Friday, February 26, 2010

We're not in Jersey anymore, Dorothy.

Die hard skiers and snowboarders brave the winter storm for some fresh powder at MountainCreek

Put that bowl of Cookie Crisp down and get your gear together. I'm not about to let you miss the most epic February Mountain Creek has seen in recent years. We got 20 inches of new snow in a little over 24 hours.

Yes, I said TWENTY.

As if that isn't exciting enough... we're expecting light snow to last all day today dropping another 2-4" on us. That'd bring us to 2 feet of luscious, natural, slashable snow.

Yes, I said 2 FEET.

Ok, see you shortly.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oh hey, it's snowing. Again.

We're getting pounded with snow for the 3rd week in a row! I'm not sure you truly understand how amazing conditions are right now. I mean, blogs are good 'n all, but until this thing can interactively build you a snowman... you're just going to have to come here and experience it first hand.

Here's a photo from 4pm today!

Yep, that's an 8 incher. But wait! There's more! We'll be skiing and riding through 12+ inches of powder Friday morning. Keep your eyes and ears open - we'll have plenty of pics documenting the luscious pow pow. 

Pfft... and you thought you needed to drive more than an hour for powder turns. Silly goose. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dramatic Snowball Fight

Just a little video of some kids having a dramatic snowball fight in Cobblestone Village.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

SNOW way, José.

Remember when we lived in New Jersey and it snowed an average of 8” each week in February? Oh. Haha, that’s happening! Weird.

This Thursday, we’re in for some MORE snow. Not the fluffy kind… the kind that falls hard, fast and sticks with a vengeance. Based on the long term forecast, we could be slashing close to a foot of snow on Friday morning.

And now, ladies and gents… the weather maps.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Snow!

It's amaaaaazing out there now! Not even a week later and we've got another 6" of fresh snow on the ground. "Huge" and I busted out the yellow ruler at around 11am this morning and here's what we found!

We also took the video camera and threw together this little powderific treat for you. Today is NOT the day you want to be a desk jockey. Enjoy the footy and we'll see you here this weekend (or sooner)!


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Rapid Play: Winter Jam 2010

See the recap blog and winners here.

Friday, February 12, 2010

SNOWtorious B.I.G.

Oh hi, foot of fresh snow. Thanks for dropping by. It DUMPED snow Tuesday night into Thursday morning. Needless to say, conditions are epic! I'm sure all of you read, heard, and saw the newscasters going bananas about it... Well, that... and the big Toyota recall scandal. Good thing snowboards and skis don't have faulty brake systems. Whew!

So, this was a taste of what the mountain looks like. Hopefully, you're seeing the same thing through the window in your slope-side room at the Appalachian. (<-- Shameless plug.)

Check out the rest of the photos on our Facebook fan page.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Blizzard Blowout!

As I type this, snow is literally dumping from the sky. Some of you might be thinking... "Wow, it's actually snowing in New Jersey! Golly gee... I wish I had a place to stay so I could snag fresh tracks on Thursday. Shucks!"

Chin up, kiddo. We've got you covered. Since we're all snow bums at heart, we've cooked up this sick little setup for you. If you're wearing socks... you're better hold on to them real tight.

Tonight (2/10), we're gettin' a little crazy and offering up our studio rooms at the Appalachian for just $99 - that's as low as $24.75 per person (4 in a room). But wait! There's more!

Then, you and your 3 friends can roll out of bed and into the car for $99 Carload Thursdays! You just got yourself a ski & stay package for $49.50.

Yeah. That just happened.

So here's what you do. Sign off the computer, go pack your bag, put that bag in the car, pick up your friends and come shred the Jersey pow pow (with your 3 brosephs).


P.S. - In celebration of this snow, we're opening South Peak at 9am on Thursday (2/11) and Friday (2/12).

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Winter Jam Recap

The annual Winter Jam NYC was super fun this past weekend! It was cold, but thousands of people came from all over to play in the snow with us. The Switch Academy Rail Jam was amazing, too - big ups to the park crew, snowmakers and groomers for bringing their mountainous skills to the city. 

The three features were expertly installed in the middle of Central Park including a flat down flat box, flat rail and slanted box. The Mountain Creek foam fingers were out in full force - people may have liked the added flair, but I think it also provided some extra warmth. I don't think the temp got above 25 degrees, but with the wind chill... it felt close to -1,020 degrees at best... sort of.

Pro snowboarder, Pat Moore and others judged two heats - Pros and Almost Pros. Our hometown heroes swept the Pros division! Here are your winners:

NYC Almost PROS:

1- Alexey Starchikov
2- Ben Spinale
3- Marvin Yang


1- Sean Neary
2- JT Bingler
3- Nick Dakota

Skier Winner: Tucker Foti
Female Winner: Katie Courcier

Anyway, here are some pictures from the event. Watch the Winter Jam video here!


Friday, February 5, 2010

Winter Jam NYC

This Saturday, February 6, 2010, we will be spreading the stoke to those strolling through Central Park at Winter Jam NYC 2010. Winter Jam NYC is an annual winter sports festival that encourages New Yorkers (and those inhabiting the “6th borough”) to come out and enjoy the outdoors during the colder months.

The centerpiece of this year’s Winter Jam event will be our own Switch Academy Rail Jam! Come out and watch as New York and New Jersey’s best riders throw down to impress special guest judge, Pat Moore. Throughout the day, the freestyle coaches from Switch Academy will also be giving pointers to those interested in improving their freestyle skills or sliding their first feature.

Winter Jam NYC starts at 11am and lasts through 4pm. Grab your board and experience shredding to the melodic sounds of taxi cabs and street vendors.

More info at:


Monday, February 1, 2010

Twisted Kids!

Twisted Kids is seeing some serious talent these days. I guess those Switch Academy tips are paying off... Though, the prizes might have something to do with the increasing attendance and level of skill.

On Sunday, we had a great turnout on Twist. Approximately 15 kids took part in the hour long jam session. One lucky chap walked away with a Rossignol "Mini" snowboard. We didn't get his name, so we'll call him Mini Snowboard Guy. Enjoy that new shred stick, kiddo.

Here are a few snapshots from Sunday. See you next week!