Hunter Mountain Ski Area
Hunter Mountain Ski Area (off Rte. 23A in the heart of the village, 518/263-4223, www.huntermtn.com) is the Catskills’ best-known ski center and one of its biggest businesses. In winter, boisterous New York City folk flock here by the thousands to ski its crowded slopes. The three-mountain complex offers 49 trails, 15 lifts and tows, and 100 percent snowmaking capability.
In summer, the Hunter Mountain Festivals are staged here. Regular events include the German Festival, Oktoberfest, and the International Celtic Festival, during which dozens of men in kilts march down the mountainside.
On summer and fall weekends, the Hunter Mountain Sky Ride travels to the mountain’s summit (10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun. July–Oct., $6 per person). Open year-round is the resort’s small Ski Museum (10 a.m.–5 p.m., free admission), which documents the history of the sport.
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