Great to see that Belle still has great coverage, and that there was no ice. I was worried about all the weather fluctuations we had these past 2 weeks, so I took a bus up to Killington this past weekend thinking that the snow might be better up there. Looks like I was wrong!
I had to drive back to Jersey today, so I figured why not earn some turns at one of the Catskill ski areas. I arrived at Hunter around 9:45 and got out of my car with my skis. I was immediately apprehended by a parking lot attendee and told that setting foot on the mountain was trespassing. I then drove over to Belleayre, which I knew was on state land, so I was pretty sure I would be in the clear. Still good coverage on the upper mountain, and actually 1-2 inches of fresh snow up top. Beautiful day to be out. Got in six quick laps and was out by 1:00 before things got too slushy. I would imagine tomorrow will bring more of the same conditions, with maybe a brief portage necessary around the mid-station if anyone is interested in earning some turns tomorrow. Pleasantly surprising day. Also thanks Harvey, if it weren't for your Plattekill report from last weekend I never would have thought to do this.
I sure hope Bell gets a new lodge. I was there once last year to see my Grand daughter race and the lodge & parking situation was awful. However the lifts are worse. Even if they don't replace them, they need to paint them so they at least look like they are in good working order.
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
So, happy to get to know that Belle kicks off the '15-'16 season - stoked. Gonna be there Saturday if anyone is looking for a company to get some Catskill turns. Hopefully they'll get some more terrain open by then.