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.
Each month my challenge is to write an attention grabbing first page for our newsletter. This month however, it’s easier than usual because I did something I never had before which was to ski on New Year’s Eve. I’m on the mailing list of Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, Pennsylvania and several weeks earlier learned of their New Year’s Eve party with fireworks. Since I had no plans and had never been there (or any other ski resort on New Year’s Eve) I decided to give BCMR a try. Late afternoon December 31st, a friend and I headed out of NJ on Route 78W into Pennsylvania. The slopes were open till 1am so we planned to boot up and get outside by 6pm, ski for several hours then hit the lodge for a meal around 9-10. Grabbing a bite earlier would allow us to view the sparkles ushering in the new year. I have to tell you I was really I-M-P-R-E-S-S-E-D with this surprisingly not-so- little ski resort!
Our evening began at Guest Services to get lift tickets, where we were greeted by Carol Sicher, Guest Services Manager. The staff at the front desk were genuinely helpful and we had a delightful conversation with Carol who gave us some insight to Bear Creek Mtn. Resort before heading out to the slopes. The base lodge is a very modern design, architecturally pleasing and the firm designing this complex knew what a base lodge should have or got input from the owners as to what they wanted for this resort. Amenities were obvious including lockers on each floor and restrooms everywhere you expect them. Someone finally figured out it’s not fun (or safe) to walk up/down flights of stairs in clunky boots for a rest room when you NEED one. The entire complex is first class: contemporary, good eye appeal, ski racks where they should be, rental shop when you first come in and a separate shop for tuning and repairs so the two don’t clash. The dining area adjacent to the cafeteria is pleasantly decorated has a beautiful stone fireplace, holds hundreds and was full on New Year’s Eve. The lodge is conveniently connected to the hotel making it easy for hotel guests to get breakfast before heading out to ski. If you want a drink one minor quirk is that the bar and Cafe are a rather long walk from the cafeteria but being attached to the hotel it’s very convenient for overnight guests. Opting for the ‘Cafe’ rather than the cafeteria, we ordered our meal and in five minutes it was hand delivered to us in the adjoining bar. Just outside the base lodge sits an inviting, steaming pool. I didn’t see anyone swimming probably due to the fact many were dressed for New Years’ Eve and the rest were skiing and it was night-time. More trails were closed than open due to uncooperative weather for weeks but those open were in good shape! A credit to their snowmakers is that on NYE so many snow guns were blowing that a virtual blizzard was in progress. I love resorts that cater to those who enjoy the snowsports and a nice amenity was the complimentary slopeside Ski Valet to check skis or boards releasing us from hunting for them in the racks. For any who’ve never been to BCMR here’s a run-down on the Mtn. stats which puts it on an even keel with the Pocono resorts.
Bear Creek: 1,100’ summit, 510’ vertical, 21 trails (30% green, 40% blue and 30% black).
If you’re looking for family-friendly skiing at an upscale modern resort with on-site lodging in the country this is the place. It’s not a huge mountain but the ski experience was surprisingly good and the drive is shorter than going to the Catskills. I recommend it for a day or two of skiing or for families with a longer stay in the hotel with young children learning to ski. I will return soon to ski the whole mountain; Bear Creek Mountain Resort gets my vote!
So far it has been a rough start and the weather has not been cooperating. The forecast does not look good for this week, at this time we will be open Monday 12/22 & Tuesday 12/23 our normal operating hours (9am-9pm). Wednesday 12/24 we will be closed due to the inclement weather. Guest Services, Group Sales and Retail will be open Wednesday from 10am-3pm. We are hoping that we will be able to re-open Thursday if not Friday but this will depend on how much rain we receive this week. There will be more updates to come. The past few nights our snowmaking team has been able to make snow and it looks like we have some good snowmaking temps in the 10-day forecast so we should be able to snap right back from this rain and start opening more terrain in the future.
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.