Opening day at Greek Peak Mountain Resort is oncoming, but things will look a bit different this year for skiers and riders.
President Wesley Kryger announced some of the changes that will be in place during the upcoming winter snowsports season related to Covid-19.
Some of which include wearing masks, social distancing, and modifying venues/services in order to meet state-mandated capacity requirements.
All food service areas will be limited to 50% and the rental shop may be expanded into other areas.
Additionally, there will be no locker use.
The current anticipated date for opening day is November 28.
Kryger issued a letter to the Greek Peak community with more details:
Hello Skiers & Boarders!
Welcome to the 2020 – 2021 Season! We look forward to seeing you all very soon!
New this season, we have invested in 70 new HKD snow guns, to enhance our snowmaking capabilities, along with pipe replacements and new valve installations. We anticipate your on-mountain experience to be even better this season, despite COVID-19.
In the era of COVID-19 and a global pandemic we will certainly see some changes here at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in order to comply with the New York State and local Regulations. Greek Peak has had the opportunity to continue to remain open for our summer activities and successfully practice these safety protocols. Most of these protocols will be continued into our Winter Operations which we feel confident in executing moving forward.
Face coverings will be required at the resort at all times, except when eating. Physical distancing is expected and must be practiced proactively. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures have been implemented throughout the resort and all staff members are required to complete a temperature and health check at the beginning of each shift.
Base buildings and restaurants capacities will be limited. In areas such as our rental shop, food & beverage facilities, ticket areas and Kidz World we are expanding and reinventing these areas to better service our guests safely.
To reduce congestion in the rental shop, we may convert the Sprung Structure to a second rental shop location.
There will be changes in the rental operation, including that we will no longer handle customers shoes. Online rental reservation options will also help expedite the process.
As capacities in all food service areas will be limited to 50%, to accommodate Trax food service, we plan to expand into the Acropolis or “Trax 2” as we like to call it. We plan to have “Grab & Go” services available out of the Waffle Shack as well. The historic A-Frame will reopen as “Fresh Tracks” serving a variety of food and craft beers.
Kidz World services will be limited, with increased minimum age limits implemented, no full day programs offered and the ability to meet outdoors at the designated spot. We are looking at developing a Parent & Child Lesson product as well. More details to come soon.
Snow Sports will be changing with limited group lesson sizes. We plan to expand our Family Group and Friend Group Lesson products and Private Lessons are recommended.
We will also be adding two new outdoor ticket windows for purchasing tickets, pass pickup and reservation making. Outdoor portable restrooms will also be available.
Due to these buildings’ restrictions and other COVID-19 best practices, we will not allow back packs, shoes and clothing to be left in the base lodges unless stored in your seasonal locker or purchased daily locker. Your vehicle will serve as your new locker room.
We will have base building monitors that will control capacity and you may have to wait before being allowed to enter. All of these practices will help to lessen the indoor traffic in the reduced capacity areas.
In addition, to control capacity and ensure physical distancing throughout our base buildings as well as out on the mountain, reservations will be required by all guests to comply with New York State contact tracing rules.
We may have to limit reservations early and late season, when lift and trail opening are limited, as well as peak Holiday times.
Continued operation is a shared responsibility that will require everyone to participate regardless of your stance on the restrictions required by New York State and our local authorities.
We are certain that our procedures will continue to develop and change, throughout the season, as the state and local regulations change and with changes in customer behavior and our ability to control capacities, as we have seen throughout our operations this summer.
Despite these changes and any upcoming challenges, I am excited and look forward to a successful season and I appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation. The safety of our guests and staff is our top priority.
Greek Peak Holdings, LLC