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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-31-2008, 12:25 AM
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Belleayre Mountain, NY

so i got a group of about 14 and counting going up to Belleayre feb 29th thru march 3rd. I've never been.

most of us are beginner to intermediate boarders with a few expert skiers. We chose Belleaye because of the vacinity to NYC, avoiding crowded ass Windham and Hunter, and just a change of pace for everyone.

I would love to get some feedback on the mountain, ive read some good review and would appreciate any input or suggestions whule we are there.

Also if your gonna be up there that weekend send me a message and join our crew. We got a real diverse group, we call ourselves Team Benetton
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i would like to know this as well, my local shop has day trips going up there
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i like to hit up belleayre for day trips when there is a fresh drop. much less crowded than hunter. dont think it'd be the spot i'd pick for a multiday trip since VT is only an hour further but im sure you'll have a good time. place is dead during the week cause it's so far off the thruway

trails are all pretty easy. straight shots down the fall line.

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Yea i agree, been there too many times to count. Small place good for day trips. If youve been any where large this place seems TINY. Still worth the trip fun mtn
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what do you consider large? ive been to jackfrost, camelback, bear creek, windham and hunter.

anyone else whose been there can chime in? good/bad experiences? or just blah whatever. ive heard so many mixed reviews and just hoping its a fun time for everyone.
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webster's dictionary of mountain size according to the common man

tiny - 500ft vert or less
little - 500-1000ft vert - MC, camelback, blue, jfbb
regular - 1000-1500 ft - hunter, windham,
large - 1500 - 2000ft - stratton, okemo, mt. snow
huge - 2000+ - stowe, jay peak, whiteface, most western resorts
gargantuan - 4000ft+ - whistler

feel free to correct me, i didnt actually take the time to check verticals. just doing it from memory.
oh and vert = vertical drop = difference in altitude between base and summit.
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i went there a bunch fo times this season. Its a little on the smaller side but all the times i went the snow was a lot better than the crap i used to get at mountain creek
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The mountain is mostly split in two by the intersecting upper lodge (look at the trail map) so it gives the impression of a small mountain. The outer intermediate runs on the rider's right actually has decent length. Beginners will love the lower mountain because the trails are wide and a manageable pitch. Also because of the split in the mountain, there's less folks flying by on the greens than usual. Probably the best grooming south of Vermont.

Got a lil softspot cuz Belleayre is where I learned to ride a few years ago. When I think that 2 weeks ago, I was riding the Hobacks in Jackson Hole, it's humbling to think about Bell, sniff sniff... Respect your roots.
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went up to check it out on saturday. i had such a great time.

roaring brook, and dear run are great trails, nice and long, beautiful views and just fast enough for me to really work on progression. im working on alot of things at once trying to get comfortable and those two trails were perfect for me to improve my riding. definately made the best progression yet on sat.

the snow was great, was talking to a few people that worked there and they all seem real proud of thier mountain. definately like to sell you the everytrail, every night grooming philosophy.

going back up with 16 people friday night, really looking forward to it.
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went up to check it out on saturday. i had such a great time.

roaring brook, and dear run are great trails, nice and long, beautiful views and just fast enough for me to really work on progression. im working on alot of things at once trying to get comfortable and those two trails were perfect for me to improve my riding. definately made the best progression yet on sat.

the snow was great, was talking to a few people that worked there and they all seem real proud of thier mountain. definately like to sell you the everytrail, every night grooming philosophy.

going back up with 16 people friday night, really looking forward to it.
i think you'll find eventually that riding on trails like deer run will hinder your progression. the grade is not steep enough to carve properly and maintain speed.
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