Hunter Mountain has been celebrated for a trio of firsts since it opened in the 1950s: the first skiing spot in New York to install snowmaking, the first in the world to feature both top-to-bottom snowmaking, and the first to have 100% coverage of the mountain. Spanning 320-skiable acres in the glorious Northern Catskill Mountains, Hunter Mountain has 67 trails, 13 lifts, and a vertical drop of over 1,600 feet. Its EpicMix app gives visitors entry and priority access at 34 affiliated Vail Resorts (which owns Hunter) in the United States, with multiple properties included within the Northeast. The snow tubing park offers plenty of family-friendly fun—with thousand-foot lanes, a fire pit, snack bar, and kid-friendly magic carpet lifts. With four mountains, three freestyle terrain parks and snowboarding, lessons at every skill level, plus a day lodge and plenty of dining options, there are endless adventures for first-timers and seasoned experts alike.
Where to eat and drink: Hunter Mountain Area Dining
Distance from NYC: 3 hours