Greek Peak is Central New York's largest ski resort and also offers some of the region's best terrain. Greek Peak offers skiing on three distinct small peaks and although Greek Peak's 952' vertical drop is small, the resort's slopes are graced by a heavy fall of lake effect snow each winter.
Legitimately steep expert terrain, deep snowfall, tree skiing and a resort with three separate mountain peaks in New York State? Surely such a resort must be in the Adirondacks, or at least the Catskills. No - Greek Peak is a family-friendly resort is located in Central New York's Fingerlakes Region. Set amongst a series of large hills (as opposed to real mountains), the ski area provides surprisingly good skiing aided by a solid dose of lake-effect snowfall from nearby Lake Ontario.
The resort's name pays tribute to the Greco-Roman themed towns that dot the region. Almost all of the trails are named after figures from Greek mythology or Hellenic concepts. Whether tackling the steeps of Iliad or cruising beginner runs like Poseiden or Castor, it is hard to miss Greek Peak's playful theme.
Greek Peak is popular with skiers from the nearby cities of Syracuse, Binghamton, Cortland and Ithaca, but skiers visit from Pennsylvania, Canada and even New York City. Drawn by Greek Peak's new indoor waterpark hotel, day and night skiing and family-friendly atmosphere, they return again and again because of Greek Peak's tremendous value.
On the whole, skiing experience at Greek Peak is relaxed, casual and somewhat spartan (we couldn't resist...). The mountain experience at Greek Peak has not changed much since a generation prior. Greek Peak's lifts are slow and its snowmaking firepower cannot match that of its Catskill or Adirondack competitors. However, the resort has shown a willingness to update this aging infrastructure. New ownership has invested heavily in much-needed upgrades to snowmaking and installed a new fixed grip quad.
Across the road, however, the new Hope Lake Lodge and Waterpark has proven to be a tremendous hit with families. With its indoor/outdoor pool and a large indoor waterpark, skiing is only part of the attraction for many visitors.
Greek Peak Pros and Cons
+ good advanced terrain
+ lake effect snowfall
+ Off-slope activities - Hope Lake Lodge with Indoor Waterpark and Mountain Adventure Center
- slow lifts
- limited snowmaking power
Updated for Winter 2014-15 - David B. Cronheim