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Belleayre Mountain


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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Alpine Inn



A Swiss Inn with in a secluded, scenic mountain setting. All units have private bath, cable, phone, and private balcony. 

Extra person charges may apply


$80 and up 



Alpine Osteria Bed and Breakfast



Cozy Bed and Breakfast just 1/4 of a mile to Belleayre's slopes.  Featuring ultra clean rooms, some with fireplace, jacuzzi tubs or two headed showers, and a memorable breakfast

Extra person charges may apply


$95 and up


Emerson Resort and Spa


53 guest rooms and world-class spa offer the comforting sense that one is no longer part of the outside world. Adults-only Inn; family and pet-friendly Lodge. 

Extra person charges may apply  

$129 and up 













$25 Fridays (all season long except on holidays)



Every Wednesday in January $20 lift tickets and $10 rentals.


Ski Free Stay Free Program





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Belleayre Mountain

Located in the Catskill Mountain Preserve, Belleayre has been owned and operated by the State of New York since 1949. The high peaks are unblemished by the blare and glare of commercialization. Ski Magazine listed Belleayre as one of its top ten choices in the East having the "best snow, best value, best weather, and best access".

Snow making percent
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Lifts-Total number of lifts8
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-4-Expert only10%
Trails-5-Terrain park1
Trails-6-Half pipe1
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run.9 miles
General-Base elevation2025'
General-Vertical drop1400'
General-OwnerNew York State
General-Mountain rangeCatskills
General-Annual skier visits175,000
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds171 acres
General-Snow making coverage164 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: 50 trails (Green 22% -- Blue 58% -- Black 20%), High speed quad lift, good value, Over 1,200' (366m) vertical, usually not overcrowded, 4 lodges

Cons: No night skiing, no ski on/off lodging slopeside, few activities to do if you are not on the slopes, it is a bit far for me to drive 3hrs

Click 2015APR06 for my trip report to Bellearye.


Bellearye is located on NY State Route 28 about 40-45 minutes west off Exit 19 (Kingston) of the New York State Thruway.

It is about

1h40m from Albany, NY.

2 hours from city limits of NYC

2h40m from Ithaca, NY.

2h45m from Flemington, NJ.

3 hours from Worcester, MA

3 hours from Freehold Twp, NJ.


It is about 3 hours -- 200mi(320km) -- from my house in central NJ.  This is about my time limit for a day trip of skiing.


Although Bellearye is not as easy to get to as some other resorts, I think this helps the ski area avoid overcrowding of the slopes that occurs at other mountains. 


There are two parking areas (Overlook and Discovery).  Discovery is on the bottom, closer to the green trails and rental shop.  Overlook has 2 lodges, Discovery has 1 lodge and there is a 4th lodge at the summit (Sunset lodge) near the drop off point of SuperChief (the high speed detachable quad).  I would not consider the lodges to be very modern.  They have a nice rustic feel and are pleasant to stay inside.  I really enjoyed the fireplace in the Overlook lodge.  I can not speak for the food available (either quality or prices).  The rental shop is in a new building.  It offers Rossignol skis for rentals.  Rentals are about $46/day


Bellearye is a very good ski area for people of all skill levels.  It has a total vertical of 1404', but a true vertical of 1280' (according to mountain vertical).  The mountain is divided into two areas:  the lower part is primarily for the beginner skiers and the upper part is mainly for intermediate and expert skiers. Even though there are no green trails on the upper part of the mountain, advanced beginners willing to try should be able to ski down Roaring Brook or Deer Run – these are two of the easier blue trails.  Roaring Brook at 12,024' (3,665m) is Bellearye's longest trail.  There are 50 trails (Green 22% – Blue 58% – Black 20%).  Some of the trails have moguls. There are some trails that go through the trees.


There are 2 or 3 terrain parks for those interested, but I do not have any knowledge of the quality of these parks.  Belleayre also has programs for kids and adults to learn and improve their skiing.


The lodges are open from 8am to 5pm.  The lifts work 9am to 4pm.  Unfortunately night skiing is not offered.  The high speed detachable quad (Super Chief) can take you to the top of the mountain in about 5m30s.  The green lifts were much slower.  It took about 10 minutes to travel a much shorter distance than the SC.  The other lifts while slower than the SC were much quicker than the green lifts.


Lift speed was not too much of an issue since the lines were very short to nonexistent.


I found the staff to be friendly and helpful.  Ticket prices are reasonable.  A regular adult lift ticket is $52/day, but there are deals around that can reduce the cost to you.  I found a good price through liftopia ($30).  The snow quality was good during my visit throughout the entire day.


On the top of the mountain, if you look towards the northwest you can see Plattekill ski area which is about a 30 minutes drive from Bellearye.  One day I'll get there and then have another review to write.


Pros: Uncrowded, great mid-week deals

Cons: older lifts a bit slow

Wife and I spent a great day on the slopes at this NYS owned and operated ski mountain in the Catskills. About 90 minutes from our home in Latham, the mountain provides one of the best mixes of easy terrain that suits my wife with more challenging steeps and bumps for me. The long chair is a high speed ride, the other two on the upper mountain are slow, but at $20 a ticket, the price of patience is remarkably low. One of the things I like best about Belleayre is their grooming policy; on the groomed blacks, and a few of the blues, they leave a side bumped up. One the day we visited, we had light snow in the mid-20’s and the bumps were soft. The mountain had excellent cover and conditions were great.

Pricing for our trip was $20 each for a Friday – they were having a winter festival week – and although the lot was a bit crowded, it was still ski on to the lifts with no waiting. Same price for Wednesdays the rest of the year, and $25 tix on Fridays. For the conditions and terrain, you really can’t beat the value here.  

If I had a quibble it was with the older chairs. I’ve become so accustomed to detachable lifts that fixed chairs seem to take forever. It’s worth recalling the early days when this was the norm and I took some time to appreciate the ride up the mountain as well as the descent. I reminded myself of this a few times, but still, the lift ride to the double-diamonds got a bit long.

As for ambiance, Belleayre remains a nostalgic throw-back to skiing in the late 1970’s and 80's; but they do an excellent job in terrain upkeep and grooming. It may not be my number one destination, but the overall value, excellent trail maintenance and charm bring me back each year, usually more than once.


Pros: Empty on weekdays, nice terrain

Cons: short runs

Skied there almost a week after the big dump and it seemed like there were plenty of stashes in the trees. I'm still getting my form back so I concentrated on groomers, but had a great time. It's my new home hill!
I liked a lot of the runs. The blues were nice, it was fun to cut through some trees, I only skied 4 of the blacks.


Pros: great variety of trails, great kid training, great value

Cons: may be crowded on weekends, slow lifts

Belleayre is the best place within 3 hours driving from the New York City. It has perfect beginner terrain, trails are wide and smooth, great place to learn. Intermediates can choose from quite easy and nice cruisers or from more advanced slopes. Black diamonds here are more challenging than double diamonds at neighbor mountains. The Belleayre also has numerous double diamonds, which are as steep as their single diamonds but have moguls in addition. There are few glades too.
Another attractive part here is the price. This is not only the best terrain in the Catskills, but also the least expensive place. They also suggest a lot of discounts during the whole season...
Yet another wonderful thing here is their kids teaching program. I drop my 6 years old son at 9am and pick him up at 3pm, happy, smiling, eager to ski more. He loves to be there, and made great progress in actually one year, from bunny hill to diamonds.
Not so good things here are slow lifts and big crowds. The mountain has only one high speed quad, all other lifts are not detachable. On a weekend you may wait in line for 15 minutes to get on the high speed one, or 10 minutes riding an old lift and only 3 minutes going downhill.
I cannot comment on their park, but it looks pretty popular; at least, this year they added two more mini-parks for those who are not ready for the main park. Also, disregard my nightlife rating, I had no chance to evaluate it, and put the mark by mistake. Not rated.