Hunter Mountain has some excellent runs for learners. They're long, flat, wide and have few or no bumps. There is also a beginner level half pipe, rails box and a tiny jump or 2.
The lift lines are short, on Mondays at least, and the resort is well maintained and tidy. Even the music is reasonable and you can put in requests to the mountain DJ. They have Mos Burger and an avaragely priced Conbeni-like shop. If there used to be a real Conbeni here it is gone this season. Most of the food is now standard mountain prices.
The gondola to the top is quick and takes 6 people so I imagine it gets through plenty of punters even on a busy day. The staff were pretty good at loading. From the top of the Gondola the view of the valley and sunset is fantsastic. It closes at 4 so get in for the last run early.
The runs from the top are all steep...there isn't a learners option. They are all groomed flat with fences on the sides which you cant duck under. Out of bounds is virtually non existant on this mountain. The trees are too close and the lines under the lifts are patrolled and not that good anyway. I had 1 run under the lift and was dissapointed.
The bottom half of the mountain is a bit flat, theres a wide learners piste with a board park. The top half pipe looked good but was roped off and needed shaping, the bottom 1 was short and easy. No big table tops or jumps and the rails were all beginner level dug in to the ground almost.
This mountain is great for teaching someone to board but for an intermediate or above rider it gets a bit boring after half a day.
Transport was Bus Package from Shinjuku for Y4300...a bargain considering a day lift pass costs 4500. It took under 3 hours.