- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 2
Pros: terrain, ungroomed (legit) blacks, non-resort vibe
Cons: ridge at top, some lifts are slow, crowded lodge facilities
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2010
OK, this review may be biased, as Belleayre had 23" of powder in the past 24, but I have been there before with more typical conditions.
If you are a put-your-boots-on-in-the-car, eat-sandwiches-on-the-lift, ski-until-your-legs-won't-anymore, this is definitely the place for you. Situated in a NY State Forest, most trails are tree-lined, and the lack of lodging/condos is a welcome break from other Catskills attractions. The terrain is relatively divided, with the greens at the bottom, intermediate terrain serviced by the Superchief lifts, and some nice ungroomed blacks/blues off the 7 and Tomahawk lifts. There are some really nice little glade and mogul runs scattered around, and the terrain and bucolic feel more than compensates for the slow(er) lifts.
Negatives.... the lodges are older + overcrowded (not an issue for me: there to ski!), bathrooms are few-and-far-between on the Tomahawk lift side, and the ridge line at the top means for some skating and transversing to get to trails between the lifts.
This place is great.... nice promotions on Wednesdays + Fridays, and always good conditions. No skiied-over "ice mountain" conditions unlike other self-promoted resorts in the area.