December 1, 2021

Starting the season

Greek Peak snow-making to begin soon

Kevin Conlon/city editor

Snow covered the slopes Tuesday morning at Greek Peak Mountain resort in Virgil, giving a taste of what’s to come. The resort hopes to begin making snow as soon as Friday. Opening day is tentatively set for Dec. 4.

Snow blanketed Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Virgil on Tuesday as employees prepared for the opening of the ski season.

“Our tentative opening is Dec. 4,” said Hannah Bistocchi, marketing manager for the ski center.

Snowmaking could begin as soon as Friday, but based on the forecast it will probably not be until Monday, Bistocchi said.

A noteworthy improvement for the coming season is a new equipment that will make accessing the slopes easier, she said.

The resort will use its new Go Pass, a radio frequency identification card that replaces the traditional ski pass and ticket. All pass and ticket information is stored on the card, which is read by a device at the gate.

“It’s contactless, which is great for COVID,” Bistocchi said.

The ski center, which first opened in 1958, has six chair lifts, 56 trails and terrain parks.

There are 300 snow-making guns on the trails, 30 of them installed since last season, she said.

The resort plans an overhaul of snow-making equipment over four or five years that would increase volume by adding larger pipes and valves that could isolate snowmaking on specific trails, she said.

Song Mountain Resort in Preble and Labrador Mountain ski center in Truxton had not set opening dates as of Tuesday.