This post about our ski trip to Hunter Mountain was sponsored in part by Cloud 9 Living. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I know in my last post I talked about my love for Manhattan, and, believe me, it’s real. This week I want to talk about escaping Manhattan... because you can’t live here without wanting to take a break from here every once in awhile. You need a vacation from the hustle and bustle, even if that’s part of the draw for you. What I’ve found though is that you don’t need a car or to pay for an expensive flight to do this. You can take trains, buses and even the good ol’ subway so many places that you could escape via public transportation once a month and still have additional spots you’d want to travel to!
Whenever you’re itching for an adventure, I have learned that Cloud 9 Living is the place to shop. They have so many fun ideas within the city or right outside that make for great memorable experiences. At least for our pick, the Day Ski Trip to Hunter Mountain From Manhattan, we could choose an option that had everything included so it made it extremely simple to know what to do, where to go and how to commute to the mountain.
I’ll talk about how our day trip went below, but if we hadn’t picked that one, here are my top 5 NYC options (especially if it wasn’t winter):
- North Fork Wine Tour from NYC
- Best of Brooklyn Food Tour
- New York Jet Ski Adventure
- Wine Tasting Sail in New York
- Deluxe New York Helicopter Tour
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Book the trip:
This was insanely easy. Basically we just read the description and realized that we were into a) how long of a trip it was and b) how convenient it was for us to get there. From there we chose our options based on how many of us there were (just hubby and I) and whether we wanted to go on a weekday or weekend (weekend!). The options range in price from $125-$700, but essentially come down to $145/person on a weekday and $175/person on a weekend. It’s incredible, because that includes bus ride there and back, ski lift ticket and rentals. In my opinion, that’s totally reasonable!
From there, Cloud 9 Living confirms in an email that includes what to wear, where you’ll meet the bus and a number to call in case of questions or weather concerns. We actually ended up checking the Hunter Mountain website to be sure that it would still be open on the Saturday we chose, as it was a high of 60 degrees AND supposed to rain. Luckily, we were safe!
At 7am in the morning, we met at a coffee shop in the Lower East Side. Our guide, Shannon, was there to check us in on an iPad and we just enjoyed the bagels and coffee as we waited for the whole group to arrive. Because the weather was kind of crappy, there ended up not being a lot of us that day which made for maximum bus comfort and quiet slopes- totally a positive in my eyes!
The bus trip was about 2-2 2/2 hours, and I slept most of the way! Shannon gave us a brief description of the day and the time to return to the bus before we got off. She also just handed us our lift ticket, our rental ticket and a coupon for a free hot beverage or cookie as we exited the bus.
Get the rentals:
The rental process was so smooth at Hunter Mountain. I’ve been to ski resorts where everything is so jam packed and slow that you end us loosing a significant amount of time just waiting to get your rentals. It was a quiet day there, so I think that helped but also the process was just simple. It was good for us because we knew we only had six hours att the mountain and wanted to get up there as soon as we could!
P.S. Rentals included boots, skis, poles and a helmet.
Start on the slopes:
Check out the trail map here to follow along!
We started on green slopes (Off Broadway to Mossy Brook to be specific) and at first, I was a little nervous. As I mentioned it was HOT outside which meant a majority of the slopes were pure ice. It took me about 2-3 runs to get it down. I’m also the kind of skier that likes to be in control and go slowly down the mountain… not so easy with icy conditions. The lifts and trails were cool though. No long lines or crowded slopes and the view was beautiful from as far up as we went.
Eat lunch outside:
After about 5 or 6 runs, we took a break and headed in for lunch. The lodge is really beautiful and spacious. There were tons of tables to eat at inside and out as well as multiple options for lunch. I wanted something small so I wouldn’t be too full to keep skiing so I went for a sandwich and chips. Yes, that’s “small” me. Sorry not sorry.
My favorite part about lunch was getting to eat it outdoors on those picnic tables. The weather was warm enough to unzip our jackets and enjoy watching other people come down the slopes.
Go back to the slopes:
We kept going after lunch and I even got brave enough to try two blue trails! First was Madison Avenue and the last was Belt-Parkway. Both trails would’ve been normal blue difficulty without the ice but were a tad more challenging for me than the greens with the ice. Overall, they weren’t super steep, and Belt-Parkway ended up being my favorite trail we took. It was a long and scenic little run around the mountain which ended up being the perfect way to end the skiing portion of our day.
End with our favorite beverages:
My mom taught me never to ski a full day without a beer, so hubby and I headed to the bar after. Turns out a party was happening in there! Lots of young adults were gathered around the ginormous bar and live music was happening in the corner. If we had stayed for longer or multiple days, I would’ve spent a lot of time in that part of the lodge. It looked like a blast.
Since we were down to our last hour before we got on the bus, we just grabbed a beer and headed back outside. We had changed out of our ski gear and just sipped on our beers by the fire pits they have at the bottom of the mountain. It was relaxing and such an incredible end to a great day!
Finally, we used our free hot beverages for coffees and headed back to the bus for the trip home- this time Shannon put on a movie (my favorite one actually) and we seperated into different rows for maximum comfort.
Guys, I’m telling you this not as a partner with Cloud 9 Living, but as a friend: IT WAS A GREAT DAY. I highly recommend for any skiers in the city to check it out. Only thing I would say: try to plan after it snowed, and then prepare for crowds. Or go on an unseasonably warm day and have the mountain to yourself like we did! Whatever sounds like a better trip to you.