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Posted: Jan 18, 2010 - 10:23 AM GMT
Edited: Jan 18, 2010 - 10:24 AM GMT

I grew up in New York, but had never skied Hunter. Here's a REPORT ON MY TRIP TO HUNTER Jan. 11-13.
To supplement that info: Hunter had made a ton of snow through December, and was resting its snow guns so far in January.
The area has lots of easy terrain, and lots of hard terrain, with only a limited amount of intermediate terrain. They know that, and see it as something to address in coming years. Hunter had a really impressive terrain park, as well.
EDIT: Typo.
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Posted: Jan 18, 2010 - 2:14 PM GMT

thanks for the link, great read! fascinating info re. the compressors
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Posted: Jan 18, 2010 - 3:26 PM GMT

Thanks, Rick. Hunter's eight antique compressors are really beautiful pieces of machinery. They look a little bit like the engine room of the Nautilus in Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." David Slutsky said they work as efficiently as modern compressors, but would cost way too much to make today.
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Posted: Jan 18, 2010 - 11:22 PM GMT

Nice article. And agreed on the terrain: Beginners and experts go to Hunter, Intermediates to Windham. However, I don't think they'll be able to change that much in the future, even if the West Side expansion was all intermediate, it'll still be a mainly expert mountain.

As for the snowmaking, it's a fantastic sight, and that combined with good terrain within 3hrs of Central NJ, is why I go there.
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Posted: Jan 19, 2010 - 12:02 AM GMT

I got a short tour of the shop and the compressors a few years ago. I dont know the guys name. He was very proud of what he showed me.
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Posted: Jan 19, 2010 - 4:49 AM GMT

Agreed, they really do an impressive job snowmaking. Thank you roger47 for showing us why.

My wife and I used to ski Hunter almost exclusively. Now that we have kids, we have run into the intermediate problem with our eldest, and issues with Hunter's childcare with our youngest.

When both kids can ski Way Out, we'll probably be back. I do miss that terrain.....



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