Terrain Park, Night Skiing, Close Proximity
lack of vertical, lift operation, icy, crowded
for New Jersey, the creek is as good as it can get. if you are a park rat, this is the place for you because of South peak. it's a terrain slope with many parks of varying diffculty (hence the "advanced" skill rec). Snowboarders frequent the south, thinking it's all theirs, but we skiers get out there and represent. good features, good maintenance of the features, and a new pass system for access to the parks (no more greenhorns wandering in and sitting on a landing area). a "test" is required to obtain a park pass. they pride in the south's terrain parks and know that's why the kids go there. very young crowd on the south too.
get the season pass. it gives you a deep discount at all of IntraWest's resorts (Stratton, Whistler, Copper Mountain) and some nice perks, like free equipment check, discount food, discount at store, and VIP (first access treatment). buy it in beginning of December for 299. it pays for itself in several visits. i utilize the creek for the terrain park, but getting to it can be a bugger. you can either drive and park on the south (not many people do/know about it). mostly people park at the north and have to either Shuttle it (awful) or take the dreaded CONNECTION a very loooong, flat trail that leads to south. the return requires a long, slow, dark lift that can leave you stranded on south at 9pm when closing is 10pm. the walk back is awful.
icy conditions, no vertical none-whatsoever. their "diamonds" are just ice. nothing else. no fun. place gets crowded with a lot of inexperienced learners coming off the bunny hill and peppering the runs by sitting in the middle of the run, at turns, and high traffic merges. not a lot of consideration for others. staff is terrible. i remember one time on South, i was approaching a merge to hit more terrain park and a snowboarder and her friends sat down in the middle of the merge area RIGHT IN FRONT OF SKI PATROL. approaching, i realized they were not listening to my calls and they were so spread out i HAD to weave through them. i ended up crashing into one of them and all ski patrol did was say "whoa! nice skis man" and left. my knee went right into her head (she wasn't wearing a helmet, i was) and after staying with her for a minute she just upped and left.
to summarize: the creek is good for a family outing who don't want to drive a measly 2 hours to Hunter Mountain, terrain park rats, and refresher runs if you feel rusty before a big trip up north. when you are there, you wish you were somewhere else. go midweek and avoid the weekends at all costs.