What a winter season! It was a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, punctuated with a March snowstorm that rivaled the blizzard of 1993. Luckily we were able to provide 91 days of winter sports this year and look forward to a great ski season next year. With the departure of winter, we quickly turn towards warmer weather, flowers, and all the great things that spring has to offer. No matter how big of a winter sports fan you are, almost everyone enjoys getting back to grilling out, amusement parks, baseball, fishing, and all the great things that begin in spring. Spring is a return to the yard, a return to the ballpark, a return to flowers, and a return to longer, warmer days.
At Bear Creek, spring signals the return of the Spring Wine Festival. This two-day event takes place on April 8th and 9th and features live music, food and craft vendors, as well as the region’s best wine. In addition, Margarita Mondays return on April 10th with half-priced margaritas. This great promotion will take place at the Trails End Café every Monday through the summer. If margaritas, Tex-Mex cuisine, and poolside dining appeal to you, don’t miss this promotion. April is also Buy-One, Get-One month at The Grille for season pass holders. Show your season pass and get a complimentary entrée with the purchase of an entrée.
Have a happy and safe month of April. The weather is warming, trees are blooming, and there are a lot of great things ahead!
I want to first begin this note by thanking all of our winter guests. This season has been a season unlike any other in recent memory. We had extended warm temperatures that reached nearly 80 degrees in February, as well as extended warmth in January, forcing winter sports to stop for 6 days. After all of that, mother nature threw us a lifeline and we now have the season’s best conditions. We have received many questions regarding our operational plans and they are as follows:
Beginning on Monday, March 20th, we will operate with abbreviated hours. Monday, March 20th through Thursday March 23rd we will be open from 12pm-8pm with a $20 tubing session from 6-8pm.
Friday, March 24th we will operate from 12pm-10pm
Saturday March 25th we will be open from 8:30am-10pm
Sunday March 26th we will be open from 8:30am- 4pm. Closing for the 2016/17 season at 4pm.
March is always a month of transition. It seems that this year the transition arrived weeks ahead of schedule. The ski season has been trying for both our resort and our guests. We had very few stretches of consistent cold weather and snowmaking temperatures. We have tried our best to provide the winter sport activities, that so many love, with the hospitality and service level that we pride ourselves in delivering. We just want to pass along a huge thanks to all of our passionate winter guests and want to assure everyone that we will do everything in our power to finish out the 16/17 ski season as strong as possible. We have announced that snowmaking will return for the first weekend of March and we will stay open as long as we can provide safe, enjoyable conditions. Let’s hope that we can end the season on a high note and look forward to a great 17/18 winter.
Beyond our winter sports, the resort will continue to be in full swing. Spring Wine Festival arrives the weekend of April 8th and 9th. This event has become a real staple of our yearly calendar. Last year we saw over 3,000 guests during the two day event. The event features over 40 vendors, including area wineries, food vendors, craft vendors, and live entertainment. This is one you don’t want to miss out on!
Keep an eye out for the return of some other great promotions and events as well such as Margarita Mondays, Music Under the Stars, Half-Priced Sushi Wednesdays, and Sunday Night Jazz on the Deck. As the season changes, the excitement will remain at Bear Creek. Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day and a wonderful month of March!