More skiing and riding terrain coming to Hunter. (Hunter/Facebook)
A $9 million expansion is a go at Hunter Mountain for the 2018-2019 season, adding five new trails and a high-speed six-person detachable chairlift.
There will also be a new entrance and parking west of Hunter Village off route 23A at what will be called Hunter North on the north-facing slope of Hunter Mountain, between Hunter Mountain and Hunter West.
Construction is planned to begin later this month and completed in time for the start of the 2018-19 ski season.
Five new trails will include three intermediate and two beginner trails. Hunter North’s vertical drop will be just over 1000 feet and will offer 43 skiable acres, adding to the 240 existing acres of trails at the resort - increasing skiable acreage by about 25 percent.
“One of the goals is to provide a more diverse offering for intermediate skiers and riders,” Hunter’s Katie O’Connor told SnoCountry.com
Skiers and riders will be able to access Hunter North from the summit via Belt Parkway and White Cloud. The new 3245-foot long lift will travel 1000 feet per minute and the new ride will take about three and a half minutes to get to the top terminal.
O’Connor said that for now, the short term goal is to focus on having the parking there with seating for people to relax but that future skier and rider services may come later. “There’s a stream running through base area, covered with spruce trees - it has an almost Northwest feeling,” O’Connor added.
Keeping in line with the other areas of the mountain, Hunter North will feature high-efficiency snowmaking across the entirety of the new terrain.