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Wish there ate more place to eat or rest.... Full Review
Bellayre is a really nice ski area close by
We skied there last week for a day and other than spring conditions ( slush after 11 Am) No real complaints. The food is pretty good and we thought well priced compared to say Hunter.
Skiing during the week cannot be beat if you can do it!
Grooming was excellent... Full Review
I was going to Belleayre for years. This year due to covid you have to buy tickets in advance online which isn't a big deal if everything goes to plan and you make to the mountain. First trip went fine BUT on my second trip i couldn't make it there (got into accident). Called Belleayre next day and explain the situation on which i received short and cold reply "There is no refunds or credit. You should've called yesterday."... I wasn't asking for refund just a credit for my next trip. But i guess customer satisfaction isn't on their mind, just $$$. You know what, Hunter mountain isn't far from you AND they give you full refund in case you can't make it there.
Shame on you Belleayre. This is my last experience with you which left no other choice BUT not to come back, ever.... Full Review
Just a heads up, this is going to be a long one. So this review is coming a little late, I was really hoping that someone might have called me back by now as I really just wanted the situation resolved in some way. My situation starts back at the end of February. Seeing as how the winter was as rough as it was, I couldn’t take my kids skiing over Christmas vacation because there was no snow, when winter break rolled around, I had some free tickets, there was snow on the ground, I thought why not? I’ve never been to Belleayre, seemed like a nice place. So I called up a buddy who was free, we packed up and headed south. Why head south to ski when the winter was as bad as it was, again we had 2 free tickets. So initial impressions are that the lodge is really nice, I understand that it is fairly new. The snow was okay, but agin we are further south, and it was a warm winter. It’s not a huge mountain, but the terrain is decent. Skiing was going well most of the day. I started to notice my RFID ski pass would occasionally not be recognized trying to go through the gates to the lift, no big deal, I would just back up and try again and it would let me through. Until I get the the Big Chief lift around 3pm, at this point we have been skiing all day. I try to go through the gate and get denied, try to go through again and get denied. At this point my kids and friend I was with are already on the other side waiting for me to get through. A lift operator, if you can even call him that, sees what is going on and comes over. I assume he’s going to offer some assistance, like any ski area staff member would. He says to me “It says your pass isn’t valid” and I reply “Yea it’s been doing this to me today, but I know it’s good” still trying to get through. Then he says “ sir! It says your pass isn’t valid”, I thought he was just joking around, so again I replied jokingly “no I know it’s good!” Still trying to get through. He then squared up on me and yells “sir! You need to leave! It says you are not valid!” I was very surprised to say the least so I say “ wait are you serious?” His reply was “you need to get walking!”. So let me paint this picture for you, this whole exchange took about 30 seconds, my kids, age 8 and 11, and my friend, who is a police officer. And the crowd of people behind me watching this all unfold. Now mind you, I was in the army for seven years, and served a combat tour in Afghanistan. I’m used to being yelled at to say the least. What I’m not used to is a lift operator with a complete lack of professionalism, coming at me like a bouncer as if I was being unreasonable at a bar. Especially in front of my kids when this was going to be a good ski trip memory during a less than desirable winter. I’ve been skiing for a long time, I’ve been skiing in other countries, I’ve been all over the northeast, and spots out west. I’ve never come across a situation like this at a ski area. So finally I take my lift pass out of my pocket, run it through the gate, and it lets me through, to that lift operators amazement. The only thing he said to me was “did you have something else in your pocket?” There wasn’t anything in my pocket, but after that, I didn’t think I was obligated to reply to anything he said. That whole situation could have been different had he just pulled me off to the side and helped me figure it out. So as we are on the lift, my friend the police officer, who deals with bogus complaints from less than desirable people often, says I should go talk to someone about it. We go to the help desk at the lodge, explain the situation. They were very helpful, and seemed to know exactly who I was talking about. They scan my pass to make sure there is nothing wrong with it, and everything is fine. They even comment on how I was there on a Warren Miller pass. As this review will also be going to them, I’m sure they would like to know more about the ski are they partner with. The lady’s behind the help desk make a phone call and get no answer. So they write down a phone number for me, it’s a work number for Zach Weigh, he is the lift operations manager. So I give him a call the next day, no answer so I leave a message and a brief description of what happened. He called me back the next day, and the conversation was going well until he says “ well I see what you are saying about the not being professional thing, and I will speak with him about that, but I think we will agree that both parties are at fault here” and I just sat there dumbfounded. Did he not hear the situation I just explained? Are we living in the twilight zone? So ask him to explain. He says “well it seems like you were being persistent” I wouldn’t call trying a lift pass a couple of times when my kids are on the other side “being persistent”. So after some back and forth I can tell this conversation is going no where. At this point I tell him I will make sure my review reflects this conversation, and he literally laughed it off. I don’t know about you, but read reviews for everything, a bad review is something I wouldn’t be laughing off. So we end the conversation, and I am very doubtful by the way the conversation went that he is going to do anything. So I have tried, a few times, to get in contact with the mountain manager. I’ve left messages, I’ve spoke to the help desk there, and have never gotten a call back. So moral to the story is, save your money and go somewhere else, literally anywhere else. For the price you pay, you could go to a bigger mountain with more snow, and significantly better staff.... Full Review
Went on Jan 28. Looking around Catskills what has rain done to mountains I have to say I was nicely surprised with snow conditions in the ski resort. Very consistent snow coverage. No feeling like I was going to hit rock or so. Plenty of black diamonds open . Great day and fast skiing midweek day. Kudos to snowmakers...... Full Review
The snow was icy in some places but was fine overall, with good lift service and ok food.
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I ski Belleayre often. Love the variety of the trails with great snowmaking and grooming. Some challenging steeps left ungroomed. Only resort in the Catskills with a gondola. Friendly staff. The Overlook Lodge has that old, rustic feel. Lower area is ideal for beginners/novices. Looking forward to the new Discovery Lodge and quad replacement for the old double-double lift. Much more relaxed than Windham and Hunter. ... Full Review
I have skied here many times, but mostly on the weekdays where its uncrowded and friendly. I wont ski on weekends as I have had too many bad experiences with the crowds and attitude. Not from the Belleayre staff, thats important to point out. I have skied in other states in the US, mostly Vermont and Colorado/Utah. Its not the same experience, but still fun, good conditions usually and enough terrain variation to keep you in practice. If you can avoid the weekends, then its a very enjoyable place to ski. ... Full Review
It took us TWO HOURS to rent skis at the Belleayre rental center last Saturday. Worst experience I've ever had at a ski resort. Let me try to summarize the variety of problems. First, you need to wait on FOUR different lines to rent skis: ticket line, computer line, boot line, and then ski line. Second, there is no one helping anyone navigate these lines. You just have to figure out by asking other customers, "What line is this?" or "What line am I supposed to go to first?" Third, the rental process took 75 minutes, most of it spent on the line (literally out the door) for skis. Fourth and perhaps worst, they have a "system" where you wear the boots while they fit the skis, and they size the binding to the boot by "scanning your boots". This is fine if it works, but it has to work 100% of the time. After our 75-minute ordeal, we got on the gondola to the TOP of the mountain, only to discover that my daughter's bindings were sized to the wrong boot! So after consulting with employees at the top of the mountain, we then needed to get BACK on the gondola, return to the base, carry the equipment back to the rental place, and then have them fix the equipment. And when we did, there were TWO OTHER customers with the same problem! We arrived at the mountain at 9:15AM, but we didn't actually start skiing until 11:15AM, two hours later. Just unbelievable. ... Full Review
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