Close to NYC, Good parks
Close to NYC, Crowded, Lack of snow
Mountain Creek is what it is...a good New Jersey mountain. You obviously can't compare the vertical to that of any Utah or Colorado mountain but it's staff does a pretty good job with what they've got. The current temperature outside (on Dec. 10th) is 60+ degrees so you can't expect it to be covered with snow (although I'd love it if it was). Let me run through a couple things...
- The prices at Mountain Creek are that of a mountain which gets a lot of snow. The Triple Play pass is by far the best deal (3 anytime lifts for $75) but the daily pass on a weekend for an adult is over $60. Combine this with large crowds and New Jersey winters and you don't get your money's worth.
- Mountain Creek used to be split into North, Granite and South with both parks and downhill skiing on both North and South. Now South is only a park while North and Granite are for downhill skiing/riding. This was possibly the best thing they could do because it allows people to stay within their niche. The only bad thing is getting from North to South is horrible (lots of flat areas) and getting back is almost just as bad (a long, slow lift).
- Weekday mornings are a completely different crowd than weekend afternoons are. Tons and tons of people on the weekends and lots of out of control people create a hazard on some trails. The main trail tends to get very crowded with people stopping, falling and laying down. The few years I had a season pass to Creek I used to try to go during the week to avoid all this.
- Since Intrawest bought the resort, they've tried to make some changes for the good. They are doing a good job but it takes time. I rated this resort as 4 stars for what it is. If you think you're going to go to Creek and have lots of tree/bowl skiing you are completely wrong.