Our original ski program started in 1974 when Gordon Richardson, the snowsports school director, began teaching Debbie Philips, a person with a disability, the techniques of tri-track skiing. Gary MacDowell and Cindy Gibson, as a project for their masters degree at SUNY Cortland, began teaching people with vision impairments to ski. Gary was a ski instructor at Greek Peak and Cindy had worked with people with blindness in New England.
Al Kryger enlisted Gordon Richardson and Joe Reistino to help develop a comprehensive adaptive ski program. The first year there were 5 instructors and 3 students with vision impairments. The program became a member of NHSRA – National Handicap Sports & Recreation Association.
The program has seen many changes throughout the years, one of which is the addition of the mono-ski in 1998-99 season.
Today we use the name Greek Peak Adaptive Snowsports. Our goal is to make the mountain and the excitement of snowsports available to everyone.
Construction of the Greek Peak Adaptive Training Center, a building specifically designed for accessibility and snowsports, started in 1994 and opened in January 1995. The building was officially named the Dr. Robert M. Lovejoy Adaptive Ski Center, in honor of Dr. Lovejoy, the program’s first skier with total blindness, who later became instrumental in the growth of skiing for people with disabilities in Central New York and Greek Peak.
Greek Peak Mountain Resort not only supports the GPAS program but also supports the skiers and snowboarders with disabilities by offering reduced price lift tickets during the GPAS Sunday program.