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!
February is upon us. February is traditionally a month that has the best winter conditions of the year. It is a month that allows us an opportunity to enjoy winter in its full glory. February is also the home of Valentine’s Day as well as the top ski weekend of the year, Presidents Day Weekend. As a child, I looked at February as the prime time for skiing. I viewed it much the same way I viewed July for amusement parks and baseball. It was the peak of the winter season. It was generally a month that was uninterrupted by warm ups, was a month when the snow had a deep base, and to top it all, a break from school was present right in the middle of the month. By the time March arrives, my mind would start switching to spring, but this month was the prime month for winter. I would often try to ski 15-20 times during the month of February, knowing it wouldn’t get any better than this for the ski season. With any luck, we would get help from Mother Nature and the month would be complete. Along with being a month to enjoy the sport you love, it’s also a time to share your love with others. My advice would be to make time for both this month and enjoy the month thoroughly.
At Bear Creek, February is a time of great excitement and great times. It is the perfect month to book your winter vacation, with the prime winter month ahead. In addition, we have live entertainment throughout the resort including music at The Grille on Tuesdays and a whole evening of entertainment at The Trails End every Saturday. This season, mid-week is very affordable for college students, club members, military, and fire department employees with $22 all-day lift tickets on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays.
This month is a short month that will go by fast. Don’t miss out on everything it has to offer. At a time when other businesses and locations are slow, Bear Creek is full of excitement. Have a happy Valentine’s Day and Presidents Weekend.
Jeff Zellner- Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Bear Creek Mountain Resort