The New York State Ski Blog

Blog: Belleayre

Belleayre Mountain Improvements 2014

Belleayre-LogoThere’s a nice list of Belleayre Mountain improvements that are getting attention at ORDA’s new ski area in Pine Hill NY.

Snowmaking and Grooming

The biggest news is the “zoning” of Belleayre’s snowmaking system. Before this season in order to blow snow anywhere on the hill snowmakers were required to charge or pressurize the entire system. Now the system can be sectioned off allowing ops to be much more flexible and cost effective.

In addition Belleayre has added a new electric Cameron Turbo Air 3000 compressor and 25 new Sky Giant flanged heads for snowguns. Coupled together these two improvements will allow the use of high efficiency guns at the top of the mountain.

Segregating into zones allows Belleayre to boost water pressure and use of high efficiency guns which only require about 50-60 cfm of air each.

Belleayre has also added a Pisten Bully PB400 to their fleet of grooming machines.

Continue reading

ORDA Skier Visits (Update 2014)

Following are numbers for skier visits and revenue for New York’s state-owned and operated ski areas as reported by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).

Whiteface

Season Skier Visits Revenue
2004 – 2005 181,759 $7,205,841
2005 – 2006 180,440 $7,836,129
2006 – 2007 166,145 $8,052,883
2007 – 2008 214,108 $10,469,789
2008 – 2009 185,586 $9,060,532
2009 – 2010 188,784 $9,367,859
2010 – 2011 209,214 $10,493,708
2011 – 2012 164,952 $9,025,507
2012 – 2013 192,008 $10,452,111
2013 – 2014 218,348 $11,149,635

As of the 2010 – 2011 season ORDA has not reported skier visits for Gore Mountain. For the first time in the 2013 annual report numbers for Belleayre Ski Center were included.

Continue reading

Belleayre Swan Song

If having condescending thoughts like “youth is wasted on the young” makes you a grownup, then I think I might be more mature than Matthew McConaughey’s seminal character in Dazed and Confused. Maybe the 90s movie reference makes me even older.

Belleayre-View

Regardless, more than a lack of money or energy, what I miss most about that golden era is the amount of free time I used to have. It seems everyone I know is always busy. I’m not the only one who didn’t get 50 ski days this year.

After watching the last month slip away without adding one ski day to my 2013-2014 ski season, the weather and my life finally aligned for me to enjoy the world away from the cold glow of my computer screen.

Continue reading