Just weeks after unveiling plans for two new chairlifts and a gondola for Whiteface Mountain and the state fairgrounds, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced $8 million in improvements at Belleayre Mountain, including a new high-speed gondola.
“Belleayre Mountain is one of the crown jewels of the Catskills and a major driver of the region’s tourism economy,” Governor Cuomo said today. “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.”
The new 8-passenger lift will feature 65 cabins, a six-minute ride time and vertical rise of 1,300 feet. A manufacturer and timeline were not specified but the cost will be approximately $5 million, which sounds like a screaming deal. The last new lift built at Belleayre was the Superchief Express, a 2006 Doppelmayr CTEC. All five of Belleayre’s current chairlifts will likely remain after installation of the gondola in 2017 or 2018.