Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, New York: Things You Should Never Miss

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Apr 09, 2020 13:58 PM

New York is not always about its Liberty Statue. The state has a lot of interesting tourist destinations which you can visit all year round, including winter. Belleayre Mountain is where to go if you want to maximize your winter break. 

The getaway is home to numerous designated ski trails with various difficulty levels and lifts. Serving thousands of visitors since 1995, the ski resort is located off State Route 28 (SR 28) highway, just a few hours away from New York City.

Belleayre Mountain is declared as “Forever Wild”—the site is protected by the New York State Forest Preserve. Because of the high enthusiasm of many skiers, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center was then created to accommodate the winter sports enthusiasts.

Before heading straight to this winter getaway, get to know more about the site and the available facilities by scrolling down the list Tripboba has compiled for you.

Belleayre Mountain Ski Center

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Belleayre Mountain Ski Center is a ski resort situated in Catskill Park, New York. As a part of the American wilderness, this premier destination was created as the most environmentally advanced site.

The resort offers not only ski and stay packages, but also lodging, dining, and shopping establishments nearby the area. Rentals are available for skiers or snowboarders who need some skiing or snowboarding gear. 

If you’re a beginner or are currently learning, the site even offers you snow sports school where you can take lessons trained by the professional instructors.

If you fancy summer vacation, you can still enjoy the resort as it’s full of summer activities like biking, hiking, picnicking at the beach, participating in the local festivals, or going on scenic gondola rides.

Belleayre Mountain Weather

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For the winter vacation, you can visit Belleayre Mountain Ski Center from December to February. However, the weather may vary from day to day, so expect the chilly winter weather starting as early as November. In some cases, the winter can also continue all the way to mid (or even late) March.

New York is known for its cold winter and hot summer, and this may apply in Belleayre, too. However, since it’s in the mountain area, the summer may not be as hot as the center of the city. September is one of the months which offers a nice and enjoyable temperature.

Belleayre Mountain Snow Report

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Before going out to ski or snowboard or other outdoor activities, make sure that you check the snow report in Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and the surrounding areas. 

Belleayre Mountain Ski Center has a respectable 150 inches of annual snowfall and 1,404 feet of vertical drop. The snow report also shows all the trails that are open, which trails have been groomed, which trails are moguled up. Make sure to check it on the official website.

Belleayre Mountain Hours

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During the winter, lodges are open at 8 AM. The ticket windows are usually open by 8.15 AM. The lifts start spinning at 9 AM. and stop at 4 PM. But, it is not uncommon for the lifts to be open by 8.30 AM. if the "all clear" sign is given by Ski Patrol.

This is why going out early is recommended for you. This is especially advised if you want to avoid the tourist-packed situation. Last but not least, you also don’t need to worry about missing anything because it is open 7 days a week in winter.

Belleayre Mountain Trail Map

The overall skiable area in Belleayre Mountain Ski Center is 0.7 km2 (173.0 acres). Here’s a map to the ski resort and its surrounding areas which will ease you to access the site.

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Belleayre Mountain Gondola

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For the lift system, there are 5 chairlifts with 3 carpet lifts which are ready to bring skiers and snowboarders up a hill. Not only the lifts, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center is home to the Catskill Thunder Gondola which will take you to the summit of Belleayre Mountain.

You will be spoiled by the breathtaking views of the Catskill Forest Preserve. Once you’ve arrived at the top, you can stroll, have a picnic, or enjoy the nature in peace. You can also hike to explore the nearby areas. The gondola is generally available on weekends and Fridays. It’s open from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Belleayre Mountain Lodging

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There are various lodging properties featured in the Ski & Stay Packages offered by Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. Some of them include Best Western Plus, Cold Spring Lodge, Emerson Resort & Spa, Hampton Inn, Hanah Country Resort, Meadowood Inn, Starlite Motel, and The Roxbury.

Some modest lodges are available which are in close distance to the ski area and also at more affordable prices. Some of the lodges are Alta Log Home Lodging, Arkville Log Cabin, and Belleayre Lodges.

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