Last week I went up to the Grille for our Thursday night Music Under the Stars. We do this every Thursday night during the summer months. The weather was a little off, with ominous clouds the whole time, but it stayed dry and turned out to be a fun night. It happened to also be a Chamber Mixer with both the Upper Perkiomen and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. I had a couple of fantastic conversations and met some new contacts from both chambers. It is great to see the hard working members of our local business communities come out of the office and up to the resort to network with likeminded people. A good amount of the people attending the mixer stuck around for dinner and music on the deck, and a good time was had by all. This week is our annual Lobster Week and the Grille has been the best scene in the area for dinner. After tonight only two days are left of Lobster Week, but know need to worry, reservations are still available and even if you miss it, the Trail’s End is having Margarita Monday with Tex-Mex food by the pool. If dinner is your reason, then Bear Creek is in season! http://www.bcmountainresort.com/dining See you soon!
Everybody has something that they enjoy so much that they will sacrifice a good portion of their disposable income to experience it. For me, it’s going out to eat. I will travel long distances, cross state lines, and do endless research to find unique dining locations throughout our area. As this time of year approaches, I turn my attention to outdoor dining venues.
As my girlfriend Shannon will attest, my criteria for going out to eat is very strict. I refuse to fall into the chain restaurant trap. I also refuse to take her to an outdoor dining experience that is no more than putting tables on a sidewalk or parking lot and providing subpar food that can be found anywhere. I can say emphatically that the outdoor dining at Bear Creek is unlike anything else in the region. Full dinner service on the deck is accompanied by great live, local music. The setting is relaxing and the food delivers as well. Instead of sitting 10 feet from exhaust fumes and pedestrian traffic, you are in the middle of 330 acres of a beautiful resort that is tastefully lit. I can also say without hesitation, and much research, that you will not find another outdoor dining option that combines food quality and ambiance quite like this.
Beginning May 26th, Music Under the Stars returns to Bear Creek every Thursday through August 25th. This return brings back the area’s best outdoor dining and a great summer experience that I personally look forward to every year. Summer will fly by quickly, don’t miss your chance to experience the outdoor dining season!
Public Relations Manager
Moms and Spring
The season seems right for the upcoming Mother’s Day. Moms always represent what we like most about the Spring. The sun is warm and inviting like mom, the birds are singing like mom, the leaves are emerging and the grass is growing, making nature spring to life, like mom has a way of doing whenever we tell her about what we are doing, or where we are going. Although we rarely recognize our Mothers, she is most often the biggest influence in our lives. Bear Creek has so many great ways to treat your mom well, like she deserves. Our Mother’s Day Brunch is one of the area’s best, most likely whey it has sold out so fast, but that is not the only thing we offer for your deserving mom. Why not look into the Mother’s Day weekend getaway? This is the person, who raised you, supported you, criticized you, motivated you, taught you, scolded you and molded you. Check it out all of the Mother's Day Getaway details here. If your mom needs some relaxation, send her for a day at the Spa. You can purchase a gift card for whatever service mom would enjoy the most, actually, for those who can’t go with to Bear Creek, the gift card would have you covered for all the great options that Bear Creek can offer. Our gift cards can be used in The Grille for a sushi dinner, The Trails End Café for Margarita Monday’s, The Hotel on one of our great overnight packages, or even in our Mountain Shoppe for some BC apparel. However you decide to celebrate your Mom this Mother’s Day, take some time to really think about who you are, take the bad stuff away and make sure you let Mom know that most of that good stuff you have, came from her.
Happy Spring, and Happy Mother’s Day!
The winter season is winding down and wedding season will soon be on its way. As we make our transition into the 2016 wedding season, many couples will start to look at venues and ceremony sites. The Lehigh Valley is a great place to start the adventure because it has much to offer. As a wedding assistant, I have gained great experience working for one of the best wedding facilities in the area. Bear Creek Mountain Resort is a wedding destination located in Macungie, PA that has everything you need for your special day.
I enjoy coming to work every day because of the resort’s architecture and views. It is truly a beautiful place to have a wedding. The resort is located on 300 acres which offers beautiful mountain views, rustic décor and an atmosphere of warmth and elegance. Besides the aesthetics, I also enjoy working with an outstanding banquet team and reputable coordinators that hold themselves to a high standard of service. It is very rewarding to give the bride and groom everything they want and need on their wedding day.
To make your day less stressful, Bear Creek offers a full service spa and salon with highly experience staff to help you before the big moment. Having an on-site hair and nail salon helps the day run smoothly and the staff is always there ready to help any last minute needs. I think one of our biggest assets here is that we have an on-site hotel for the convenience of your guests. Everyone can enjoy the night and keep the party going while only being a short walk away from your suite. The two restaurants at the resort provide wonderful dining for rehearsal dinners and morning breakfasts. One advantage to having a wedding at Bear Creek is that everyone, bridal party and guests, can relax and enjoy their time at the pool or spa before the ceremony and don’t have to worry about the hassle of traveling to ceremony sites and reception venues. This resort encompasses it all as a wedding destination and I honestly believe your wedding day runs smoothly when everything is within reach.
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.