Belleayre debuted in the Catskills in 1949 with five trails and New York’s first chairlift: Today, it encompasses 63 trails, parks, and glades along with eight lifts across 175 skiable acres, including cross country trails. A ride on the Catskill Thunder gondola provides visitors with breathtaking views of the Catskill Forest Preserve and the chance to capture photos of the regional wildlife and landscape. Belleayre also expanded its Discovery Lodge and has an outdoor heated patio space complete with fire pits and outdoor seating. Known for its laid-back vibes and beginner-friendly topography, sustainability remains an important initiative with the addition of more energy-efficient compressors, repurposed benches from old lift chairs, LED lighting, and upgrades to their snowmaking systems.
Where to eat and drink: Belleayre Area Dining
Distance from NYC: 3 hours