Hunter's weekend problem is simply one of many Eastern Ski areas weekend problem one of success because of easy driving access to large population areas. Killington , Mount Snow etc. all get quite crowded on decent winter weekends as do the Pocono and other Catkills areas. there is simply no way around this. The areas have to make money when they can. I started this thread to try and remind skiers and boarders that we all have a responsibility to keep the mountain as safe as possible while still having fun. Like I said my "close encounters" came on weekdays at Hunter, which is ridiculous. There was simply no reason not to alert a downhill skier of the presence of an overtaking skier. The slopes were relatively uncrowded. I will say the boarders never alert their presence but at least you can hear the board. A little courtesy people, and everyone will be better off.
I have sat on a few Western Lift chairs with real a-holes , In fact at Hunter or in the East there is a decided lack of arrogance and self congratulatory bs, that you find out West. You know "hey I'm so lucky I ski here all the time and you had to fly out for 5 days , how can you live with yourself". On the lifts in the East there seems to be a shared comradeship ,
I don’t think anyone is saying everyone who skis at Hunter is an asshole. I just think that being a decent hill with great snowmaking and the closest established party scene to a major metropolitan area attracts a much larger amount of customers whose primary focus is not necessarily skiing, as compared to somewhere like Gore.
My uncle used to call them balloons, the people who showed up to the mountain at 10:00 as a matter of habit. You can’t even call them gapers because they don’t even bother to look the part in their jeans and jerseys. Not that there is anything wrong with jeans and jerseys. I own both, and even wear them together (but not for skiing).
None of that is a judgement on the character of that particular portion of the Hunter clientele. They are just people looking for a good time. I like having a good time, too! However, having a larger number of clientele whose focus is more on drinking than skiing has an effect on the overall atmosphere and crowds on slope.
That doesn’t mean the partiers are bad people lacking in character. That doesn’t mean there aren’t really good, serious skiers and skiing families at Hunter. You just have a wider range of clientele than some other mountains.
Why are you pushing back on this? Not sure, I just figured your nose was out of joint because I criticized both Main Street North Creek and SOME New Jersey skiers in the same day!