Snow is falling. The sky is blue. You're cruising on your snowboard through frosted white trees. You take a left onto Broadway. What?! That's right. I said Broadway. But you're not Manhattan. You're on the slopes of Hunter Mountain!
Just a short two-hour drive from the city, Hunter Mountain is a prefect day or weekend getaway. Their ski and snowboard trails may remind you of the city you left behind, with names like Bleeker Street, Battery, and Belt Parkway, but the scenery won't let you forget you are miles away from traffic and skyscrapers.
Perched at 1600 feet above sea level in New York's Catskill Mountains, Hunter Mountain invites you to explore its forests by snowshoe or whiz down its slopes on the weapon of your choice—skis or snowboard. The ski area contains three mountains, a snowboard park, 55 trails, and 240 acres of skiable terrain—all connected by lifts and runs. Difficulty levels are divided equally between beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Expert trails only comprise 13 percent of Hunter's runs, located mainly on Hunter West. Families enjoy the variety of green and blue runs on Hunter One. What's more, you won't have to worry about snow conditions! Hunter Mountain is considered "the snowmaking capital of the world" and was the first to use automated snowmaking. The mountain is literally covered with snowguns, some 1000 to be exact, ensuring the dreaded East Coast ice is well hidden under softer snow.
Warm up with a few morning runs then head to Andre's Slopeside Barbecue where all you have to do for some hearty burgers, chicken, and hot dogs is click out of your skis. Après drinks and music are hip at the Main Bar. Looking for something quieter? Nestle into the best après views at the Copper Tree's Atrium Bar. Check into the Kaatskill Mountain Club if you're staying the night and reward your hard work with a treatment at their luxury spa.