Mountain Creek partners with Hilltop on ski program

School aims to introduce students to competitive ski racing

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— Mountain Creek Resort, the New York Metro Area’s Premier Destination for four-season Mountain adventure and a convenient drive for all of Central and Northern New Jersey, today announced a new partnership to benefit local children. In conjunction with Hilltop Country Day School in Sparta, New Jersey, Mountain Creek has designed a brand-new, first-of-its-kind ski racing program for middle school students with an interest in competitive ski racing.

The first program of its kind south of the New England area, Mountain Creek’s new ski racing academy follows a proven model of programming for many current and past Olympic athletes. For the first time, NJ parents don’t have to send their children away to enjoy the benefit of daily access to coached skiing along with access to premier education, as Mountain Creek’s program is just steps away in Vernon, NJ, centrally located to provide the most time on the hill as possible, directly correlating in more developed ski skills and success.

“We are excited to partner with Mountain Creek to provide this incredible opportunity for middle schoolers,” said Kevin Folan, Head of Hilltop Country Day School. “Currently, families need to choose between a great education and the pursuit of competitive skiing. This partnership will allow students to do both, concurrently. Hilltop has a 50-year history of creating unique programming to help students pursue their highest potential, both inside and outside the classroom.”

Enrollment is now open, with two entry points for student athletes. Students have the option to either enroll for year-round education at Hilltop Country Day School for the full school year or the winter trimester only, continuing their education at their current school during the spring and fall. To enroll, interested participants can contact"> or call 973-729-5485.

“Mountain Creek is committed to the community of ski racing, and this is one of several initiatives we have planned to act on that commitment,” said Hugh Reynolds, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mountain Creek Resort. “We look forward to paving the way for local athletes to compete in snow sports on the national and international level. At the end of the day, this program is education-first, so it was important to us to find a partner like Hilltop Country Day School that is aligned with our vision.”

For more information, visit and, or keep up with Hilltop on Facebook at, on Instagram and Twitter @hilltopcds, and Mountain Creek at and on Instagram @MountainCreek.

About Hilltop Country Day School

Located in Sparta, New Jersey, Hilltop Country Day School is Sussex County’s only independent school, serving students in Preschool through Grade 8 since its founding in 1967. Hilltop’s focus on educational excellence, character development, extracurricular involvement, and integrated technology has given its alumni the strong foundation necessary to lead lives of meaning and purpose. Using a Project-Based Learning approach, Hilltop believes that students learn best by doing and taking a hands-on role in their education. Design Labs, Maker Bot 3D printers, Coding, and Robotics are some of the feature programmatic offerings in Hilltop’s 21st Century learning environment. Hilltop helps students develop not only the academic skills they will need in the future, but also a worldview they will use to continually seek understanding and thrive in any situation. For more information, visit

About Mountain Creek

Located in Vernon, NJ, Mountain Creek is the New York Metro area’s premier destination for four-season mountain adventure. Just 47 miles from the George Washington Bridge, Mountain Creek is easily accessible for New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania residents looking for a world-class resort experience. Adventures at Mountain Creek Resort are just a few steps away and include over 167 acres of winter trails spread across four connected mountain peaks, 100%-night skiing coverage and the region’s highest vertical drop at more than 1000', as well as a variety of outdoor recreation activities including Mountain Creek Bike Park, Mountain Creek Waterpark, Great Gorge Golf, the TreEscape Aerial Adventure Ropes Courses and Mountain Creek Zip Tours. For more information, visit <URL destination=" ">

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