First Time Visitors Guide

Whether you’re coming for a day or for a stay, you’ll find a mountain of ways to have fun!  Export the first time visitor’s guide to help prepare you for your trip to Belleayre.

Area Lodging

If you are staying for multiple days and need a place to stay, check out some of our local lodging partners.  You will find a variety of options to suit your budget and needs.

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Step 1:  Before You Head to Belleayre

Some basic tips such as how to dress, weather information, fitness level and ways to stay comfortable for a day on the slopes.  If you are a beginner, we have also created a useful Beginner’s Guide to help you along the way.

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Step 2:  When You Arrive at Belleayre

Get the lay of the land – When is the best time to arrive, where to park, purchasing tickets, getting to the rental shop, and more.

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Step 3:  Getting Around the Mountain

Insider tips on the best way to navigate the mountain, learn the location of lodges, restrooms, information services and more.

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Before You Head to Belleayre

Before you come skiing there are a couple of things that you should know.

Area Lodging

If you are staying for multiple days and need a place to stay, check out some of our local lodging partners.  You will find a variety of options to suit your budget and needs.  If you stay with one of our local partners, you can receive some great discounts on your lift tickets too!

Beginner’s Guide

If you are are new to the sport of skiing or snowboarding, we have created a Beginner’s Guide to help you out.  The guide is filled with basic tips, frequently asked questions, types of equipment, lesson information and other useful tidbits.

What to Wear?

Dressing appropriately is the best advice we can give you.  Remember temperatures can vary at different times of day and at different locations at the mountain.  Dress in layers – if you are warm or get overheated, you can always take off a layer!  Check out theWhat to Wear Section in our Beginner’s Guide for the complete list of what you should wear on the mountain.

Fitness Level

Skiing and snowboarding is a sport and like all sports you will be using your muscles.  If you are new to the sport or it has been a while since you were last out on the slopes, pace yourself and don’t over do it.  A proper warm up and cool down will help reduce the risk of injury and cut down on muscle stiffness and soreness the next day.

Keep Hydrated

Drink plenty of fluids to keep you hydrated throughout the day.  Just because it is cold out does not mean you cannot become dehydrated.  Drinking plenty of water will keep your muscles limber and keep you warmer overall.  Stay away from caffeine and alcohol as both will dehydrate you.

Eat and Sleep Well

Eat a healthy meal and get 8 hours of sleep and you will be at your best.  Make sure on the day you hit the slopes, you eat a substantial breakfast to keep you fueled through the morning.  Keep some power bars in your pockets in case you need a little pick me up through the day.  A good dinner at the end of the day is a great way to replenish any of the nutrients you have lost from the day on the mountain.

Check the Weather

Check the weather the day before so you know how to plan for the day.  If it is snowing, you may want to leave a little earlier to account for slippery roads.  Checking the weather may also give you an idea of what kind of clothing to bring with you.

Study the Trail Map and Check the Snow Report

Familiarize yourself with Belleayre by checking out the trail map before you hit the slopes.  You can view the trail map online or pick one up at the ticket window/Guest Services and tuck it into your pocket.  Also, take a look at the snow report.  The snow report shows all the trails that are open, what trails have been groomed, which trails are moguled up, weather, events and more.

When You Arrive at Belleayre

You are finally here!  Follow these easy steps and you will be out on the slopes in no time:

1.  Park Your Vehicle

Get here nice and early.  Not only will you find a better parking space closer to the lodges, but the snow is also better, lift and ticket lines are shorter and more rental gear is available in the mornings too.

During the winter, lodges open at 8:00 am, 7 days a week and the ticket windows are typically open by 8:15 am.  The official time the lifts start spinning is at 9:00 am and stops at 4:00 pm, 7 days a week.  It is not uncommon for the lifts to be open by 8:30 am if the “all clear” is given by Ski Patrol.

Arriving before the lifts open, you will be able to find a parking space closer to the lodges.  There are 2 main lodges at Belleayre:

The Discovery Lodge:  This is the first lodge that you will find coming up the access road and is the main lodge for all beginner/novice skiers.  The Discovery Lodge is where all private/group lessons and Kidscamp leave from.  The Discovery Rental Center/Rossignol Experience Center is also located at this lodge and is the only place on the mountain where you can rent equipment.  

Overlook Lodge:  If you continue past the Discovery Lodge and make the next left, continue up the access road and you will find the Overlook Lodge.  The Overlook Lodge services intermediate/expert terrain and lifts.  If you have equipment and don’t need a lesson, you could make this lodge your base for the day.  The Overlook Lodge parking area also has a premier parking area up next to the lodge for easy access.

If you cannot find a parking spot close to the lodge, feel free to unload your gear at our 5-minute turnaround areas in front of the Discovery Lodge and right before the premiere parking at the Overlook Lodge.  These areas are for drop off/pick up only and long term parking is not allowed.  Vehicles left unattended will be towed.

If you don’t want to walk to the lodges from the parking lot, make your way to one of the shuttle stops. The Belleayre Shuttle Service runs continuously between the Discovery and Overlook Lodges, plus through all of the parking lots.

2.  Store Your Belongings

Looking for a place to stash your stuff?  We have added secure bag check locations at the Overlook Lodge guest services, on the lower level of the Discovery Lodge and in the Discovery Rental Center.  These new bag areas will help improve the lodge experience for everyone by freeing up space for seating by not having bags or other items under/on top of tables.

Available 7 days a week for just $7, our Bag Check keeps your belongings secure and accessible all day.

There are also coin-operated lockers located in the Discovery Rental Center.  Free cubbies are located on the main level of the Discovery Lodge directly across from Guest Services and on the lower level next to Kidscamp.  Free cubbies are also located in the Great Room & Garden Room of the Overlook Lodge too.  Please do not leave belongings on the tops or under the tables to make room for customers who wish to use the tables.

3.  First Timers

If you are new to the sport of skiing and snowboard, it can be a little daunting on where to begin.  There are several different types of tickets, packages, lessons and rentals that can be purchased.  To help sort things out, we have put together a Beginner’s Guide that can guide you in the right direction of what you need.  If you don’t find what you are looking for in our Beginner’s Guide, you can always email or call us at 845-254-5600 and we can answer all your questions.

4.  Renting Equipment

If you need to rent equipment or forgot your gear at home, we have you covered.  Make your way to the Discovery Rental Center located next to the Discovery Lodge for all your rental needs.  All minors under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or guardian on-premises to sign the rental release form.  Please note:  Belleayre does not rent clothing or goggles but if you need some great gear, stop off in one of our retail shops to get the latest and hottest outwear!

5.  Lift Tickets/Passes

Belleayre has a wide variety of options that are tailored to your riding and skiing needs.

Window tickets – Window tickets provide the most flexibility with no commitment.  Visit the ticket window and our friendly ticket staff will help you out with whatever your needs are.

Online Tickets – Save up to 40% when you purchase your tickets online.  Once you purchase your ticket online, make you way to the ticket window to pick up your RFID card (SKI3 Card).  Once you get your SKI3 Card, you can re-load it on our e-store and skip the ticket line all together next time you visit.  You can learn more about your SKI3 Card here.

Frequent Skier Cards/Snow Samplers – SKI3 Frequent Skier Cards and Snow Samplers provide you with multiple days at Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface Mountains with huge savings.  Frequent Skier cards can save you up to 50% on your lift tickets, plus your 1st and every 6th day is FREE!

Season Passes – If you plan on skiing several days this winter, consider purchasing a season pass – we offer Belleayre only passes and SKI3 passes which are valid at Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface Mountains.

Ticket Locations

There are two main places to purchase or redeem your tickets at Belleayre, one location at the Discovery Lodge and another at the Overlook Lodge.

Discovery Lodge – All tickets are issued out of the Discovery Rental Center in the lower area.   All rentals are also next to the Discovery Lodge in our Discovery Rental Center.

Overlook Lodge – The ticket booth is located right outside next to the lodge.

Please Note:  General tickets cannot be purchased or redeemed inside the lodges at Guest Services.

Getting Around the Mountain

Now that you have parked your car, gotten your tickets, lessons and rental equipment – what do you do now?

Insider’s Tips

  • Purchase in advance:  You can buy lift tickets, Kidscamp, private lessons and some Lift/Lesson/Rental packages in advance of your trip.  If you are staying for more than one day, purchase multi-day tickets and rentals to save some extra cash and avoid the lines the following day.
  • Arrive Early:  The best snow conditions are in the morning and less crowds at the lifts and ticket windows.  Extra bonus, the lifts will open earlier if the “all clear” is given before 9:00 am.  It is not unheard of lifts opening up at 8:30 am.
  • Head to the West Side:  Some people say the west side is the best place to ski or ride at Belleayre.  Deer Run, Dot Nebel and the Dreamcatcher Glade are just to name a few trails to find some fun.  The easiest way to get to the west side is taking the Catskill Thunder Gondola, located at the base of the Discovery Lodge.  If you find yourself at the Overlook Lodge, you can avoid traversing across the top of the mountain by taking the Tomahawk Crossing trail directly to the Tomahawk Quad Lift.  Unload at mid-station on Lift #7 and bear to the right to Tomahawk Crossing or from the Superchief Quad, follow Howes Highway to Tomahawk Crossing.

Other Tips & Information

  • Mountain Stats – Hours of operation, mountain and lift information, trails and more.
  • Beginner’s Guide to Skiing and Snowboarding.
  • Safety Reminders – Mountain Safety, Responsibility Code, Smart Style/Park Smart, Lids on Kids, Kids on Lifts and Drone Usage.

Lodges & Cafeterias

Discovery Lodge (located in the lower area): 
Information, Lift Tickets, Snowsports, Kidscamp, Rentals, Restrooms, Tiger Den Daycare, Telephone, Shuttle, Parking.
Food:  Market Place, Stone & Copper Lounge

Overlook Lodge (located in the upper area):
Information, Lift Tickets, Restrooms, Telephone, Shuttle, Parking.
Food:  Market Place, Groomers Pub, Groomers Lounge

Sunset Lodge (located at the summit):
Food:  Sunset Grill

First Aid

The Medical Facility Building is located on the lower mountain next to Parking Lot C.  If you need assistance, go to Guest Services or ask any staff member and we will be happy to summon Ski Patrol to you.

Information Services

Need a little help with directions, information, helpful tips or information, head to Guest Services located in either the Discovery Lodge or Overlook Lodge.

Have Fun

The most important piece of information we can tell you is to have fun.  You may be frustrated at times, especially if you are learning something new.  Come with friends, have some laughs and take a lesson or two.  We are here to make the best experience as possible for you.