Saturday, January 17, 2009

Snowboarding at Hunter

Yesterday (January 16), Roger and I met up with some friends and went snowboarding at Hunter Mountain. It was supposedly one of the coldest days (the car thermometer read 4 degrees when we got to the mountain). I could only imagine how cold it was at the top. We were wearing a lot of layers so I was actually sweating the whole time. The cold weather kept most people at home, and we didn't have to wait at all for the ski lift. I wouldn't recommend going on a weekend however; I hate waiting on line for the lift. The sky was perfectly clear, and we had some great views of the Catskills (and some of the peaks we had climbed!) I had not been on a snowboard in two years! Horrible, I know. Needless to say my legs were hurting! I only stuck to the few blue square runs they had, not wanting to hurt myself the first time out. Roger, who looked very adorable in his snowboarding gear, went on his way down Hunter's diamond trails. At the end of the day when I was ready to take on one, it was getting very icy so I decided to hit my last run on the Belt Parkway. Of course, I hit some ice and went down on my tail bone. I'm a bit sore this morning, but partying later that night probably didn't help. All in all it was a good day. Roger took some really beautiful pictures on the way home driving past the Ashokan Reservoir.


The Peak in the background is Ashokan High Point

Both me and Roger have Burton snowboards

Bundled all the way up!

Conditions were pretty awesome

The peaks in the distance are Blackhead, Blackdome, and Thomas Cole Mountains

Kaaterskill High Peak (my first climb!)

Roger's "snow angel" :)

I love the way the cloud's shadows look on the mountains

Braving the cold for a smile

Yeah, we were those people

Ashokan High Point Mountain

Slide Mountain area of the Catskills from Ashokan Reservoir


  1. It looks like it was a beautiful day! I've always wanted to try snowboarding but I'm not sure where a good place to start would be. Any suggestions?

  2. In this area, Hunter would probably be best. During the week they have cheap rentals and one whole side of the mountain is easy runs. Belleayre Mountain is also nice, but smaller.

  3. Here is a link to the Burton 'Learn to Ride' program at Hunter Mountain --->