Hunter Mountain, located in the Catskills of New York and offering 57 trails, is home to an abundance of family-friendly activities for the whole family. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking and zip-lining in the spring, summer and fall (and even in the winter if you dare), there is something to ignite everyone’s inner thrill-seeker.
On a recent trip, our tour guides, Mike and Dabo, suited us up and walked us to a little stopping point about halfway up the mountain to inform us of the necessary safety precautions. From there, we climbed a swinging bridge and took off down our first zip-line! Before we zoomed down every zip-line and journeyed across every swinging bridge after that, they thoroughly checked us to make sure we were secure in our harnesses and completely safe, all the while cracking jokes and making sure we were having a good time. At the end of the tour, feeling like experts at that point, we traversed down a pole to the ground.
Another, more relaxing, activity families are sure to enjoy is the Skyride. This six-person Kaatskill Flyer detachable chairlift takes guests to the 3,200-foot summit of Hunter Mountain. Along the way, take in the magnificent views of the northern Catskills, plus the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and Green Mountains of Vermont on a clear day. The ride takes about 11 minutes each way. Admission is $12 for adults ages 13 and up, $8 for juniors ages 7 to 12, $10 for seniors ages 65 and up, and free for children ages 6 and under (with a paying adult). Hours vary depending on the season. Note: The Skyride is available weather permitting.
The Hunter Mountain area provides the perfect starting point for families looking to hike the northern Catskills, which also offers cozy accommodations.. There are trails and terrain for all skill levels. Elevations range from 600 to 4,200 feet, and trails are marked with red, blue, or yellow circular markers to help keep you on your desired course. Note: Come equipped with comfortable shoes, water, and bug spray.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels flock to Hunter Mountain every year for some good old-fashioned outdoor fun. Lessons are available, and include the Beginner Try-Pak ($119) for those ages 13 and up, with three non-holiday visits to the mountain, Lower Mountain lift tickets, group lessons, and equipment rentals. The Beginner Single-Pak ($79) includes one visit to the mountain, a Lower Mountain lift ticket, group lesson, and equipment rental. And finally, the Beginner Private Lesson Package ($125) includes one visit to the mountain, a one-hour private lesson, a Lower Mountain lift ticket, and equipment rental. Look for other deals during Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in January. Childcare services are provided for little ones who aren’t ready for the slopes.
Restaurants, Shopping & Spa
After or in between all of the fun, relax and unwind at one of the onsite restaurants. The Island Bar at The Copper Tree features spectacular views of the mountain, while Andre’s Slopeside Barbecue will fill your tummy with burgers, hot dogs, or chicken (summer only). There is also some serious shopping available at Hunter Mountain Expeditions & Sports Center, where families will find well-known brands such as Obermyer, Helly Hansen, and Nordica. Last but not least, there’s also a spa at the Katskill Mountain Club, which also offers cozy accommodations.