HUNTER MOUNTAIN RESORT GUIDE
Hunter Mountain Resort Overview
Ski all day and be back in New York City for dinner. That's possible at Hunter Mountain, accessible with a 2.5 hour drive from Manhattan, on a good day. Hunter features a 1,600-foot vertical drop and offers a wide range of terrain, although the steepest runs, such as Westway and Annapurna — only open after sustained snowfall. Hunter might be the poster child for the statement "If you can ski the East, you can ski anywhere." Its variable weather patterns and conditions keep you on your toes, but its excellent teaching program can prepare you in spades.
Meanwhile, the Hunter-Tannersville area is an increasingly attractive place to visit, with new cuisine such as Prospect and Sal's Pizza and lodging such as Scribner's Catskill Lodge, opening each season. Hunter is on the Epic Pass, convenient for those in the New York area who also enjoy skiing out West and/or futher North.
Snow-Making & Grooming
Extreme / Off-Piste Terrain
On Mountain Dining
Excellent variety of terrain, especially relative to the size of the mountain. Cover it all in one day
The runs here are Vermont quality, but without the Vermont drive
The Hunter-Tannersville area is undergoing a renaissance with increasing options for dining, après and off-mountiain activities for the whole family
With snow-making coverage on 100% of its terrain, you are guaranteed to get your runs in no matter how bad the season. Fun fact, Huner Mountain was the first ski resort in New York State to install snow-making
Hunter's proximity to NYC means it can be very crowded on the weekends. Lift lines can be long and trails may even feel crowded
Grooming is done daily, but the volume of skiers quickly makes that a thing of the past. Frequent rain and sleet can slick up the place
To avoid early lift lines, head to Hunter North and Hunter West around 10:30am to maximize your shredding time
When eating at the mountain, take your food and head to the Copper Tree for a better lit, more spacious area (*this is not open during the Covid Pandemic)
Resist the tempation to take the D lift when the Kaatskill Flyer lines are long — it's very slow
For a relaxing, cozy stay, Scribner's Catskill Lodge is directly across the street from the resort. With an ice skating rink, beautiful grounds and firepit with s'mores to roast, you will feel a world away. A little further afield with a more boutique feel, consider the Deer Mountain Inn
For the most luxurious, convenient way to enjoy Hunter, consider the High Peaks Club, this membership based club at the West Wing Base, includes a locker room and parking space (space is limited)
For an in-depth breakdown of Hunter's terrain, head to our Mountain Guide. Top trails and mountain stats included.
Getting To & Around
While Hunter is accessible by bus and Amtrak Train; you'll want a car to get around Hunter/Tannersville, or to take a day trip to Phoenica, Woodstock and/or other resorts in the Catskills.