Kind of an unusual move for Hunter to announce an opening date. While it's obviously weather dependent, they resisted this kind of announcement in the past.
This has been on the website for a few days, but got the press release this morning. Also Hunter's new fully responsive website is live.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hunter Mountain Announces Opening Day for 2014-15 Season
November 21, 2014 is scheduled for opening day at Hunter Mountain
Hunter, NY – Hunter Mountain is excited to announce its scheduled opening day for the 2014-15 Season, November 21st, as long as temperatures allow for snowmaking! With flurries in the air yesterday, and ground freeze last night, the announcement is timely.
Weather forecasters have been predicting a cold winter with much snowfall, which is music to our ears. We're looking forward to our scheduled opening date, which comes a week earlier than last year's opening date, the day after Thanksgiving 2013.
The Hunter Mountain staff has been in full gear since Labor Day preparing for the upcoming season. Mountain Operations has installed two new carpet lifts in Hunter One, enhancing the learning experience for beginners. Additionally, the mountain has installed new snow guns, which are equipped with water pumps that make the entire snow making process energy efficient. Lastly, Hunter Mountain has added a new Pisten Bully groomer to its fleet, which is ready to create excellent grooming conditions for the upcoming season.
We have an awesome season planned ahead with fun events, great music, and unbeatable skiing and riding. We can't wait to make mountain memories with all of our skiing and snowboarding friends.
"If it's my mountain, I'm installing a fixed grip and telling the lifties to stuff the beginners into chairs as aggressively as they have to to keep it going full speed." —Brownski
They haven't done this because they didn't want to frustrate customers by missing a projected opening day like they did in 11/12.
However, there are many good reasons to project an opening day. One is that it probably reduces the "when are you opening" emails. If people see a projected opening day, they will know that the mountain will do anything to be open that day and if they get crappy weather, they will open ASAP after that day.
Another good reason to project an opening day is that it mobilizes skiers who might not think about skiing till later. If they see "Projected Opening 11/21, they will know that they might be able to ski by then and will probably actually go be mid December. If this is not done, these skiers might not go till Christmas or after which means less money in Hunter's pocket.
I'm there right now so this is uploaded from my phone. Temps in lower 50s so spring like conditions. Belt, Hellgate, Mossy Brook, and some stuff in Hunter 1 is open. The lifts are 6 pack, B, and C. It is so great to get back to Hunter this early and have more than Hellgate open before Thanksgiving. Can't wait for many more trips soon to come!