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Scenic Skyride 2016


Our Scenic Skyride features our six-passenger Kaatskill Flyer detachable chairlift. This state-of-the-art lift will take you in comfort to the 3,200 foot summit of Hunter Mountain's skiable terrain. From there, you can enjoy amazing views of the high peaks of the northern Catskills. On a clear day, in the distance you'll see the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and the Green Mountains of Vermont beyond New York's beautiful Catskill Mountain peaks that surround you. 

For the more adventurous, there are clearly marked NYS DEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) hiking trails leading to the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower, the highest fire tower in New York State at 4,040 feet. Please allow at least 3 hours round trip for this moderate 4 mile hike. Hiking shoes are strongly recommended for hiking to the fire tower.

Couple gazing upon amazing views of surrounding mountain ranges at Hunter Mountain's 3200 foot summit


Operating Schedule:

  • Sat-Sun, May 21-22
  • Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-29 from 10am-4pm) 
  • Weekends in June: 18-19 and 25-26: 10am-4pm (closed June 4-5 and 11-12)
  • July 1 - Sept. 5: Wednesday-Monday (closed Tuesdays)

                    Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri: 11am-4pm
                    Sat: 10am-5pm
                    Sun: 10am-4pm

  • Labor Day (Monday Sept. 5th): 10am-4pm
  • Sept 10 - Oct 16: Saturdays & Sundays: 10am-4pm
  • Columbus Day (Monday Oct 10th): 10am-4pm


  • Adult (ages 13+): $12
  • Junior (ages 7-12): $8
  • Senior (age 65 and over): $10
  • 6 and under: Free with paid adult

Important Information and Restrictions:

  • The Skyride operation is weather permitting.
  • The Skyride will take approximately 11 minutes each way.
  • No Smoking while on the lift.
  • If you are planning to ride the Skyride down the mountain, please make sure you return to the top of the lift at least a half-hour prior to its closing time (closing times may vary so please check the schedule when purchasing your ticket).
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
  • No carried infants will be permitted. Children must be 36" or taller to ride the Skyride.
  • For the benefit of our guests and our employees, we reserve the right to make the final decision with regard to the eligibility and the safety of a rider.
  • Pets are not permitted on the lift.
  • No glass containers permitted on the lift.
  • Please respect the environment. If you pack it in, pack it out!
  • A paid admission ticket is required during German and Celtic Festivals.
  • Call for more information: 800-486-8376

Group Rates:

  • Groups are by reservation only, made at least 48 hours in advance of your requested visit. Groups are only accepted on days that the Skyride is normally operating.
  • Minimum group size: 20
  • All ages: $8
  • One complimentary ticket per 20 purchased
  • Call to secure a group reservation: Randy Hoose, Group Sales Manager, 800-486-8376, ext. 2352
  • Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance by calling the Group Sale Office at the number above. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.
  • A deposit will be required on all groups of over 40 people for damage and cleanup. Deposit will be refunded in full if there is no damage to the grounds and cleanup is not required
  • NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation requires that any group larger than 20 people obtain a permit to hike on state land (which includes the trail to the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower). The group leader should contact Forester Bryan Ellis either at or call 607-652-3607 at least a week in advance of the proposed hike to apply for a permit.

Click here for our Downloadable Skyride Group Reservation Form or Click Here for our On-line Form

Paid Festival admission is required to enter the Festival grounds on the days of August 6 and August 13. The Skyride is located within the festival grounds and is available to festival attendees for an extra charge. Skyride Only tickets are not available on August 6 and August 13. Also note that the Skyride does not open until the Festival gates open during paid festivals.