The closest ski resort to the NYC metro area has given New Yorkers a reason to celebrate with a major expansion of Hunter Mountain Ski Resort. Only a 2 1/2 hour drive from Manhattan, it’s location and extensive expansion makes the resort a major player among the likes of iconic resorts such as New York’s Whiteface Mountain, Vermont’s Killington, and Maine’s Sugarloaf. According to an article published in Forbes Magazine, Hunter Mountain’s owner, Peak Resorts, claims this expansion to be the first major ski resort project in the east in 15 years. The New York Daily News dubbed it to be “The granddaddy of all the nearby ski areas.” Improvements include 9 new trails with (5 new trails and 4 new glades) and 80 new acres (over a third more terrain) of skiable terrain.
The 9 million dollar Hunter North project is scheduled to be ready for the 2018-2019 season. Overall, the skiable area will increase by 33% at Hunter. Moreover, for skiers wishing to get away from the crowd, the glades area will increase an astounding 800%. A new high-speed 6-pack chair will service the new trails. This addition will distinguish Hunter Mountain as the only resort in New York State to have two, as they installed their first high speed 6 passenger lift over 5 years ago.
Contrary to industry giants like Vail and Alterra Mountain Company, Peaks is small by comparison with 14 facilities in the North East region. Peak Resorts is planning on investing another $22 million on its new flagship Carinthia Base Lodge located at Mount Snow, an early adopter of 9 terrain parks which it installed 10 years ago.
The resort also replaced its old lodge with a state-of-the-art, 42,000 square foot facility, 5 times the size of the old facility. It includes a new coffee bar, 2 watering holes, a cafeteria, a full-service restaurant, retail space and rental shop. Additionally, management is offering great savings with its new Peek’s pass. With the pass, skiers can take advantage of unlimited skiing and rides at 7 northeastern locations located in New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Vermont. The pass offers a number of savings programs including the “Drifter Pass” which provides huge savings for skiers under the age of 30. The pass also has substantial lodging discounts and saving at the company’s Midwest facilities. For more great savings on ski lifts, lodging, and apres ski festivities, contact us.
So this winter, leave Manhattan’s briny slush behind and go for some pure white packed snow at Hunter Mountain for a New York skiing state of mind.