Friday, February 17, 2017

Hunter Feb 16

Hello Hunter Fans,
Many of you have asked if you were deleted from my list since you have received no daily ski reports. The answer is “no”. I have not been skiing nor will I be this season – it ended before it started for me due to injuries to my left arm from fall yard work. My left elbow (bicep tendon) was surgically repaired in October and my left rotator cuff is due to be repaired hopefully within weeks. Getting old sucks!
I cannot comment on daily trail conditions, grooming etc. based on others’ opinions as they vary greatly. If you want to know I’m afraid you will have to ask your friends who have been on the slopes.
This has been a good snow season but I can’t say the same for the weather. I call it the season of flat light and, to date, you can count the number of full sunny days on one hand. The wind and cold have also been major negative factors.
 
The crowds this season, especially on weekends, have been much larger than the past few years with some days hitting close to 8,000 which number by the way is expected both this & next President’s Day weekends.
 
Regarding other mountain top issues, MTV Productions which was responsible for the reality TV series“Jersey Shore” cut a deal with Hunter/PEAK and began filming here last weekend. They will be here for six weeks and have hired pro snow boarders as their main focus to be filmed in the base lodge, on the slopes and in various local bars, restaurants and other businesses.  They have rented a large local house (no, not mine) as their main base and have wired it with cameras & microphones etc. They are spending a lot of money up here. I have no clue as to when they will finish filming, editing and air the episodes.
 
In restaurant news, the Brewery is open and offers a good pub fare with 20 beers on tap. It should have its own craft beers shortly I am told but I have heard that before.
Scribner’s Lodge –Prospect Restaurant & Bar - is spectacular after a 3 million dollar renovation with great ambiance, amazing views , excellent food, wines & liquor, but it is expensive.
Hammo’s in Hensonville (The ex Horton Smith House) offers excellent pub food plus some Indian dishes together with 10 craft brewed-in-house beers.
 
The weekend forecast:
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.
Saturday
Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 41.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
Washington's Birthday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.
 
I will be back on skis next season with a vengeance!
Jon

Monday, November 21, 2016

Hunter openinng day news

Hi All,
Here is the Hunter press release:
 

opening daY

Yesterday was an exciting day on the mountain! We happily welcomed 10" of natural snowfall (a few more inches falling this morning!) in addition to 20 brand new snow guns! Our Snowmaking Team made its mark on the mountain early yesterday morning and is still making snow on Hellgate, The Cliff, Kennedy, Fifth Ave, The Battery, Seventh Ave, 42nd Street, Central Park North and Grammercy Park. Our plan is to move onto additional trails as temperatures permit, which look promising through early Wednesday morning.

We're thankful that Mother Nature is doing her job this Thanksgiving week, and we're pleased to announce we plan to open this Friday, November 25th at 9am! We expect to have details regarding available terrain in the coming days - stay tuned by checking our
snow report
and social media pages, and subscribe to our Daily Snow Report emails.
Happy Thanksgiving and happy trails,
Jon  

 

 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hunter snow guns are on!

Hi All,
Pleased to advise Hellgate is already covered with that white stuff down through Kennedy. Hunter would like to be open for Thanksgiving if not sooner.
Night time temps will be below freezing for the next week although daytime temps will be in the upper 40’s to low 50’s.
Due to recent elbow surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon I will not be able to provide first hand reports before January.
In restaurant news, Scribner’s has opened. Here is an article about it:
 
The Hunter Brewery is also open:  www.HunterMountainBrewery.com
 
Think & pray for snow and rain which we desperately need.
Jon
 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Hunter March 7

Hello Hunter fans,
It was a magnificent morning to be out on the slopes. All trails were groomed to perfection and partial sun with high clouds made for excellent visibility. The temps went from 22 late last night to 40 this am and now 57 base / 44 summit.
The surface conditions were very consistent & fairly firm but softened with each run until late morning when it became a bit mushy and sticky. No significant brown or bare spots. It was very windy on top gusting to 35 mph but it was not real cold. Every open trail was excellent with ego snow. The west side: Claire’s & Wayout were superb. “Z” was running slow due to the wind but the Flyer had no issues.
There was a very light crowd even with the Localmotion and Grand Marnier Bartenders races. Most of the deck was fenced off for the bartenders party including a mechanical bull (see attached photos).
The firemen come in to race tomorrow and Wed – man are they going to sweat in those heavy jackets! The cold beer will be flowing.
 
I am pleased to advise officially that Hunter / Peak Resorts will honor all LIFETIME passes for Hunter only. The new season passes are being offered at bargain prices and cover 7 of Peak’s eastern resorts including Mount Snow but must be purchased by April 30th with only a $99 down payment.
 
The weather for the rest of the week is forecast to be very warm with possible rain due Wed night into Thurs. I do not enjoy skiing mush so I may not be out to write a first hand report for a while.
Party on........
Jon
 
Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. West wind 5 to 7 mph.
Tuesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 7 to 11 mph.
Wednesday Night
A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Thursday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hunter March 3

Hello Hunter fans,
It was a very nice day to be on the slopes – best so far this week. Cobalt blue sky, strong sun, light but gusty wind with base temps from 14 to 28 / summit 6 to 16. No crowds at all – quite empty & no lift issues.
Surface conditions were very consistent with an overnight dust on a well groomed hard pack. Make no mistake, one needed good edges today but it was hard & fast ego skiing due to the excellent visibility. All front side trails and Wayout were groomed flat. Claire’s gleamed like a shiny mirror. It was frozen moonscape where it wasn’t groomed. Dropoff was groomed and open as they did a nice job on it of covering up some bare spots.
Snow making is done for the season. Big party this Saturday sponsored by Grand Marnier with a band, torchlight parade and fireworks. The main bar will be open late.
Restaurant news: Ike’s Tavern is closed for good – out of business.  Hammo’s was sold to an Indian (from India) but it remains open and status quo – no changes – the only raw bar on the mountain top.
Next Tuesday & Wednesday are the fireman’s races and get this – the temps next week forecast: Mon 45, Tues 55 & Wed 60+.
 
The go-fund-me campaign for Tommy “Wheels”  is nearing it’s goal of $10,000 thanks to contributions from many of you – let’s keep it going! hthhttps://www.gofundme.com/kmqvfp5pttps://www.gofundme.com/kmqvfp5ptps
 
Keep those skis and boards tuned!
Jon
 
Forecast:
 
Tonight
A chance of light snow, mainly after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 14. Light and variable wind becoming northeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Friday
Light snow likely, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. East wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. North wind around 8 mph.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm.
Saturday Night
A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hunter March 1

Hello Hunter fans,
Mother nature is still playing tricks on us. After periods of rain yesterday and temps in the 50’s a front came through last night with high winds and cold temps down to 19.
Today started out sunny with no wind but the damage was done. The light went flat around 10 am and the surface was flat frozen corduroy so visibility for my old eyes was tough.
Thankfully the groomers made skiing possible but it was noisy, frozen hard and fast. It was like skiing on a Ruffles Potato Chip – it rattled your bones but it was edgeable. After a while the ridges broke down on the main trails and it turned to sugar on hard pack. All front side trails were groomed but there were ice & brown patches. One could not venture where it was not groomed.The snow base is receding from the edges of the trails.
Apurna and Dropoff look to be done for the season. Claire’s was not groomed and showed quite a bit of brown and bare from what could be seen from the intersection with Wayout. One could not access Wayout from White Cloud as the narrow path there was bare. Temps are now 35 at the base / 25 at the summit and the sun is peeking through but clouds and mixed precipitation are forecast for later today, tonight and more rain/snow tomorrow – really can’t catch a break.
The hoses have not been removed from the guns yet so there could be some recovery effort Thursday night and Friday as very cold temps move in.
None of the rumors you hear about closing early or going with weekends only after mid March are true as no decision has been made yet but stayed tuned.....
This Saturday is Grand Marnier weekend with bands, torchlight parade and fireworks well past dark – big time party!
 
On a more serious note a Go-Fund-Me page has been set up by the ski patrol and family members of Tommy “Wheels” Cannalonga to purchase a new wheel chair accessible vehicle for him. Many of you see Tom wheeling around the base lodge in his wheel chair and skiing the mountain on his uni-ski. Here is the link:    www.gofundme.com/kmqvfp5p  Please try and help out.
 
Be safe out there!
Jon
 
NWS Forecast:
Tonight
A slight chance of rain, snow, and sleet before 9pm, then a chance of rain between 9pm and midnight, then rain and snow after midnight. Low around 33. South wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Wednesday
Rain and snow showers before 9am, then a chance of snow showers between 9am and 4pm. Temperature falling to around 21 by 5pm. Breezy, with a northwest wind 11 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -3. Northwest wind 11 to 17 mph.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Northwest wind 7 to 11 mph.
Thursday Night
A slight chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday
Partly sunny, with a high near 30.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Hunter Feb 26

Hello Hunter fans,
I did not ski today (issues with my boiler) , actually not since Monday, but wanted to up-date you on the weather etc.
We had torrential rain (about 3”) with lightening and thunder Wed/Thurs with temps up to 54. The temps dropped dramatically late yesterday from 50 to 34 with evening snow flurries before it all froze last night.
Today is very bright, sunny, very windy with temps now 24 at the base and 15 at the summit with winds from 18 to 54 mph – wind chills below zero.
There are guns on mid-station, Hellgate and maybe Minya but not on the Belt or anywhere else that I can SEE (that doesn’t mean that they are not blowing on the west side).
The daily snow reports from Hunter all this week have been quite fictional to put it mildly. Apurna is closed for the season.
The groomers had to do some snow farming to cover multiple bare and brown spots left by the rain. There were rivers running down the mountain.
Saturday should be sunny, windy and cool but Sunday the temps will approach 50 again with some rain expected Monday & Wednesday next week.
Unfortunately with March only a few days away, and given the season we have had, it is almost time to dust off the golf clubs.
Make the best of it,
Jon
 
This Afternoon
A slight chance of snow showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 23. Blustery, with a northwest wind 18 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northwest wind 7 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind around 11 mph.
Sunday
Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph.
Sunday Night
A chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.