20/21 Improvements


 Snowmaking Improvements and expanded facilities will be ready for the upcoming 2020-2021 Winter Season 

Highmount, NY – The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) begins its summer construction season at Belleayre Mountain with a range of projects that enhance snowmaking systems, expand facility spaces and create a more robust on-line reservation platform.

The recently expanded Discovery Lodge was a huge success last season. An additional 2,700 square feet of indoor space has been added to the 3rd floor and is available for private group functions as well as daily use for all guests.  The additional indoor area incorporates large windows that overlook the main floor.  This allows for natural light and adds to the aesthetics of this “Great Lodge.”

New pumps and a new compressor are being added to the snowmaking infrastructure. The pumps will boost pressure within the system allowing for increased snowmaking capacity and expanded water delivery. An energy efficient compressor is also being added to the system. Replacing old diesel units, the new compressor will help improve coverage and the time it takes to create spectacular snow quality.

“Our guests just love the transformation of Discovery Lodge,” said Bruce Transue, Belleayre General Manager, “We are really excited to unveil the additional third-floor and I can’t wait to welcome everyone back this winter.”

Visitors can also expect to enjoy the mountain views from an expanded outdoor patio space.  It will include fire pits, outdoor seating, and direct access to the Discovery Lodge. The patio will be the perfect place for enjoying the bluebird skies of the Catskills.

Season passes are currently on sale, with the best prices available until September 2, 2020.  The 2020 – 2021 winter season is right around the corner and we are looking forward to those awesome fresh air days on the mountain.  We have developed a simple and straightforward plan to give you peace of mind when purchasing your season pass for the upcoming winter season.  We are offering a free payment plan for purchases through September 2, 2020 and 100% SKI3 Assurance for all pass holders.  Learn More »

ORDA’s new RFID technology offers direct-to-lift access and online purchasing, so guests can go directly from their car to the slopes. The lift ticket media can be renewed over several years, preventing waste and adding hassle-free convenience for customers.

Past Mountain Improvements

2019-2020 Discovery Lodge Modernization & Renovations – The project continues New York’s investment in the Highmount ski area, designed to increase year-round visitation, enhance customer experience and be a catalyst for the tourism industry in the Catskill region. Alleviating long lines and overcrowded spaces, the improvements will increase the seating capacity in the cafeteria and lounge areas and will add restrooms conveniently located at the main level of the lodge. The children’s programmatic space for families will be expanded and modernized. A new patio area will be added along with a new outdoor ticketing area.

2019-2020 Lightning Quad Lift – The Lightning Quad replaced the former double Lifts #1 and #2 in the beginner area. This state of the art lift has a conveyor entrance. The loading gates and the conveyor are timed with the chair interval to make for an easier loading process and allowing for the maximum loading capacity.

2018-2019 Bigger & Better Terrain Parks – Area 51 and Area 15 will be getting some TLC this winter. That’s right, the terrain parks will be getting some new jumps, ramps, boxes, rails, pipes, and other features for you to explore. The new features will surely keep you jibbing and jumping throughout the season.

2018-2019 Snowmaking – The snowmaking team is just as busy during the warmer months as they are when they are out making snow. They are hard at work adding to our existing snowmaking capabilities with the addition of 50 low energy tower snowguns to the fleet and 4 new 1500 cfm compressors. These new additions will help with snowmaking efficiency, which means we will be able to make more snow with fewer resources.

2018-2019 Kidscamp Area – The trail maintenance crews are making the Kidscamp Learning Area bigger & better. Trees have been removed between Lifts #1 & 2 and the kidscamp park, the magic carpet will be replaced with a longer 220′ magic carpet, and the entrance to the area will be regraded making it easier to access the available terrain. The newly expanded area will be more efficient for teaching and fun on the snow for all those who participate!

2018-2019 Medical Building – A new state of the art ski patrol building will be constructed in the lower area next to the Teepee Flats teaching area. The main floor will include a trauma room, waiting area with a nurse’s station, and additional bed space for patients. The building will also contain a locker room and storage for much-needed supplies.

2018-2019 Overlook Lodge Deck/Locker Room – Ongoing Overlook Lodge renovations are continuing. The deck will be replaced for our guests to enjoy during the winter and can be used for weddings & special events during the summer & fall months. The locker room will also be expanded allowing for extra storage and season-long rentals.

2018-2019 NYSEF Extends Programming to Belleayre – The New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) is excited to announce its growing partnership with the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) by offering competitive alpine and freeride programming at Belleayre.

2018-2019 Aqua Trikes at the Belleayre Beach – Fun at the Belleayre Beach has just gotten more enjoyable with the addition of two NEW Aqua Trikes! Anyone in the family can just hop on a trike and pedal out into the water for a unique experience at the lake. The trikes are a great addition to the facility and a big hit with everyone, especially with the kiddos. The Beach is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

2017-2018 Catskill Thunder Gondola – “Catskill Thunder” will be comprised of 60 cabins that will transport up to 8 adult guests per cabin at a maximum speed of 1000 feet per minute. Patrons will be able to load the lift just above the Discovery Lodge and ride it to the peak of the mountain just towards the east side of the Tomahawk Lift. This project is slated to be completed by December of 2017. It will also allow for future cross-country skiing across the summit, year-round scenic rides, lift-serviced mountain biking, and wedding and party rentals at the summit.

2015-2016 Dreamcatcher Glade – The addition of the Dreamcatcher Glade was a huge hit with skiers and snowboarders. We are going to continue our efforts in widening and clearing out the glade this summer. The Dreamcatcher glade was added to the west side of the mountain, right off of the Deer Run trail. The trail was cleared out and in early November and was opened to the public on February 11, 2015. This new trail was a great addition to the mountain and showcased the variety of terrain that Belleayre has to offer.

Catskill Thunder Fun Facts

  • Number of man-hours to install gondola: Over 5,500
  • Total number of cabins: 60
  • Spliced length of cabling: 13067.09 ft
  • Top speed: 1,000 ft per minute
  • Uphill capacity: 2,000 people per hour
  • Number of tons of concrete pour for both top & bottom terminals: 200 tons each/400 tons total
  • Number of towers installed: 16
  • Tallest tower: 58 ft
  • Date construction began: July 1, 2017.
  • Bull wheel size: Drive (bottom) 15.75 ft and the Return (top) 17.06 ft.
  • Motor size: 600hp electric primary, a 600hp diesel auxiliary & a 130hp tertiary diesel engine