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Snow Slide Damages Belleayre Lodge as Rainstorm Hits Northeast

BellSnowSlide3 Snow slide causes extensive damage to the Overlook Lodge at Belleayre Mountain in New York on Christmas Day (Belleayre Mountain)


It was a tough Christmas for many northeast ski areas as a storm dropped 1-4” or more of drenching rainfall, forcing many ski areas to close, and essentially erasing the existing snow cover in the northeast.

48-hour observed rainfall over the northeast during the Christmas Eve-Christmas Day storm (NOAA) 

Localized heavy rain in New York state had localized pockets that picked up 3-6” or more. Belleayre Mountain ski area in the Catskills reported an unofficial 6.5” of rainfall, resulting in a snow slide that damaged their Overlook Lodge. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

The resort posted an update on its website and social media saying "This morning, supersaturated snow from the Yahoo trail let loose and slid into the Overlook Lodge."



Snow slide at Belleayre Mountain's Overlook Lodge


Belleayre Mountain operations crews made the right call not to open on Christmas Day due to weather--joining some 30 or more other ski areas that opted to close due to weather. Belleayre remained closed on Saturday, with plans to reopen on Sunday, December 27. 

The snowpack, unfortunately, also took a hard hit across the northeast due to the storm. After a whopping nor’easter last week dumped 20-40” of snow from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire, snowpack was no match for this drench. Snow coverage has been greatly reduced following the Christmas Day storm.

Be sure to check mountain snow reports before making plans to ski this week. 

Snow cover comparison map for the northeast from Dec 22 to Dec 26

Snow cover comparison map for Pennsylvania from Dec 22 to Dec 26


In the forecast, cold returns briefly after Christmas, but will give way to another warm storm late this coming week. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the weather turns around in 2021 for the northeast.

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