Mountain Creek Resort Ski Resort

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Overview

Conveniently located an hour from New York City, Mountain Creek Resort sits in the township of Vernon. As New Jersey’s largest ski resort, its four peaks offer 167 acres of terrain options suitable for all skill levels. With three terrain parks, long wide-open groomers and night skiing, there is something for everyone.

Mountain Creek’s extensive snowmaking system consists of an impressive fleet of more than 1,000 snowmaking guns that covers 100% of the ski resort to ensure the ultimate mountain experience. The base of the mountain sits at 440 feet with a summit of 1,480 feet, making for a vertical of 1,040 feet that skiers and riders can access via the resort’s 8 lifts. The ski area also offers winter snow tubing.

In the summer, Mountain Creek transforms into a water slide and bike park offering visitors mountain actives all year long.   

Inside Scoop

The resort originally opened in 1965 as the Great Gorge Resort. In 1971, Great Gorge expanded to become Great Gorge North. By adding the new peak, Vernon Valley Ski Resort was opened. Eventually, the two resorts merged to create a three peak super resort that started offering summer water park actives. In 2015, the Koffman family became the sole owners of Mountain Creek Resort. Their mission since taking ownership has been to expand what the mountain can provide to its visitors.

Now Mountain Creek offers golf, spas, slope-side lodging and a mountain coaster, in addition the water slide park and winter actives. 

Restaurants

Best Breakfast in Town

  • Vernon Nordic House : A traditional Nordic house owned by Vikings, Lars & Sven, the Vernon Nordic House is a bakery and gift shop. Stop here for a unique, cultural experience, coffee, and yummy treats. 233 NJ-94, Vernon Township, NJ 07462
  • Mixing Bowl Restaurant: Mixing Bowl Restaurant prides itself on having “big city variety, small town prices”. Perfect for breakfast or brunch their menu offers homemade favorites. 4 Church St, Vernon Township, NJ 07462

Lunch

  • Kink: Perfect for the entire family, Kink offers an American BBQ menu with a pretty extensive beer list. Open seven days of the week and located on the second floor of the South Lodge, it’s irresistible to resort visitors. 200 State Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462

Dinner

  • Hawks Nest: The Hawks Nest is Mountain Creek’s intimate, gourmet restaurant. Awarding-winning chefs craft a refined menu that compliments the oversized fireplace and breathtaking mountain views. 200 State Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
  • Wing’s Asian Bistro: Wing’s Asian Bistro has an extensive Japanese, Chinese and Thai menu that can be ordered for takeout or dine in. A mile away from the base of Mountain Creek, Wing’s is a must for those craving Asian cuisine after a day on the mountain. 281 NJ-94, Vernon Township, NJ 07462

Après/Nightlife

  • Uncorked Wines and Spirits: While a bit of a drive from the resort, it’s your best choice for some amazing wines and a great view. Take advantage of a wine tasting or other event. 9 Marshall Hill Road, West Milford, NJ 07480

Plan Your Trip

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

19"
11"
8"
4"
0"
0"
Nov
5"
Dec
8"
Jan
15"
Feb
10"
Mar

Terrain Overview

23%
Beginners Runs
57%
Intermediate Runs
20%
Advanced Runs
46
Runs in Total
2 mi
Longest Run
167 ac
Skiable Terrain
167 ac
Night Skiing
167 ac
Snow Making

Total Lifts: 9

1
Gondolas & Trams
2
High Speed Quads
2
Quad Chairs
1
Triple Chairs
1
Double Chairs
2
Surface Lifts

Elevation

1480'
Summit
1040'
Vertical Drop
440'
Base

Important Dates

December 29, 20232023/12/29
Projected Opening
March 25, 20242024/03/25
Projected Closing
100
Projected Days Open
90
Days Open Last Year
59
Years Open
65"
Average Snowfall
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