Belleayre Ski Center

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Belleayre Mountain Ski Center
Belleayrelogo.png
LocationNew York, New York
Nearest cityKingston, New York
Coordinates42°8′31.97″N 74°30′38.8″E / 42.1422139°N 74.510778°E / 42.1422139; 74.510778
Vertical427.9 m (1,403.9 ft)
Top elevation1,045.2 m (3,429.1 ft)
Base elevation617 m (2,024.3 ft)
Skiable area0.7 km2 (173.0 acres)
Runs52
Longest run3.66 km (2.3 mi)
Lift system5 chairlifts; 3 carpet lifts
Lift capacity10,980 skiers/hr
Terrain parks3
Snowfall358.14 cm (141.0 in)
Snowmaking96% of terrain
Night skiingno
Websitehttp://www.belleayre.com

Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, in Catskill Park, New York, United States, is a ski resort owned and operated by the Olympic Regional Development Authority or ORDA. Skier and snowboarder visits have grown from 70,000 in 1995 to more than 175,000 in 2007.

History[edit]

During the 1800s, Catskill and Adirondack deforestation had created massive siltation of New York City harbor and imperiled shipping up the Hudson River. In 1855 New York became one of the first states to create constitutionally-designated "Forever Wild" preserves to prevent environmental and economic harms, to create a desperately needed water supply for New York City. In 1947, the people of New York passed a constitutional amendment by referendum to allow an intensive use ski center within this protected forever wild region.[1]

Belleayre Mountain, located off State Route 28, 2-1/2 hours from New York City, was declared "Forever Wild" by the New York State Forest Preserve in 1885. Early on, skiers would side-step or hike their way more than 3,000 feet to the top of the wooded trails. Skiing enthusiasts in the 1940s pressured politicians to develop Belleayre for families and extreme skiers alike. In 1947, bills were introduced allowing the State of New York to create Belleayre Mountain.

Construction began in 1949, and Belleayre began its premier winter season with five trails, an electrically powered rope tow, New York’s first chairlift (A Roebling Single, later converted to a double), a summit lodge, a temporary base lodge with a cafeteria and dirt floors, and parking for 300. Belleayre was immediately popular among local residents and became center for winter sports in the region and an economic catalyst for surrounding communities. As business increased, Belleayre expanded its skiing terrain, adding 12 new trails, 3 lifts, and a new base lodge in the 1950s. Major expansions and technology and equipment upgrades continued in the following decades. The 1970s included the addition of snow making technology.

In 1977, the Roebling Double Chairlift was replaced by a Double Chairlift from Hall. The Hall Double was called the Summit Double Chairlift. In 1982, the two Double-Double chairlifts by Doppelmayr were installed to service the lower green terrain. In 1986, a Riblet Triple Chairlift was installed to service the top of the mountain from the Overlook and Longhouse Lodges. In 1999, the Superchief and Tomahawk Fixed Grip Quad Chairlifts made by Garaventa were installed. The Superchief Quad was installed to replace the Hall Summit Double Chairlift. The Hall Summit Double was relocated to Plattekill Mountain as the North Face Double Chairlift. The Tomahawk Quad was installed on the west side of Belleayre to serve the Belleayre summit. It served new terrain and terrain formerly accessible by a Roebling T-Bar. In 2001, the Tomahawk parking lot along with the Dot Nebel trail opened on the west side of Belleayre. In 2006, the Superchief Fixed Grip Quad was upgraded to a Detachable High-Speed Quad by Doppelmayr/CTEC.

As of 2012, Belleayre has 55 trails, parks and glades and 8 lifts, including a High Speed Quad. It also has the Catskills' only Cat-access skiing. In November 2012, the resort was transferred from the NYS DEC to the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). ORDA also operates Gore and Whiteface Mountain ski resorts.

During the 2017-2018 ski season, an eight-pack gondola, named The Catskill Thunder, began operation. It Is at present the first and only gondola in the Catskill mountains or Lower New York.

Trails and glades[edit]

Name of trail Rating
Chinook Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Dakota Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Discovery Way Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Easy In Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Easy Out Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Huron Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Iroquois Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Mohican Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Oneida Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Running Bear Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
The Canyon Top Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
Name of trail Rating
Algonquin Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Ashokan Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Belleayre Run Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Cayuga Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Cathedral Brook Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Deer Run Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Dot Nebel Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Eagle Falls Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Esopus Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Expressway Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Horseshoe Pass Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Mohawk Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Onondaga Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Peekamoose Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Pepacton Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Ridge Trail Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Roaring Brook Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Seneca Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
The Canyon Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Tomahawk Crossing Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Tongora Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Wanatuska Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Winnisook Bottom Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Yahoo Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
Name of trail Rating
Algonquin Top Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Belleayre Run Top Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Dot Nebel Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Mohawk Top Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Onteora Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Peekamoose Top Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Tuscarora Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Wanatuska Top Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Winnisook Top Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
Name of trail Rating
Cathedral Brook Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
Onteora Top Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
Seneca Top Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
Tongora Top Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
Utsayantha Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
Yahoo Top Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
Chippewa Glade Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
Glen Glade Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
Belleayre Glades Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
Lift Line Glade Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
Winnisook Glade Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
Area 51 Park Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
Rail Park Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg

Cross country trails[edit]

Belleayre Mountain cross country trails are separated from the downhill slopes. Cross-country trails have no trail use fee. Lessons for cross-country are available on weeken*There is one other magic carpet ds and holiday periods. There are 5 cross-country trails at Belleayre Mountain totaling 9.2 kilometers. Trail markings range from easy to difficult to accommodate all ability levels of cross-country skiers.

Name of trail Rating Length/Miles Length/KM
A Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 1.5 2.4
AA Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 0.7 1.0
H Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 1.1 1.8
HH Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 1.5 2.3
J Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 1.5 2.5

Lifts[edit]

Lift Name Type Length Vertical Cap./Hour
Chair 1 Double Chair 3,792 479 1,200
Chair 2 Double Chair 3,792 479 1,200
Little Creek Magic Carpet Carpet Lift 725 98 540
Carpet Lift 4 Carpet Lift 725 115 540
Catskill thunder 8 Pack gondola 13,067 2000 skiers
Superchief 6 Detachable Quad 4,866 1,133 2,400
Triple Chair 7 Triple Chairlift 2,861 806 1,800
Tomahawk 8 Quad ChairLift 3,412 923 2,400

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