Vernon, New Jersey—In the past several years, Mountain Creek has earned national recognition for their Parks and Pipes program, and will continue to raise the bar during the 05/06 winter season.
Mountain Creek has demonstrated this continued commitment to Parks & Pipes by injecting the program with nearly $250,000 in seasonal improvements. A spiffy 2006 Piston Bully ‘Edge’ Park Bully has been added which will allow for more efficient building and grooming of freestyle terrain. In addition to an overhauled park layout, Shawn Orecchio, Parks & Pipes Manager, has completely revised the park layout and has implemented trail improvements which will accommodate more options and provide the flexibility to establish multiple lines in key areas.
On the jib front … boasting more than fifteen years of rail fabrication experience collectively, the JibLab crew has been hard at work building up to ten new jibs for the coming season placing more emphasis on introductory park features as well as higher-end jibs. “We are fortunate to have a veteran crew that really works well together on all levels. It is with this experience that we are able to consistently improve our program and be on the forefront of innovation”, said Orecchio. In addition to new traditional park features, creative wooden elements will complement the park design, including tree bonks, slides and a hitching post. With over 40 features in existing inventory, including two popular wallrides, park layouts can be easily changed-up on a rotating basis. In support of the 2006 Grand Prix Finals, the Jiblab will also fabricate a handful of custom features to be introduced at the event. Mountain Creek has also begun to sell some “retired” rails to other resorts, further demonstrating our reputation for excellence earned by the JibLab’s innovation and craftsmanship.
The resort is deeply dedicated to progression programs, and helping the guest grow their skills, whether he or she is a first-timer, an intermediate rider, or has aspirations of going pro. Learning programs like Chill On The Hill, Progression Freestyle, and the Progression Session Snowboard Camp will introduce both riders and skiers to freestyle terrain. Additionally, the JibLab will build a handful of smaller boxes to add to the existing inventory of EZ-Slide rails and other beginner level features, and will design a true Intro park on Half Moon.
After a very successful introduction last year, the Tylenol Main Park on Vernon Peak will again require a $5 Park Pass valid for the entire season. The inaugural Park Pass was effective in improving safety on the resort’s most advanced freestyle terrain by requiring freestylers to view the Smart Style educational video and reducing crowding.
Major snowmaking improvements to the Superpipe will allow for an earlier opening than ever before, and guarantee that the pipe is in top-notch condition when the 2006 Chevrolet Grand Prix Halfpipe finals return to Mountain Creek, January 20 -21. This year, the event will double as the Olympic team qualifier, and the US Olympic Team will be named live from the resort on Saturday, January 21.
Events are a key part of the Parks & Pipes scene at Mountain Creek, and the resort is bringing back the popular Ski Barn Jammin’ for Swag series, Mid-Atlantic Snowboard Series, Forum Youngbloods Rail Jam, and Freeski Super Fling, as well new events like Rome’s Jibulation, Trans-Am Rail Jam and Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam. Visit www.mountaincreek.com for all the details. And of course, the eagerly-anticipated JibLab Chronicles will return to mountaincreek.com with behind-the-scenes video clips and exclusive content.