Although it has been a very abnormal winter, the spring season is always a time of refreshing. Breaking out the warm weather clothing and getting ready for the season of new beginnings is one of the better parts of life. The spring season brings back long anticipated events, like the annual Pond Skimming in the base area, happening on Sunday the 13th, or the always fun Spring Wine Festival, which is a 2 day festival that includes the best wines of Pennsylvania, food sampling and live jazz music on April 2-3. Spring is also a great time to celebrate with family. Our Easter and Mother’s Day Brunch Buffets are some of the best that you can find, and the spring scenery sure beats sitting on the couch at your Aunt and Uncles house watching PBS fundraisers. All this aside, Bear Creek still has great snow, the sun is out and a little warmer, but the snow is still cold, so catch it while you still can.
See you soon!
I recently had a MTO sandwich discussion and it got me thinking about our recent winter woes. What if we could have it our way? What would our ideal winter look like? To me, the ideal winter would involve 8-12 small winter storms, each with snow totals under 12” (2 storms could have higher snow totals to build the base), but not below 3”. I am not delusional about what we have here, so it would be wrong to ask for so much snow that we can’t move. Although, if I was still in school, my ideal snow totals would likely go way up.
El Nino, would certainly have nothing to do with my dream winter, unless of course it was providing some serious jet stream interference to push us some snow. I enjoy the autumn, with all of the great festivals like Oktoberfest and Harvest Wine Fest, so I would want my ideal winter to start around mid-November. I also enjoy the spring and summer, as I am a native to the beautiful 4 seasons of Pennsylvania, so going too far into April would probably not work for my dream winter. Just thinking of my ideal winter has totally made my gloomy, rain soaked reality seem not so very bad. So if this winter has given you the blues, then maybe you should come to The Spring Wine Festival and try some Reds and Whites, or visit the Spa and relax in one of our treatment rooms, or do what I do, embrace your MTO winter thoughts.
The best ski weekend of the year is fast approaching, as is great snowmaking weather. It should be an ideal holiday weekend to get outside and enjoy some of the best conditions of the year. The weather is looking frigid, so instead of sitting home in front of your fireplace to warm up, have a seat and warm up in front of ours after some skiing, boarding, or tubing. There is no better feeling than skiing or boarding, while enjoying great conditions, then kicking back in front of one of our large fireplaces. We have all of your warm up options covered, from enjoying winter sports to enjoying a great meal at the Grille.
The winter is flying by, and before you know it, spring will be knocking on the door. Looking for evidence, pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training next week! This is a great time of year to get out and enjoy the winter while it lasts. If you are joining us this weekend, please make sure you are bundled up and take precautions before spending extended periods of time outdoors. We hope you and your family enjoy some great time together this weekend while saying a special thank you to our founding fathers, whom made this possible.
Happy President’s Day,
Jeff Zellner- Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Wait, what? Winter weather wallops with wonderful whiteout wildness! Bear Creek is finally receiving the stuff we all pray for. I am looking out my office window at the blizzard like conditions and can’t wait to boot up for the first time this season. I know, we have been open for more than two weeks, and conditions have been outstanding, but something about the fresh stuff, just makes it… what it is. Pure, wonderful, a magical, mystical, divine thing, that glorious frozen moisture from above. Thank you, heavens for dumping down on us your cold fluffy love. This is probably the fluffiest thing I have ever written, but I guess you can tell, I love this snow. I appreciate the mandatory exercise that comes with a big snowfall. It gets everyone off the couch and breathing in the cold air. Bear Creek seems to be in a great spot for this storm to hit us just perfect. We are already measuring over 15 inches deep and still piling up. Tomorrow should be an absolutely amazing day to hit the slopes, and I am predicting a lot of sick days Monday and Tuesday as well. This week ahead would be a great opportunity to take advantage of the great deals with a midweek ski and stay. I can’t wait to see all the likeminded snowboarders and skiers finally getting what they asked for. See you at the top of the mountain!
Winter is my favorite time of year, usually... Don’t get me wrong, I love this season no matter how the temps are but I live in Pennsylvania, not Louisiana, so hopefully the jet stream straightens out, the stars align and winter hits us hard. With January on the horizon and the weather pattern about to change and a baby on the way, I am very excited for the new year to start. As a lifelong snowboarder, and a PA native, I have always loved every part of the winter; snowball fights, shoveling, snowmen, building back yard jumps and rail set ups, base layers, fire places, hot chocolate, and chili. From sledding and snowshoeing and walking on ice, to lift rides and flat light and powder and ice. Winter, ahhh. I have been a Bear Creek employee since that first day, and even worked at Doe Mountain before that, so as far as wanting snow, well I think I want it more than anyone. Actually it is pretty cool that some of my good friends have also been at Bear Creek since the earliest days of existence. Anyway, now that winter is very past due, I hope the change will come in quickly. Our Snowmaking team is tired of waiting, the pumps are primed, the groomers are on standby, the sleds are still shiny, so please winter, come to Bear Creek tonight! Help us celebrate the new year, get cold, like you always do.
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.
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.
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 crustaceans 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.
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.
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.
Here is a great write up about the past Snowmobile Drag Races from American Snowmobiler.
This past weekend we attended our second to last event for the winter season The 4th Annual Hill Drag at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie Pennsylvania.
Some have said this is the premier hill drag event of the east, I would have to agree. This event had more than 1000 spectators, with racers coming from as far away as Canada and Mich. Teams that made the trip included: Team Priceless from Michigan, Busted Knuckles Racing from Canada and several teams from Penn., including WakPak Racing, Sled Tek Racing and Patrick Hoopes Racing. With all the events we attend throughout the season, this is one I would recommend to everyone. It is held at a great resort offering everything from great dining to a spa with an indoor and outdoor pool and hot tubs. What better way to relax from a day of racing then sitting in a hot tub or enjoying a massage. They offer discounted room rates for the racers and spectators attending the event.
On to information from the event, they have just 9 classes ranging from Kitty Cat/120 all the way to Open Outlaw, including vintage. The event had the largest turn out I have seen, with a total of 223 snowmobiles, giving way to 373 entries. This made for some huge sled counts, with the largest being the 800 stock class with 101 entries. Including a surprising 25 Open Outlaw entries with some huge horsepower machines, making for some great racing and super close photo finishes. This is another event that runs a double elimination race, making sure that every racer gets at least two runs up the hill. They do limit each sled to enter only 2 classes, which helps with the organization of the event. The racing started at 11:00 am and was completed by 9:00 pm with no major issues or arguments. I would have to say that it was impressive to get thru that many entries in that amount of time.
Some of the winning results of the event are: 600 mod Nick Stillson from Michigan, 800 stock Bobby Hankins from Sled Tek Racing, 800 mod and Open Outlaw Josh Emmi from WakPak Racing.
Cash and trophies were awarded to the first and second place finishers. The trophies were supplied by Kurtz Performance and JJ’s Outlaw Photography, two of the sponsors for the event.
The crew from Bear Creek Mountain Resort in charge of set up and running of the event was headed up by Dustin Yeager. His crew did a great job with keeping the event running smoothly, with as little confusion as possible. Work is already beginning for next year’s event. There is talk of making this a two day event.
If there was ever an event on the east coast you wanted to attend, this would be one to put on the list for next year. Super fun and great entertainment at an exceptional venue. More info: BCMR.com.
By Jon Johnville of JJ’s Outlaw Photography
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.
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.