An area ski resort is celebrating it’s opening day today, weeks after it has in years passed.
John Meier, Co-Owner of Greek Peak Mountain Resort says, “I skied 49 days last year so I can’t wait to you know put my skis on and get out there.”
And neither can the rest of the skiers and snowboarders in our area.
Meier says, “We’re having kind of the El Nino winter and so you know you can only do so much.”
With an average temperature more than 10 degrees above normal for this time of year, mother nature has not been kind to area ski resorts.
According to Meier, Greek Peak in Cortland, is the only ski resort in central New York open to date so far this winter. A feat he says is all thanks to investments in infrastructure and snow making equipment.
Meier:”Investments in infrastructure and snow making guns and groomers and lifts and so forth so that’s why we’re doing it for you know the winters like this when mother nature doesn’t cooperate.”
Greek Peak celebrated the opening of just one of its many slopes on Monday. Owners are hoping the weather will be better in the coming months.
Meier says, “From what i’m told and an El Nino winter that’s when you have the potential for big snow falls in January and February so we’re crossing our fingers and you know hoping that that pans out.”
Customers at Greek Peak for opening day are hoping to see more slopes open up soon.
Jordan Cingialosi of Binghamton says, “It’s a little disappointing but it’s great to be out here it’s better than nothing right now so hopefully it picks up in January.”
Hunter Nash of Freeville says, “We like to see more people here it’s kind of crazy but would like to see more slopes open here soon.”
Cingialosi: “it’s a great mountain I love it here I’ve been here for three years so i just hope people start to come out when i gets cold.”