Bear Creek will be closed tomorrow through Thursday in an effort to save the snow that we have made. The forecast does not look favorable and there is a chance of rain. We plan on reopening this Friday and it looks like we will be able to start making more snow Monday if not sooner. Sorry for any inconvenience and please be patient, we just need the weather back on our side.
The following departments will be open limited hours.
Trails End Cafe: 7am-4pm
Guest Services: 10am-6pm
Tune Shop: 10am-6pm
Slopeside Sports: 10am-6pm
Our team has put in an enormous effort and took advantage of all possible snowmaking opportunities for what we thought would be another early opening but unfortunately after the higher than predicted temperatures and rain there still is not enough snow for an opening.
The long term weather forecast does not have any favorable snowmaking temperatures and even more rain. We had initially wanted to start pushing snow last night and see if we could connect the dots on the trails but at this point the snow has a better chance of surviving the next week or so if we keep it in the piles. Each pile is crusted over and will melt slower than if we were to break the crust push it all out and expose it to the elements.
As soon as the weather is back in our favor we will begin snowmaking. Opening as soon as possible is our goal, but at this time we cannot put out a date. Stay tuned we will continue to have updates.
This is a question you hear very often this time of year. Just take a look at the facebook page, Twitter Feed or Instagram feed and all the posts from excited guests. Our reservations team has also been flooded with the question "When will you open?". We are just excited about opening and trying out all of the new snowguns we purchased over the summer, but there is a lot more involved in snowmaking then just turning a switch and seeing snow.
Since we rely completely on snowmaking, we cannot predict an opening day that far in advance. It all depends on Mother Nature. But, I can ensure you that we want Bear Creek open just as much as you.
Snowmaking has a lot of variables; it is not just the ambient air temperature, but also humidity, water temperatures and long term forecasts (you don't want to waste resources to just see it melt away)
We spoke to the snowmaking team and they enlightened us on what they need to get this winter started.
"There is a lot more involved in making snow that you probably think. The main thing we rely on is the wet bulb temperature. A wet bulb temperature is achieved by calculating relative humidity and ambient temperature. The dryer the air (low humidity) the colder your wet bulb temperature will be. When humidity is high, the wet bulb temperature will become closer to the actual ambient temperature. For example: 32 degrees at 25% humidity = 24 Degrees wet bulb. 32 Degrees at 80% humidity = 30 degrees wet bulb. Here at Bear Creek, our optimal wet bulb temperature to start our snow guns is 28 degrees. If it is more than this, it can be very unproductive and the quality of snow produced is similar to slush."
You can check out the ideal wet bulb temperatures on this Wet Bulb chart.
With ideal wet bulb temperatures, we could open the mountain 100% with a solid week of snowmaking. So let’s hope for colder temperatures and Think Snow!
Summer really flew by and we are now counting down the days until our Fall events. Our next event is Oktoberfest, even though this is the 4th year for this event we are still making changes so we can put on the best event possible for our guests.
This year we added more beers, more German food and more entertainment and games. But one of the biggest changes this year is a Oktoberfest Package. This is the very best way to experience the entire event and go home with some great memories. This package is only $25 and includes the following:
- 1 Adult admission
- 1 25oz. commemorative mug
- 1 Mug Fill
- 1 Oktoberfest T-shirt
This is over a $45 dollar value but can be yours for just $25. Packages must be purchased online.
There are only 12 more days until Bear Creek mountain Resort is filled with the sites and sounds of Germany. Don't miss out and purchase your Tickets and Packages today.
Riders will compete for medals and Stars-and-Stripes jerseys over four days in cross-country, short-track cross-country, singlespeed and super downhill competition. See the complete schedule of events here.
Learn more about the different mountain bike events, rules and qualifications here.
Among those returning to the 2014 USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain bike National Championships are many defending national champions, including Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky./Wood-n-Wave), Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMC Mountainbike Racing Team), Nic Jenkins (Colorado Springs, Colo./Front Rangers Junior Cycling), Shayna Powless (Roseville, Calif.) and Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./BMC Project Dirt), as well as 2012 Olympians Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing),
Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA Pro Team) and Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing).
View all of the currently registered riders.
In addition to the Stars-and-Stripes jerseys that are on the line, automatic World Championship team nominations are also up for grabs for men’s and women’s 17-18 junior, U23 and elite winners. For more information, please see USA Cycling's world championships selection criteria.
The trails at Bear Creek Mountain Resort include 150-year-old mining switchback roads up the mountain. The trails also feature rocky, technical sections which demand as much power, skill and technique on the ascents as on the descents.
The amateur cross-country course spans just short of seven miles and includes many of the course features available on the mountain. The pro course includes the mountain's signature feature, a rock drop plus a triple log crossing and a rock jump just before the finish.
Full course maps are available online.
More information on the 2014 USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships including start lists, schedule, results, photos and daily event recaps will be available on the event webpage.
Follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #MTBnats.
Check out this great blog entry from a local contributor Susie Rankin.
A vacation to a popular mountain resort sounds like a dream. Relaxation, fantastic food, spectacular views and the odd bit of skiing thrown in – what more could you want from a vacation? Well, as more than one third of the adult American population is now classed as obese, the likelihood is you want to avoid gaining too much weight whilst relaxing on your well earned break from everyday life. Luckily, a mountain resort is the perfect place for the whole family to relax, have fun, eat well and stay fit. A vacation in a mountain resort could even kick start a new healthy eating and exercise regime if you wanted it to because of the range of physical indoor and outdoor activities available. This article will outline some of the key ways a mountain based vacation can improve fitness, whilst advising on the best ways to avoid the seemingly inevitable vacationers weight gain.
Think Food – and Make Healthy Choices
OK, so when you are on vacation it is easy to eat all the delicious foods you usually go to lengths to avoid – and why shouldn’t you? You are entitled to a treat, right? Whilst this is definitely true, eating the treat foods needs to be balanced with healthy foods, too for the benefit of your overall health. Gaining weight too quickly can be as damaging to the human body as losing it suddenly and care needs to be taken to avoid either extreme. Luckily, a good mountain resort will have a range of eating options available for you with a myriad of healthy foods to enjoy. A good menu will offer different choices of meat and restaurants should also accommodate alternative cooking methods – if you prefer to have your steak grilled simply ask the waiter. It can be a good idea to ask for salad dressings on the side of dishes and try to steer clear of fattening cream based sauces. Likewise, just because a menu offers several courses, it doesn’t follow that each course must be devoured with reckless abandon. The chances are you will feel full after a good starter so, at the very least, give yourself breathing space in between each course.
Take Advantage of the Great Outdoors
A mountain resort can be the perfect place for those who love nature, simply because of the sheer number of outdoor activities available. The season during which you visit will largely dictate the types of calorie burning activities you can enjoy but rest assured, if you have eaten a five course meal the night previously, you will probably be itching to try every activity available. At Bear Creek Mountain resort, summer, spring and fall visitors are able to go hiking among the spectacular scenery of the mountains, biking on local trails, try their hand at disc golf and play tennis everyday – all activities which can conceivably burn hundreds of calories a session. In the winter months, the resort offers skiing, snow-tubing and snowboarding – all activities which burn vast amounts of calories and prove a huge boost to fitness. Although the amount of calories burned varies according to individual weight and activity levels, as a general rule, ski-ing or snow boarding can burn up to 3000 calories per six hour session. Obviously, this means happy vacationers can enjoy the dessert cart in the restaurant without feeling guilty.
Take Time Out to Rest Those Muscles
Of course, your vacation should, above all, be as relaxing as possible. There is no better way to unwind than by treating yourself to a day spa and perhaps a massage. In fact, relaxation is as much an essential ingredient in boosting fitness levels as cardiovascular exercise is. Muscles need time to repair themselves and failure to rest adequately can lead to joint and muscle damage. It is therefore vital that after a day of hiking, skiing or any other physical activity, visitors take time to sit back and enjoy the scenery. In fact, most good workout programs will incorporate steady rest periods so as to give the body time to rejuvenate fully. Whatever your preferred activity whilst on a mountain based vacation, be sure to take full advantage of every facility offered – be it a calorie busting day on the slopes or a luscious massage. It’s your vacation and you deserve to have fun and stay fit.
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.
Be sure to call The Grille to make your reservation, 610-641-7149.
All of the Summer Fun is back at Bear Creek. Most of the snow has finally melted, with the exception of a few patches on Timberline and the slopes are turning green and the flowers are blooming.
Now is the time to take advantage of the other activities that Bear Creek has to offer. Our hiking and Mountain Bike trails are in excellent condition and cover over 7 miles of our resort. If you are not ready for that big of a commitment yet you can explore the grounds with a game a disc golf. Our 18 hole course starts on parking lot 4 and encompasses both large open holes, water hazards and tight wooden holes throughout the property.
Make it a vacation and take advantage of one of our fantastic Hotel Packages. Forget about winter and take in all of the fun activities with the Spring Rejuvenation Package. If you are not quite the outdoors person, make it a Spa Day with the Spring Spa Getaway and relax on one of our large decks with a glass of wine.
These are two excellent packages, so take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and book now.
It has been an incredible season at Bear Creek, with the record setting snow falls and cold temperatures we were able to have one of the best seasons we have had in years. This was our earliest opening ever and we are now more than half way through March still with excellent conditions.
We would like to take this time to thank everyone who has made this a successful season. But like every year it must come to an end. We are sad to announce we will be closing for the 2013/14 ski season on March 30 at 4PM. That leaves you with just under two weeks to get in those last few runs of the season. So grab your friends, family or co-workers and take advantage of the conditions with these great deals.
The Wednesday Family Day has been extended and now includes Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of the season. Family Days allow you to get up to 6 Extended Day Lift Tickets for just $53 or up to 6 Extended Day Lift Tickets and Rentals for $99!
If weekdays do not work with your busy schedule we have extended our Family Night on Sunday to and all day deal. From 8:30-10PM pay just $85 for up to 6 Evening Lift Tickets or $159 for up to 6 Lift Tickets and Rentals!
March Madness package is back and starting at $79 per person, per night (based on double occupancy). It includes your hotel room, lift tickets the night you arrive and a lift ticket for the next day. You also receive 50% ski and snowboard rentals. The package is valid Sunday through Thursday.
Now is the time to take advantage of one of these great deals and hit the slopes for some late season turns.
Thanks for the great season.
It has been a phenomenal season so far at Bear Creek. The skiing and snowboarding has been the best we have seen in years. Pennsylvania has set records for snowfall and consistently cold temperatures, a great combination for late winter and early spring fun. We have a ton of snow on the trails and with the temperatures warming up it is a great time to get out with family and friends, soak up some rays and enjoy the soft snow!
We have some great deals to make hitting the slopes in March irresistible. We are expanding our Wednesday Family Day offerings to include Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of the season. Family Days allow you to get up to 6 Extended Day Lift Tickets for just $53 or up to 6 Extended Day Lift Tickets and Rentals for $99!
If you can’t make it up during the week, we also have Family Night on Sunday evenings, $85 for up to 6 Evening Lift Tickets or $159 for up to 6 Lift Tickets and Rentals!
For those seeking an overnight getaway check out the March Madness package starting at $79 per person, per night (based on double occupancy). It includes your hotel room, lift tickets the night you arrive and a lift ticket for the next day. You also receive 50% ski and snowboard rentals. The package is valid Sunday through Thursday. Basically you are paying for the room and skiing and riding for free, how can you resist that?
See you on the slopes!