Belleayre wins top tourism business in voting by Ulster County agencies

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center has been named Ulster County Tourism Business of the Year by a committee representing the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster County Development Corp.
The awards recognize county entrepreneurs and businesses for leadership in their sectors, achievement of outstanding results and dedication and commitment to furthering business and the quality of life in Ulster County and the Hudson Valley.
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials will be on hand to accept the award at the Wiltwyck Country Club in Kingston Thursday. The award celebrates the continued efforts that Belleayre has made generating tourism business for private business in the region by focusing on providing affordable outdoor recreation to New Yorkers even throughout the recent economic downturn.
“This prestigious award will be presented for the first time to a New York State organization as an acknowledgment of Belleayre’s value as a major part of the local economy,” said Belleayre spokesperson Georgia LoPresti Meckes on Monday.
Belleayre Superintendent Tony Lanza said that it was “pretty exciting” to be honored. Lanza added that the award validates how Belleayre works with its neighbors and other Ulster County Chamber of Commerce members to offer special promotions that stimulate the local economy. After 10 years on the job, Lanza remarked that Belleayre exists for the community, not just to provide recreation, but also to enhance the local economy and promote business.
Besides being a ski center, Belleayre also has a lake and beach that are open in the warmer weather for swimming, boating and fishing. Belleayre also hosts the popular Belleayre Summer Music Festival, which provides world-class entertainment and draws music lovers from far and wide.
Belleayre plans to open for the season on Friday, Nov. 13, weather permitting.