2017-02-15 / Front Page

Governor announces funding for Belleayre Mt.

$8 million to be added to upcoming budget
Joan Lawrence-Bauer

Local community leaders reacted with glee today when Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state will invest $8 million for upgrades at Belleayre Ski Center.   The investment will enhance the current facilities at Belleayre Mountain with the installation of a new, high-speed gondola, multiple lodge expansions and the addition of modern amenities for both lodges at the resort. The project will increase visitation, enhance customer experience and provide a major boost to tourism in the Catskills and the region's economy. 

The announcement, delivered in a press release from the Governor’s office today, followed intense lobbying by locals incensed when Cuomo announced $10 million each for Gore Mountain and Whiteface Mountain, the two other ski facilities owned by the State of New York and Operated by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).

“Belleayre Mountain is one of the crown jewels of the Catskills and a major driver of the region’s tourism economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this investment, we are supporting vital upgrades at this mountain to ensure it remains an unparalleled year-round recreation destination and continues to leverage economic growth for the entire region for generations to come.”

Outgoing ORDA President and CEO Ted Blazer said, “This plan will overhaul the Belleayre Ski Resort to address areas of need, increase visitation and overall enhance customer satisfaction.”  Blazer also said “The additions of the new gondola, and modern day lodge amenities at Belleayre will attract new skiers and riders and encourage them to stay in the New York area for their resort experience. I would like to thank the Governor for his continued commitment to not only Belleayre, but to the Catskill Region.”

The FY 2018 Executive Budget includes $12.5 million for Olympic Regional Development Authority facilities, which includes Belleayre, Whiteface and Gore Mountains, as well as Olympic facilities. The new capital investments are being added to the 2017-2018 Executive Budget as part of the 30-day amendments, submitted today.

Upgrades at Belleayre Mountain include the construction of a high-speed, eight-person gondola that will span from the lower mountain Discovery Lodge to the mountain summit, providing more efficient, logical, and necessary access point to skiers and riders. The installation of this lift, along with other proposed changes, would overhaul the entire facility and elevate Belleayre to a higher level of resort experience.  The new gondola will include 65 cabins that will transport guests to the summit in under six minutes, massively increasing the skier capacity of the mountain and providing for a better ski experience.  Additional detail on the items to be covered at Belleayre Mt. along with specific reactions from local leaders will appear in next week’s Catskill Mountain News.

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