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‘Largest ski area expansion in eastern US for 15 years’ at Hunter Mountain

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In what is being touted by Peak Resorts as the largest ski area expansion in the eastern US for 15 years, US$9 million is being spent on improvements at the Hunter Mountain resort, New York, US, in advance of the coming season.

The resort, purchased by Peak Resorts two years ago, has created five new trails – four intermediate and one beginner – which visitors will be able to reach through a new high-speed six-person chair. Automated snowmaking facilities will service all five trails. The expansion increases the resort’s skiable area by 80 acres and makes it New York state’s third largest by number of trails.

The new trails have been added in response to feedback from visitors that highlighted the lack of intermediate terrain, in contrast to the resort’s well-established and popular beginner and expert trails.

Work on the trails began in April, with the north-facing slope between the main Hunter Mountain slope and Hunter West being cleared out to create Hunter North.

Russ Coloton, General Manager at Hunter Mountain, commented: “Hunter North is a game-changer for Hunter Mountain as it dramatically expands our winter offerings and adds variety to our terrain. Featuring predominantly intermediate terrain serviced by the yet-to-be-named high-speed six-person chair lift, Hunter North will allow our resort to broaden its appeal and improve on-mountain traffic flows over the course of the winter season. Views from the additional terrain are spectacular and I am confident that visitors to Hunter Mountain this winter will enjoy an unrivaled skiing and riding experience.”

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