Highmount

Largest first-day crowd in 25 years at Belleayre

Highmount – With over 4,000 skiers and riders enjoying 13 inches of natural powder, Belleayre Mountain opened Friday with the largest opening day crowd in 25 years.
Popular programs including Kidscamp, seasonal workshops and the Nursery, designed to enhance the family experiene at the mountain, require advance reservations that can be made online or by contacting the Belleayre Mountain Sales Department directly at 845 254-5600 ext. 2474.


Ski prospects bright at Belleayre; fresh powder in place for opener

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Ski Center Superintendent Tony Lanza is in awe of the luck the Catskills’s ski industry is having.
“We’ve got 14 inches of new snow at the top already,” he said Tuesday morning during a snowstorm. “We’re so excited because we’ve got feet and feet and feet of snow up here.”


German Club toasts October celebration

By Marion Hohn
The Catskill Mountains, in all their fall splendor, were alive with the sound of German music Saturday when members of the German-American Club of the Northern Catskills held their ninth annual Oktoberfest at Belleayre’s Discovery Lodge in Highmount.
More than 700 people enjoyed an authentic Bavarian celebration complete with music by Bud Gramer, the Adlers and folk dancing demonstrations by Germania Almrausch.  Bratwurst and Leberkaes were served with homemade potato salad and sauerkraut as well as hot pretzels, Black Forest cake and other German specialties.


Belleayre season plans announced by state DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Mountain will be open for riding and skiing seven days a week for the 2008-2009 season, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced Monday. Weather and conditions permitting, Belleayre will open the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28, and run through March, operating six lifts and 41 trails and glades.


Fall Festival shifts to D&U for Columbus Day weekend

By Jay Braman Jr.
The folks at Belleayre Mountain want you to know something.
Contrary to popular belief, the ski center’s popular Fall Festival has not been cancelled.
True, it won’t be on the grassy slopes where visitors can stand in awe of panoramic views of the Catskills in full color. But, Belleayre and its new partner, the Delaware and Ulster Railroad (DURR), think they’ve come up with a pretty good alternative.


Belleayre bucks back? Unofficial info says yes

DEC spokesman refuses $ comments but gives overview of operational plans
By Jay Braman Jr.
At press time yesterday the Catskill Mountain News was working to confirm reports that beleaguered Belleayre Mountain Ski Center has had its budget issues resolved and will be fully operational during the upcoming ski season.
“We’ll make an announcement soon,” was all Belleayre Spokesman Yancy Roy had to say Tuesday.


Fall Festival moves to D&URR for holiday

The 29th annual Belleayre Fall Festival has been moved to the area behind the Delaware & Ulster Railroad on Route 28, Arkville and will be held on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12.
In partnership with Belleayre Mountain the railroad will offer an exciting array of high quality craft vendors.


Businesses ask DEC boss for Belleayre Mtn. meeting

By Jay Braman Jr.
The man who has been described as the final authority over proposed drastic budget cuts to the state-owned Belleayre Ski Center has been invited to visit the facility and the region next month for a quick lesson on the local economy, and what would happen to it if those cuts were allowed.
This is the latest ripple effect from news two weeks ago that Belleayre faces a difficult season this year due to budget cuts. While no specific figures have been released, staffers and local officials have heard of 181 job cuts, with fewer trails and fewer chair lifts operating


Hundreds of supporters rally to "Save Belleayre"

By Jay Braman Jr.
Locals residents, business owners and employees of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center came out in droves Saturday morning to a rally put on by the Coalition to Save Belleayre, the organization that blew the whistle on what many consider to be life-threatening budget cuts proposed for the state-run facility.


Fall festival leaving Belleayre; will be hosted at Arkville's D&U

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following an announcement last week that the annual Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Fall Festival was being cancelled, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) quickly followed up with another announcement, saying that the popular event would instead be moved to Arkville.
The 29th annual Belleayre Fall Festival will be held Columbus Day weekend, but at a new location thanks to a partnership announced last week by the DEC and the Delaware and Ulster Railroad. The festival will take place on October 11-12 at the Delaware and Ulster Railroad on Route 28 in Arkville.


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