Mountain Creek Resort is announcing that they are transferring controlling ownership over to Snow Operating, who has been overseeing operations of Mountain Creek since last year. Vernon native Snow Operating CEO Joe Hession will now be co-CEO of Snow Operating and Mountain Creek. Hession, the 38 year old CEO had worked with Mountain Creek from the time he was an entry level employee at age 14, growing his career to all the way to General Manager. With the elephant in the room question of how will the $26 million sewer debt will be paid after these bankruptcy settlements remaining to be seen, Vernon Mayor Harry Shortway is expressing optimism that a deal will be struck soon that won't hurt local taxpayers.
I'm very excited that the future will be run by a guy who has done it all at Mountain Creek in the ski industry and knows the challenges that come with running a skiing operation in Northwest New Jersey. Almost 5 years ago, we had a bitter, cold, snowy winter that led to record breaking totals. The past few years have seen more inconsistent and challenging weather patterns. Last President's Day weather was in the 60s crushing many ski slope trails (especially my favorite that I can watch from my deck in Vernon, Granite,) whereas the big snow storm didn't happen until March, too late to benefit most trails. One of my many favorite things about living here in Jersey is getting to watch skiers on Mountain Creek from my deck. I'm selfishly rooting for a prosperous outcome for all!