Mountain Creek Offers Winter Fun

Want loads of fun all in one destination? Mountain Creek is about a 1 - 1 1/2 hour drive from Long Island and offers the best skiing, boarding, mountain biking and water sports on the slopes as well as golf, hiking, wineries, antiquing, farmers markets and more nearby. The ski season is not over yet, with flurries still lingering in the air - four peaks challenge all levels of skiers and riders - Vernon, Granite, South and Bear Peak each have something unique to offer. With more than 60 acres of progressive freestyle terrain across South and Bear Peaks and 2 dedicated high-speed quads, South is the ultimate terrain fun zone. The mountain is divided into 6 "neighborhoods" to provide the best of intro-zones, Old School, Throwback, Junkyard, Bonks, Advanced and Jump line. Take advantage of the free indoor board and ski check while you take a break and grab a bite to refuel. All guests traveling between South and Granite peaks must take a 5-minute safety quiz to obtain a pass through the terrain park. Night skiing and riding is available on all peaks until 9 pm most nights, and then the party begins at Kink, the mountain's nightclub at the base of South.

Want to polish up your technique? Mountain Creek offers affordable lessons and clinics for all level skiers and riders from kid’s camps, to ladies group lessons, racing clinics and more. Let your wild side out and take a terrain park lesson. Mountain Creek is also home to a unique water park built into the side of the mountain and the new Alpine Pipeline, a high-flying 2-person express that shoots riders down a tunnel in the blink of an eye. Mountain Creek's Diablo Mountain Bike Park (www.diablofreeridepark.com) opens May 1st and offers over 40 world-class trails re-affirming itself as an international bike destination.

Even though the resort is a relatively short drive from New York City and Long Island, consider staying at the resort's new slope side lodge, the Appalachian, built in 2006 and offering some of the finest luxury amenities at a down-to-earth price. Why have a great day at Mountain Creek and then battle rush hour traffic back home? Relax and take in all the mountain has to offer from challenging trails, to exciting nightlife and top-notch dining. From conference rooms to spa amenities, a fitness room, saunas, an outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, to private ski lockers, you don't need to go anywhere else. Plus, a free shuttle takes you around the resort as well as into the town of Warwick, NY filled with quaint shops, restaurants, dairy farms and more. The Appalachian Trail, for all you hikers, birders and outdoor enthusiasts is only minutes away. Planning a special event, family reunion or business meeting? Rent a room at the Appalachian just for the day! The perfect way to entertain for just a little while when you're planning a party, business event, or a simple family gathering. It's your home away from home! Renting a day suite (a 3 bedroom 2 kitchen suite) is great for holiday celebrations, friend/family ski outings, ski club parents, birthday parties, and intimate bridal/baby showers. For a quick meal in between runs, the Mountain Express is the place for the whole family to grab a sandwich or salad and a refreshing fountain soda. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it's your traditional lodge fare, in a non-traditional space. Grab a bite, recharge your batteries and hit the slopes again!

Want to own a piece of the mountain for yourself? Mountainside suites in the Appalachian including studio, one and two-bedroom suites are for sale. From the outside in, The Appalachian reflects traditional mountain lodge mood and design. Suite ownership includes a private landscaped courtyard overlooking a four-season outdoor heated pool with hot tubs. Inside, you'll find the handsome rustic charm of Adirondack architecture, the earthy comfort of a stone hearth, the character and strength high ceilings and timber beams. From the slopes, you can ski home to your backyard or stroll right into the Cobblestone Village for some shopping or a bite to eat. Store your equipment in your private ski locker and retire to the hot tubs and lounge. Whether you're there or not, your home can be fully managed by caring and capable hands, giving you priceless peace of mind.

Black Creek Sanctuary, removed from the mountain buzz, is ensconced in a private gated community, surrounded by a natural setting and is located just steps from the Vernon base area - it's the answer for families seeking the absolute best of both worlds. One, two and three bedroom units are available for sale. Whether it's relaxing by the pool and hot tubs or roasting marshmallows around the fire-pit, Black Creek's sweet spots are ideal for bringing family and friends together with the excitement and vitality of the mountain just minutes away. For more info on owning real estate at Mountain Creek, contact, Playground Destination Properties at Mountain Creek, 866-858-3399 or email: mountaincreek@playground.com

If skiing, boarding or biking is not your thing, there's plenty to do in the surrounding area. There are: 6 award-winning golf courses, including the state's #1 public course, wineries, apple orchards, dairy farms and farmer's markets, antiquing and craft villages, music and entertainment, historic landmarks, state and federal parks with endless trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, scenic waterways and wildlife observation. Other notable attractions include: The Sterling Hill Mining Museum, The Franklin Mineral Museum, The Space Farms Zoo, Sussex Skyhawks Minor League Baseball, New Jersey State Fair and The Renaissance Fair. For more info or directions to Mountain Creek, visit www.mountaincreek.com or call 1-973-827-2000.

$20 CHANCE TO WIN a $50,000 CUSTOM-BUILT CHOPPER, SNOWBOARD, SKIS AND POLES!
Orange County Choppers, as seen on the Discovery Channel show "American Chopper" is well known for unique and imaginative custom chopper fabrication. The OCC Gang custom-built a chopper for Mountain Creek as a raffle prize to benefit the Vernon PAL (Police Athletic League) organization. This super cool bike comes complete with ski pole grips, snowboard spokes, a snow-cameo paint job, and a one-of-a-kind rack for packing your skis or snowboard to the slopes! (Board, skis and poles are included as shown in photo). Click on www.mountaincreek.com/chopper to buy a $20 chance to win this $50,000 motorcycle! You'll be mailed your ticket stub. Only 4,999 tickets will be sold. The raffle will be drawn on Sunday, March 14 @ 1pm during Mountain Creek's Annual Z-100 Snow-Plow Luau and Pond Skim party. You do not need to be present to win. For more info, call Heather Vanicek at 973-864-8093.

Mountain Creek's Appalachian Hotel
Riders on the gondola enjoy fast lift service and an amazing view of Black Creek Sanctuary (in bg)
Mountain Creek custom chopper worth $50,000