Diablo Freeride Park Closes, US Open May Change Venues 12

UPDATE (1/19/2012): We received the following press release from Mountain Creek:

Mountain Biking Lives at Mountain Creek!

Diablo Freeride Park Closes, US Open May Change VenuesParaphrasing another adventure guy Mark Twain, “The reports of the death of mountain biking at Mountain Creek have been greatly exaggerated.”  

In fact, it is the beginning of a new era.  Today Mountain Creek announced that the Mountain Creek Bike Park, formerly known as Diablo Freeride, will open for the 2012 season Saturday, May 5, 2012.  

After a number of years of obviously eroding commitment and investment, Mountain Creek has taken control of the Bike Park with the intent to return to roots and bring the passion and energy back to lift-served riding in New Jersey.  

Our commitment to our customers and the riding community:

  • We will rehabilitate neglected trails, including the repair of the critical section beneath the Cabriolet.  
  • We will make significant capital investment into trail expansion and the operation;  
  • We will establish a communication portal to collect ideas and feedback that we can incorporate into the design and operation of the park;  
  • We will be transparent and share our plans and answers our riders questions;  
  • We will employ innovative, progressive and professional trail design and construction techniques that will inspire and exhilarate riders of all abilities;  
  • We will assemble a dedicated trail maintenance crew made up of like-minded riders;  
  • We will expand and develop new natural terrain and environmentally sustainable downhill trails;  
  • We will bring new elements like the Bag Jump air bag, demo’d by Aaron Chase in December;  
  • We will utilize our dedicated and fanatical bikers on the Jiblab fabrication crew to develop signature features;  
  • We will be a bike park run by riders for riders.  

The name has changed.  The commitment has changed.  The mountain and the location have not.  

Mountain Creek Re-Invented.  Stay Tuned.  



UPDATE (1/19/2012): Mountain Creek Bike Park launches new facebook page (which you should join). 

The bike park will live on, just under new management and a new name. If you'd like to read the heated statement from the former manager, click here. We've removed it from this news story.

Mountain Creek Bike Park will honor all 2012 season passes that have been purchased to date. With regards to the U.S. Open of Mountain Biking, negotiations are currently underway to bring the event to the Lake Tahoe region. However, Mountain Creek may still host an event over Memorial Day weekend.



UPDATE (1/18/2012): We've received word that there will still be a bike park at Mountain Creek in 2012, but likely under a new name. 

"The park is built but will need to be re-vamped. There will be a very passionate and dedicated group of people making it happen. The past is now the past and we have a very bright future on the horizon. The park is only going to get better, hard work and love for the sport will GET IT DONE!"

The take away message is that the name will likely change. We're still uncertain about the US Open.
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12 comments
  • jbones

    1/20/2012 7:24 AM

    I am going to Mtn Creek Resort next time to swing a few clubs and balls! off the phantom drop!

  • jewfrodexter

    1/20/2012 4:24 AM

    I wonder now that its mountain creek bike park, what is "diabloween" gonna be called?

  • mtbmtbmtb

    1/19/2012 5:43 PM

    HIGHLAND BABAY! (US open)

  • k.shiz

    1/19/2012 7:50 AM

    Shooting there was always a hoot. This is a bummer. SDG could sponsor the Shore House... that would give you a reason to visit Jersey?

  • Dh Phil Mmkay

    1/19/2012 7:22 AM

    There's still plenty of east coast riding left. Diablo was just one of many great parks. If you're heading south enough to get to 7 Springs, might as well drive another couple of hours south and hit up Snowshoe as well. Elevation, rocks, roots, and a very high chance you'll be needing your mud spikes.

  • Kohl Aumer

    1/19/2012 5:25 AM

    thats sucks so damn bad, ruined my day for sure, aaronofgroove- 7springs is still up and running atleast

  • easyrider

    1/19/2012 5:24 AM

    Major Bummer Damn golfers ! Diablo is/was a great little park, leave it to people who dont get. Unfortunatly these things happen and hopefully they will get it together when they see the many thousands of dollars they lose this summer, not to mention alot of bummed locals . The Diablo base area has been bieng re worked for years and I know that only golf will not fill all those rooms so KEEP THE BIKE PARK ...If you want the resort to survive. Yout golf coures sucks and you dont get much snow Idiots

  • daymz

    1/19/2012 1:04 AM

    I keep hearing that mountain biking is the new golf. I guess in that part of the world it isn't. Damn sucks that's fore sure.

  • Hansolo

    1/18/2012 11:48 PM

    Diablo was on my bucket list! Dang it man...such BS. No reason to go to Jersey now.

  • WorleyGlory01

    1/18/2012 10:58 PM

    Definitely a major bummer! I live on the west coast but to hear that any bike park has closed is disappointing to say the least, especially one as well known and as well built as Diablo. Best of wishes to the Diablo crew in their future ventures. I'm sure there are other bike parks that could greatly benefit from your talents and experience.

  • TEAMROBOT

    1/18/2012 10:45 PM

    The U.S. Open has always been one of those stellar, well run, well publicized, fun looking events. I only got to go last year, and I was really looking forward to going back. Diablo definitely WAS my favorite east coast bike park. Bummer.

    Small-minded people just don't get mountain biking. Unfortunately, a lot of those small-minded people get to make important land-use decisions.

  • AaronofGROOVE

    1/18/2012 9:59 PM

    First Vertical Earth, now this. My area is going to shit as far as downhill is concerned. At least Launch is still going strong

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