In 1967, Hunter Mountain became the first ski resort in the world to feature summit to base snowmaking. Today, it’s still a world-class leader in providing the most family-friendly fun for your family, all year long.
Perhaps the best part about Hunter Mountain is its extensive accommodations for families and beginning skiers. Both young and old rookie skiers utilize several specialized programs at The Learning Center, housed in its very own building.
Kids enroll in private lessons, the popular Explorers Program (for ages 4 to 6) or the Mountaineers program (for ages 7 to 12). Seasonal programs, including a Junior Freeski for big kids, are also available. Adult beginners join either the First Timers program or the First Timers and Improving program. Camps, workshops and seasonal programs are available for adults as well.
Outside the building, all beginners practice their skills on the 14 trails of Hunter One, each uniquely designed for comfortable learning.
What about the little ones, you ask? Hunter Mountain has them covered in a space of their own, located on the lower level of The Learning Center, complete with heated floors and tiny toilets. PlayCare offers games, storytelling and arts and crafts for children ages 6 months to 6 years. Full day programs are $80 and include snacks and an optional lunch for $6. Half-day programs (from either 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 to 5 p.m.) cost $65. There’s also a 3 Year Old Program which allows a half-hour on-snow session with a half or full day of PlayCare.
Of course, there are plenty of advance trails for thrill-seekers, located on 240 acres of skiable terrain. Other winter sports at Hunter Mountain include snowboarding, snowtubing and snowshoeing. In the summer, enjoy hiking the mountain. Clearly marked trails lead to the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower, the highest of its kind in New York State, at 4,040 feet. Along the trail and throughout Hunter Mountain, families will find signs for its Audio Tour, which allows you to stop and listen to a bit of history about its landmarks. Allow at least three hours (round-trip) for the four-mile hike. Although it’s a moderate route, this trek is probably best for big kids and parents.