Hunter, NY, Nov. 9--Lift-lines began growing this morning at 8:00 a.m. near Hunter Mountain's Snowlite Express quad. As the clock struck 9:00 a.m., Hunter Mountain became the first ski area in New York to open for the 1999/2000 ski season.
Skiers carve down the Hellgate run and then take Seventh Avenue for top-to-mid-mountain advanced skiing on a one-to 36-inche base. Snowmaking has ceased but should start up early next week as conditions warrant. Prey to early season warm spells, Hunter Mountain plans stay open for the season but could temporarily close in the near future if the weather starts to heat up.
Early season lift tickets cost $20 for adults ages 23 and over and $15 for youths ages 22 and under. These rates will rise as more terrain opens up. Those lucky skiers age six and under, and 70 and over ski for free.