Hunter Mountain Snowboarding
The 2nd most popular snowboarding destination in New York.
Saturday 26 January 2019 04:11 GMT
Southwest of Albany and west of Tannersville, the Hunter Mountain Ski Area has 67 runs spread across 320 acres served by 13 lifts that access a vertical descent of 1,600 feet. Spread across four mountain faces, Hunter Mountain has 100% snow-making capability and produces about 120 inches of snow a year! Just get there early before the man-made stuff sloughs off revealing the base ice.
If you haven't been here recently, you'll be surprised by their 30% terrain expansion in 2018, along with the addition of a highspeed six-pack lift. There are now 5 new intermediate runs along with 37 acres of glades.
On a Pow-Day, take the SnowLite lift for laps on Hellgate or Racers Edge. Local snowboarders rave about the legal backcountry snowboarding in the adjacent state forest.
After a long day of snowboarding at Hunter Mountain, the best bet for apres ski is at Van Winkles. For some nightlife, check out Tequillas on SR23A or Slopes in Tannersville.
To reach Hunter Mountain Ski Area from Albany, follow US90 to Exit #21 for Catskill. Turn left off the exit following SR9W for 2 miles to SR23A. Continue on SR23A to Hunter Mountain. It's about a 70 minute drive. The nearest major airport is located in Albany. If you're coming up from NYC, it's about a 3 hour drive.
Overall, Hunter Mountain is the 2nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 15 snowboarding resorts in New York. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Hunter Mountain including Belleayre Mountain Ski Area, Plattekill Mountain Ski Area and Windham Mountain Ski Area.