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  • Mountain Creek

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    • Location: 123 Route 94, Vernon, New Jersey, 07462, United States Vertical Drop (ft): 1040 Trail Count: 46 Chairlifts: 8 Skiable Acres: 167 Night Skiing: Yes Base Elevation (ft): 440 Summit Elevation (ft): 1480 Annual Snowfall (in): 65 Website: http://www.mountaincreek.com/


    Mountain Creek is the only ski area of consequence in the state of New Jersey. Being located only 47 miles from New York, it gets it fair share of city crowds.

    South Peak is dominated by park rats, and Jersery-native park rats at that. You can imagine the crowd. For this reason Vernon Peak over to Granite Peak is a better place to stay. Unfortunately parking at Vernon is across the street feels like it is practically in a different zip code. The best compromise strategy is to park at Granite Peak 

    Trail Recommendations


    • Beginner

    Horizon is a good top-to-bottom beginner route off Vernon Peak. Southern Sojourn is a quieter option serviced by the Sojourn double.

    • Intermediate

    For "long" intermediate runs, Great Northern to Kyber Pass. Or Garden State.

    • Advanced

    Bear Peak is a trail pod of decently challenging terrain, but it is unfortunately intertwined with the parks crowd from South Peak. Exercise caution.

    • Tree Skiing / Glades


    When lift lines are crowds are out of control, you best bet is to try one of the two chairs serving Granite Peak. It's no guarantee, but those chairs are generally less busy than the others.

    Dining and Drinking -- On Mountain and Off

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    The Hawks Nest is a really nice restaurant upstairs in the Red Tail lodge.

    • Apres

    Schuss is a great apres bar in the main lodge at the Vernon base.

    • Dinner
    • Late Night

    Annual Special Events

    Oktoberfest is the last weekend in September.

    Local Ski Shops

    McAfee Ski and Board is just south of the ski area

    Where to Stay

    Lift Tickets

    Full day tickets are $40 and nights are $30. On the surface this seems surprisingly reasonable. However, the crowds are likely to limit the number of runs you take so consider the price pro-rated.

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    Edited by Weatherman

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