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Back to the Future at Mountain Creek

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Posted: Jan 04, 2012 - 4:07 PM GMT
Edited: Jan 04, 2012 - 4:11 PM GMT

browsing a report on nj.com about opening day at Mountain Creek last week, blogger complaining that lines were non-existent, it was simply a disorderly mob scene:



wow. haven't been to creek since they kicked the high school racers out in 2008. things were orderly at that time. the photo linked above reminds me of the mid 1970s, except this looks worse!

they need to get their act together



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Posted: Jan 04, 2012 - 4:40 PM GMT

In that middle pic, eight of the people on the trail are boarders and the other two, partially hidden by the lift, probably are. Any trend here? I was told that at WAWA when they had only a couple of trails open on the lower mountain, (Ralph's Run and Challenger) the count was three boarders for every skier. Maybe, in marginal conditions, boards give a better ride than skis. Or maybe boarders are more eager to get on the snow, or have more free time.
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Posted: Jan 04, 2012 - 5:02 PM GMT
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That picture is frightening. I can just imagine what it was like up on the trails. The more I see and hear about that place the less likely it is that I will ever set foot (or ski) on it again. The Pocono's are no picinic but I've never seen anything like that even at Blue which has some chaotic lift lines.

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Posted: Jan 04, 2012 - 5:16 PM GMT

I too skied VV/GG a lot during the 1970s. After looking at those photos all the bad memories flooded back. Yuk. Good to see the new ownership brought back crap line management. I wonder if they still have the 'bond holders' line for avoiding that mess.

I am so happy that this place is no longer tempts me. For another 1/2 hour of driving time I can be in the Catskills.
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Posted: Jan 04, 2012 - 7:43 PM GMT

Now those photos bring this 70s's kid back to 1976. Cue the Elton John, maybe "Philadelphia Freedom."

Just like z, I skied Vernon Valley-GG in my youth and most remember the crowds, especially on the slooooow double chairs at Great Gorge.

At least slow doubles meant few people on the slopes. This is a case where HSQs can make the few open trails very dangerous.

However, opening day at any day trip hill brings out young aggressive males, which means lots of guys in the their teens and 20s on boards.

And people actually buy condos there? Really?
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Posted: Jan 04, 2012 - 7:56 PM GMT

My favorite skiing oxymoron:
"Nobody skis there. It's too crowded."

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Posted: Jan 04, 2012 - 9:15 PM GMT

All those people there in the NY metro market, and Hidden Valley was open with the novice Chicken Delight run for 39 bucks. At least Creek got both base lodges open and a HSQ and full run at South. plus the Cabrolet and Sugar Quad at Vernon. Not anything great, but a better showing then Hidden did. It just shows that HV has a market if they could do better. The new onwner havent had alot of anything good to offer in three years. Its bad for the skiers who enjoy the unique area HV can be when its just about all open. Its like K-Mart to Magic, in a Bannana belt kind of way. BTW, HV closed Feb 27th last year. Now thats just sad.
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Posted: Jan 04, 2012 - 10:48 PM GMT

wow, crazy ... great pics.

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Posted: Jan 05, 2012 - 12:05 AM GMT

frightening pictures...
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Posted: Jan 05, 2012 - 12:33 AM GMT

I thought Wachusett was crowded.....damn that's scary
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Posted: Jan 05, 2012 - 1:17 AM GMT

Yikes. I grew up in NNJ only about 30 minutes from VV/GG. I am more of an 80s and 90s skier. While I can't speak to the 70s even when I was younger my parents were anti VV/GG and would take a longer trip to the Poconos. In our case Masthope (now Big Bear) and Tanglewood in the Lake Wallenpaupack area was the place to learn to love the sport. I also agree with the previous poster it just shows that Hidden Valley has a lot of potential that is not being realized especially for beginner and families with smaller kids.
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Posted: Jan 05, 2012 - 1:52 AM GMT

damn! Looks like Carinthia but 3 times the crowd, lol.

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