20 Years of Snowboarding in New Jersey
Here’s a little snowboarding history lesson from our good friends at Mountain Creek…
Vernon, NJ (February 21, 2008) – Snowboarding in New Jersey is marking a major milestone this winter, and Mountain Creek is throwing the sport a huge anniversary bash!
In 1985 only 39 of the 600 resorts in the U.S. allowed snowboarding, and two years later in 1987 Vernon Valley/Great Gorge jumped on the bandwagon. At first riders were required to take a mandatory certification test, but Vernon Valley quickly became the largest Snowboarding School in North America under the direction of Jay Westerveld.
In 1992, the resort built its first half pipe near the base of what is now the Sugar slope. Just two years later, the first dedicated terrain park was born, called Twisted World it was located on what is now Half Moon. After Intrawest purchased the resort in 1998, famed old-school Bear Mountain and Volcom rider Mike Parillo designed the new terrain park, which in 2001 morphs into the Uncommon Ground park. The new park is featured in its first major DVD release, ‘Road to Madness’ by Kurt Heine. 2003 marks the birth of the now famous JibLab under the direction of Shawn Orecchio and Julian Arendarski, the very next year Transworld Snowboarding ranks Mountain Creek as the #3 Terrain Park in North America for Best Jib Variety, and the resort gains national attention hosting the first of three annual Chevrolet US Snowboard Grand Prix events, culminating with the naming of the 2006 Olympic Halfpipe Team right her in Jersey! Last, but not least, the winter of 2007 brings the arrival of South, a 65-acre all mountain terrain park which is the Largest Terrain Park in the East!
So whether you’ve been riding for 20 years, or just learned this season, the weekend of March 1st – 2nd is a great opportunity to get out and celebrate! Throughout the weekend there will be numerous sponsor prize and gear giveaways as Mountain Creek plays host to the Burton Demo Tour and Betty Rides event. Festivities will culminate with a 20th Anniversary Party at the Kink Lounge on Saturday night. For more details visit: Mountaincreek.com