Belleayre, Friday 2/ 27/14

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    Camera Belleayre, Friday 2/ 27/14

    Sunny, minimal wind, 10-18 degrees
    packed powder, granular


    Probably a bit late but was busy yesterday and thought I'd share. Decided to check out Belleayre for the first time. I've skied Hunter several times this season and wanted a change. I wished I'd stuck with Hunter. I'd been told that for what I like (steep groomers) Belleayre wouldn't cut it but I wanted to check it out for myself.

    For a beautiful and somewhat chilly Friday it wasn't crowded. It was ski on and off. No complaints there.

    The conditions were fairly good. It was cold but windless but there were a lot of marbles mixed in with the groomed packed powder and it never got warm enough (even with the sun) to soften things up. Still, not bad and it was only in the late afternoon that the main run, Belleayre Run, started to get a 'bit' skied off. Nothing to complain about. I'm probably just spoiled from what's been a great season for conditions.

    As for Bell itself. If you love bumps (which I don't) this is the place. The double diamonds all have bumps at the top and the are bumps everywhere, here and there, in patches, mostly at the top but few in the midsection. If I were a mogul lover I'd loved it.

    There was a few nice glades open too. I don't ski the trees but there was snow in abundance in the woods.

    Same if I was an intermediate skier who wanted blues. Just about the entire mountain had blues (except the parts with bumps). If it started off black, it quickly went blue. There were lots of beautiful cruising trails all over. A great place for an intermediate skier.

    Can't comment on the beginner's trails because they were in a section that I didn't go to.

    What I do like is sustained steeps and varied terrain and Belleayre didn't deliver for me. It reminded me of a bigger version of Camelback. Everything started out somewhat steep with the blacks at the top but it quickly (within a few turns) flattened out and turned blue. There were lots of intersecting trails but they were all pretty much the same. Great if you're an intermediate skier or someone who just wants to bomb down but if you're looking for variety it just doesn't do it.

    I started off by going up Superchief (the fastest lift) and rather liked Belleayre Run simply because it was nice and long but started exploring. Just about every black was the same. Start off steep, quickly flatten out and then jump on a dog slow lift to get up top and do a bit of cross country skiing at the top to get anywhere. I wished I'd brought my snowshoes with me at times after exiting the Superchief and 7 lifts.

    Went over to Tomahawk lift and I rather liked Dot Nebel and Peekamoose at first but it soon grew old as I found myself once again just cruising down on blues after a few turns.

    A few years ago when my daughter was a solid Intermediate and I couldn't get her down a black I would've loved coming here but she's pretty much of the same mindset as I am. She loved Hunter and I have to say, I was told that I would prefer Hunter to Belleayre and they were proven correct. But it was an enjoyable day out. I just wish I could've been a bit more entertained. After Tomahawk closed at 3pm I pretty much packed up and left.

    Nice hill if you don't want crowds and aren't in a hurry to make it to the top of the mountain but for terrain and steepness go to Hunter or Plattekill.

    What I will say is that this is a beautiful mountain. I took a lot of pictures simply because it was beautiful to see and such a gorgeous bluebird day. I noticed that there were hiking trails as well on the mountain and plan to come back and explore. It might not be a very steep mountain to ski but it will be great for hiking.

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    Camera Some pictures..

    Pictures are always nice..Beautiful place just to spend the day and the weather was bluebird and beautiful.

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    Maybe you should look at a mountain covered with bumps as an opportunity to challenge yourself with bump runs as opposed to being bored. I'm not that different than you, but sometimes, leaving the mountain exhausted from being challenged is a better memory than being bored. Bumps do get easer the more you ski them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jersey Skier View Post
    Maybe you should look at a mountain covered with bumps as an opportunity to challenge yourself with bump runs as opposed to being bored. I'm not that different than you, but sometimes, leaving the mountain exhausted from being challenged is a better memory than being bored. Bumps do get easer the more you ski them.
    My 51 year old knees don't need to do bumps, especially hard, icy ones. I didn't see many people on those bumps that day.

    I'd like to be skiing/hiking, etc at 71 so I'll just skip them. Even as a kid I hated them. I like to go fast down the mountain. It's what I enjoy. If I'm not enjoying myself then it's work and I try not to work too hard. Besides, there's plenty of other mountains to be enjoyed and skied so why not just go there? If I don't like a brand of beer I don't drink it, I drink something I like.

    Besides, with Belleayre the problem would still exist in that you go down 300 feet of bumps and then the rest is blues. Still boring. Why not just go up the road to Hunter? Which is what I'll do or head north into New England. Unfortunately time and money don't often permit that so the Catskills is what I do. Same with hiking and camping.

    One day soon I plan to move west and there will be a whole new set of challenges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wavewheeler View Post

    One day soon I plan to move west and there will be a whole new set of challenges.
    Yea, on the Black runs they're called moguls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jersey Skier View Post
    Yea, on the Black runs they're called moguls.
    I hear things are quite different out West in general. I'm moving out there not just for the skiing but I look forward to doing it there.

    I know about the powder. I need to get better in powder. That's something I want to work on but I'm sure there will be plenty to enjoy, just as there is here.

    As I said before, I'd like to have knees at 60 so I'm skipping the moguls. I've been skiing 40 years and enjoying myself without them so I figure it's not that big a deal. They are there for those who enjoy them and I noticed that Belle seemed to deliver on that so it might be a good mountain for many, but not for me. Even so, it was a nice day out. It wasn't crowded either. I'll take a "boring" mountain skiing under bluebird skies over work any day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wavewheeler View Post
    Nice hill if you don't want crowds and aren't in a hurry to make it to the top of the mountain but for terrain and steepness go to Hunter or Plattekill.
    Hunter and Plattekill were JUST as empty that day...
    You need to check your sources...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funky_Catskills View Post
    Hunter and Plattekill were JUST as empty that day...
    You need to check your sources...
    It wasn't a matter of crowded or not. I just wanted to check out Belleayre because I'd never been there. Next time Ill go to Hunter. Live and learn. 😊

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    It's a great mountain..

    just saying that people toss around that "no crowd" thing but the reality is...
    There's not much of a crowd anywhere in the Skillz on a non-holiday week...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wavewheeler View Post
    My 51 year old knees don't need to do bumps....I'd like to be skiing/hiking, etc at 71 so I'll just skip them.
    Your report makes it sound like there aren't many bumps at Hunter or Platty, but they actually have plenty. In fact, I can't think of many trails there that are groomed ripping boulevards with no moguls. Sounds like you're denying yourself their best ones. Learning mogul skiing "for boomers" would open up a lot of great terrain for you, like Hunter West and Platty's mostly ungroomed north face. Just a suggestion.
    Btw, I'm surprised you haven't mentioned Windham, which has some nice groomed steeps.
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