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Greek Peak Mountain Resort celebrates 65th season by commemorating its dedication ceremony date on January 11th

CORTLAND, New York (January 4, 2024) After being incorporated in 1957 and construction of the Long T-Barbegan, it was announced that January 11, 1958 would be slated as Greek Peak’s official opening day. The City of Cortland hosted a huge ski parade down Main Street, and New York’s Governor, Averill Harriman, conducted the opening day ceremonies. The governor called Greek Peak a “first class development” and predicted that it would make “a real contribution to skiing in New York State”. Blessed with an abundance of natural snowfall and varied ski terrain, Greek Peak quickly assumed the role of Central New York’s home mountain.

Skiing at Greek Peak was very different then, with just four trails (Elysian Fields, Iliad, Meadow and Stoic), lift tickets set at just $7, and two short rope tows were installed from the river up to the A-frame lodge. There were no food facilities at that time, either, so picnic lunches needed to be carried in, and the A-frame was ready to host guests with its popular wood fireplace. There were also no full-time employees back in 1958, with most of the work being done by the Board of Directors, their families, and a few part-time employees.

According to Wes Kryger, president of Greek Peak Mountain Resort, history, memories, and growth are what has endeared Greek Peak to so many over the years.

“I’ve been around for most of these 65 years and have watched the transitions of the company with huge periods of growth brought by my father, Al Kryger, and a continuation of growth under the ownership of John Meier. I’ve worked my way up through the company and worked many roles here, and it is an absolute pleasure to serve as president and continue in the tradition.

With the 2023-24 season marking Greek Peak’s 65th anniversary year as Central New York’s home mountain, Kryger said marking the January 11th commemoration date was the perfect time to have a special day for our guests.

“Greek Peak has been a cornerstone in the Cortland/Virgil area all these years and a driver of employment and our local economy for the community all along the way. It’s always

great to share special days and moments with our guests, and we are excited to invite one and all on January 11th and throughout the ski season.”