5 Reasons to Make Cortland County Your Ski Destination this Winter
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.
More about the mountains.
GREEK PEAK MOUNTAIN RESORT & HOPE LAKE LODGE
Located conveniently off of I-81 Greek Peak has been in the service of making family memories for over 50 years.
The grooming and snowmaking at Greek Peak are second to none and with our 55 trails of varied terrain, from treed glades and cruisers to super steeps, everyone in your family will be smiling all day long. Our terrain parks and quarter pipe invite the adventurous skiers and snowboarders, while our Progression Park is more suited for riders just starting out. Greek Peak has long been the choice for fun-seeking families who love to ski and ride.
If the slopes are not your style Greek Peak also offers a Cross Country Ski / Nordic Center where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape on cross-country skis or snowshoes. There is also a 9-lane Tubing Center where anyone can enjoy the thrills of downhill speed.
With 22 groomed trails and 6 lifts, skiers and boarders of all levels can enjoy the slopes. “Inter-Mountain Passport” holders can enjoy the use of their sister mountain, Song Mountain, without restrictions. It’s two mountains for the price of one.
SONG MOUNTAIN RESORT
Offering 24 trails and 6 lifts over 250 snow-filled acres, skiers and boarders can also take advantage of the “Inter-Mountain Passport” on Song’s sister mountain, Labrador Mountain, for no additional cost. Night skiing is available on a number of trails.
TOGGENBURG SKI RESORT
Enjoy 27 total trails with 5 lifts up the scenic mountain. Providing a variety of trails for the novice to the expert skier, visitors also enjoy the 700-vertical drop.
Toggenburg Mountain first opened back in 1953. Founders Eugene Hickey and Harry Ehle (later Frank Mueller replacing Ehle) started it all with leasing a farm that raised goats. Yes, goats.
So, the founders named the ski mountain Toggenburg, after the Toggenburg region of Switzerland, famous for creating the Toggenburg breed of milk goat.
In 1956, Toggenburg was basically one large open slope. In 1975 the original lodge was built (it was destroyed in a 1988 fire) and as time went on, Toggenburg grew to 10 trails. Some of those original trails still exist today.
Today, Toggenburg has expanded to 27 trails with 5 lifts. Trail names offer a theme and tribute to its namesake like “Oh My Goat” or “Gotcher Goat.” Toggenburg offers a full ski school, ski shop and rental shop.
Then there’s the Foggy Goggle Restaurant where you don’t have to be a skier to enjoy the impressive menu and high-quality caliber of food offered.
Toggenburg is now under the ownership of Marc Stemerman and John Meier, owners of Greek Peak Mountain Resort. Season pass holders can now enjoy added benefits at Greek Peak Mountain Resort with discounts at Hope Lake Lodge, Cascades Indoor Water Park, the Adventure Center and free access to the Nordic Center to name a few.
See this unique ski mountain for yourself this season and see why it’s one of Ski Finger Lakes best places to hit the slopes.