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Newark Liberty International Airport
Airlines operating from Newark include Air Canada, Air France, Air India, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, American, American Eagle, British Airways, Comair, Continental, Continental Express, Delta, Delta Express, El Al, EVA Airways, Express Jet - Continental, Frontier Airlines,Jet Airways, Jet Blue, Iceland Express, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, L'Avion, Lot Polish, Lufthansa, Malaysia, Miami Air (Charter), Midwest, Open Skies, Porter Airlines, Qantas, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, TAP Portugal, United, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet.  

John F. Kennedy International Airport
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Philadelphia International Airport
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Pittsburgh International Airport
Airlines operating from Pittsburgh include Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Skywest, American Airlines, American Eagle, Continental, Continental Express, Delta, Atlantic Southeast, Comair, Express 1, JetBlue, Midwest Airlines, Myrtle Beach Direct, Southwest Airlines, United, Mesa, Shuttle America, United Airlines, Express, US Airways and US Airways Express


Baltimore/Washington International Airport
Airlines operating from Baltimore include Air Canada, Air Mobility Command, Air Tran Airways, American Airlines, British Airways, Cape Air, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and US Airways Express.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Airlines operating from Washington National include Air Canada, Air Tran Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental, Delta Airlines, Frontier, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and  US Airways Express.
Dulles International Airport
Airlines operating from Dulles include Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, Air Tran Airways, ANA, American Airlines, American Connection, Austrian, Avianca,  British Airways, Continental, Copa, Delta, Ethiopian, Iberia, Jet Blue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Open Skies, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, South African Airlines, Southwest Airlines, SAS, Sun Country Airlines, Grupo Taca, United, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic.


From Central NJ:
Take the Garden State Parkway to exit 153 to Rt. 3 West.
Take Rt. 46 West to Rt. 23 North.
Exit on the right on Rt. 525 North to Rt. 94 South to Mountain Creek.


From NYC:
Take the Lincoln Tunnel to Rt. 3 West to Rt. 46 West.
Take Rt. 23 North from Rt. 46 West.
Exit on the right on Rt. 515 North to Rt. 94 South to Mountain Creek.


From Philadelphia:
Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 10 for Rt. 287 North.
Take Rt. 23 North up to Rt. 515 North.
From Rt. 515, take Rt. 94 South to Mountain Creek.


From Long Island & NYC:
Take the George Washington Bridge to Rt. 80 West.
Merge onto Rt. 23 North.
Take Rt. 515 North to Rt. 94 South to Mountain Creek.


Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Grand Cascades Lodge




A lavish revival of classic Adirondack-style lodges. The strong wooden beams, natural stonework, and forest-green color reflect the surrounding mountains, and densely wooded terrain. Guests will be in awe of the amazing indoor tropical Biosphere Pool Complex, find rest & renewal at the glamorous Reflections Spa and experience world-class dining and wine at the award-winning Restaurant Latour & Wine Cellar.


Extra person charges may apply




 $249 and up





The Appalachian 




Offering slope style accommodations right at the base of Vernon Peak.  The Appalachian has spacious studio, one and two bedroom units complete with kitchens, working fireplaces and mountainside views.  They have a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, underground parking, ski/board storage lockers, family game room and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Extra person charges may apply



$189 and up




Minerals Resort & Spa




Minerals features 175 overnight accommodations including deluxe and luxury guest rooms and presidential suites. Enjoy spectacular mountain, pool, or golf course views, as well as cozy fireplaces. Spacious, fully-furnished one, two, three & four-bedroom mountainside and golf side condominiums are also available.



Extra person charges may apply



$169 and up 




Alpine Haus 





This historic 1887 Federal style home with Victorian highlights, along with the Carriage House, was the Mott homestead, one of the original farms in Vernon. The B&B features eight uniquely decorated Guest Rooms furnished with antiques. Complimentary daily country breakfast and Internet access.



Extra person charges may apply



$110 and up






Mountain Creek Restaurant


The Mixing Bowl located at 4 Church St., Vernon, NJ 07462


Vernon Nordic House 


2010 - 2011 Lift Ticket Rates
2010 - 2011 Rental Equipment Rates
2010 - 2011 Lessons


The resort has four world-class accommodations to offer guests with excellent amenities.


Mountain Creek

Mountain Creek, formerly known as Vernon Valley/Great Gorge, is the closest major ski area to New York City, only 50 miles away. Intrawest, the Canadian resort company which owns heavyweights such as Whistler Blackcomb and Tremblant, is investing big bucks to upgrade just about everything at Mountain Creek including snowmaking and lifts. The facilities for beginners are especially welcome at a resort where the ski school has notched up more than a million clients over the years. The ski area extends over three mountains and lifts are open until 10:00 p.m. Mountain Creek has a good range of slopeside accommodation and facilities including the slopeside spa center. New for 2011/2012 season New lodge Construction began in March on a new 3-story 50,000 square foot structure that will set a new standard in Day Lodges, mixing all the charm of historical large open span construction with finely appointed features like large open fireplaces, massive glass walls to capture the brilliant valley light, a unique ice-bar and a luxurious private club for those who demand even more. Recognizing the lessons of 50 years of ski area operations across the country, and incorporating a wide array of high-tech solutions the new Mountain Creek Lodge will house and service all the functions of arriving, renting, dining and relaxing in a masterfully designed manner that follows the pattern of the typical skiers’ day. The new lodge will be complimentary to The Appalachian in it’s scale and Adirondack-modern exterior style. It will sit where the DC Bar and the First Aid Building are located today, and will be paired with a complete re-design, re-grading and rehabilitation of the Base Area from the Cobblestone Village pedestrian bridge to the Cabriolet Gondola and the top of the ‘School Yard’ teaching areas, including a new dedicated Kids Kamp and Ski School facility. New restaurant in the Appalachian Action Lift Company Restaurant Opening Winter 2012- The place to be for lip smackin' food, frosty beer and live entertainment. 180 seat slopeside BBQ restaurant. Located at The Appalachian adjacent to the Red Tail Lodge. Largest snow tubing park in the country Drop Zone Snow Tubing Park - Opening December 2011. The ultimate snow-play attraction. The largest snow tubing park in the country with more than 30 lanes of fun for everyone! Located adjacent to the Vernon Triple Chair and accessible via shuttle from the new Red Tail Lodge. New for the 2012/2013 season: The Sojourn chair is back. The new lift replacing the old double linking South with Granite Peak was installed over the summer months and will be ready for the beginning of the new season. Also, the flat spot at the top of Bakers Field has been regraded (no more uphill hiking, yea!)

Snow making percent100%
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Lifts-Total number of lifts8
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Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park63 acres
Trails-6-Half pipe
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General-Base elevation
General-Vertical drop1040'
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General-Total area in bounds167 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


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.



Pros: .Close to NYC .Decent slopes (when not icy) .Great for beginners

Cons: .Crowded .Super icy and choppy .Not that challenging

I went to Mountain Creek with my school's ski club a bunch of times this year and I have to say I wasn't all that impressed. The terrain wasn't remotely challenging and if there was any challenge to be had it is from how icy everything is.


Pros: Good intermediate terrain variety and great terrain park

Cons: VERY crowded on weekends

Mountain Creek is the best place in the area that has real trails.  Several other places nearby; Mt. Peter and ThunderRidge may be a little bigger than the size of your driveway and are only good for learning how to ski.  A couple of trails here with some steep pitch that can compare with the big dog resorts up in New England (Grand Prix and Pipeline).   Pipeline has not opened this season and hopefully they will commit to getting this trail open again because it is their steepest.  This season they removed terrain park features from Bear Peak which was a great move and moved their race program over to this section of the mountain.  They've been allowing several of their black diamond trails (Zero G, Straightaway, and Grand Prix) to bump up nicely giving something to the advanced and expert skier a customer that was being neglected for the past couple of years.  Many nice intermediate choices.    The terrain park (not my interest) has been ranked as one of the best in the country.  It gets REALLY crowded on weekends so if you can, ski it during the week.  They have a new lodge that is a big improvement.     


Pros: close

Cons: alot of people

i write review from novice perspective first of all.  i am proficient at getting up and down the mountain without killing myself or anyone else for that matter.  places skied gatlinburg, tenn various pa resorts idaho lookout pass and mountain creek

there are three peaks at mountain creek and all are skiable to from any base.  the trails are all pretty wide open and they have alot of room to maneuver around the slower individuals should you choose. i went recently so the crowds were down and we just had alot of snow so base and conditions were good.  the north has a gondola for the beginning skier so they can get up the mountain and at least on their skis with no fear of falling off the lift.  the middle peak which is granite has a four person lift trails are more difficult here and the south peak has the terrain park and some decent trails.  there are plenty of little jumps and trails through the woods if you choose to go in and the snow is accomodating.  the area has something for the beginners and intermediate skiers/snowboarder.  the staff people that i met were very nice and had no problems with anyone.  people are people though so you will always find a bad one if you look hard enough.

the tickets are overpriced so look for deals at liftopia or some other site.  you can normally get something off so its not too bad.  the trails need better grooming in places.  some places after a good downhill you will actually be stopped and have to push yourself to the next downhill section.  there is no lodge per say at the north side just what they call a food court where the prices are like any other place pack lunch to save money they don't say anything to you about this.  the lockers are 2 dollars and not much room in them so wear the cheap stuff and throw it on top.  the parking lot is not the best north is a mud field and south is not much better.  the worst thing i think they do is their passes are printed small so they scan you at every lift before you get on.  this is the only place i have ever seen do this and it is crazy because you are trying to grab all your stuff to get on lift or gondola and someone is trying to scan you like an item at the supermarket.

overall i believe place is good for an average skier who is going to ski and not do all the rest.  it is not a destination like vermont or aspen it is a ski mountain where alot of beginners get their start.  would reccomend to anyone with those thoughts in mind if you are an avid skier and are looking for the next great destination mountain creek is not for you.  i suggest idaho's lookout pass for you montana one side of mountain idaho the other and alot of trails with beautiful scenery and plenty of powder and snow.  a bad day skiing is better than a good day at work


Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything

I once saw Tomba ski down coblestone streets. That is a better option than skiing at Mountain Creek

My wife's cousin gave me a three days pass for a present. That was a waste of money! Wont even ski for free! The snow sucks, the crowds suck, and more runout than a hotel on fire.

I was in a pizza place down the steet and there was a guy there with his wife and kids. They were all "decked out" in top $$$ ski wear. I asked him how the skiing was and he told me how great the bunny hill was after his lesson. His wife was acting like she was in Aspen so I had to throw a few digs a the beotch.

I live 10 minutes away and I drive and hour and a half to hunter.
Way better. Good verticle and you can ski black and even double blacks from top to bottom.

I wish this review system had negative stars......



Pros: None.

Cons: Small, crowded, dangerous, rude and ugly to boot.

Probably the worst ski area in the history of the world.


Pros: Close to NYC-good for boarders

Cons: Hacked up hill, SPORES galore

  I learned to ski at Vernon Valley and Great Gorge.  These were the precursors to "Mountain Creek".  This used to be a crowded but very family friendly hill.  Over time, and many owners, it has been hacked to bits.  The formerly wide open Great Northern, a nice blue on one side is now a "for pay" board park.  The many sweet blues and light blacks in the front were taken over one by one for water parks and now unused attractions. The one traverse slope cutting across the face of the hill is now the main slope, grossly overcrowded and skis off quickly.  Toss in the many, many buses of first time skiiers and the fun begins.  This may have the highest skier density I've ever seen-and no one is above (or even at) intermediate.

If you find yourself there somehow., get yourself over to Great Gorge side-follow the signs.  Gorge was cut by a ski club 'back in the day' and there are a few great slopes over there.  Unfortunately, these too have been cut up by boarding furniture (I don't dislike boards or boarders, BTW) and you can't traverse the formerly nice wide slopes.  Still, a skier can have some fun at the old Gorge side. 

Snowmaking is fierce and there is usually something to ski on.  You can have fun Yo Yo skiing this hill midweek only.    If you board, you will enjoy the many terrain parks and obstacles, but if you ski, go to the Gorge side and stay there.  The old Gorge South  lodge is a lot nicer, too, as the Vernon Valley side had a fire and the 'lodges' are temporary buildings.  You can see the largest ski rental shop in the free world at VV....yet another reason to avoid the place.  Thousands and Thousands of sets of beat rental skis....with a very small corner of high perf rentals...be afraid, be very afraid.  You will be surrounded by first dayers, out of control, or kids who don't care.  Sad, as it used to be such a nice place, but has been "put out on the street" and looks it.  There's the requisite ski chalets (all of which are now year round housing) and a faux village at the base, but the lodges themselves are rough.  Parking is now down a hill and across the road, as the village and "chalets" (you wanna be slopeside to THIS ?!?!) took up the lot near the lodge.

My father was a member for a time of The Playboy Club, so that's how far back my memories go.  Drive up to Bellayre or Windham, and leave this place to the busloads of SPORES.  This is the only place I've ever been injured by another skier.



Pros: great ski patrol

Cons: poor trail layout

 You will be happier going to Hidden Valley.  All the boarders are at South so no more Kamikazi.  I stopped skiing there when I realized I didn't want my kids to learn to ski there (I had free family passes as a volunteer employee).  I'm glad I left.


Pros: more terrain than other mountains in the area

Cons: little snow, expensive, tons of out of control boarders

just....dont, drive to elk or belleyare instead.