Greene resorts give thumbs-down to Catskill Regional Ski Pass proposal

By Jay Braman Jr.
The call to develop a Catskills regional ski pass has not only been ignored by Hunter and Windham ski areas, but the two have gone ahead and announced one that excludes Belleayre.
Last month Ulster County Legislature Chairman David Donaldson proposed that Ulster, Greene and Delaware counties team up to institute a “Catskill Regional Ski Pass” that would allow skiers to ski at any of the ski centers in the Catskill Region.
“This type of ski pass and promotion are long overdue,” Donaldson said, noting that he had already written letters to Greene and Delaware county officials asking them to join forces with Ulster in promoting skiing this winter. “We should be competing with Vermont, New Hampshire, Colorado and Utah, not with each other.”
But the call fell upon deaf ears.
Now Hunter Mountain, which opens this Saturday, and neighboring Windham Mountain, set to open on November 26, have teamed up to once again offer “The Wintercard.” The cooperative deal from the two resorts allows for four total days of skiing and riding: two at Hunter Mountain and two at Windham Mountain for $129: just over $32 per day. The Wintercard is offered for a limited time only, available only until December 24.
The card is the result of the resorts’ partnership with Greene County Tourism, and seeks to offer deals encompassing the northern Catskills Region. Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain are minutes apart and offer over 100 trails between them. The northern Catskills are located a mere two hours from the New York metro area and offer beginner, intermediate and expert skiing.
“This is a great way to cross-promote, and to offer our guests another place to visit when they spend time in the northern Catskills,” says Brian Czarnecki, director of marketing at Hunter Mountain. “Better than one resort so close to home is two. It’s difficult to find lift tickets for $32 these days, and we are really glad we are able to offer it for another season.”
Those seeking less costly tickets can find them at Belleayre, which opens on November 28, the day after Thanksgiving. Tickets are just $25 that day. Belleayre also offers a frequent skier card which gives skiers access to the facility for $40 a day with the fifth day free.