HUNTER, NY (December 13, 1999)-Although two very special events take centerstage at Hunter Mountain this coming weekend, unseasonably warm temperaturesin the metropolitan area have continued to keep skiers calling toll-freesnow report numbers, questioning the base depths, open runs and operatinglifts. With lower than normal temperatures and higher than normalprecipitation predicted for today through the end of the week, snowconditions at “The Snowmaking Capitol of the World” are likely to continueto be the best in the region. Presently 15 runs and 5 lifts are operatingwith a base of 6-48 inches, but additional terrain and lifts can be preparedrapidly and a dramatic turnaround is anticipated for the coming weekend.

“We’ve always been committed to making snow at 100% capacity wheneverconditions permit, but in this coming cold snap we’re really putting on apush to put the mountain in top condition. The push is critical not only tothe success of these events, but to position us as the place to be for theholiday season”, says Tim Newhart, Marketing Director.

Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge

The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge is a fun, non-competitive ski andsnowboard event, which takes place at Hunter, Dec. 18. It’s a free dualgiant slalom race with registration scheduled at 8 a.m. and the race startat 11 a.m. Winners in each age category automatically qualify for theFinals in New England to compete against the best of the best. Also, theday’s activities include music, games and contests, plus there’s free juice,tea, soda and candy. There’s loads of prizes to win-skis, snowboards,gloves, sunglasses, radios and ski bags. All ages and all ability levelsare encouraged to participate.

Salomon Women’s Ski Camp

A specialized clinic that has become very successful at Hunter is theWomen’s Ski Camp, for ages 19 and older. The sessions are scheduled for Dec.16-17, Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 11-13.

Hunter’s women’s programs, costing $98 for the two-day session and $139 forthe three-day session ($50/$79 for season passholders), are renowned forteaching how to release inhibition, breakout of the intermediate rut andmaster advanced athletic skiing skills. The focus is on strong anddependable skiing mechanics with lots of fun. Groups are split according toability and coached by our top notch and dynamic women coaches. Programincludes video analysis, free Salomon demo skis, 40% lunch discount and adiscount coupon for children’s programs, including childcare. The programruns daily from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with instruction, break for lunch, and 1p.m. to 2 p.m. with guided practice.