###Contact: Jonathan King Belleayre Mountain Marketing Department Phone: 845-254-5600 xt 2437 Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.belleayre.com/ Belleayre Phone: 845-254-5600
Highmount, N.Y. - If it has seemed like a winterless winter in the NYC metro area, it's because Mother Nature has been holed up hiding out in the Catskills. While you might not have any snow in your yard, thanks to an expert snowmaking team, Belleayre has tons of it in theirs. Only a short trip upstate from the George Washington Bridge, winter still resides closer than you think. Ask anyone that has been here recently and they will attest to the amazing job the Belleayre snowmaking and grooming departments have been doing throughout this challenging season. If you are looking for an affordable family mountain experience with great conditions and no lift lines be sure to make your next skiing and riding trip a visit to Belleayre. The Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild will once again be presenting a "Winter Showcase" of regional fine crafts and art in the Upper Lodge at the Belleayre on February 25-26. Come browse a great selection of locally handmade crafts from the Catskill region including wooden toys, jewelry, handbags, scarves, gloves, soaps, pottery, folk art, photography, knitted items and more while enjoying the fun of skiing at this wonderful winter snow park. The Guild's cooperative gallery is located on Main Street in Margaretville, NY. With more than 50 regional artists, the shop has a wide variety of handcrafted items ranging from fine art furniture and leather coats, to pottery, jewelry and hand knitted items. They also support our regional publishers, writers and musicians with a diverse collection of books, CD's and DVD's. For information call 845-586-3443 or visit www.catsguild.org. Make sure to be at Belleayre on Saturday, February 25 for the Presidents Week Scavenger Hunt for some on mountain entertainment. Pictures of Presidents' faces will be hid in random locations on the mountain. Grab a picture from each location and collect them along the way to win prizes. The more faces collected the better the prize. Return them to guest services by 2pm to redeem prizes. Are you serious about improving your mogul skiing? Tired of losing your way down the bump run or of being completely exhausted when you finish? Take Belleayre's specialized two-day workshop to develop your skills and tactics. Belleayre is the home of some of the best introductory bumps and advanced bumps in the northeast. Why else would the Professional Ski Instructors of America hold clinics here for their members every March? Learn without intimidation on consistent bumps on intermediate terrain. This workshop will develop techniques outside the bumps and slowly bring those skills into bump terrain that's appropriate for you. For those of you who already have the moves, but are looking for some technical advice on how to take your skiing to the next level, we have a group for you too. Best of all, workshops will include video analysis of your bump runs. All groups will be formed based on ability. Advance registration is required. This clinic's sign-in will be held at the Longhouse Lodge at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3. Cost of the Clinic is $200 and includes lift ticket or $180 for passholders. If you've ever needed a ski patroller, you know how tirelessly they work to provide necessary support to ensure the safe operation of Belleayre. Come out to provide your support for Belleayre Ski Patrol at this classic annual family fundraiser BBQ at 6:30pm Saturday, March 10 in Overlook Lodge. Food will be provided as usual by local favorite Brooks Chicken BBQ and the music will again be provided by the popular band Blues Maneuvers. Adults tickets are $20 and children's tickets are $10. There's also a raffle with tons of prizes to raise money to help fund this essential department of mountain heroes. It doesn't get any better and it's for a great cause.