We prepared 50 stunning photos exploring the abandoned Ski Resort and Grande Hotel, Nevele Grande Ski Resort in New York. The Nevele is located in a valley just to the west of the Shawangunk Mountains, between two small lakes.
The hotel closed in 2009. A 2021 report indicated that the Nevele Grande Resort buildings remain, falling apart and with no future of reuse. There were plans to tear down the remaining structures on the property and turn it into a sports complex.
Early Years of Nevele Grande Ski Resort
In 1901, Charles Slutsky established the Nevele Country Club. It was situated in the picturesque Catskills region, surrounded by two lakes in a valley west of the Shawangunk Mountains. The original buildings on these grounds opened to the public in 1903, with much of what is currently standing dating from the 1950s and 1960s, including the distinctive tower building which rises high above all else.
Following the Catskill hotel fashion of Mission Revival architecture new wings were built in that style in the 1920s and 1930s. The Slutsky family also operated the adjoining Fallsview hotel, which was merged with the Nevele for a time. In the 1950s and 1960s the Nevele was greatly expanded in the modern style that had by then come to prevail in the Catskills.
Who designed Nevele Grande Ski Resort?
Architect Sydne Schleman designed the Vacationer Wing and the Waikiki Indoor Pool of Nevele Grande Ski Resort in 1954. The Nevele Resort featured a 27-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones and Tom Fazio, as well as 430 guest rooms, two ballrooms, a pair of natural lakes fed by a 35-foot natural waterfall.
These were followed by architect Herbert D. Phillips‘ design of Golden Gate and Empire wings from 1956, linked to adjoining buildings by underground tunnels. Phillips was once employed by the famed “architect of make-believe,” Morris Lapidus, who had achieved fame by designing the most famous hotels in Florida and the Catskills.
Did the Nevele Grande Ski Resort change its name?
Originally named simply Nevele, the resort was renamed the Nevele Grande when it again merged with the adjacent Fallsview resort after the Nevele was sold by the Slutsky family in 1997. According to legend, the first owners chose to name it after eleven schoolteachers who discovered a waterfall within its present-day property (“Nevele” is “Eleven” spelled backwards). The Nevele Grande Resort lived up to its grandiose name.
By 2006, the Nevele Grande Resort was struggling financially, so much so that the Fallsview portion was sold. The Fallsview has since reopened as the Honors Haven Resort and Spa. The original Nevele property, containing a distinctive high-rise, remained open for several years after the split as the Nevele Grande resort.
When did the Nevele Grande Ski Resort close?
The Nevele Grande Ski Resort closed officially in 2009 due to financial troubles. Owners Joel Hoffman and Mitchell Wolff had failed to pay taxes on the property. The property was set to go up for auction in 2009, but that was called off after a potential buyer was found. Unfortunately, the property remained unsold and fell into disrepair.
On March 26, 2010, New York State Supreme Court Judge Mary Work granted Wolff ownership of the hotel in light of Hoffman’s failure to pay Wolff an earlier $2m judgment. The initial dispute arose when Wolff sold Hoffman 99% control of the hotel in exchange for lifetime health benefits, a deal on which Hoffman almost immediately reneged. Judge Work described Hoffman’s mismanagement of the hotel “staggering,” and upbraided him in court for failure to be forthcoming.
Last Years of Nevele Resort
The Nevele Grande Ski Resort was targeted by casino investors, but the state rejected the request in late 2014. Later efforts to convert the site to a $313 sports complex failed.
In September 2017 Nevele Investors LLC announced a re-opening date of March 2020. In March of 2019, the developer said that funding had not been secured and that there was no timetable regarding the future. As of January 2022, the building remain standing, their exteriors and interiors showing the signs of years of neglect and disrepair.
Did famous people stay in the Nevele Grande Ski Resort?
President Lyndon B. Johnson once stayed at the Nevele Grande Ski Resort in 1966. He was visiting the Catskills to dedicate a hospital in Ellensville. Though the guests frequenting the Nevele Grande Ski Resort were not as well known, comedians Buddy Hackett and Milton Berle were on the performance roster there.
How To Get to the Nevele Grande Ski Resort?
Located in the southeast corner of the New York State, the Nevele Grande Ski Resort is within an easy 1-2 hour drive for people from the metro New York area (90 mile) or Albany (60 miles), and well within a day’s drive for folks from Philadelphia, Boston or New Jersey.
By public transport:
- take a train to the Poughkeepsie Station;
- get out at Poughkeepsie Station and take a public bus at Bus Station;
- get out at one of the following bus stops: Kingston, Newburgh, Rosendale or New Paltz Bus Stop.
- take a 5 minutes walk from bus stop to the Nevele Grande Ski Resort.