What a difference a year has made for Greek Peak. Since last summer, the troubled ski resort has seen jobs put at risk because of lending issues, filed for bankruptcy and was sold at auction. But now, with more than $3 million in capital improvements well underway, the new owners and skiers say they can't wait for those flakes to fly. Our Sarah Blazonis gives us a first look.
VIRGIL, N.Y. -- Those standard ski lifts? So last season, at least at Greek Peak.
"There were some changes needed. The place was beginning to look a little shabby. It's nice to see some updates being taken care of," said Brian Conley, a longtime Greek Peak skier.
Central New York's first quad lift is also the resort's first new lift in 35 years. It was just one of the updates season pass holders got to check out during an open house Saturday.
"It looks like a great place for getting your skis tuned up," said Sarah Demo of Ithaca. "They have amazing, state-of-the-art, high tech machinery that they've invested in."
"We're actually looking forward to riding the new lift and eating at the new restaurant, because these changes are all things that we didn't like here, so we changed them," said Marc Stemerman, one of Greek Peak's owners.
Stemerman and co-owner John Meier say they skied the slopes of Greek Peak most of their lives before buying the resort in March. They say they kept that experience in mind when making changes.
"On the ski side, we knew we needed to make improvements on some of the lifts, some of the base lodge facilities, the repair and tuning center, snow making capabilities," said Meier.
They're also adding the only double black diamond glades run in CNY this season.
"We feel like in the years ahead there's such a great, untapped potential for skiing in the glades and that's something we would love to do more of in the future," Meier said.
It remains to be seen if the weather will cooperate and if the additions will draw people in, but Meier and Stemerman say they think these improvements are just the first step in a new chapter for Greek Peak.
For more information about the ski resort and changes on the way, visit www.greekpeakmtnresort.com.