Greek Peak Ski Area
Greek Peak is a family style ski resort located midway between Binghamton and Syracuse, just off I-81. This cozy resort spans 220 acres near Virgil, NY and features a peak elevation of 2100 feet. Base elevation is at 1148 feet giving Greek Peak a vertical of 952 feet. Snowfall averages 122 inches (3.1 meters) per year. There is snowmaking coverage over 83 percent of the mountain to supplement natural snowfall. The resort also offers night skiing all week along with daycare on weekends for younger children who don’t ski.
Greek Peak offers a wide variety of terrain for all levels of skiers. There are 17 beginners trails, 9 intermediate, 7 advanced, and five expert trails, for a total of 38 named runs. There are also three terrain parks of differing skill levels. The novice park is located right next to the base lodge and is a progression park that offers nearly flush boxes and rails along with short jumps. The intermediate park is located near the drop off point for Lift 2, and the expert park is a quarter of the way down the mountain along the expert Middle Pollux trail. This makes it easy for freestylers to choose the park that best suits their ability level without fear of crossing boards with someone else.
If you’re an experienced skier who likes steeps, Odyssey is a single black diamond run with a pitch of 40 degrees, making it the steepest trail in the park. For a nice gentle cruiser, the 1.5-mile Arcadian Gate is found at the drop off point of Lift 4. Novice skiers can use Lift 2 to explore the rest of the mountain, skiing down Castor or the Zephyr to Karyatis Way. Expert skiers can explore the mogul filled field of the Olympian trail. There are also glades to explore for intermediate and experts alike.
The lift system at Greek Peak has six lifts. There are four double lifts, one triple and one quad chair lift that service five different drop points. There’s also a dedicated lift for the tubing area. Although none of the lifts are modern high-speed lifts, there’s usually no line to travel up the mountain. Greek Peak is easy to navigate as well.
The Bottom Line
Greek Peak is a great family resort that uses the most of its available acreage to bring you one of the best skiing experiences in midstate New York. With day care as well as an indoor waterpark to supplement the skiing experience, it’s no wonder people travel from all across the state to get here. It’s also worth noting, that even though Greek Peak has gained popularity amongst locals and tourists alike, it never gets overly crowded. The trails at Greek Peak will never truly compare to the slopes at larger resorts, but for the cost, Greek Peak is a great value.