Hunter Mountain resort is located in Hunter, NY. It is inside the Catskill Park on the slopes of 4040 foot peak, Hunter Mountain.
The ski area, built on the Colonel’s Chair area of Hunter Mountain, has a top elevation of 3200 feet, a vertical drop of 1600 feet and 240 acres of skiing. Trails on the mountain face northeast, east, and west. The resort is two hours from Manhattan and is a popular destination for the New York metro area.
The Hunter Mountain trail map highlights four distinct areas: the Main Face, Hunter West, Hunter One and Hunter North. Chair lifts include 2 high speed sixpacks, a high speed quad, 2 fixed grip quads, 2 triples, and 3 double chairs. Hunter features green, blue, black and double black trails.
The Main Face of Hunter Mountain is served by one of the high speed 6-packs, two triples, and a fixed grip quad. Hunter does not have a green trail at the top of the mountain and only has 2 blue trails at the top.
Hunter West is the most challenging pod on the mountain. It’s one of the top expert pods in the East. There is a high speed quad servicing 1300 vertical feet in about four minutes. There are two black diamonds, four black double diamonds and a glade. The consistent top to bottom pitch on the double diamonds makes them unique and enjoyable. One line, known as the secret trail, was actually a liftline that was cut beyond the ski area boundary.
Hunter One, also known as Hunter East, is the dedicated beginner learning area and features only green and blue trails.
The most recent expansion, Hunter North adds 30% to total terrain with 4 trails, 3 glades and 80 total acres. Hunter North’s Express requires only 3 minutes to reach to reach the top.
Over the years, Hunter built a reputation for snowmaking. Historically, once temperatures dropped below freezing for a few days Hunter would run snow guns 24/7 to get the whole mountain open. In 2019, Vail Resorts acquired Hunter Mountain. Since that time Vail’s commitment to Hunter’s reputation as “the Snowmaking Capital of the World” has been less emphatic.
The advertised yearly natural snow average is 85 inches.
There are two base lodges, one serving the main face and one serving Hunter One. There is a groovy, spiraling, concrete Summit Lodge that also serves food.
In the past, Hunter had a reputation for being a crowded and even dangerous on weekends. The lack of a green trail from the top is likely a contributing factor to crowding on the two blue trails from the summit. Over the year trails have been widened and lifts have been upgraded. This improved weekend lift lines and crowding. The long term impact of the growth of the Epic Pass remains to be determined.
Hunter Mountain Trail Map
Hunter Mountain Vertical Drop and Stats
|Summit Elevation||3,200 feet|
|Base Elevation||1,600 feet|
|Vertical Drop||1,600 feet|
|Trail Miles||34 miles|
|Longest Run||10,560 feet|
|Skiable Area||320 acres|
|Uphill Capacity||19,390 / hour|
|Annual Snowfall†||85 inches|
|11 Year Avg*||74 inches|
|11 Year High**||119 inches|
Hunter Ski Day Essentials
|Address 1||64 Klein Avenue|
|Address 2||Hunter, NY 12442|
|Wx Page||NWS ALY|
|Point Forecast||NWS Hunter Mtn|
|Health and Safety||Winter Experience|