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It’s no Mount Olympus, but 50-year-old Greek Peak still has mythic status among upstate New Yorkers who made their first turns on cruisey Poseidon and progressed onto steep, mogul-pocked Olympian. All the runs here have Greek-inspired names. While it’s a family-oriented place, there’s a huge college vibe, thanks to its proximity to SUNY Cortland (eight miles away), Cornell (18 miles), and Binghamton University (37 miles). Come après, you can catch a Buffalo Sabres game at the Orion Pub.
MUST SKI: Zeus’s uncrowded, narrow steeps are one of the ski area’s better-kept secrets. Take Chair 4 to Greek Peak East (the mountain’s east face). Keep your eyes on The Weather Channel: Storms scream along Lakes Erie and Ontario and puke it all over Zeus.
LOCAL WISDOM: Get a good parking spot near Chair 5. It’s as close to “The Beach at A-Basin as you can find in upstate. Also, the trees can be epic on powder days if you know where to go. Left of Elysian Fields or right of Olympian are my favorite stashes. Midweek mornings are best; they make you feel like you own the place—buffed corduroy and no lift lines. Greek Peak hosts the only Northeastern-U.S. 24-hour ski race, “Hope On The Slopes Vertical Challenge. —James Sherrick, owner of Berger’s Ski & Snowboard
INFO: Adult one-day: $56; Night Skiing only: $27