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post #1 of 16
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Big props to Mountain Creek NJ.  The terrain park is amazing.  This will probably become my home mountain.  I was there before, but only on the left side and that was with my kids, as I'm teaching them how to ski there.  Yeserday, I went to the terrain park and loved the place. 

 

I saw people chase each other on skis on the Big Bear.  Tons of fun.

 

Some video (I got better at night, but the batteries (Li-ion) were long gone :( [GoPro Hero 3 "Dreamliner"])

 

post #2 of 16

I learned to ice skate,I mean ski there in the mid 70s.  Back then it was called Vernon Valley/Great Gorge and the Playboy Club was it's claim to fame (never went there).  Weekend lift lines were normally 30-45 minutes and there were people laying in the trails everywhere because many were beginners and it was packed.  The ice combined with poor vis at night made it a death trap, but we still had a lot of fun.  Rental ski edges were almost as sharp as butter knives.

post #3 of 16

Video does not work.. 

post #4 of 16

Works for me...

post #5 of 16

Nice video. You should try grinding some rails with those Kastles and see if $$$$$$$ spark of the edges.

 

Haven't been there since the New/Old  owners of the mountain took over again.  Hoping it's better than Intrawest was.

post #6 of 16

At least Intrawest redid the lodges; the Great Gorge base lodge was a real s**thole beforethey took over.  The ifrst time I was there after the makeover, I couldn't believe it was the same place.

However, I was not a fan of how they reconfigured some of the runs, especially where they put in the superpipe and had everyone else funneling down into one run.

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by NJskier164 View Post

At least Intrawest redid the lodges; the Great Gorge base lodge was a real s**thole before they took over.  The ifrst time I was there after the makeover, I couldn't believe it was the same place.

However, I was not a fan of how they reconfigured some of the runs, especially where they put in the superpipe and had everyone else funneling down into one run.

Yea, and they put in that nice skunk smelling tennis bubble of a "temporary" lodge for 10+ years.  Not sure who was responsible for the new lodge (finally) but I haven't seen it in person yet.

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Yea, and they put in that nice skunk smelling tennis bubble of a "temporary" lodge for 10+ years.  Not sure who was responsible for the new lodge (finally) but I haven't seen it in person yet.

That temporary lodge must have been made by the same builder that is constructing Xanadu,

post #9 of 16

The new Red Tail lodge

 

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post #10 of 16

It'll never be the same without the smell of fried sweat.

 

Saw the building when mountain biking up there, but haven't been inside it yet.

post #11 of 16
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^ The building is nice, but I'm on the other side of the hill at the park, and the terrain park is what I like MC for. 

 

The MC itself has some minuses created by the owner himself.  Weird and annoying things like: they scan and rescan you every time you enter the lift, which is super annoying.  The cost of employing 2 extra people (those that scan) at each chair equals the cost of a magnetic card scanner installation.    The lack of lids for the soup bowls tells me the owner is very cheap.  And the most important one: you have to go up 1 floor in order to get beer.  This is a none starer for me as beer is easily acceptable everywhere you ski in the world.   Slow lifts.

 

Other than that it's close to my house, so I ski in the park, or I bring my kids at night in order to teach them a thing or two, as 4 and 6 is free (which is a great deal comparing to other places). 
 

 

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You should try grinding some rails with those Kastles and see if $$$$$$$ spark of the edges.

heheh :)   I was testing boots that day, so that was the reason to use those skis.  Otherwise I do have a pair of park skis, which makes a ton of difference. 

post #12 of 16

how does it look there?  is it worth the mon morn trip?
 

post #13 of 16

everything is open, it was good today, should be good tomorrow

 

Special Olympics starts tomorrow

post #14 of 16
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how does it look there?  is it worth the mon morn trip?
 

Just came back from there.  Looks good, but I was in the park for 80% of the time.  Going there tomorrow morning as I left my skis there.  Hopefully they are still there. 

post #15 of 16

I skied there last week during the Special Olympics (day 2 I believe). I stayed mostly on Granite Peak. The place is in nice condition and the lodge is hella nice. Food was a little meh, but that is to be expected. Decent snow coverage, I couldn't figure out why one of the runs at Granite was closed. It looked fine for coverage. Really fine!

post #16 of 16

Sweet, this mountain is about 45 minutes from where I live in NJ. Although I like the mountain biking better than the skiing there smile.gif

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