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Route 28- Belleayre Mountain Rd.
Highmount, NY 12441-0313
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Overview by Aimee Hess

Only one resort in the Empire State is owned and operated by the state itself: Belleayre Mountain, which sits in Highmount in the heart of the Catskill Mountain Forest Preserve on a site declared "forever wild" by the state of New York back in 1885. This bold proclamation made New York one of the first states to set aside a piece of land for the future enjoyment of others. By the next century, local skiers had decided that "enjoyment" meant skiing, and they pressured the Department of Environmental Conservation to put a ski resort on the mountain. In 1947, New York amended their state constitution to allow for a ski mountain in the preserve.

After a 1949 groundbreaking, Belleayre opened its first season with five trails and the state's first chairlift. The resort was immediately popular; locals still remember visitors sleeping in tents outside the ticket office to be the first on the slopes.

Six decades later, Belleayre hasn't lost its luster; it gets 175,000 visitors a year. With a northeastern exposure, the natural snow coverage is so good that Belleayre is often the first mountain in the area to open and the last to close. To supplement the natural coverage, snowmaking reaches 96 percent of the mountain, and Belleayre proudly vaunts its nightly grooming. With eight lifts accessing 55 trails, the terrain is varied enough to keep everyone busy, from the clumsiest beginner to the slickest carver. Although more than half the mountain is dedicated to intermediate terrain, experts can challenge themselves on double blacks like Cathedral Brook, or find the Catskills' only cat-access skiing in the glades on the east side of the mountain. Cross-country

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Average Snowfall
120 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
1404 feet
22% beginner, 58% intermediate, 20% advanced
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
Late November to late March
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Closest Airport

Weather for Belleayre Mountain

Current Conditions:
Partly Cloudy, 60 F
Thu - Partly Cloudy. High: 64 Low: 53
Fri - PM Thunderstorms. High: 72 Low: 47
Sat - Sunny. High: 63 Low: 39
Sun - Partly Cloudy. High: 68 Low: 45
Mon - Sunny. High: 73 Low: 51

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  • Surface Conditions:
    Machine Groomed


  • Ski Lifts Open:
    3 of 8
  • Trails:
    10 of 50
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Last Updated: December 08 2014 08:58 PM

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