New York State is home to the most ski areas in the United States. Cortland County has 4 ski areas all within 30 minutes of each other. Take advantage of over 100 downhill trails in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. So what other reasons do you need? Here are 5 reasons to make Cortland County your ski destination this winter.
Come for the skiing, stay for the food.
You are guaranteed to work up an appetite after your day out on the slopes but there’s no need for a bagged sandwich. Places like Toggenburg’s Foggy Goggle offers great burgers but also ventures into the daring side with its menu. Highlights include Asian Pot Stickers- five ginger scented pork stuffed wontons, steamed and served with Asian sauces, or Jimbo’s Beer Breath (gluten free) chili, a winner of the Cazenovia chili cook off. If you head out to Greek Peak Mountain Resort, you’ll notice the large outdoors deck with fire bar and fireplace at the base of the main mountain, but venture inside to Trax Pub & Grill. Try their amazing thin crust pizza like BBQ chicken bacon mango pizza or warm up with their honey, jalapeño and siracha chicken sandwich. The restaurant has floor to ceiling windows looking out to the slopes for great skier watching from day to night.
Plenty of ski areas don’t offer night skiing, or lighted trails after the sun goes down. Not so for Cortland County skiing. The mountain will take on a whole new atmosphere and night skiing gets you a huge discount on your lift tickets! Don’t miss Song Mountain’s Friday Night Freak-outs where your lift ticket is just $9 and is good from 4 PM to midnight.
Skiing in Cortland County might give you memories of learning to ski at your local mountain with its few trails and the t-bar. While these ski areas in Cortland County have grown and the snow making technology is superb- that feeling of a great local and family friendly mountain is still there. You can even still find a t-bar at Labrador Mountain! Teaching your kids how to ski has never been easier or more fun, especially at Greek Peak with their terrain-based learning. Each mountain offers diverse trails that will satisfy any skill level without feeling overwhelmed.
When four ski areas are so close together, you might as well visit more than one! Song Mountain and Labrador Mountain offer an “Inter-Mountain Passport” so you can ski both.
There's way more to do than just skiing.
We’re talking snowboarding terrain parks, fat tire mountain bikes, a Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster, tubing, and cross-country skiing. When the rest of the Finger Lakes Region quiets down, winter activities accelerate in Cortland County.