The season started off a little later than we had wanted but Bear Creek made up for it with the great snowmaking and conditions throughout the entire season. There were incredible amount of snow made late March in to February. You can see the terrain change with the large piles of snow that had to be pushed out nightly.
Though I did not ride as much as I would have like this season, it was only 23 days compared to 46 I rode last year, the conditions were great everyday that I was out. There were numerous blue bird days and the snow was great almost every day.
This was a strange season, as spring approached the interest in Skiing and Snowboarding declined quickly. This was good as a day rider but as a resort this had to hurt. Most of the day you could ride any trail and see only a handful of guests despite the wonderful conditions.
This was an unusual ending to the season, I cannot remember the last time that Bear Creek closed with all trails open and fresh snow a few days before, but when the interest is not there, I can see why you would want to end it on a high note instead of dragging it out any longer. Like every other season, Bear Creek ended their season with a bang. On Saturday there was a cardboard box race with over 50 competitors, these competitors created racing machines from just cardboard, duct tape and zip ties. After the race there was live music on the deck by Local Dub. Sunday the season ended with a chilly day of Pond Skimming and live music by Trouble City All Stars. There were over 60 competitors who tried there hardest to skim over the chilly 100ft pond. The lucky competitors who made it were entered to win a season pass.
Though the season started off a bit late, it was still filled with great conditions and excellent weather for the majority of the season. With 76 available days of skiing and riding, there was no reason why you should not have enjoyed these great conditions and fresh man-made snow.