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Spring Skiing Pros and Cons

Arialle Hess  
Skiing is a winter activity, however, it can leak into early spring. If you are lucky enough to live near a mountain resort that is open during this time of year, you are probably aware of the effect the change of seasons has on this sport. 
 
At Bear Creek, “spring” skiing typically starts in the beginning of March and continues until the snow is gone. With continuous snowmaking from the Mountain Operations team all winter long, the snow on the slopes lasts longer than what’s in your backyard. So, even though your street is clear and the birds are chirping, don’t forget there are still plenty of turns to be made on the mountain.
 
Skiers and snowboarders have mixed feelings about spring skiing. Those for and against have reputable arguments, but at the end of the day most skiers and riders will enjoy whatever is left of winter. 
 
We encourage all guests to come out and experience spring skiing in PA and decide for yourself!

Weather Conditions

PROS: Warmer weather allows for less layers. The time for bundling up is finally over. It’s a wonderful feeling when you don’t have to worry about freezing fingers and your toes going numb after a few runs. Get out and enjoy those warm sunny days!
 
Another pro is a late-season snow storm. Although the rising temps normally yield rain, there is always one that takes us by surprise. All winter enthusiasts secretly hope for one last dumping of snow to coat the slopes.
 
CONS: Possible rain; the one thing every winter enthusiast dreads to see in the forecast. With the temps on the rise, any precipitation will most likely be liquid. Although most resorts do operate in the rain, it definitely doesn’t make the Top 10 Best Ski Days.
 
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Slope Conditions

PROS: Soft snow makes turning easier. The first half of the day provides skiers and riders with optimal conditions.
 
Before the sun starts beaming, the soft snow makes digging in your edges easy and carving super fun, but it’s still firm enough that your skis glide; giving you all the confidence to make you feel like an expert skier.
 
Another pro is it doesn’t hurt too much if you fall. With the warm sun rays penetrating into the thawing ground, it would be a challenge to find an icy spot.
 
CONS: Mushy snow can be super slow and tricky to navigate. The second half of the day provides more of a …

Planning Your 2021 Vacation to Bear Creek

Arialle Hess  
Almost an entire year has passed since anyone took a real vacation. As we find ourselves almost two months into 2021 with a vaccine and commonplace regulations, a vacation is no longer just a pastime memory.
 
If you’re itching for an immediate winter getaway, Bear Creek should be your 2021 vacation destination.
 
With plenty of natural and man-made snow, the slopes at Bear Creek are groomed and ready for shredding. Whether you want to ski, ride, or snow tube, hotel guests can take advantage of all the resort offerings.
 
There is still time for a winter getaway and the popular Midweek Ski & Stay hotel package is still available. It’s the resort’s best-selling package because it helps you get the most out of your winter experience.
 
executive suite hotel room

It’s All Inclusive

The Midweek Ski & Stay package is a bundled deal. Starting at just $259*, the package includes an overnight stay, 2 extended day lift tickets for day of arrival, and 2 extended day lift tickets for following day.
 
Hotel guests who have booked this package don’t have to worry about pre-purchasing tickets online before they sell out. Your tickets are set aside and ready for pick up upon your arrival.
 
*Cost based upon room type.
 
rental skis and boots

Everything you need. Nothing you don’t.

As part of the package, hotel guests also receive 40% off rental equipment if needed. This includes skis, poles, snowboards, boots and helmets. Any winter sports items that you need can be purchased upon arrival at the hotel front desk; no online pre-purchase necessary.
 
If you prefer to take a lesson before hitting the slopes, our hotel will directly contact the Snowsports School to help get you set up. Ski and snowboard lessons for hotel guests are $48 for ages 8 and up.
 
Although the package is based upon double occupancy, Bear Creek can make adjustments to the amount of guests arriving. It’s only $69 to add an extra guest onto the package, and children 5 and under are FREE!
 
If your legs need a rest day, hotel guests have access to snow tubing for an additional cost. Tickets for snow tubing are also available at the hotel front desk; no online pre-purchase necessary.
 
sunny day out on the slopes at Bear Creek

Beat the “Crowds”

Although Bear Creek has limited capacity this year, the weekdays still tend to be quieter than the weekends.
 
The Midweek Ski & Stay package is valid Sunday-Thursday, non- …

Should I Buy or Rent Skis

Arialle Hess  
Many people are looking to get outside this winter. When Googling for things to do, skiing and snowboarding have bombarded the search engine results, causing an influx of newbies out on the mountain. If this was you this past December, we are super excited to welcome you to the world of winter sports and we want to make sure you are fully knowledgeable about skiing before diving in head first.
 
We know winter sports can be expensive, so understanding your options will give you a great foundation for the decision making process.
 
Even if you are not a complete newbie, making that first ski purchase can be daunting, especially for Eastern PA folks who live amongst smaller mountains that now experience temperate winters. There’s always a fine line between renting and buying, so we have compiled a list of factors that you should take into consideration before making your decision. Take a look at the pros and cons for each to see if you should keep renting or finally make the leap.
 
top down view of skis
 

Cost

Assuming you are hooked on skiing, start writing down how much it costs you to rent during a season and do some simple math. Skis are not cheap, but continuously renting can add up fast, too.
 
Cost was first on our list because it’s probably the biggest decision-making factor, although the impact varies from person to person depending on how much, or how little, you ski.
 
Renting for a few seasons is a good idea to save you money until you find the pair that speaks to your soul. Rental skis are tested and tuned constantly throughout the season, so you will not only be getting safe gear, but maintained gear as well. If you own, you are responsible for keeping up on all the maintenance, whether doing it yourself or scheduling an appointment at your local shop.
 
For those on the fence, below are some cost-saving tips for your first pair.
 
If you have a pair in mind that you know you would like to own (ie carving, moguls, park, etc), search for them in your size on third party sites such as skis.com. These sites always have great deals, especially at the end of the season. If you can snag skis at a discounted rate, the feeling of having your own equipment not marked up with rental jargon is oh so nice.
 
Another cost-saving method for those who are seriously considering purchasing their first pair is to snag used skis. You may want to have assistance when doing this to ensure you don’t get ripped off. Most used skis are doable; aesthetic …

6 Reasons You Need Ski Lessons

Arialle Hess  
Do you need ski lessons? Our answer is yes. 
 
The ski industry has made some incredible technological advancements when it comes to beginner skis. The new skis make learning so much easier and more fun, but that doesn’t mean you should skip taking a lesson.
 
Learning to ski with your friends is definitely fun but a bit dangerous, being self-taught can be confidence-building yet progression can plateau, but utilizing your local mountain’s ski school program is a very smart choice. Bear Creek is a small mountain that specializes in beginner-friendly terrain and staff; perfect for first-timers. The team has compiled a list of six reasons why your next visit should include a lesson with one of our pros. 
injured skier being helped by ski patrol

1. Safety

Skiing can be incredibly fun but also dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Safety is the number one concern for our guests while out on the slopes. You won’t have much fun if you sustain and injury while skiing. One way to ensure your safety is to take a lesson with a professionally trained instructor.
 
Learning how to ski doesn’t just mean connecting your turns. Instructors are tasked with making sure to teach you the necessary skill set to ski safely every time you hit the slopes. From riding the chair lift, to controlling your speed, there are many areas for potential accidents we want you to avoid.
 
At Bear Creek we hold ourselves accountable to two things, a Responsibility Code and Smart Style skiing. Both focus on being aware of your surroundings because you aren’t the only one having fun out there. Every first-timer gets the run-down upon their first lesson.
 
Those employed by Bear Creek’s Snowports School have won awards from the PSIA (Prof. Ski Instructors Assoc.) and AASI (American Assoc. of Snowboard Instructors). Having a group of very talented and certified instructors ensures you’re in good hands.
 
fallen skier
 

2. Injury Prevention

Accidents happen. They are unavoidable, especially when learning a new sport like skiing. Learning about your equipment and being comfortable in it can help keep you injury free.
 
Knee injuries come to most people’s minds when recalling ski accidents, so having your equipment set …

10 Reasons to Purchase a Ski Season Pass

Arialle Hess  
Are you looking to get out and do something this year? Well, you don’t have to wait around for summer to arrive. What better way to get outside than by skiing or snowboarding?! Purchase a season pass and you can carve until your heart is content. If you are not sure whether you should purchase a season pass or stick to day-tickets, below is a list of 10 reasons purchasing a season pass definitely has its perks.
 

1. Best way to ensure you have access to the slopes

Due to COVID-19 state regulations, your ski trip experience may look a little different this year. Many ski resorts are limiting day-ticket sales, so buying a ski season pass is one way to make sure you can hit the slopes.

For the 20/21 season Bear Creek is not restricting access to season pass holders, nor requiring SPH to reserve their slope time. You can carve until your heart’s content.

skiers riding the chair lift to the top of the mountain

2. More flexibility in accessing the slopes

If you have already decided to purchase a pass, your next decision is “Which pass should I buy?” Bear Creek offers two passes: a Value Pass and an Unlimited Loyalty Pass.

If you prefer having the freedom to come and go whenever your schedule allows, an Unlimited Pass is worth the extra money. Plus, you won’t feel cheated if a stellar storm rolls in on a blackout date.

However, a Value Pass is great for people who need a budget-friendly option. This pass is valid Monday-Friday, so you can still get in some turns after work.

3. It’s cost effective in the long run

A season pass is still significantly more expensive than a few day-tickets and might leave you wondering if a season ski pass is worth it.

If you ski on average of six times a season, a Bear Creek season pass is definitely worth it.

Bear Creek also offers discounted rates on season passes during the off-season, so you can shop smart and avoid paying full price.

The resort also offers payment plans to help disperse the cost, giving you the ability to manage your finances in a way that works best for you.

4. Fast track to the lift lines

Don’t get stuck in the ticket line the day after a snowstorm. With a season pass, you can jump out of your car and into the lift line.

Having a season pass helps avoid waiting in lines, giving you more time out on the slopes.

group of skiers skiing down a slope

5. More spontaneous trips with your friends

A season pass is valid for the entire winter season, so no time wasted figuring out ticket logistics when your buddies want to make a last-minute trip up to the mountains après work.

What …