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Hunter Mountain Valentine’s Day Pow

Once I got my skis in today’s fresh snow I didn’t want to stop, or even slow down. Lots of other people at Hunter must have felt the same way, because it’s been years since I saw such a powder-crazed group in the Catskills.

Valentine's Day Powder on Westway

Rope drops were well attended, especially on Hunter West as people clamored to get on the big terrain of Westway.

After two runs on old 44, I considered, for a moment, giving my legs a break, until I saw the rope coming down on Annapurna. The headwall was exceptional.

Hunter-Mountain-View

The storm delivered both deep and dense preventing my skis from hitting bottom on even the steepest pitches of natural snow terrain.

As the day went on, I saw so many smiles from the Hunter skiers I’ve shared turns with over the years, but none surprised me more than that of a ripper I met on last year’s trip to Silverton. Mariana was getting her pow fix in the Cats.

Hunter-Mountain-Valentine's-Day Powder

It’s a small world, but I suppose it’s no small wonder that good skiers pick the same terrain, days, and places. The coincidence continued as I ran into her and her Valentine on short breaks at Scottie’s, twice.

Lines were well-managed by the staff, high speed lifts, and the fact that after lunch most had skied all the powder they could handle.

Hunter-Mountain-Trees

There was so much new snow that as the tracks began to coalesce, the mountain just skied in, rather than get skied off. The surface couldn’t have been softer, and the natural moguls on trails like Racers Edge had my girlfriend skiing like a pro.

Scotties

It’s time to change the definition of this Hallmark holiday, which should probably be reserved for skiing powder with loved ones.

And maybe we could change the name, too. I think Friday, Saturday, and Sunday should all work. Valentines Day is quickly turning into my favorite holiday. Hope you had a great one.

3 Responses on “Hunter Mountain Valentine’s Day Pow

  1. Doug says:

    Great 2 days of riding…

    100% open.. Life is good in the Northern Catskills… :)

  2. Vic says:

    Nice to see Hunter as I always remembered it from the past, an exceptionally mountain, when its fully open, just the joy in people’s tellingly what a great day they had, that I Ironically missed due to going out to vail , and ironically stuck in a airport delayed 2 days, doesn’t matter, Hunter is a great mountain ,when its fully open. case closed.maybe this season we can stay open as it should be , the closing day is set far too early. More snow coming,ye ha

  3. Mike Hertzberg says:

    Stayed the night before the storm at a motel and woke up to almost 3′ of new snow piled on my truck. Epic day, got on it early and often. Played on the frontside Hellgate, cliff and racers until backside opened and skied Westway/Trail 44 for another 8 runs. Probably got 17+ runs before completely wiped out and seeking beer. One of the best days in recent years!

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