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Greek Peak Improvements: Summer 2014

Greek-Peak-LogoIt’s been a busy offseason at Greek Peak and the resort is moving forward upgrading facilities and making improvements.

NYSkiBlog got an update on these plans from one of the resorts new owners —Marc Stemerman. The list of projects is large and wide-ranging. What follows is a selection of highlights from the agenda.

Snowmaking

The big story for skiers and riders is more snowmaking. Ratnik engineering has been employed to help develop a long-term snowmaking plan. 2000 feet of ductile steel pipe has been ordered to improve capacity from the base to the pumping station at #4.

A new variable speed pump, air lines and another booster pump for East Mountain will improve Greek Peak’s capacity to open early and to resurface when weather dictates.

In addition, four-year equipment leases have been signed with MND Areco and SMI. An Areco fan gun tower will be placed at the Greek Peak base to serve Alpha, and an SMI Super Pole Cat tower with an optional 3-wheeled carriage will also be positioned in the base area. A significant cost offset for this equipment has come from an energy efficiency grant from National Grid.

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ORDA Skier Visits (Update 2014)

Following are numbers for skier visits and revenue for New York’s state-owned and operated ski areas as reported by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).

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Season Skier Visits Revenue
2004 – 2005 181,759 $7,205,841
2005 – 2006 180,440 $7,836,129
2006 – 2007 166,145 $8,052,883
2007 – 2008 214,108 $10,469,789
2008 – 2009 185,586 $9,060,532
2009 – 2010 188,784 $9,367,859
2010 – 2011 209,214 $10,493,708
2011 – 2012 164,952 $9,025,507
2012 – 2013 192,008 $10,452,111
2013 – 2014 218,348 $11,149,635

As of the 2010 – 2011 season ORDA has not reported skier visits for Gore Mountain. For the first time in the 2013 annual report numbers for Belleayre Ski Center were included.

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Storm King Mountain, NY

For the past few years, I haven’t considered it truly summer until I hike Breakneck Ridge. Rated the Best Day Hike in America by Trails.com, it’s a stunning scramble above the Hudson with views that improve as you climb each impossible notch.

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Then the trail ambles back through glorious meadows and the day concludes with a burger and fireworks at the All-American town of Beacon, NY.

But Breakneck Ridge is to some degree a victim of its own popularity, and on a spectacular Saturday with a late start, I wasn’t looking forward to being the 1000th car parked down the road from the trailhead.

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