In 1958, New York’s Governor, Averell Harriman, conducted the Opening Day Ceremonies for a new ski area called Greek Peak. The Governor called it a “first class development” and predicted that it would “make a real contribution to skiing in New York State.”
By 1960, two T-Bars had been built and construction began on the A-Frame Lodge. A young Al Kryger (the current President and Chief Executive Officer of Peak Resorts, Inc.) was commissioned to build Central New York’s first chairlift in 1962. Greek Peak recognized the potential for skiing and led the industry in developing the concept of packaging and selling to local schools and colleges. This philosophy, combined with early pioneering in snowmaking and night skiing, brought Greek Peak to the forefront of ski areas in the East.
In the early 1970s, Al Kryger had the foresight to begin planning for the next phase of Greek Peak’s growth. He was instrumental in acquiring land adjacent to the ski area, and a Master Plan for a new recreational community was drawn. Over the years, the development of slope-side condominiums and townhouses has transformed Greek Peak from a ski area into a full-fledged regional destination ski resort.
Today, Greek Peak Mountain Resort is Central NY’s largest ski resort with over 50 years of operation, more than 250,000 skier visits annually, and 600 part-time and seasonal employees. It is renowned as a family resort and an excellent place to learn to ski or board, with great customer service and the best snow conditions around.
Continuing its tradition of fulfilling customer expectations, Greek Peak has expanded into a four seasons resort offering the opportunity for year-round vacationing with the construction of Hope Lake Lodge and Cascades Indoor Waterpark. Hope Lake Lodge is a luxurious hotel consisting of 106 units all with full kitchen and fireplace, two restaurants, International spa, fitness center and 41,000 sq. ft. indoor waterpark.