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Ski Beacon

A group for local ski and snowboard enthusiasts who are interested in exploring ways to bring skiing/snowboarding back to Mt. Beacon (and maybe ride some other local hills as well).

 

 

Website: http://skidutchess.com
Members: 9
Latest Activity: Feb 19, 2013

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Comment by John Flushing on February 6, 2013 at 11:53am

I once played the game of hiking up and sledding down. If there had been an incline railway then I would have ridden the railway back up to the top for another run.

Comment by Alan Flynn on February 5, 2013 at 8:41pm

I am game for hiking up and skiing down. In the last eight years there have only been a handful of days that you would not shred the bottom of your skis by attempting this.

Comment by John Flushing on January 19, 2013 at 4:07pm

I have several points to make in response to this topic.

1) I wonder how the skiers and snowboarders would get back to the Incline Railway (for another run) once they reached the bottom of the trail. They would have to either walk, receive a ride from a taxicab, or sit on a conveyor belt.

2) The Beacon/Fishkill area is a long distance away from Hunter, Windham, and Catamount. I would much rather drive to a ski resort at Beacon Mountain (which is almost right in my backyard), then drive to a ski resort at Hunter Mountain.

3) I have very, very badly wanted to go sledding at a ski resort for all of my life. If your ski resort will allow me to sled down Beacon Mountain (the Hammerhead brand of sled is designed specifically for ski resort use), then you will have my full support.

Comment by Nate Schilling on July 25, 2011 at 4:11pm

Steve,

Thanks for the excellent feedback!  These are all things to consider, some of which I've spent some time mulling over.

 

One approach that's been floated a by someone over at Scenic Hudson was to start small- something off the books, supported/run by the community.  Essentially volunteers would clear a run, possibly something east facing, and let the community use it for free.  Hopefully it could be supported by the inclined rail at some point.  The idea is to start small with only sweat equity and no overhead, hopefully no or very little liability.  If it generated enough interest, enough use, and enough enthusiasm, we could explore water sources, funding, expanded trails, etc.  The initial phase would only be for the die-hards, no doubt.  Weather is probably the biggest wildcard, of course.  Even if we found a tract to cut facing east, access and temperatures would still be a question.

 

Still, a few of this want this bad enough to explore solutions.

 

In the mean time, I was hoping folks could start gathering here and ski local spots together, and just talk ski/snowboarding.

 

Oh, and alpine slides have come up a few times- a great way to keep revenue streams and interest in the Summer.

Thanks Steve!

Comment by Steve Knowles on July 22, 2011 at 10:25am

Although it would be cool to have a ski area here again, I don't think a commercial ski/snowboard facility would probably be profitable in Beacon for the following reasons (in no particular order):

1) high cost of snow making (a requirement to guarantee enough open days)

2) high cost of insurance

3) competition from existing ski areas diluting potential customer base

 

However, if the Beacon Incline railway is ever back and running, I think someone could have a profitible business if they ran a zipline facility, with perhaps one of those roller-luge courses (and perhaps, if there is enough snow, they could occassionally have skiing/snowboarding)

 

Maybe they could have the "snow boards" that use wheels as part of a variety of activities.

 

(I think the ultimate zipline experience would be to go from the top of Mt. Beacon (or the top of the peak where the fire tower is) across the river, to Newburgh!)

 

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