Belleayre Beach Set to Open June 17
The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority) announces the opening dates and times for summer attractions and activities at Belleayre Mountain. Coming off a record-breaking winter, Belleayre’s team has transitioned into summer operations and is set to offer visitors a range of exciting experiences during the warmer months. Belleayre has an action-packed summer season ahead including:
Located just down the road from Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the hamlet of Pine Hill, Belleayre Beach is the perfect place to stay cool as the temperatures rise. The beach along the picturesque shore of Belleayre Lake has swimming, boating, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, picnicking, horseshoe pits, volleyball, fishing, and of course a heavy dose of relaxation for all ages. The beach opens June 17 through Labor Day weekend in September.
Open: June 17-18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; June 23 through Sept. 4, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Catskill Thunder Gondola
An eight-passenger gondola, accessible from Belleayre’s Discovery Lodge, transports visitors to the summit. At the top, riders can savor the views of the Catskill Forest Preserve, enjoy a picnic lunch, and walk along the summit. When ready, guests board the gondola for the return trip or hike back down.
Summer Season – June 30 through Sept. 4, Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Additional Summer Days: July 3, July 4, and Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Autumn Season – Sept. 9 through Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A fun outdoor activity tossing frisbee-like discs from basket to basket scored similarly to golf and accessible for all ages and athletic abilities. The 18-hole course spans both the lower and upper parts of the mountain, providing visitors with stunning views and an enjoyable experience. The first nine holes take players through open areas around Discovery Lodge, while holes 10 to 18 lead them across the summit. Participants can opt to play either or both sets of holes, and can bring their own discs or purchase them at the retail shop. The lower course opens in early June, while the upper course opens with scenic gondola rides Friday, June 30.
Belleayre’s Climbing Wall offers an exciting challenge that will put visitors’ skills to the test. This 20-foot wall features three unique climbing routes suitable for people of all ages and abilities, including children and adults. With a hydraulic auto belay system, climbers descend safely and seamlessly to the ground. The Climbing Wall is located adjacent to the Catskill Thunder Gondola at the Discovery Lodge, and visitors can benefit from discounted rates by combining their climbing experience with a gondola ride.
Open: July 1 through Sept. 5, Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sept. 10 through Oct. 2, Saturday-Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hiking and Running
Belleayre Mountain’s trails offer outdoor hiking and running possibilities to match everyone’s interests and abilities, from challenging climbs to gentle strolls on cross-country trails. Interpretive signs on trails even help hikers discover flora, fauna, and Catskill Mountains history. Additional Catskill trails can also be accessed from Belleayre Beach and Belleayre Mountain. Hiking and running are free and open daily.
Additionally, Belleayre will host a weekly Music on the Belle concert series in the Discovery Lodge from July 7 through Sept. 1; the Climb it for Climate trail race on July 29; Movie Night at Belleayre Beach showing “Jaws” on July 15; Parents Day Brunch on July 23; Car Show on Aug. 12; and the Annual Fall Festival Oct. 7-8.
Visit www.belleayre.com, for more information or updated details about events and activities.