Highmount, NY – The Belleayre Mountain Hall of Fame was created in 2006 to honor individuals who have contributed in extraordinary ways to the New York ski area, the surrounding Catskill region, and to the athletic discipline of snowsports. This year the Hall will honor Lewis Grocholl, Meg Monell, and John Fishkind with a gala dinner dance this Saturday evening.nHall of Fame members are dedicated entrepreneurs, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) employees, and most importantly, skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts with vision and leadership that the Belleayre community can aspire towards and respect.
Meg Monell was Director of Belleayre Ski School for seven years from 1969-1977. In his two stints of employment at Belleayre, Lewis Grocholl was instrumental in helping to construct the original trail system in the 1950s when Belleayre first opened, and later was in charge of blasting most of Belleayre’s signature trails including Deer Run, Roaring Brook, Dot Nebel and the most recent improvements, Onondaga and Horseshoe Pass. John Fishkind has been a Belleayre skier since 1969, an everyday skier for the last 20 years, a Charter board member of the BMRA (Belleayre Mountain Racing Association), a Charter member of Belleayre Mug Club, a Belleayre Coalition board member since 1984 and has been President of Belleayre Ski Club since 1997.
All three will be honored during Saturday evening’s festivities. Tickets to Saturday night’s event cost $75 per person and are all-inclusive for a night of food, beverage and entertainment. Reserve your seats in the Administration Office in the Overlook Lodge with Pat McVitty (845)254-5600 x1313.
Saturday, April 3 is also Belleayre’s First Annual Onesie/Retro/Gaper/Animal Print Day at Belleayre. Bust out your silliest/coolest/wackest ski gear from back in the day and win prizes at the Overlook Lounge in the afternoon. No outfit is too outrageous and the warm temperatures and abundant sunshine forecast for the weekend promise to ensure everyone’s comfort.
Then on Sunday, Belleayre opens from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. for a Sunrise Service by the Catskill Mountain Christian Center in the Garden Room of Overlook Lodge. For the holiday Belleayre offers a $25 Easter Ticket. And like every Sunday for the rest of the 2009-10 ski and snowboard season it is also a Potter Brothers Flex Day, when Belleayre skiers can stop by any Potter Brothers store to pick up a full day voucher for only $23.95.