- Cortland Beer Company – Live music, award-winning microbrews, 'nough said.
- Brix Pubaria – Beers, burgers, wings, pizza – perfect après ski food.
- Fat Bikes – For getting gnarly on some new trails.
- Stone Lounge – Live Music, Bottle Service. Oh, snap.
What to know before you arrive:
Cortland, NY is ideally located in the center of the mountains with Greek Peak Mountain Resort the closest at just under eight miles, Song and Labrador Mountains twelve miles and Toggenburg Mountain the furthest at only 20 miles. Cortland is the place to stay for easy access to the après ski scene, think live music, microbrews.
Historic Downtown Cortland features a variety of chain hotels, offering affordable nightly rates and lodging within walking distance of downtown. The resorts combine to offer 109 trails that run the gamut from treed glades and super steeps, to meandering cruisers, and intermediate challengers. From Rochester, you're looking at a 1.5 hour road trip for catching up with your best buds. Or rendezvous in Binghamton or Syracuse for a quick 45 or 30 minute ride into Cortland to check in at one of the city's hotels located within walking distance of the coolest restaurants and bars.
Day One: Shred, Sip & Lounge
Head straight for the base lodges at any one of the four Ski Cortland mountains to get suited up for a day of shredding some pow. The rental shops offer a wide variety of new, high-performance rentals, including a wide selection of helmets, at totally affordable rates, including all-mountain skis, just in case you want to take something new for a spin. For those in your group who want to take a lesson to brush up on their skills, the areas offers an entire curriculum of programs and lessons for skiers and riders at every level. And, half-day options are available so you can still meet up for lunch, or in time to hit the après ski scene together.
For lunch, the mountains have some great options, including Trax Pub & Grill at Greek Peak, The Last Run at Labrador, Moguls Restaurant at Song and The Foggy Goggle at Toggenburg. If you are at Greek Peak we recommend you order a pizza and a beer and head out on to the new two-tiered heated deck overlooking the base of the mountain. Fireplaces and fire pits will keep you cozy warm while you sip your cold brew and do a little people-watching.
When you're ready to wrap up the day for the après scene, head back to Cortland to check out the Cortland Beer Company on Court Street for the area's best microbrews. Nightly specials offer discounts on brews, and there's live music every Friday night. After sampling the good stuff, head to Brix Pubaria (or order in to the Cortland Beer Company using the bar's courier service), for dinner.
For nightlife, check out the Stone Lounge, an upscale bar offering live music, dancing, bottle service and a great scene to continue après ski.
Day Two: Fat Bikes, Nordic Skiing & Burritos
Wake up, shake off the cobwebs, and head back to Greek Peak Mountain Resort after breakfast at one of the amazing diners in downtown.
At Greek Peak, head to the Nordic Center to rent fat bikes, the kind of mountain bikes that have massive tires made for crushing snow-covered terrain, and hit the trails for some gnarly biking. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Not into biking? Check out the cross country ski and snowshoe trails that wind around the resort.
Before you jump back in the car, make sure you fuel up at the Blue Burrito on Groton Avenue, which has the best wrapped goodness around.
Go ahead and book an on or off mountain stay, pack up the car load your roof racks and begin your adventure with Ski Cortland.