Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Precious Moments with Pennings Farm

I’m a quick study when it comes to Accuweather Professional, but I wanted to learn some more traditional methods of winter weather prediction. Who better to speak with than a bunch of farmers? Big Steve and Farmer Bill from Pennings Farm in Warwick, NY were happy to bestow their knowledge upon me. These… are Precious Moments. Enjoy.



-Halley

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Harlem Wizards do the 5-Pak

The Harlem Wizards to Minerals Resort and Spa, just a minute down the road from Vernon Peak. Since they have 5 guys to a team, I thought I should stop by and tell them about the High Five 5-Pak. Needless to say, they were very enthusiastic... and tall. They were also kind enough to show me some tricks, so hopefully they let us return the favor this winter.

-Halley

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Beastly Treat for You and Your Frends

Here's a little Halloween treat for you... Purchase your Mountain Creek All-Access Season Passes in the 5-Pak by 11:59pm on October 31st and your group will be automatically entered into a drawing for a pre-season getaway at Killington and Frends audio prize pack.

Killington, the Beast of the East, saw its first snow of the year today (October 15th) AND they have their snowguns ready to roar! This year as a Mountain Creek Season Passholder, you’re eligible to save up to 50% on Lift Tickets and 20% on lodging at Killington all season long… BUT you have to get your Mountain Creek Season Pass first! The snow season starts in less than a month, so get your friends together and take advantage of the early season up north to get you ready for opening day back here at home. The countdown to winter has begun…

Prize Package Includes:
2 Nights Free; Accommodations for 5
2 Days Free Lift; Tickets for 5
Frends Headphones & T-shirts

Lodging & Lift Tickets Valid Opening Day Through December 19, 2010. Some taxes and fees may apply.

Buy Now to Win!

Photo taken October 15, 2010 at Killington!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halley's Rapid Play: Who's Watching?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Old Wives' Tales for Winter

What is an Old Wives’ Tale? According to the brilliant minds at Wikipedia, an Old Wives' Tale is a type of urban legend, similar to a proverb, which is generally passed down by old wives to a younger generation.

For the purpose of this blog, I’ll be playing the role of Old Wife. Now, listen up whippersnapper – these winter predictions are important.

Consider the acorn. It’s a nut overlooked by most… unlike almonds and pistachios, because they’re the tastiest of them all. However, this autumn season, there are thousands of beefy acorns falling all over the sidewalks and denting cars. Assuming you have a banger car insurance policy, tons of acorns with sizable girth is a good thing, as they indicate a harsh winter ahead.


Storytelling continues as we take a look at the woolly bear caterpillar. Our weather-savvy friends at the Farmer’s Almanac say, “a narrow orange band in the middle of the woolly bear caterpillar warns of heavy snow. If the stripe is fat and fuzzy, expect bitter cold.” So we’re in for cold and snowy, or bitter cold (and man-made snowy). Either way… I think it’s a win/win.


Well, that was fun. I’m going to rejoin the 21st century and check Accuweather’s long-term forecast. It shouldn't be too long before places up north like Killington and Waterville Valley start snowmaking... and if you have a Mountain Creek Season Pass, you'll get wicked good discounts. Just sayin'.

-Halley

Friday, October 8, 2010

How to 5-Pak: Use Facebook!

Fellow skiers and snowboarders can be hard to spot, so finding 4 other people to get a High Five 5-Pak might seem a little daunting.

Well, I’ve got good news for you. Our Facebook page has close to 13,800 people just dying for winter to arrive. I think you know where I’m going with this…

Head over to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MountainCreekNJ. Don’t be shy. Post a little message asking if there are 4 other lonely little souls out there in dire need of a Season Pass.

Once you find your 4 new friends, you can talk on the phone for hours and hours about when you think we’ll start snowmaking, what trails we’ll open first, what board or skis you ride… even coordinate your opening day getups.


Eh, that probably won’t happen, but you’ll be forever indebted to each other. Without those other 4 people, you wouldn’t have gotten the lowest possible price on your All-Access Season Pass. High... Five…? (Sorry, I had to.)

Just remember - If you buy your pass early, you save $100. If you buy with 4 friends, you save $40 on top of that. Yep, early birds with friends save $140.

So go out there and make some friends like it’s your first day of school. We believe in you.

-Halley

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Resort Improvements: What's the deal?!

As all of you probably already know, Mountain Creek has two independent base areas located about 2 miles apart, and connected by a lift-trail network that’s known to locals for being long and slow in both directions, which can be good or bad, depending on your point of view. This summer, we decided to trade-in some 40-year-old hanging inventory in favor of more snow-time in connecting Mountain Creek South and Granite Peak with a new trail and retiring the Sojourn Double Chairlift.

The new (and as yet un-named) intermediate trail is 1 ¼ miles long, adding nearly 12 more skiable acres to the resort total. Initial clearing and cutting for the trail has begun and while we are pushing hard for completion in time for the current season, it will certainly be skiable with 100% snowmaking and lights for winter 2011-2012. In the meantime, we'll be popping out a unique fleet of shuttle buses to get you around. Once complete, this trail addition will allow you to truly ride peak-to-peak all season long. This is the first new trail expansion at Mountain Creek in more than a decade!


So what else is going on? We finished grade work on Horizon, our primary and most popular trail at Vernon Peak. The extensive cut-and-fill work will provide for more efficient snow coverage on that first-to-open top-to-bottom trail, and allow for more terrain to open faster in the critical pre-holiday period. Hi-yo.

At Mountain Creek South, park rats can expect revised park layouts, an arsenal of new features and *drum roll please*... the return of a half pipe!

The 13-foot halfpipe will be located on Bear Peak, where the core of our snowmaking firepower lives. Plus, a bit of the video-friendly lighting from the Grand Prix Superpipe will be relocated for better capture of night runs.

Our popular event venue in the Bear Base area has been rebranded as ‘The Arena.’ In keeping with this theme, we’re installing stadium quality lighting and sound system. We’re also widening the area by removing the old Magic Carpet and re-grading the land allowing for optimum snow coverage as well as more creative setups.

Well, that about covers it! Hope you’re as excited about the upcoming season as we are. The Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a “colder-than-normal” winter in the Mid-Atlantic, so we’re ready to flip the snowmaking switch as soon as possible!

-Halley