Pros: close to metro NY
Cons: small, low altitude, can get extremely crowded
Okay, I have made it abundantly clear how much I hate Mountain Creek, the long lines (parking, ticket windows, lockers, rentals, food....you name it), over run by wreck-less snowboarders, over crowded, long walk from parking lot, usually bad snow (ice shavings, sugar), small boring trails, low vertical, novices everywhere, a weird stand up gondola called the Cabriolet which drops you off on pavement that is 200' from the actual snow...gravel all over the trails...a real nightmare of a ski area.
So how does this place stay in business you might wonder. Well I got there Saturday morning from Merrick Long Island, in 1 hr and 10 minutes, my navigation said it should have taken me 2+ hrs....so it is very close to metro NY; about 45 minutes from the GWB. It's also a bit less expensive, not by much but it all adds up, and its easy to get to.
Nevertheless the negatives have kept me away from this place, I basically rather not ski than go here since I have always left pissed off and thankful that I didn't get killed by some out of control boarder.
So Saturday I had an ASRA GS race (which I did beyond bad in I might add) at MC, to my surprise, they had a significant amount of snow and the snow although not great was not too bad either. Better still, the crowds were greatly diminished, which I believe is due to the terrain park having been moved to the adjacent mountain. So now while you still have many snow boarders, its not like it used to be, which was basically more like an infestation. What really surprised me was that even by 12noon (nightmare hour), the lift lines were almost non existent, I nearly immediately got on that wretched cabriolet lift after every run, really no waiting. I cant comment on the rest of the negatives since I got there very early and didn't get to experience the mass flow of people when one arrives at peak hours. The snow did get pretty bad pretty quickly, that however is excusable giving the warm weather we had the week before. Base shredding gravel was popping up all over the mountain and I decided to call it a day once the racing was over. For those not so sensitive to such things, there was plenty of coverage to go on all day till closing time at 10pm at night!
So maybe I have been giving this little old ski area an undeserved bad rap. Though late in the season for any good snow, I cant really fairly comment on that, but I think, next season when things are a bit colder and snowier I will go with the family and see if things are indeed tolerable.....otherwise I'll just have to stick to Hunter for my quickest fix.