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Discovery Lodge Renovation - concrete foundation
Excavator at the Discovery Lodge
Placing beams at the Discovery Lodge
Bullwheels at for the new beginner quad
Parts for the new beginner quad
Discovery Lodge Renovation  Begins
Discovery Lodge Renovation 6/5/2019


Discovery Lodge Rendering Front View

Modernization & renovations to the Discovery Lodge and 1 new lift being installed and new beginner teaching area. 

DISCOVERY LODGE - The start of the Discovery Lodge expansion and modernization project at Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort has officially begun. 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. 

The architectural style of the lodge is that of a Scandinavian great-camp, featuring long sloping roof lines, horizontal siding and accented with stone elements throughout. The expansion ensures a greater resort experience, able to accommodate the increase of visitor attendance by delivering more amenities and broader services.  

Alleviating long lines and overcrowded spaces, the improvements will increase 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. 

The Pike Company is scheduled to begin design and build of the $14.6-million project beginning June 2019 and complete the work before the start of the 2019-’20 skiing and snowboarding season. 

LIFTS - In addition to the renovated base lodge, the ski resort is also relocating two conveyor lifts and installing a new quad chairlift for beginner skiers and snowboarders. The two conveyor lifts will service a new beginner area below the Discovery Lodge, while the Dopplemayr quad will carry guests from the Discovery Loge’s rental shop elevation and drop off passengers just below the Overlook Lodge.   

RFID Direct-to-Lift Gates - We're always improving, and this snow season we're excited about new gates at the lifts!  Now keep your pass or ticket tucked away securely in your jacket and head up the mountain.  No more worrying about losing your pass or having to present it to the attendants before your rides.

View webcam page to keep updated with the the Discovery Lodge progress »

Discovery Lodge Rendering Inside View

ORDA President and CEO Mike Pratt said, “The resort is experiencing a tremendous amount of growth and this expansion further positions us as a destination venue with world-class offerings that are all within driving distance from New York City.”

Belleayre Ski Resort General Manager Bruce Transue added, “We are very excited to see the lodge expansion happening, and what it means for Belleayre and the future growth of the mountain. This will enhance the guest experience and help make skiing at Belleayre a tradition for the present and future.”  

Discovery Lodge Rendering Side View


2018-2019 BIGGER & BETTER TERRAIN PARKS - Area 51 and Area 15 will be getting some TLC this winter.  Thats right, the terrain parks will be getting some new jumps, ramps, boxes, rails, pipes and other features to for you to explore. The new features will surley to keep you jibbing and jumping throughout the season.  

2018-2019 SNOWMAKING - The snowmaking team are 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 engery 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 less 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 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. Read More »

2018-2019 AQUA TRIKES AT THE BELLEAYRE BEACH - Fun at the Belleayre Beach has just gotten "funner" 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 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. 

Stump Clearing

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