Local ski resorts now have trails open
FINGER LAKES--If you've been waiting for months to get your skis back on--area ski resorts are ready for you.
Greek Peak, Bristol Mountain and Swain all opened last week in the region and the colder winter temperatures have allowed all of the mountains to groom and make more snow for their base.
Greek Peak in Cortland had nine trails (out of 33) open Saturday, Dec. 17 with a base of six inches to 24 inches on groomed trails. Jessica Sloma, vice-president of sales and marketing at Greek Peak, said the forecast for January looks cold and wintery and the snow base should be excellent.
In addition to skiing, snow tubing is also available at Greek Peak. There are 15 tubing lanes that feature both snowmaking and lighting. A lift is available to take tubers to the top of the 900 foot lanes. All of the equipment is provided, and there are no special skills required like in skiing or snowboarding. Lift passes are valid for five hours. Participants must be over three years old and 42 inches tall. Groups of over 20 people can opt for a three hour pass at a reduced rate. The tubing lanes opened for the season Saturday, Dec. 17.
Bristol Mountain, located west of Canandaigua Lake, offers a 1200' vertical rise. There are 138 acres of total skiable terrain, including 1.9 miles of nordic trails. Saturday, Dec. 17 Bristol had 18 out of 35 total trails open.
Dave Anton, Bristol Mountain's guest service specialist, said, "The temperature at 28 degrees is ideal for our snowmaking machines and since January temperatures are predicted cooler than normal our base should be in excellent shape."
Anton added, "The holiday weeks of Christmas and New Year's and presidents week in February are three of our most popular skiing times in the season, and we look forward to hosting many of our guests for those dates."
Swain Mountain, located in Swain, New York, offers 33 trails, five lifts and two terrain parks. Saturday, Dec. 17 the mountain opened with eight trails available with machine-groomed and packed powder conditions.