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Mountain Creek Resort
A view of the Vernon Valley from the Bear peak at Mountain Creek
Location:
Nearest city: New York City
Coordinates: 40°10′50.57″N 74°30′12.52″W / 40.1807139, -74.5034778Coordinates: 40°10′50.57″N 74°30′12.52″W / 40.1807139, -74.5034778
Top elevation: 317 m (1040')
Base elevation: 137 m (450')
Runs: 46
Longest run: Southern Sojurn (1881 m, 6170')
Lift system: 11 total (1 gondola, 6 chairlifts,
3 magic carpets, 1 rope tow
Terrain parks: 5
Snowfall: 165cm/year (65")
Web site: mountaincreek.com

Mountain Creek is a ski resort located in Vernon Township, New Jersey, on Route 94, owned and operated by Intrawest. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Map of Vernon Township. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... A chairlift A chairlift is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a constantly moving loop of steel cable strung between two end terminals and generally over intermediate towers. ... Tochal gondola lift carry tourists and skiers to Tochal mountain,Tehran, Iran. ... Hunter Mountain chairlift A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift (technically, an elevated passenger ropeway), is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a continuously circulating steel cable loop strung between two end terminals and usually over intermediate towers, carrying a series of chairs. ... Riding a Flying Carpet, an 1880 painting by Viktor Vasnetsov. ... A ski tow, also called rope tow, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ... A terrain park is an outdoor area that contains jumps and half-pipes that allow snowboarders and skiers to do tricks. ... This page is about the form of precipitation. ... St. ... Map of Vernon Township. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Route 94 is a about a 90-mile (73. ... Intrawest TSX: ITW NYSE: IDR is a world leader in destinations resorts and luxury adventure travel. ...

Contents

History of Mountain Creek

Mountain Creek originally began as two separate ski areas, Vernon Valley and Great Gorge.


Great Gorge Lippoway

Great Gorge Lippoway was founded in McAfee, an unincorporated area of Vernon Township, in 1965 by a group of three families who worked at the Milton Snowbowl in Milton, New Jersey. The founders sold $1,000,000 bonds to help cover the costs of the construction and land acquisition. The original Great Gorge featured a few trails on what is now known as Mountain Creek's Bear Peak, with three double chairlifts manufactured by the Borvig Corp of nearby Pine Island, NY and installed by Dolomite Ski Construction, also of Pine Island. The base lodge was designed by Alexander "Sandy" McIlvaine, who also designed the lodges at Stratton Mountain in Vermont and Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, California. The trails of Great Gorge were designed by Otto Schneibs and by Luis Schafflinger, two renowned Austrian ski trail designers. Within a short time, Great Gorge expanded to the current South Peak (then known as Great Gorge South) and in 1971, they expanded to what is now Granite Peak (then known as Great Gorge North). This expansion was part of a masterplan that included an Olympic ski-jump and training facility. Also in 1971, Playboy opened their $20 million, 700-room Playboy Great Gorge Resort (now Legends Hotel and Resort) on 1,000 acres (4 km²) of land a mile away from Great Gorge. Great Gorge and Playboy founded a partnership, and had grand plans for connecting the hotel to the resort via an aerial gondola. In late 1971, Great Gorge was foreclosed by their lender after a number of practically snowless seasons left them with barely enough money to operate, let alone pay off their enormous debts. The lender then sold Great Gorge to Vernon Valley. McAfee is an unincorporated area within Vernon Township in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. ... Map of Vernon Township. ... For alternative meanings, see bond (a disambiguation page). ... Borvig was a chairlift manufacturer based in Pine Island, New York. ... Pine Island is a hamlet in the Town of Warwick in Orange County, New York, USA. It is the largest community in the Black Dirt Region. ... Founded in 1961 on Stratton Mountain near Manchester Center, Vermont, Stratton Mountain offers 92 trails, 16 lifts and a 2,003-foot vertical drop to ski and snowboard enthusiasts. ... Lake Tahoe from Squaw Valley. ... Olympic Valley, California in the United States is located northwest of Tahoe City along Highway 89 on the banks of the Truckee River near Lake Tahoe. ... For other uses, see Playboy (disambiguation). ... Legends Hotel and Resort is located in Vernon Township, New Jersey. ... Foreclosure is the equitable proceeding in which a bank or other secured creditor sells or repossesses a parcel of real property (immovable property) due to the owners failure to comply with an agreement between the lender and borrower called a mortgage or deed of trust. ...


Vernon Valley

In 1968, a new ski resort, known as Vernon Valley, opened adjacent to Great Gorge, to the north. Vernon Valley was founded by investors who saw the area as a big money maker. Rather than invest time and effort into carefully designing their ski area, the investment group cut a number of trails straight from the top to the bottom of the mountain. Shortly thereafter in 1968, state wildlife officials demanded that the owners of Vernon Valley be evicted after the improper use of land leased to them by the state, causing much embarrassment to the investment firm. After the foreclosure of Great Gorge, it was sold to Vernon Valley, who merged the two areas forming Vernon Valley/Great Gorge (VVGG). Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ...


In 1974, VVGG was purchased by Great American Recreation, under the leadership of Eugene Mulvihill Sr. Under Great American, VVGG built up a large arsenal of snowmaking equipment, which allowed the new resort to avoid the unpleasant fate of the original Great Gorge. VVGG, which claimed 53 runs (emphasis on "claimed") and the largest snowmaking system in the country became an incredibly popular skiing destination in the region. In 1978, VVGG opened Action Park, an amusement park with over 75 rides and, attractions including over 40 water slides, bungee jumping, go karts, bumper boats, mini golf, nude dancing, concerts and shows. Action Park became as popular in the summer as VVGG was in the winter, also becoming a regional destination. Action Park was a popular amusement park open from 1978 to 1996 in Vernon, New Jersey, on the property of the former Vernon Valley/Great Gorge ski area, today Mountain Creek. ...


The future years saw great success for VVGG. During the 1980s, Coblestone Village was built, which included restaurants and shops including a Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream shop as well as the "Vernon Valley Brauhaus" brewery. The decade also saw rise to Great Gorge Village, a condo development with hundreds of luxury housing units, many of which are slopeside, allowing ski-in/ski-out access, and The Spa at Great Gorge, a 4-star luxury resort and spa complete with an 18-hole golf course and a number of indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Great American's developments along with VVGG became known collectively as the Great Gorge Resort. VVGG continued to upgrade their skiing operations, installing a number of new lifts, including a triple chairlift in 1981.


VVGG continued to see success throughout the late 1980s, but during the early 1990s, poor attendance combined with poor and corrupt management led the Great Gorge Resort on a downward spiral. Great American Recreation, who was fined by the SEC in 1984 after pleading guilty in 1984 to five counts of fraud, theft and conspiracy related to the unauthorized operation of an insurance company, was traded publicly on the NASDAQ, under the symbol GRAR. The stock was traded through shady investment fronts and behind the scenes, Mulvihill and his partners were alleged to have skimmed profits and cut inside deals. Eventually, the stock collapsed and in 1995, GAR filed for bankruptcy. For a few years, the resort operated with no insurance policy, which led even fewer patrons to come. In 1996, a number of large lawsuits stemming from the resort having no insurance policy led Action Park to close its doors. Eventually, money became so tight that in 1996, Great Gorge North and South were unable to operate, and only Vernon Valley operated - barely. The resort was never able to get out of bankruptcy and finally, in 1997, the Great Gorge Resort shut down all of its operations. In 1998, the assets of Great American Recreation were sold. Great Gorge Village, the Spa at Great Gorge and the Spa Golf Course remained with Eugene Mulvihill Sr., and renamed Crystal Springs Resort, and VVGG ski area and Action Park were sold to Intrawest, a Canadian skiing company, owner of many of the most prominent ski resorts in North America. SEC redirects here. ... NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... Intrawest TSX: ITW NYSE: IDR is a world leader in destinations resorts and luxury adventure travel. ...


Mountain Creek

The Appalachian as seen from The Cabriolet Gondola February 23, 2008
The Appalachian as seen from The Cabriolet Gondola February 23, 2008

After purchasing the resort, Intrawest renamed it Mountain Creek and invested millions of dollars into the refurbishment of the resort. Intrawest removed 11 of the 13 lifts, replacing them with a high speed 8-passenger open air "Cabriolet" gondola, and two high-speed detachable quad lifts, all built by Doppelmayr. The Great Gorge Lodge, which hadn't operated for the past few years and hadn't been refurbished in nearly 30 years underwent a major renovation, and was renamed Mountain Creek South. Intrawest launched Mountain Creek in time for the 1998/99 season. Doppelmayr is a family-owned company based in Wolfurt, Vorarlberg, Austria. ...


Intrawest also resurrected Action Park, which had been closed since 1996. Intrawest removed Action Park's motor world, which featured go-karts and speedboats, as well as the bungee jumping tower and skyshot rides. Water World underwent millions of dollars in renovation and reopened as Mountain Creek Waterpark and operated by Palace Entertainment (www.palaceentertainment.com). Intrawest continues to invest in new attractions at the waterpark. Action Park was a popular amusement park open from 1978 to 1996 in Vernon, New Jersey, on the property of the former Vernon Valley/Great Gorge ski area, today Mountain Creek. ... Mountain Creek Waterpark is a seasonal water theme park located at Mountain Creek Ski Resort in Vernon Township, New Jersey. ...


Intrawest drafted a master plan for the resort, whose centerpiece was a residential and shopping village, a staple of Intrawest resorts. Included in the village plans are a conference center, numerous hotels, condos, townhouses, shops, and restaurants. On the mountaintop was to be a golf course surrounded by hotels and condos. This mountaintop development was scrapped however, as the land that it was located on was sold by the State of New Jersey to Mountain Creek's previous owners, Great American Recreation, with a deed restriction that stated that the land was to be used only for passive recreation, such as fishing, hiking, and camping. Intrawest therefore sold the land back to the state for 7 million dollars and permission to expand skiing on portions of the mountain where it was previously prohibited.[1] This article is about the U.S. state. ...


On October 10, 1999, the 31 year old McIlvaine designed base lodge was destroyed by a fire. This event occurred only a few months before the 1999/2000 ski season would begin. To continue operations, a temporary complex of prefabricated tents with integrated trailer bathrooms was built by Sprung Instant Structures. Mountain Creek publically stated they had intended to replace the temporary complex with a permanent structure for the following 2000/2001 ski season. For whatever reasons, those plans were put on hold. The temporary complex is still in use as of the 2007/2008 ski season.[2] There is a new lodge in the design phase, but Intrawest and the Township of Vernon have not approved any plans. [3] [4]


In 2002, Mountain Creek opened the first phase of their master-planend resort village, Black Creek Sanctuary, a luxury townhouse community built on the site of Action Park's Motor World.


In the winter of 2003, construction began on The Appalachian, a luxury condominium/hotel property built in the parking lot of Vernon base. The hotel opened for the 2006/2007 ski season. The Appalachian is the centerpiece hotel/condominium property being built by Mountain Creek for their master planned village. ...


The Chevy U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix was held at Mountain Creek in both 2004 and 2005. The centerpiece of this event was Mountain Creek's Superpipe, one of the only superpipes in the east. A superpipe is a large halfpipe. ...


Mountain Creek opened their 2007/2008 winter sports season with a few notable changes to the trail map. The eastern side of the Vernon Peak (including the Great Northern, Khyber Pass, Independence Pass, Indian Pass, Bridge Run, Sayonara, and Half Moon trails), which used to be home to their freestyle terrain park, was converted into intermediate slopes. The ‘Superpipe’ trail is all that remains of snowboarding specific terrain on the Vernon Peak. The entire Mountain Creek South area (South Peak and Bear Peak) houses the new terrain park, displacing the previously intermediate and advanced trails. All slopes off those peaks are single diamond trails with additional ratings for the kind of freestyle terrain from small to extra large. The new terrain park is claimed by Mountain Creek to be the largest in the east. Additionally, a long intermediate trail off the Granite Peak called Granite View, was removed from the trail map entirely. Minor changes were also made in the dining structure; including that the red one-time use rental lockers were moved outdoors and replaced with a more compact bag-check station.


Future of Mountain Creek

Intrawest plans to build hundreds, perhaps thousands of resort condo-hotel units with extremely well appointed amenities. Their first condo-hotel property opened on July 31, 2006 and welcomed its first guests and residents. There are plans to build numerous buildings housing condo-hotels, luxurious five-star mountain lodge hotels, conference center, and many cobblestone streets filled with designer boutiques and cozy brasseries. Much will depend on the restriction placed by the town of Vernon under the Town Center restrictions. Currently the town of Vernon has approved three additional buildings to the project.[5] is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Street Cafe, Jerusalem, Henry Fenn (1838- ): steel engraving in Picturesque Palestine, ca 1875 A coffeehouse, coffee shop, or café shares some of the characteristics of a bar, and some of the characteristics of a restaurant. ...



Currently there is no movement at all to restart work on the elaborate Appalachian ski village planned by Intrawest, which bought the faltering Mountain Creek ski area and water park in 1999 and immediately upgraded both facilities. Statements from Intrawest representatives are as follows: “During the last two years Intrawest and the resort industry in general has experienced a significant softening of the real estate market, which has included Mountain Creek,” the company asserted, adding that it could not commit to completing the village..[6]


The Mountain

Mountains

  • Vernon Peak
    • Vertical: 1,040 ft (317 m)
    • Base elevation: 440 ft (134 m)
    • Summit elevation: 1,480 ft (451 m)
  • Granite Peak
    • Vertical: 848 ft (258 m)
    • Base: 600 ft (180 m)
    • Summit: 1,448 ft (441 m)
  • South Peak
    • Vertical: 1,000 ft (305 m)
    • Base: 450 ft (137 m)
    • Summit: 1,450 ft (442 m)
  • Bear Peak
    • Vertical: 630 ft (192 m)
    • Base: 450 ft (137 m)
    • Summit: 1,080 ft (329 m)
Mountain Creek South Lodge
Mountain Creek South Lodge

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Trails

  • 45 total trails
  • 11 lifts
  • 16 miles (26 km) total of trails
  • 8 beginner trails, 18%
  • 13 intermediate trails, 29%
  • 23 advanced trails, 51% (19 of which are terrain park trails, 42%)
  • 1 expert trail 2%

Terrain parks

  • "Largest Terrain Park in the East!"
  • 63 skiable acres
  • 19 total freestyle terrain park trail
  • 42% total skiable area is terrain parks

Outdated...

  • In the 2005-2006 season, 8 hits and 28 jibs, including log jibs and various boxes and rails.
  • Their largest terrain park, costs nothing to ride at south only if you have a pass or lift ticket. Your lift ticket does not cover this cost!

Snowtubing

  • 8 tubing lanes
  • 180 tubes
  • 1 tubing lift
  • lighted for night tubing

Lifts

Lift Name Type Manufacturer Installed
The Cabriolet 8 Passenger detachable open-air gondola Doppelmayr 1998
Sugar Quad Fixed-grip quad chairlift Partek 1998
Vernon Triple Fixed-grip triple chairlift Borvig 1981
South Peak Express Detachable quad chairlift Doppelmayr 1998
Bear Peak Express Detachable quad chairlift Doppelmayr 1998
Granite Quad Fixed-grip quad chairlift Doppelmayr 1998
Sojourn Double Fixed-grip double chairlift Borvig 1971
  • 11 total lifts
    • 1 eight-passenger detachable gondola
    • 2 high speed detachable quads
    • 2 fixed grip quads
    • 1 fixed grip triple
    • 1 fixed grip double
    • 3 magic carpet surface lifts
    • 1 rope surface lift

Doppelmayr CTEC is an aerial lift manufacturer based in Salt Lake City, Utah and Saint-Jérôme, Quebec and originally known as CTEC. It is the successor to Thiokols ski lift division, founded in 1976 by Jan Leonard and Mark Ballantyne, who had worked for Thiokol since the... Hunter Mountain chairlift A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift (technically, an elevated passenger ropeway), is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a continuously circulating steel cable loop strung between two end terminals and usually over intermediate towers, carrying a series of chairs. ... Partek Ski Lifts was a chairlift manufacturer based in Pine Island, New York. ... Hunter Mountain chairlift A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift (technically, an elevated passenger ropeway), is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a continuously circulating steel cable loop strung between two end terminals and usually over intermediate towers, carrying a series of chairs. ... Borvig was a chairlift manufacturer based in Pine Island, New York. ... Detachable quad chairlift grip. ... Doppelmayr CTEC is an aerial lift manufacturer based in Salt Lake City, Utah and Saint-Jérôme, Quebec and originally known as CTEC. It is the successor to Thiokols ski lift division, founded in 1976 by Jan Leonard and Mark Ballantyne, who had worked for Thiokol since the... Detachable quad chairlift grip. ... Doppelmayr CTEC is an aerial lift manufacturer based in Salt Lake City, Utah and Saint-Jérôme, Quebec and originally known as CTEC. It is the successor to Thiokols ski lift division, founded in 1976 by Jan Leonard and Mark Ballantyne, who had worked for Thiokol since the... Hunter Mountain chairlift A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift (technically, an elevated passenger ropeway), is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a continuously circulating steel cable loop strung between two end terminals and usually over intermediate towers, carrying a series of chairs. ... Doppelmayr CTEC is an aerial lift manufacturer based in Salt Lake City, Utah and Saint-Jérôme, Quebec and originally known as CTEC. It is the successor to Thiokols ski lift division, founded in 1976 by Jan Leonard and Mark Ballantyne, who had worked for Thiokol since the... Hunter Mountain chairlift A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift (technically, an elevated passenger ropeway), is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a continuously circulating steel cable loop strung between two end terminals and usually over intermediate towers, carrying a series of chairs. ... Borvig was a chairlift manufacturer based in Pine Island, New York. ... Tochal gondola lift carry tourists and skiers to Tochal mountain,Tehran, Iran. ...

Snowmaking

  • 100% trail coverage
  • 1,000 snow guns
  • More snowmaking capacity than any resort in the region

See also

Action Park was a popular amusement park open from 1978 to 1996 in Vernon, New Jersey, on the property of the former Vernon Valley/Great Gorge ski area, today Mountain Creek. ...

Notes

  1. ^ The Bergen Record; N.J. buying back land from builder - The Bergan Record
  2. ^ THE SKI REPORT; Fire on the Mountain Puts Resort on Plan B - New York Times
  3. ^ NYT SKI REPORT; Boarders and Free Skiers Get Own Peak in New Jersey - New York Times
  4. ^ Straus News; One more year until proposed center replaces tents
  5. ^ Straus Newspapers - Sparta Independent / News
  6. ^ The New York Times / Condo Confections Hit a Snag

External links

Action Park was a popular amusement park open from 1978 to 1996 in Vernon, New Jersey, on the property of the former Vernon Valley/Great Gorge ski area, today Mountain Creek. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

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