Mountain Creek, the tri-state area’s premiere destination for
mountain adventure, is excited to announce the return of Ed Youmans
to the resort in the role of Chief Operating Officer, effective
immediately. Prior to his appointment as COO at Mountain Creek,
Youmans was with Lake Tahoe’s Diamond Peak for the last 13 years,
most recently as General Manager of the resort. Youmans’ accepting
the position as COO at Mountain Creek is a homecoming of sorts,
having begun his career in the resort industry as a lift operator at
Mountain Creek in the early eighties, when the resort still went by
the name of Vernon Valley/Great Gorge.
Youmans, a New Jersey native, grew up learning to ski at Vernon
Valley/Great Gorge and it wasn’t long before he sought employment at
the resort as a way to help facilitate his love affair with winter
sports. Far from the stereotypical ski bum, Youmans advanced up the
ranks from a lift operator position in 1984, eventually becoming
Mountain Operations Manager, prior to leaving for an executive
position with Diamond Peak in 1995.
Youmans’ return to Mountain Creek is also a re-pairing of sorts for
himself and Bill Benneyan, to whom he reported when Benneyan was
General Manager at Vernon Valley/Great Gorge in 1994. Benneyan, who
became the Chief Marketing Officer for Crystal Springs and Mountain
Creek in 2010, will be working hand-in-hand with Youmans as the two
oversee the resorts development into one of the most modern, full-
service alpine adventure faculties on the east coast.
“I couldn’t be happier to have Ed coming back to Mountain Creek as a
peer. His work rehabilitating Diamond Peak is well known in the
industry and with the new capital we’re investing in this resort, I
couldn’t think of a better guy to guide us through some amazing years
of growth,” commented Benneyan.
Youmans joining Mountain Creek comes at an ideal time to oversee a
360 degree revamp of the resort. After the successful merger of
Mountain Creek by Crystal Springs Resort in May of 2010, more than
$40 million dollars has been invested to improve the resorts
infrastructure, including the largest snow tubing center in the
country and the world-class, 55,000 square foot Red Tail Lodge.
Combined together, Crystal Springs and Mountain Creek now offer 4-
season world-class amenities including seven award-winning golf
courses, two top-ranked spas, abundant lodging, a globally-renowned
120,000 bottle wine cellar, the Mountain Creek Waterpark and Diablo
Freeride mountain bike park.
About Mountain Creek
Located in Vernon, NJ, Mountain Creek is the tri-state area’s
premiere destination for mountain excitement. Just 47 miles from the
George Washington Bridge, Mountain Creek is easily accessible for New
York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania residents looking for a
world-class resort experience in less than two hours from many major
locations. Mountain Creek offers over 167 acres of terrain on four
mountain peaks with 100% night skiing and the region’s highest
vertical at 1040′.
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