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I remember it like it was yesterday. Every year beginning November 1st, I would start to feel the anticipation build. I would start getting my equipment ready, find all the lost winter items from the past season, and begin to watch the forecast on a daily basis. In those days, not too long ago, but before websites and social media, there was an 800 number that you could call to get all the updates regarding snowmaking. I would begin by checking that number once a week, and as the weather cooled, I would increase my efforts to 3 or 4 times a week, and eventually on a daily basis. The 800 number would tell all of us anxious winter enthusiasts how long we would have to wait for the upcoming season, as well as when our favorite trails would be opening. Needless to say, years like this had my patience tested, as I am sure you are feeling.

I have been lucky enough to work in this area that I love for the past 10 years. With this time in the industry, I have seen the operational efforts Bear Creek has made to get ready for the winter season. I wanted to share a few of these efforts and share some of the information I have learned regarding snowmaking.

Snowmaking is based upon the wet-bulb temperature at the resort. The wet-bulb temperature is a combination of ambient temperature (temperature you see on the weather forecast) and humidity. For example, if the ambient temperature is 32 degrees and humidity is 100%, the wet-bulb temperature is 32 degrees. If the ambient temperature is 32 degrees and the humidity level is 45%, then the wet-bulb is 26 degrees. We attempt to make snow at a wet-bulb temperature of 28 degrees or lower. Anything above a wet-bulb of 28 degrees creates a difficult environment for the water particles to freeze. Below is the wet-bulb temperature chart for reference.

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Bear Creek has made numerous snowmaking upgrades over the past few years. The biggest change in snowmaking technology has been the automation of the snowmaking machines. Currently, 86 out of our 130 snow guns are automated. These 86 automated snow guns have on-board weather stations that communicate real-time data to the snow guns, and automatically adjust the water levels to the equipment to ensure the most efficient snowmaking possible. Other snow guns without this technology require the manual adjusting of the water levels, resulting in less than 100 percent efficiency.

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Summer is finally here, and the weather is perfect for outdoor dining. Along with the great weather we are bringing back Lobster Week. That's right those colorful SMC BearCreek DeckA 1038 11x8crustaceans from the Cape will once again be taking over the Grille Menu from June 16-21. Our Chef has planned out an  entire week of lobster specials from lobster bisque, whole steamed lobsters, lobster rolls even a delicious lobster flambe. Even if you are not a fan of lobster, the Grille will still have you covered. We will continue to serve our regular dinner menu through out the event.
Do you need more reason's to join us for dinner? Join us on the deck Thursday June 18 from 6-9PM for live music from Sydnie Keddington.

Be sure to call The Grille to make your reservation, 610-641-7149.

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Mother’s Day is coming up very shortly, have you thought about what your plans are yet? If you are still weighing your options, we’ve got a few suggestions that your mother is sure to love.SMC BearCreek ExteriorK 3715r 11x8

Let mom take the day off from cooking and have our staff take care of the food. The Grille is hosting a Mother's Day Brunch SOLD OUT on May 10 from 10:30am to 2pm. Space is filling up quick, please make your reservation by calling 610.682.7100.

Perhaps you are looking to treat your Mom to a getaway? If so, we are offering the perfect Mother's Day Getaway Package. Starting at just $159 Enjoy fresh flowers, chocolates, breakfast and discounted spa treatments during your stay. To treat your Mom to this special package call 1-866-754-2822 and mention promo code: MD15.

Now that we’ve given you a few suggestions, all you have to do is choose! We hope to see you and your mom soon! As always, for the most up to date resort information visit our website or our facebook, google + or twitter pages.spa welcome

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When I woke up this morning I thought it was going it was going to be another let down. But it wasn’t, as soon as I went outside to shovel the walks I realized I should be packing my gear today. The 4” of snow was so light and fluffy I was sweeping it off the walks with a broom. This kind of snow almost never falls from the ski in Macungie.

I quickly packed up my gear and a quick lunch and headed to work. Pulling in the employee lot the trails looked great. I went to my office checked emails and finished any pressing projects then quickly booted up.

Decided to get F-chair side as fast as we could so we took e chair up, came down Drifter and went through the Family Park, both trails were excellent and there was still plenty of fresh snow to be found. We then lapped Timberline, Broadway, Polar Bear and ended the day with a quick run down Sasquatch.
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This was by far my best day out at Bear Creek this season, the snow was perfect, crowds were minimal and every run still had un-tracked lines. Now as I am sitting here typing this all I can think about it booting back up and taking a few more runs, but unfortunately I cannot play all day and have to do some work.

If you have the time I highly recommend getting out and enjoying the slopes today, or at least sometime this week.

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Summer is finally here, and the sun will return soon. Lobster week is back, that's right those colorful crustaceans from the Cape will once again be taking over the Grille Menu from June 17-22. Our Chef has planned out an  entire week of lobster specials from lobster bisque, whole steamed lobsters, lobster rolls even a delicious lobster flambe. Even if you are not a fan of lobster, the Grille will still have you covered. We will continue to serve our regular dinner menu.

Do you like live music, join us on the deck Thursday June 19 from 6-9PM with live music from Tim Harakal. deck

Be sure to call The Grille to make your reservation, 610-641-7149.

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