Updated: Feb 27, 2021
I have a special place in my heart for Peek N Peak - it is the ski hill my boys learned to ski on, and is a wonderful place for beginner skiers. Often abbreviated as PnP, the resort has 27 runs and a vertical drop of 400 feet. The lack of steeps here means that early intermediate skiers are able to ski "black diamonds," which is an ego-boosting effect for young and new skiers. The steepest run is Crossbow, which is often left to form moguls.
The lifts are well staffed and do not generally have long lift lines, which is another bonus for this resort. As you face the mountain, the right-hand side offers intermediate runs, terrain parks, and a snow-cross run that is quite fun.
The night skiing at Peek N Peak is wonderful, with all major runs open and well-lit. The hill is nearly empty on weeknights, resulting in near-constant skiing without any lift line waits. The beginner area is serviced by a "moving sidewalk" style lift in addition to a chair lift. The instructors are fantastic at Peek N Peak and it is my resort of choice for taking first-time skiers. In January, the resort offers a "first time" skier package that includes lesson, ski rental, and beginner area lift ticket for less than $30.
The food at the main lodge is average: hamburgers, nachos, and fries. For a better food experience, I recommend heading to the pizza restaurant at the bottom of the Finsbury Field run. This restaurant sometimes requires an advance reservation, but is a fully-serviced sit-down restaurant and the pizzas are wonderful. The staff will hold leftover pizza for you to pick up at the end of your ski day, if there is anything left over to take home!
Peek N Peak is located in Findley Lake, NY. The proximity to the Pennsylvania border means that it is a convenient choice for those traveling from Erie, PA and from Ohio. The resort becomes quite crowded on holiday weekends, and on Friday nights due to local school ski club attendance.
I highly recommend Peek N Peak to those with young skiers and for local families looking for a weekly ski program.