Mountain Creek offers the Fill A Chair deal on pass pricing for groups of four or more skiers and riders. Each All Access Pass costs $289 under this deal.

Going it alone? The All Access Pass costs $299 for all ages. The area's 5x7 Plus Pass costs $199 for all ages, and offers access weekdays and from 3 p.m. to close on weekends. Holders of the 5x7 Plus Pass can buy weekend day tickets for $25.

Mountain Creek's season pass gurus have figured out that skiers and riders who plan to come three weekend days at discount, the All Access Pass is the best deal.

The area urges last year's passholders to reuse their old passes by renewing them.

Prices go up with the first significant snowfall, or the first weekend in December, whichever comes first.

Customers can do the deal on-line. Download an application form and then upload photo and form on the Mountain Creek Web site.

 Mountain Creek is the big kid on the block in New Jersey.

The four-season resort transforms itself into a winter playground every December. Starting the season before last, Mountain Creek divided its focus in half - South Peak for freestylers, Vernon Peak for skiing families.

The resort went from about 15 percent of terrain dedicated to terrain parks to 45 percent, all at South Peak and South Lodge. South is venue for Mountain Creek's learn-to-freestyle programs with a progression across the mountain from never-ever to never-better. On the flip side, Vernon Peak now offers a more laid-back experience for families who want to ski in a relaxed atmosphere without expert snowboarders whizzing past them on beginner trails.

Mountain Creek offers 45 trails and parks, an eight-lane snow tubing park, 100 percent snowmaking and night skiing, a 1,040-foot vertical drop, and 11 lifts including the eight-passenger Cabriolet Chair, the Vernon Triple and the Sojourn Double.

The area is within two hours from anywhere in the New York City Metropolitan Area.

More information. Or call 973-864-8128.