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Frequently Asked Questions

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Before you hit the slopes.

Before  you even get to the mountain, you should get a good night's sleep and stay hydrated.  When you arrive at the mountain, do some stretches and loosen up your muscles.

Where do I store my personal belongings while I am skiing or riding?

Th Discovery Lodge, the Discovery Rental Center and Overlook Lodge offer coin operated lockers. There are also open cubbies throughout the lodges.

Where do I go my first time?

First time skiers and snowboarders should always go to the Discovery Lodge.  The this is where our beginner area is including the beginner terrain is, all of our rentals and beginner lessons.  All of our staff are trained to answer any and all questions that you may have before you hit the slopes for the first time.  Make sure to stop in at the Snowsports desk and find out about the various types of lessons we offer.

What time should I arrive?

Most ski areas are the busiest between the hours of 9:00am and 11:00am.  If possible, arrive as early in morning or soon as your schedule permits. The lodges open at 8 am and lifts operate between 9am - 4pm.  The first group lesson goes out at 10am and private lessons start at 9am.  If you are taking a lesson, plan on arriving at least 1 hour before your lesson starts.  

What can I expect?

Here at Belleayre you can expect to find friendly staff, good service, and great riding and skiing. Lines for tickets, rentals and lifts are kept to a minimum, while instructor staffing is at a maximum. You should expect to have fun!

What should I bring?

Start by bringing a good positive attitude, dress properly, check the conditions and have fun!

Am I too old to start skiing?

You are never too old to start skiing or snowboarding. Start out with a lesson from one of our professional ski & snowboard instructors and give the sport a try! We have a variety of lessons from private lessons, group lessons, kids programs and adult programs.

Is my child too young?

Belleayre suggests putting children in our learning programs as early as 4 years old. We have our ever popular Kidscamp program and private lessons.

I'm not riding the lift, do I need to purchase a lift ticket?

Yes, because of Article 18 and the responsibilities to skiers and boarders, all skiers and snowboarders must be wearing a valid ticket to be allowed on any terrain, which includes all teaching areas.

Should I Snowboard or Ski my first time?

Whichever sport peaks your interest is the one you should lean first.  You can choose between alpine skiing, telemeark, or cross country.  They are all fun and exciting choices.  

Are you still open if it snow or rains? 

Yes, Belleayre remains open even in the rain. Always be sure to check the ski condition report for up-to-the minute ski conditions. Where you live it may be raining but that may not be the case here at Belleayre. Belleayre has the highest skiable peak in the Catskills so there is a good chance you may see rain but we are seeing snow.

Special Notes for Parents:

Please consider the following when putting your child in our snowsports programs;

  • Advanced reservations for kids programs are strongly recommended especially during holiday periods.  
  • Helmets are required for all kids participating in any programs.
  • Plan ahead for time for registration, pick up rental gear, tickets, etc. Lessons go out on time.
  • Belleayre staff will not administer medications. If your child needs medication during the day, please make arrangements with our staff for you to give your child their medication.
  • Children participating in lessons may need to ride lifts with an adult, and therefore may ride lifts with members of the skiing public, or other Belleayre staff.