CORTLAND, NY (WETM) – Sunny and 45 degrees… Last Saturday turned into a blue bird day for the last day of the Greek Peak Mountain season. A hundred skiers and snowboarders came to make their last descents.
One skier, Walter Bogumil, was dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, multicolored flower leis and a hat with neon pink hair sticking out of the top. Acknowledging the warmer weather and the final day, he said this outfit was his spring ski outfit.
“My favorite!” he said.
Bogumil said he was still sad at the end of the season. He’s been a regular at Greek Peak for decades, and skiers on the mountain know him from his signature gear.
“I’ve had a pass here for probably 20 to 30 years now… This is where I hang out all winter,” he said. He showed off one of his ski poles which had a clown horn attached to it, he added: ‘Everyone knows troll hair’, saying he wears many other hair hats in the colors vivid, which can be spotted on the mountain a mile away.
Like Bogulmil, many others who have shown up have been regulars for decades. 71-year-old snowboarder Larry Cabot said he’s had a Greek Peak season pass for 40 years.
“Whenever people come to town, I always bring them here [Greek Peak]whatever the season…and they’re amazed…It’s really nice to have it here in Cortland County,” Cabot said.
As always, the success of a ski season is in the hands of mother nature. Most skiers and snowboarders agree that the rainy weather at the start of the season was a rough start, but in the end everyone said they had a great season, and the numbers show that too.
“Overall, we were able to reach 109 days, which only fell three [days] short of last season, so we were exactly what we were looking for with our seasonal daytime openings,” said Shawn Sloan, Chief Operating Officer of Greek Peak Mountain.
Although the ski season is over, the activities do not end. Greek Peak is open year-round and offers plenty of activities at its indoor water park and adventure center.
“There’s always something to do,” said Wesley Kryger, president of Greek Peak Holdings.
They also offer mountain biking in late May/early June, “A lot of customers who ski in the winter come back in the summer for mountain biking,” Kryger said. “If you’re not a mountain biker, we also offer a sky ride where you can ride a chairlift to the top of the mountain and back down.”
With the 2022/2023 season passes already on sale, skiers and snowboarders are already looking forward to getting back on the slopes.
“We’re looking forward to next season, we already have a season pass,” said Patricia Ranney, who was skiing for the last time this season with her two sons.
More information about activities and events at Greek Peak Mountain Resort can be found on their website: www.greekpeak.net