Don't let the location fool you. Crystal Springs Resort, an extensive four-season resort destination in New Jersey, is home to Mountain Creek, one of the Mid-Atlantic's most popular ski areas.
The resort is within short drive distance in the huge Metro NY-NJ ski/ride market and has more development plans on the docket.
Mountain Creek President Bill Benneyan told SnoCountry.com that plans are underway for the construction of a 400-room hotel within walking distance to the slopes. The hotel, tentatively scheduled for completion in winter 2016, will feature a massive 100,000 square-foot indoor water park.
"Our location in northern New Jersey, only 50 miles from Manhattan, makes us a prime vacation destination for people who appreciate the beauty of this part of the state," said Benneyan. "We think it's a wonderful place to play and stay."
Other plans for the ski area include a possible expansion of the beginner's area next year in order to accommodate the growing population of first-time skiers, he said.
With 44 trails, a vertical of 1,040 feet, and eight lifts -- including two high-speed quads and a high speed eight-passenger gondola -- Mountain Creek offers something for every level of skier.
New Jersey has long been on the receiving end of countless jokes, often referring to their highway system (“Which exit are you from?”) or their less than flattering "Joyzee" accents. Snooki's antics didn't help. But, Crystal Springs quickly dispels any preconceived notions. Here you'll find a ski area with all the amenities of a major destination.
Nestled in the mountains of scenic northern New Jersey, Mountain Creek is a fun-filled skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing vacation or getaway destination spanning 167 acres across four peaks.
A ski group I belong to especially enjoys South Peak, a cruiser's paradise. Skiers and boarders can crisscross from one peak to the other by traversing some leisurely trails or via interconnected lifts. With 100 percent snowmaking coverage and the entire mountain lit for night skiing, skiers will discover an abundance of challenges from morning through night.
Snowboarders can jib and bone out on terrain parks that encompass 67 dedicated freestyle acres, all serviced by a high speed quad and eight passenger gondola. There are a dozen park-specific trails with 80 features. There's also a dedicated base lodge with an indoor skate bowl.
Guests can choose from several accommodations, including the Grand Cascades Lodge Minerals Resort & Spa, and Mountain Creek Resort Lodging.
The Winter Chill Package at the Grand Cascades features chocolate covered strawberries delivered to the room after arrival, a 50-minute, full-body Chocolate Soufflé Aromatherapy Massage per adult at Reflections Spa, and $50 dining credit to Crystal Tavern.
Also included in the package is unlimited access to the Biosphere Pool Complex with heated indoor freeform pool, water slide, hot tub, steam room and sauna and unlimited access to Minerals Sports Club at nearby Minerals Resort & Spa, including four indoor/outdoor heated pools, weekly fitness classes, yoga and more.
Skiers may instead opt for the Mountain Creek Resort and its Appalachian and Black Creek Sanctuary, which provides slopeside and town home vacation lodging at the base of the ski mountain. Guests enjoy ski-in/ski-out accommodations with four-season pool and hot tubs, a well-equipped fitness center and underground parking.
There are no shortage of restaurants to help whet the appetite. A dozen resort restaurants range from casual to gourmet, highlighted by Restaurant Latour and its 135,000-bottle Wine Cellar, a Wine Spectator Grand Award winner since 2006.
Four spas grace the grounds. Elements Spa is ranked among the nation’s best by Spas of America’s Top 100 Spas. This luxury spa at Minerals Resort is a special Shangri-la where they say “healing powers of the earth have been incorporated into breathtaking design and rejuvenating services.”