Belleayre Mountain is just hours from New York City. (Ryan Lennox)
The state hopes to attract more visitors and build on the Catskill Region’s bourgeoning tourism industry. The investment will enhance the current facilities at Belleayre with the installation of a new high-speed gondola, multiple lodge expansions and the addition of modern amenities for both lodges at the resort.
The project will increase visitation, enhance customer experience and provide a major boost to tourism in the Catskills and the region's economy.
“Belleayre Mountain is one of the crown jewels of the Catskills and a major driver of the region’s tourism economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this investment, we are supporting vital upgrades at this mountain to ensure it remains an unparalleled year-round recreation destination and continues to leverage economic growth for the entire region for generations to come.”
“This plan will overhaul the Belleayre Ski Resort to address areas of need, increase visitation and overall enhance customer satisfaction,” said ORDA President & CEO Ted Blazer. “The additions of the new gondola, and modern day lodge amenities at Belleayre will attract new skiers and riders and encourage them to stay in the New York area for their resort experience. I would like to thank the Governor for his continued commitment to not only Belleayre, but to the Catskill Region.”
A high-speed, eight-person gondola will span from the lower mountain Discovery Lodge to the mountain summit. 65 cabins will transport guests to the summit in under six minutes, massively increasing the skier capacity. The Gondola would also provide access to cross country skiing at the expansive summit of the mountain and year-round scenic rides
Improvements to the Discovery Lodge will increase its current seating capacity, retail space, increased food/beverage locations, and addition of office space. At the Overlook Lodge, improvements will expand increase seating capacity, storage and locker areas, daycare facilities, and food and beverage offerings.