VIRGIL, N.Y. — Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Virgil in Cortland County says it has started a $700,000 snow-making upgrade and new trail project.
In addition, Greek Peak is replacing and upgrading chair 3 in a $600,000 project.
In total, crews plan to install more than 9,000 feet of new water pipe and 5,000 feet of new air line ahead of the next ski season. They’ll also set up new snow-making lines on three trails that include Hercules, Zephyr, and Lower Pollux, per the Greek Peak announcement.
The project also involves the installation of a new midway pumphouse that will have two new pumps bringing total water output from 750 gallons per minute up to 2,000 gallons per minute in that area of the mountain. Similarly, two new pumps will be installed at the east mountain pumphouse, which will double water output from 900 to 1,800 gallons per minute to run new, high-efficiency snow guns.
Wes Kryger, president of Greek Peak Mountain Resort, lauded the upgrades as a “continued commitment by ownership to add to the exceptional ski experience Greek Peak offers its guests each year.”
“Investments like these are significant and they’re part of what has made Greek Peak a regional skiing destination for so many years,” Kryger contended. “Our focus continues to be on the mountain, the resort amenities, and the overall guest experience.”
In addition to the snow-making upgrades, Greek Peak is also designing a new family-style ski trail between chair 4 and chair 5 for the next ski season.
The trail — nearly 2,000 feet long with 300 feet of vertical — will feature high-berm turns with rollers and beginner glades on the side.
The project will bring Greek Peak’s ski-trail total to 56 this coming season, the venue noted.
Chair 3 upgrade
Chair 3 currently serves the Alpha slope of the mountain and will be upgraded to a triple-chair to better serve the growing number of new skiers coming to the resort, Greek Peak said.
“If there was anything positive that came from the pandemic, it’s the number of new skiers who came outside and took to the slopes to learn how to ski at Greek Peak,” Kryger said. “The replacement of Chair 3 enables us to serve more new and beginner-level skiers on Alpha and speaks volumes to our commitment to making Greek Peak a lifelong, family destination.”
The chair 3 upgrade project will top $600,000 and should be ready to go for next ski season.