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Mountain Creek observations and questions

drjeff

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I can highly recommend Magic Devo program for 5-8 year olds. Good group of people. Kids and families down to earth. Daughter loved it. we are signed up again this year. I don't know about further up racing or freestyle programs yet. I 'think' the race coaches get poached by OMS/KMS/SMS as I would imagine its better $ and more resources for them.

Over the last 6 or 7 years that my racer kids have been a part of the Southern Vermont Council, of which Magic and it's junior racers are a part of as well, when they've had a coach leave, more often than not it seems like it's because that coaches's own child has had a ton of talent, and the coach realizes that often the sheer size of some of the other programs will likely provide their own child added advantages and potential opportunities to advance their racing careers (and potential scholarship opportunities ) even further.

Given the advances in Magic's snowmaking abilities, one of the reasons (season length) that did play a role in some of the coaches leaving, likely isn't as much of a factor at is was just a few years ago.

At least for the last 6 or 7 years that I have been actively involved with the junior racing scene in Southern VT, Magic has consistently developed and produced a number of quality young racers, and not just racers from the same couple of families (although there are 2 family names that immediately jump to mind with Magic ties and a number of quality racers over the last few years as well)
 

Ski2LiveLive2Ski

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Cabriolet is my least fav non surface lift anywhere - take off skis after every small run, stand in a crowd the whole ride up, still getting cold unlike a real gondola. I think I might even prefer a T bar.
South Mtn was cool then became a giant terrain park
Pipeline was a decent run on Granite peak, then they shut it down
So probs with all 3 peaks, overcrowded, no terrain that is even interesting

A decade ago I lived only 45 min away and at that time I went a handful of times when my schedule was too tight to go anywhere further, but after a few times I switched my "just time for a few hour outing" to Hidden Valley about 1/4 mile away - which was smaller but at least a chilling vibe and uncrowded. Hidden Valley has now become a Snow SPorts educational facility and is no longer open to the public.

I would not just say I prefer Catskills resorts to MC, I also prefer Elk, Montage, Camelback, Jack Frost, Shawnee and Blue.

On the other hand, it is the best ski area currently open to the public in NJ, and will probably stay that way even after American Dreams opens (which may make a dent in Mountain Creek crowds by providing an alternative for beginners looking for the closest skiing to NYC.
 

John9

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I have great memories of it when it was Vernon Valley, Friday night high school ski club. Bombing an icy Zero G, trail 13, was the proving ground.

The stand up, skis off lift, ended my interest in Mountain Creek. Camelback is only 45 minutes away, and I enjoy it for day trips.
 
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I have great memories of it when it was Vernon Valley, Friday night high school ski club. Bombing an icy Zero G, trail 13, was the proving ground.

The stand up, skis off lift, ended my interest in Mountain Creek. Camelback is only 45 minutes away, and I enjoy it for day trips.

I had fun there as a kid in the late 80’s but I didn’t know any better. I remember cigarette and alcohol adds on every lift tower and plenty of trash below. They don’t call it “dirty jersey” for nuthin.

The place seems planned a lot like the old water park, extremely poorly and a total shit show, it feels like a mess.
 

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I skied Mountain Creek a lot the last few years with my young kids. It's close enough to NYC for an easy day trip. Kids under 7 ski free and you can get a 3 pack of lift tickets for about $80. The Bear Peak is a lot of fun. It skies really well. Vernon is a bit of a pain with having to take your skis off for the Cabriolet. Usually we start at Vernon, make our way over the Bear and then ski there for most of the day. The kids have a blast doing the ski trek over there.

The crowds there on weekends can suck but if you get to do it on a weekday it is amazing. My son's school had a random midweek teacher's conference off day last year and we went and had the place relatively to ourself.

One of the downsides to MC is the elevation which is significantly lower than the nearby Poconos. It effects snow quality and the length of the season at MC. A lot of times MC will be bare while nearby Poconos has lots of snow.

My 7 year old (who has been skiing MC since he was 4 years old) and I had a ton of fun bombing groomers and doing baby jumps there. It's definitely a cheap and fun place to go with kids if you DONT have to rent skis there.
 
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