The season for winter sports is upon us, let's head up to the Catskills and spend the day doing a little early season snowboarding or skiing at Belleayre Mountain.
The Plan ...
We'll meet in front of the lift ticket sales windows at 9:15 AM. After a quick meet and greet, those that need rental equipment and instructional lessons will make those arrangements. We'll then split up and the experienced riders/skiers will join me as we head up the mountain for a few hours of fun.
At midday, we'll all meet at the lodge for lunch to laugh about how our mornings went and to nurse our bruises. After lunch I'll join the beginners on the slopes for a bit to help them out with their newly learned skills while the others can spend a few more hours exploring the mountain before we call it a day.
Then Important Stuff ...
• The regular cost for an adult weekend lift ticket at the mountain is $48.00 but special pricing of $39.95 is available for this date through Potter Brothers Ski Shop. The discount lift ticket MUST be purchased either online and mailed to you, or purchased at one of their stores in the upstate NY area -- there is one on the way to Belleayre if you are driving. If you plan to buy online, do so in enough time for the pass to get to you by mail.
• Rentals on mountain for Skis and Snowboards are $45.00 for the complete package. If you only need to rent certain pieces of gear, prices vary.
• Group lessons packages are $79.00 for one hour and thirty minutes of instruction. That includes all the equipment you need including a lower-mountain lift ticket. The first class is at 10:00 AM and I definitely recommend you take one if you are a beginner or want to brush up on your skills -- the learning curve is reduced dramatically and the fun factor increases with a little bit of professional instruction. If you already have gear, a group lesson only is $30.
• Warm weather, lack of snow, or rain cancels the meetup.
How To Get There ...
NYS Thruway (I-87) to Exit 19 - Kingston, NY - then Rt. 28, 37 miles West to Highmount. Belleayre will be on your left at the top of the hill after passing the Village of Pine Hill. (approximately 2.5 hrs from NYC).
Bus from Manhattan's Port Authority
Adirondacks Trailways [masked]) bus from Port Authority to Belleayre Ski Center. Fare is $93 and that includes the bus ride AND a full mountain lift ticket. Bus departs at 7:00 AM and drops you off right at the Discovery Ski Lodge. It leaves to return to NYC at 4:15 PM. You can call Adirondack Trailways and buy your bus ticket in advance or take your chances that the bus isn't full and buy it at Port Authority the morning of.
If you plan to drive and are willing to carpool, please post in your RSVP where you are leaving from and how many people you can carry. If you'd like to carpool with someone please post your request and where you are located. Please don't wait to be offered a ride, BE PROACTIVE and contact any drivers directly to work out transportation details. As courtesy, passengers should pick up tolls and gas.