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Belleayre $25 Fridays and Cops

post #1 of 15
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In spite of early season rumors, and alleged best efforts of lobbyists from rival Hunter Mountain, $25 Fridays are
back at Belleayre.
Yesterday the sun shone bright the temperatures were a very nice high 30's low 40's and the snow, well the snow was very fast.
The later was due mostly to said snow being produced by the snow guns as opposed to o falling from clouds but any snow is better than no snow.
There are 7 lifts open and 27 trails that you can ski on and there are even two bump runs open. Upper Onetorea is ski-able, if you are a champion mogul skier who likes Volkswagen sized bumps clad in translucent ice - I went on it last Sat and I was able to do the lower half of that slope in a fashion that the uninitiated might confuse with skiing
but the upper half was really brutal.  The mogul run at the bottom of Wnatuska is also open and yes it is icy but in comparison to the upper half of Onetorea it's a walk in the park.

On Friday I only saw two speed traps on Route 28, one on Shondeken and the other just before Potter Brothers as you get to the Thruway.
I imagine that today and tomorrow the police will be out again in force just as they were last weekend. I guess New York state is desperately trying to balance their budget on the backs of skiers. Last Sunday I counted no fewer that SIX speed traps on the way to Belleayre, 3 on the Thruway, two on route 28 and one on 17 . Coming back I saw three speed traps on route 28 and 2 on the thruway.
I can't wait to get back there tomorrow, it promises to be another bright sunny day with lots of ahhh.."fast snow."


 


Edited by Jiuk - 2/5/12 at 3:31am
post #2 of 15

Nice report on the speed traps. I got nailed on the Thruway several years back. Pretty sure the cop clocked the guy next to me because I wasn't going that fast (I know, that's what everyone says, but seriously...). I made the 2.5-hour trip from Jersey to fight it, only to show up and watch the cop BSing about his weekend with the judge at the rinky-dink court. Realized I wasn't going to get far with my technical arguments and took the crappy plea deal. Real waste of a weekday evening.

 

Short version: Watch out for cops and don't get ticketed on your ski day. It blows.

post #3 of 15

In nine seaons I have never seen a patrol officer between Enumclaw and the hill. Yesterday I saw one giving a ticket too some poor schlub on the access road heading up from the highway. I don't know how the guy could possibly been speeding since traffic was bumper to bumper and the road surface is so poor that it's hazardous to your suspension to go much over the posted limit when clear.

post #4 of 15

I once got a ticket near that traffic light about 10 miles from the Thruway, there is a sneaky stretch or road with a 40mph limit.   But these days I'm strictly an Adirondacks skier.

post #5 of 15

There are $25 Wednesdays too.  They don't seem to attract the police as much. I rarely see any traps once I'm off the Thruway.  Probably not worth their time with so few skiers midweek.

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It looks like there is an ongoing speed trap set up on 28 heading West back to the Thruway. I saw a car pulled over there again on Friday. Its just before the Hurley Mountain Road exit. If you can't see the exit sign, it's just before you see Potter Brothers and Skytop Steakhouse on the left. So far I've seen  either a cop there stalking  ( withing 1/8 of a mile or so) or a car pulled over for a complimentary "see you soon" ticket  every time I returned  from Belleayre.

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This is the area of the speed trap

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In nine seaons I have never seen a patrol officer between Enumclaw and the hill. Yesterday I saw one giving a ticket too some poor schlub on the access road heading up from the highway. I don't know how the guy could possibly been speeding since traffic was bumper to bumper and the road surface is so poor that it's hazardous to your suspension to go much over the posted limit when clear.



How do you know the ticket was for "Speeding???"

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How do you know the ticket was for "Speeding???"



Yeah he was probably just taking a survey

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Yeah he was probably just taking a survey



My point is that most states have several hundred (mostly quite obscure) traffic regs, so it could have been for any number of things.  Maybe his driver's door-mirror was broken....  

 

Of course, if New York is different and its only traffic law is that you not speed, well, I wanna move there!

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I'm going out on a limb and guessing most highway patrollers' first concern is revenue, err, safety, and speeding is higher up the priority ladder than a fix-it ticket. Plus there's really no place along that section for him to lie in wait - just an odd place to see someone pulled over.

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I'm going out on a limb and guessing most highway patrollers' first concern is revenue, err, safety, and speeding is higher up the priority ladder than a fix-it ticket. Plus there's really no place along that section for him to lie in wait - just an odd place to see someone pulled over.


Maybe, but when there's heavy traffic (as you pointed out) and speeders are scarce, any ol' ticket will do!

 

Anyhoo, it was really just more of a light-hearted rhetorical poser to help pass the time before heading off for the hill today.  I gotta get better about using emoticons!  

 

That said, I'm going to go out on an even longer limb and guess that the Hi-Pol noticed the guy's car matched the description of that driven by a triple ax-murderer, stopped to investigate, realized the poor schlub wasn't the sought-after heinous villain after all, but couldn't help but notice that said schlub wasn't wearing his seat belt.  eek.gif  The donut-deprived Hi-Pol didn't want his effort to be completely for naught, so ticket-tossing thus ensued.....  wink.gif

 

post #13 of 15

I've noticed the exact same thing over the last two weekends.  I've been driving 28 to Belleayre and Plattekill for years and never noticed that much of a police presence.  Now, there were several speed traps over a couple of days.  Also noticed Belleayre was finally blowing some snow last Sunday.  As it's state run, maybe the fines were going to the snowmaking budget smile.gif

 

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I've noticed the exact same thing over the last two weekends.  I've been driving 28 to Belleayre and Plattekill for years and never noticed that much of a police presence.  Now, there were several speed traps over a couple of days.  Also noticed Belleayre was finally blowing some snow last Sunday.  As it's state run, maybe the fines were going to the snowmaking budget smile.gif

 



Yeah Hunter finally allowed them to get funds to buy diesel and make snow.

post #15 of 15

The speed traps on 28 are not just for skiers, though it often seems that way.  It's year round and all of the locals know to be careful on that road.

 

Since it's the main artery out of Kingston into the Catskill preserve, and the State Police and Ulster Sheriffs all use it (Sheriff's in Kingston, and State's are on 209, just south of 28 in Hurley), along with the local police from Kingston and Woodstock (and throw in the D.E.P. around the reservoir for good measure), there's a high concentration of official traffic all of the time.  Throw in the fact that from Kingston to Woodstock the road is wide and fast but marked for 45 mph, it's pretty much guaranteed revenue for all of the overlapping jurisdictions.  

In NYC now, but growing up around there, I don't know anyone who hasn't at least been pulled over on that road at one point or another.

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