy if it's a holiday weekend.
post #3 of 27
Years ago, a guy at a ski shop in North Jersey gave me his view of Hunter Mountain. "It's there. And they have skiing." Which is pretty much true. Seriously, I returned to Hunter Mt years later on a weekday and found it not so bad. I can't imagine ever going back on a weekend.
post #4 of 27
Midweek is empty - weekends are rediculously crowded and Fridays are hit/miss.

We (my buddies and I) ski fridays since we all take them off - they are all better skiers than I am - they like Hunter because it has steeper and has more variety blacks than anywhere else around. I am happy on any blue that I can find.

Weekends still get a bit hairy at times when the buses of unsupervised 15 year olds comes up from LI, NYC, Westchester, etc...

-Scott
post #5 of 27
Its one of if not my favorite East coast mountains. Weekends, as with all EC resorts is crowded, but not at Hunter West, even on weekends you can go up and down all day with nearly no lift line wait.
post #6 of 27
When fully opened to beat Hunter's terrain you need to drive another 2-3 hours north . before Christmas and after Presidents week crowds are not to bad . Very busy on weekends between those dates. Monday to Friday uncrowded with Friday being the busiest but still good.
post #7 of 27

Hunta'

On weekends Hunta' is like the like the LIE (Long Island Expressway)... bumper to bumper and full with rude [pick your favorite epithet here].
Hunter West is not half bad on weekdays if the conditions are good.

post #8 of 27
No love for Windham? Just around the corner, much less crowded, not as much steep but i think there are plenty of decent cruisers. FWIW, better snow.
post #9 of 27
I think Hunter gets a bad rap for crowds relative to other places in the east. If you ski in the east on the weekend - especially from late December to late February - at any moderately sized hill, its going to be somewhat crowded. At Hunter, like most other resorts, if you stay off the main lifts at peak times you can minimize the impact of this.

I strongly disagree that Windham is much less crowded on weekends.
post #10 of 27
No one goes to Hunter anymore...its too crowded.

Hunter is safe on the weekends from open till 10 then 2-close. Mid Day is a killer. Midweek is fine. Vermont skiing as a day trip from Pa/NJ/NYC. Much better than Windham, but more "in your face".
post #11 of 27
This year if you check their web site such a deal, (that allows skiing at both areas at reduced lift prices is available online) exists. I used to visit Traphagen honey just down the road 1 mile west for great natural sweets and things. If you are in the east enjoy Western skiing is all about 18 inch bases so far this season
post #12 of 27
omg omg omg been w8ing for this!!! i'll give you a guide as an expert skier. actually, of all the trails i've done!!!

From the summit, you can head down Hellgate, which is a moderate steep black and is the iciest run on the mountain and 2nd most crowded. Or, you can head down the beltpark way, a blue, which has a few steeper pitches, but relatively flat, narrow, crowded, and a great cruiser. You can also head down East Side Drive, which is a very unsteep black, can be easily handled by higher level intermidiates. You can also hop down on the summit with Upper K27, hosts a steeper pitch than the average black at the top, but mellows out, being a Double Black Mogul Run. If you don't want to drop down the main face, you can also gain access to Hunter West on the summit. Claire's Way, a pain in the behind with krazy ice all over, is pretty steep with moguls. On Hunter West you can also do Annapurna, a moderately steep double black with gigantic moguls the size of around 5 feet. Westway is never open but is very steep and wide with moguls on Hunter West. Hunter West has a very good reputation for extremely tough terrain.

The Belt can lead to White Cloud, a steep blue that is really fun that is very windy and also Way Out, a steep black that is really fun that is windy! From HellGate you can do The Cliff, a very steep and very icy black, and I don't like it, and you can also do Heuga Express, a moderately steep black that is left uncrowded at times, crowded at other times. At the bottom of Heuga, you can do Drop Off, a very unsteep black, more of a narrow and harder blue. From East Side Drive you can take Minya Konka, which starts off as a extremely steep chute that is very double diamond for about 20 feet. The top of East Side Drive and Upper K27 end at the same place, where you can either take the infamous Lower K27, a 35 continious degrees trail that is very narrow with larger bumps, the hardest run on the mountain BY FAR, or keep taking East Side Drive. East Side Drive can lead to Milky Way, a moderately steeper black.

Say more later.
post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 
thank you for the replies...I think i will try it out. I canst stand going to mountain creek anymore. next semester I can only go on friday's because I dont have class but I think it will work out. Thanks again
post #14 of 27
Mountain Creek.....uugh dont get me started, man do I hate that place.
post #15 of 27
Compared to Mountain Creek, Hunter will seem empty. Later in the season after some natural snowfall check out Plattekill. Plattekill is awesome and very few skiers on weekends. Plattekill is sometimes compared to MRG and Magic. This year Plattekill added more snowmaking capability. In fact I would recommend you give all four Catskills Mountain ski resorts (Belleayre, Hunter, Plattekill, and Windham) a try. If Bobcat opens for a weekend after a big natural snow dump, jump in you car and check it out. Bobcat is like entering a time machine and going back 50 years. :
post #16 of 27
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No one goes to Hunter anymore...its too crowded.
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post #17 of 27
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No one goes to Hunter anymore...its too crowded.


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post #18 of 27
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Mountain Creek.....uugh dont get me started, man do I hate that place.
Just thinking about that place sends shivers down my spine......
post #19 of 27
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omg omg omg been w8ing for this!!! i'll give you a guide as an expert skier. actually, of all the trails i've done!!!

From the summit, you can head down Hellgate, which is a moderate steep black and is the iciest run on the mountain and 2nd most crowded. Or, you can head down the beltpark way, a blue, which has a few steeper pitches, but relatively flat, narrow, crowded, and a great cruiser. You can also head down East Side Drive, which is a very unsteep black, can be easily handled by higher level intermidiates. You can also hop down on the summit with Upper K27, hosts a steeper pitch than the average black at the top, but mellows out, being a Double Black Mogul Run. If you don't want to drop down the main face, you can also gain access to Hunter West on the summit. Claire's Way, a pain in the behind with krazy ice all over, is pretty steep with moguls. On Hunter West you can also do Annapurna, a moderately steep double black with gigantic moguls the size of around 5 feet. Westway is never open but is very steep and wide with moguls on Hunter West. Hunter West has a very good reputation for extremely tough terrain.

The Belt can lead to White Cloud, a steep blue that is really fun that is very windy and also Way Out, a steep black that is really fun that is windy! From HellGate you can do The Cliff, a very steep and very icy black, and I don't like it, and you can also do Heuga Express, a moderately steep black that is left uncrowded at times, crowded at other times. At the bottom of Heuga, you can do Drop Off, a very unsteep black, more of a narrow and harder blue. From East Side Drive you can take Minya Konka, which starts off as a extremely steep chute that is very double diamond for about 20 feet. The top of East Side Drive and Upper K27 end at the same place, where you can either take the infamous Lower K27, a 35 continious degrees trail that is very narrow with larger bumps, the hardest run on the mountain BY FAR, or keep taking East Side Drive. East Side Drive can lead to Milky Way, a moderately steeper black.

Say more later.
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HellGate can also lead to an unsteep (20-25 degrees) double black run with giant moguls, Upper Crossover. East Side Drive, Minya Konka, and Upper Crossover all end at Crossover, a crowded and icy black run that is moderately steep. Lower K27, Crossover, and Milky Way end up at the F Lift, which is a no liftline non high speed chairlift; a great way to get back up the mountain on a crowded day at Hunter. From the bottom of HellGate, you can take Racer's Edge, a steep double black with baby moguls at the top where it is unsteep, and icy and big moguls where it is very steep. You can also take Broadway to the F Lift. From Broadway you can take Eisenhower, a very steep black (steepest on mountain), the racing trail at Hunter, Gun Hill Road, an interesting, left usually empty blue run that is moderately steep for a blue. Kennedy is the perfect blue cruiser run, which starts at the bottom of the F Lift, being wide and a lesser steep blue but the fall line is longer than the other blues, with the exception of Gun Hill Road (GHR is all one hill!). These are pretty much all the trails I've done.

Overall, Hunter in terms of terrain, Hunter is a great mountain full of steeps and moguls, yet remember that the mogul trails tend to be very icy EXCEPT Lower K27 and Annapurna because they are very uncrowded.


Steepest Trail: Lower K27
Steepest Black: Eisonhower Drive
Least Steep Double Black: Upper Crossover
Least Steep Black: East Side Drive
Iciest Run on the Mt: Claire's Way
Best Conditioned Moguls: Annapurna
Biggest Moguls: Annapurna
Worst Conditioned Moguls: Claire's Way
Smallest Moguls: Top of Racer's Edge
Most Crowded: HellGate
Narrowest Run: Annapurna
Widest Run: Westway

Most of these are opinion wise.
post #20 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks the reviews...I now have alot of trails to ski and considering I do not have class on friday's next semester I think my friends and I will be up there alot.


Adam
post #21 of 27
a seson pass at hunter this year is $1000
F*** That!!1
post #22 of 27
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a seson pass at hunter this year is $1000
F*** That!!1
Big Lift Card's a great deal.

$15 off weekend/holiday
$21 off midweek
Half Price on Tuesdays.

It's now $50, but if you'd bought it early it was $40 and it included a free lift ticket (which meant it basically paid for itself).

Also, the season pass is $900, not $1k, and I think it was a bit cheaper early. (Still not cheap though).
post #23 of 27
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Big Lift Card's a great deal.

$15 off weekend/holiday
$21 off midweek
Half Price on Tuesdays.

It's now $50, but if you'd bought it early it was $40 and it included a free lift ticket (which meant it basically paid for itself).

Also, the season pass is $900, not $1k, and I think it was a bit cheaper early. (Still not cheap though).
I remember reading somewhere that you can still get that deal if you buy it at the Princeton Ski shop sale at the Meadowlands. The sale starts tomorrow. I'm really not sure where I read this. I may stop by there tomorrow since I'll be a couple of minutes away from there.
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post #25 of 27
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a seson pass at hunter this year is $1000
F*** That!!1
Going on sale toward the end of March, next years midweek pass $199 and it is also good for the rest of the season.

Until Dec 24th a duo mountain lift ticket, $125, 2 for hunter and 2 for windham good any non-holiday this season.

RW
post #26 of 27
i guess you just have to know when to buy it!
post #27 of 27
My friends hate it but I love it and yes it does get crowded but you can't find terrain like that anywhere nearby, if conditions are good definitely head to the west side. FYI - I had my boots done there, Irwin is the expert fitter, but they all do an outstanding job.
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