By Tom Creamer
Approximately 48 miles southwest of New York City, along Route 94 in the small town of Vernon, lies the perfect snow oasis for any city slicker in search of a real mountain experience. Mountain Creek Resort, a member of Intrawest Corporation, spans over 4 peaks at an elevation of 1,480' with a vertical drop of 1,040'. It consists of over 168 acres of ridable terrain and is open from mid-December to mid-April, offering night skiing throughout the week. The Resort averages over 70'' of natural snowfall a year and has the most modern snowmaking facilities to help continually maintain a good base coverage and soft synthetic conditions. Since 1998 Intrawest has spent over 35million dollars in renovations on snowmaking equipment, lifts and lodges and as a result, Mountain Creek has emerged as the premiere resort in the four-state region, providing the best snowboarding terrain in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
With over 15 miles of terrain and a total of 45 trails, serviced by 11 lifts, there's an immense amount of space for riders of all abilities at Mountain Creek. There are several trails approximately 2 miles long which contain varies size natural rollers and cliffs as well as an extensive amount of tree riding. Roughly 21% of the terrain is designated for beginners, while 37% of the mountain is for intermediate riders and a whopping 42% for the experts. Ultimately, Mountain Creek isn't the place to enjoy extreme freeriding. Its more of a cruising destination.
Mountain Creek is a haven for freestyle snowboarders. The all new Uncommon Ground Terrain Park, which was designed by Shawn Orecchio, is the largest in the northeast. With over 8500 ft of freestyle terrain, consisting of an extensive number of rails and jumps and a newly installed 10,000 watt sound system that fills the parks and pipes with adrenaline pumping music from top to bottom, Mountain Creek clearly offers the ultimate park riding experience for anyone.
Mountain Creek has more rails and jib features than any other Title on the east of the Mississippi River. There are several rainbow rails ranging in size from 5 feet tall and 10 feet long to 15 feet tall and 35 feet long. There are also another five 20feet long flat rails and a 10feet long mailbox. Heine welded all the rails for the parks to perfection and will no doubt be asked to produce many more sliders over the years to come.
Mountain Creek has two halfpipes, both of which are under the lights and opened for night riding. Both pipes are over 500 feet long and excavated into the ground to help ensure their perfect shape well into the later part of the season. The main pipe, which is located at the base of the mountain, has 12-15 feet high walls and the beginner pipe is about 8-10feet tall. Both pipes are maintained regularly and cut by a new state of the art HPG that produces flawlessly shaped walls and allows riders to go bigger and cleaner throughout the pipe.
The East Coast has always been stigmatized as being cold, icy and miserable. However, the reality is that there are still a number of sunny and soft days when the conditions even resemble those in southern California. Mountain Creek has many more of those beautiful days than many other resorts on the East Coast because of its location. Though it's not nearly as cold as northern Maine, it still gets cold enough at night to make snow and it even snows naturally on a regular basis. The days are usually clear and cool and not very windy, which makes riding parks and pipes a perfect plan.
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Mountain Creek is home to such notable pro snowboarders like Matt and Danny Kass. Though both riders have since moved on and are now living and riding out west at another Intrawest Title (Mammoth Mountain), Mountain Creek still has a noticeably good local snowboarding scene. Its hopeful that in the years to come the level and quality of riders that come out of Mountain Creek will reach new heights, primarily because of its fantastic parks and pipes which encourage riders to bust bigger and more technical tricks.
There are four snowboard shops around Mountain Creek that all carry the best brand names and equipment. The most respected and well known is Square One, which is located at the base of the mountain.
From New York City- take the Lincoln Tunnel to Rt. 3 West to Rt. 46 West to Rt. 23 North. Then take Rt. 515 North to Rt. 94 South, which leads directly to Mt. Creek.
From Newark, NJ- take Interstate 80 West to Rt. 15 North to Rt. 94 North.
From Philadelphia, PA- take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 10 for Rt. 287 North. Take Rt. 23 North to Rt. 515 North to Rt. 94 South.
Thanks to everyone at Mountain Creek, especially Shawn Orecchio for designing and building amazing freestyle parks and pipes which challenge and satisfy riders of all abilities.
Last updated on 05 November 2004.
|Base||8-12 in | 20-30 cm|
|24 Hour Snowfall||No new snow|
|Lifts Open||2 of 11|
|Trails Open||15 of 45|
|Nearby Ski Areas||Alpine Meadows, Aspen Snowmass, Bear Mountain, Beaver Creek, Big Mountain, Big Sky, Bolton Valley, Boreal, Breckenridge, Brighton, Copper Mountain, Crystal Mountain, Grand Targhee, Grizzly Gulch, Jackson Hole, Killington, Kirkwood, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, Mountain Creek, Mt Baker, Mt Snow, Okemo, Park City, Powder Mountain, Salt Lake City, Snow Summit, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Squaw Valley, Steamboat Springs, Stowe, Stratton, Sugar Bowl, The Canyons, Vail, Wachusett, Waterville Valley, Winter Park|
|Report Time||3/22/08 4:45 PM EST|
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