Varied terrain, separate beginners area, nice new additions
Lower lodge crowd, awful food
This area, owned by NY State, is a hidden jewel. While Hunter and Windham certainly draw the NYC crowds, Belleayre draws the skiers and boarders. One of the best beginner areas keeps the crazy fast people separate from those whose constant falls litters the trails. The greens in the lower section are perfect for learning. The blue terrain is easy for blues but the diamonds are steep and if skied off, very challenging. My previous concern with the mt was lack of variety as all trails off the top are fairly similar and result in short runs. In the last several years, they have opened some new terrain, cruisers and glade areas which are very enjoyable (deer run, lift line, cuyaga, onodaga, horshoe pass). The old tbar has also been opened as a glade, but wasn't skiable this trip. Staff is friendly and helpful and the bar at midlodge (overlook?) is excellent. While the beer there is good, the food in both lodges is miserable. Bring a lunch. What this resort really needs is a little more space in the lodges, and an official bag check. I'd gladly pay a few bucks knowing my bags are safe and in the same spot. Kids programs are great and the resort is almost all families.