Hunter Mountain Arrival

by Joanne on January 31, 2010

Hunter Mountain Arrival: No Snowboard yet.  The desk at the Kaatskill Mountain Club Resort


didn’t have our room ready and they wouldn’t allow us to get the rental passes until we checked in so, we were sent off to the Van Winkle lounge to indulge in the most wonderful glass of  Petite Syrah.


After sharing a glass of wine and checking once again on the room which STILL wasn’t ready, we ventured off to explore the ski/snowboard area.  Walking was treacherous since ice paved our way. 

We found the “staging” area where we would spend the better part of our day tomorrow.


The temperature was 27 degrees but people were sitting in reclining chairs outside the lodge soaking up the late day sun. I told Ted that I hoped to stay warm enough to appreciate that tomorrow. 

In the meantime, I found someone doing a method of snowboarding that I thought I might be able to handle:


Ted said “NO!”

Our biggest fear upon learning this sport is …

DSC_3315 the dreaded lift!  

We checked out the beginner slopes



and then vowed that before we leave, we will make it to the top of something more challenging…see the right hand corner?   We’ll shoot for that!


After checking in at about 5:15 pm, we decided to drive down the road to find a restaurant.

In a small town called Tannersville, NY there is a cute cafe called “Last Chance CHEESE Antiques-Cafe”. 


See the note that is cut off in the photo?  Lower right corner?  “BEER – Over 300 imported & domestic varieties”.  No kidding.  I have never seen so many beer choices. I had to try one.  

DSC00322 There was virtually no beer taste in this ale what so ever.  It was as close to drinking cherry soda as one could get.  Needless to say, I made it through about 3/4 of a glass, leaving 2/3 of a bottle of Organic Fruit Ale unfinished.  The bottle was twice the size of Ted’s beer (Dos Equus). 

Dinner was good, not gourmet but it sure hit the spot for these two hungry, future snowboarding vacationers.

DSC00321 DSC00324


I had a photo of the stuffed sole but with the crab meat stuffing poking out, it reminded me of someone’s tongue sticking out at me. 

The girls at the table next to us ordered the s’mores for dessert.  The flame reached surprising height.  At one point a lady at the other end of the room yelled out “THAT’S MAKING ME NERVOUS”.   


The restaurant offered a little store area with all sorts of old style candy, nut, and chocolate favorites.


What a great experience. 

It’s time to watch the Pro-Bowl then settle in to get ready for a 30 minute run in the morning and a full day of snowboarding.  Stay tuned and here’s hoping that the photos tomorrow show Ted and I spending more time on our feet than on our behinds.


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  • At 2010.02.01 06:30, kilax said:

    I struggled with the lift at first when I went! I am such a klutz! Have fun! 🙂

    Hee hee. The flames would make ME nervous too!

    • At 2010.02.01 07:35, Joanne said:

      Kilax: i’ll def. have the camera at the ready for when we get on. There may be ground shots 🙂

      • At 2010.02.01 09:39, Dawn Hutchins said:

        Thanks so much for sharing your first day! I almost feel like I’m there. And I love the photo of the smore dessert. I had to laugh at the lady’s comment. It looks like you guys are going to have a blast! Can’t wait to see how things go on the slopes!

        • At 2010.02.01 12:02, Nancy Jean said:

          HAVE A BLAST w/the snowboarding – – and the lift won’t be nuthin’ to worry about. That’ll be the easy part!
          Bob and I didn’t fare too well w/your XC skis; the boots fit great but we somehow couldn’t get the motion of arms/legs down & it was icy in spots so we ended up snowshoeing. It was a beautiful sunny day and it got up to about 25 in the afternoon.

          The Resort looks lovely – – enjoy your getaway (It’s fun to tag along this way!)

          • At 2010.02.01 17:45, Nicole. RD said:

            Gorgeous!!!! I love, love, love the pictures!

            • At 2010.02.02 08:47, Joanne said:

              Dawn: thanks.

              Nancy: Sorry to hear about the c/c skiing bust. We don’t quite understand the arm/leg thing? But at least you had fun snowshoeing.

              Nicole: Thanks.

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