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How to Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

Arialle Hess  
With the change of seasons comes change of activities, but there’s one thing you can enjoy year-round; a spa day.
 
Bear Creek Mountain Resort has an on-site spa that operates year-round. Whether you need a relaxing retreat, or just want a fresh look, The Spa at Bear Creek is a great spot for a spa day.
 
The resort’s full-service spa not only provides its guests with high-quality services, but also comfy robes, and lite fare with refreshing drinks to enhance the experience.
 
The resort also allows its guests to utilize additional amenities while on the premise. Treating yourself to a spa day at Bear Creek is an unmatched experience. If you want to relax, revive, and rejuvenate to the fullest, look no further.
 
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Services

What do you do on a spa day? The Spa at Bear Creek has an extensive list of treatments and services; giving you just about everything you need to pamper yourself. (Some services may not be available due to COVID restrictions)
 
Aside from the regular menu, The Spa also posts monthly specials on the website. When planning a spa day, check to see if any of your favorite products or services are discounted that month. If you’re looking for a mini getaway, the resort also offers hotel packages that include spa treatments.
 
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Massages

The Spa at Bear Creek offers massages in either 50- or 80-minute sessions. Among the favorites are Himalayan Salt treatment, CBD massages, and Lomi Lomi – an ancient Hawaiian technique. 
 
In addition to the traditional types of massages, The Spa also has massage therapists that are certified in pregnancy massages, Bamboo-Fusion®, and reflexology – an ancient Chinese technique.
 
If you are looking for a relaxing date night, book a couples massage and make reservations at The Grille for a romantic dinner.
 
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Body Treatments

The Spa’s body treatments consists of scrubs and wraps. Each service includes aroma therapy and dry brushing to help stimulate blood circulation.
  • The cream-based exfoliation of the Body Buffing Polish scrub will boost cell renewal; leaving your skin smooth and soft. (50-minute service)
  • After the cold winter months, the Luxury Hydrating wrap is a must-have. This rich balm is thirsty skin’s best friend. (80-minute service)
  • Invigorating ingredients such as coffee & sea kelp have anti-cellulite properties with detoxifying effects. These benefits are available in your choice of a scrub or wrap.
Make your day of relaxation customizable by creating your own experience. You can mix and match massages with facials, mani/pedis with scrubs, and much more.
 
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Facials

Beautiful, healthy skin starts with the face. Currently, The Spa is offering three types of facials; The Bear Creek Facial, Men’s Defense, and Anti-Aging. Each service is approximately 50 minutes.
 
No matter who you are, everyone’s face needs nourishing. Whether it’s irritated from shaving, dry from the elements, or anything else in between, facials can help prevent skin damage and leave you looking younger.
 
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Why Your Company Needs a Corporate Retreat

Arialle Hess  
A corporate retreat can be of immense value to your team, especially given all the ups and downs over the past year and counting. Because some jobs descriptions and work life have undergone permanent changes, there has been a shift in thinking about in-person company retreats.
 
Imagine this: you’re in charge of a company, whose employees are working from home. Employees that, along with deadlines, have subpar computers and technological access from home, kids in the background, and other family members to take care of. How much work do you think they are producing under these circumstances? What is their quality of work? How long can you expect them to be fulfilled in their jobs while working in these stressful situations?
 
Although WFH can be a wonderful tool in creating a better work life, we are now seeing issues arising around it. Whether your company is WFH, back in the office, or somewhat of a mix, a corporate retreat can be a great management tool to unsure your company isn’t falling behind. Here are some ways your company can benefit from a corporate retreat.

Quick tips for why your company needs a retreat:

  1. Iron out any issues
  2. Beat zoom fatigue
  3. Increase team bonding
  4. Better work performance
 
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1. Iron Out Any Issues

Being entirely WFH has led to miscommunication amongst companies of all sizes. Between video lapses and tons of Email threads, the communication channel can get bogged down fairly quickly. 
 
A retreat can aid in resolving any miscommunication. Humans have a hard enough time effectively communicating with spoken language, including emotional intonation and nonverbal cues. But take all that away when we use technology, and things can be easily misinterpreted. Companies can clear up any misunderstanding by holding meetings where everyone is present.
 
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2. Beat Zoom Fatigue

A retreat is also a perfect solution to Zoom fatigue. No one enjoys being on video conference calls all day, and it is hard to expect employees to retain all information or even pay attention for the duration of multiple calls. Physically bringing your team out from behind their screens is a great refresher.
 
Even if the entire team cannot be present, many hotels have the latest technology to keep your entire team engaged and feel included in the event.
 
HYBRID MEETING PACKAGE
Bear Creek is proud to present our tech-forward hybrid solution allowing a virtual audience to fully engage with in-person participants to create a seamless experience. Our packages are designed to effectively connect both on-site and remote attendees in General Session and Breakout environments. Our professional audio-visual team will be with you throughout the planning and execution of your event to seamlessly integrate our technology with your programming to ensure success.
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How to Help Soreness After Skiing

Arialle Hess  
It’s not uncommon for skiers and snowboarders to experience muscle pain after spending the day on the slopes. Whether beginner or expert, you can find yourself sore in muscles you didn’t even know you had. There’s a lot you can do to prevent unwanted soreness, but the fact is most of us ski only a small portion out of the year, so some soreness is inevitable. To help with your soreness after your next ski trip, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips!

Quick tips for easing soreness after skiing:

  1. Stretch before and after skiing
  2. Ice your muscles 
  3. Soak in hot tub
  4. Get a massage
  5. Stay hydrated

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Stretch before and after skiing

Stretching is probably the most overlooked health benefit of all time. Most of us recreational athletes don’t put much effort, energy, or even thought into stretching our muscles on a daily basis. But the truth is stretching can be a huge benefit in reducing soreness and preventing injuries.
 
When it comes to skiing, our legs use each and every muscle to turn the skis. Even if it doesn’t seem strenuous, the repetitive motion alone can cause soreness. It’s not every day, or even every month that we strap weights to our feet to fall down a mountain, so if your body isn’t used to the motion, be prepared to experience some soreness. Stretching before and after you hit the slopes will ease muscle pain.
 
Although we suggest focusing on the legs, don’t neglect the upper body. The muscles that should hurt after skiing will most likely be in the lower body, but skiing and snowboarding affect the entire body, so adding in a few simple back and arm stretches will go a long way. At the end of the day you will be thankful for spending even 5 minutes doing stretches.
 
If you’re planning a trip of back to back days of shredding, check out Outside Online’s article The Best Stretches to Do After Skiing for ski-specific stretching recommendations from a Colorado-based physical therapist. 
 
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How to Plan a Ski Trip on a Budget

Arialle Hess  
Ski trips are a family-favorite vacation during the winter months. Moms and dads love to escape to a winter wonderland and enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery, delicious dining, and relaxing atmosphere of a mountain getaway. Kids love playing in the snow and shredding up the slopes. Whether it’s a family getaway or friends’ trip, the allure of a ski vacation can capture anyone.
 
With the ever-changing ski industry, there are cool new enhancements to experience, but the enjoyment comes at higher prices. Ski gear and equipment can be pricey, and lift tickets and passes are climbing even higher. When planning a ski trip, budgeting for on-hill needs, or booking accommodations and transportation, an affordable ski trip can seem hard to come by. But there are ways to plan a ski trip on a budget, here are some tips for planning both a fun and affordable ski vacation.

1. Visit a Ski Resort Near Major Cities

The first thing when searching for an affordable ski vacation is to check out resorts near your closest major city.
 
Even if you don’t live in the mountains, finding the nearest ski mountain can cut costs if you can drive. Flying takes up a lot of time and money, plus you have to pay additional fees to ship your gear. And don’t think about the extra stress if your gear doesn’t arrive with you (we’ve all been there).
 
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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.
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