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Socially Distanced Activities During COVID

Arialle Hess  
No one was immune to the onset of COVID-19 that turned everyone’s world upside-down. Since March, people have been jury-rigging their lives back into function, but with constant changes and an incalculable amount of information being thrown at us daily, the future is as uncertain as...well...the future! This upheaval affected all aspects of life, but amidst these challenging times Bear Creek is striving to provide guests with various outdoor activities that can be safely enjoyed. The resort’s Ever Strong program expands to cover outdoor activities and events, so our guests and visitors know that our attention to detail is their peace of mind.
 
Group Hike
 

Hiking & Biking Trails

Bear Creek has over seven (7) miles of hiking and biking trails for our hotel guests or Mountain Activity Pass holders to enjoy. Explore various types of terrain that lead you to spectacular views of the local area. Even though the trails are shared by both hikers and cyclists, there is plenty of room to avoid any close contact when necessary. Over the past two years, the resort has also added additional biking trails, adding even more versatility to the diverse trail system. With the seasonal shift …

Ski Maintenance - Secrets to long lasting equipment

Arialle Hess  
As skiing has gained popularity over the past decade, there are more options when it comes to equipment buying; however, it’s still pretty pricey. Learning how to care for your ski equipment is essential to prevent it from prematurely wearing out.
 
While most people will never have to worry about those minuscule variations in equipment that ski racers obsess over, the majority of skiers and riders could still benefit from proper care of equipment to increase its longevity, as well as give you a better experience. Below are a few tips to help you avoid unnecessary wear on your skis.
 

Keep Skis Away from Unnecessary Moisture

On a cold day, it’s common to toss snow-covered skis into the back of the car, but when the heater cranks, the skis are now laying in a puddle. We all know what happens to metal when it gets soaked, so you don’t want to botch up the perfectly personality-matching graphics with rusty edges.
 
Doing any type of routine maintenance that keeps the moisture off your skis when not in use is a big benefit. To help prevent rust follow these tips:
  • Get into the habit of brushing snow off of skis
  • Dry your skis with a soft cloth
  • In the offseason, store your equipment in a dry place

man waxing skis

Waxing Skis

Treat your ski equipment with respect and it will return the favor. 
 
Sealing your skis with a fresh coat of hot wax will give your equipment the TLC they really crave; and the more you do it, the better. Think …

Ski Safety – How to reduce the risks of injury while skiing or riding

Arialle Hess  
There is always that same question you hear circulating around townies that never make it to the mountains. “Is skiing dangerous?” When I hear that, I internally respond with “well, is driving a car dangerous?” Your answer is subjective. Subjective to what you have experienced, what you have saw or heard on the news, and what you know and put into practice.
 
This article isn’t to argue a solid “yes” or “no”. The reality of recreational sports, as with driving a car, is that you will be subject to some risk. The goal is to educate yourself and implement slope safety procedures, thus reducing your risk to injury.
 
Ski Patrol might seem like fun suckers to teenage shredders, but they argue that you can have loads more fun when you aren’t in the patrol hut with a broken arm. Solid point. Each skier and rider is responsible for his or her own safety whether you are a novice or expert. Below are five ski and snowboard safety tips to keep at hand whenever you hit the slopes.
 
ski instructors during a lesson
 

Take a Lesson

If you are a beginner, a lesson is a great way to be safely introduced to skiing or riding.
 
Although you might just want to chase that giddiness, it pays to learn a thing or two before your fun streak comes to an abrupt end.
 
The certified instructors will teach you the essentials, like how to stop, knowing well that you will probably fall while learning how to master the carve turn.
 
The important thing is that you have the essentials to fall back on in case your comfort zone starts getting pushed passed its healthy limits.
 

Ski Valentine’s Day in PA! – Unique date ideas for the 2020 day of love

Arialle Hess  

Bear Creek is not in the business of matchmaking, however, the resort offers a pretty unique experience to celebrate Valentine’s Day. If you are struggling with ideas for this year, take a look at this romantic ski resort for something different.

This February 14th, the restaurants of the Lehigh Valley will be jam-packed and ready to serve a delectable dinner. There is no shortage of upscale dining, however, romantic date activities can be hard to find. Mid-February is the dead of winter and views outside your door can be anything but inviting, …

Weekday Warriors – Midweek ski getaway popularity rises as rates drop

Arialle Hess  
As skiing and riding become more and more popular, so do the lines. If you venture to any ski resort on a weekend, upon rounding the mountain bend, you will see what looks like thousands of tiny ants crawling across a white blanket. The slopes are a little crowded, but there is no denying the allure of daytime skiing; the sun is warm, the visibility is perfect, and the snow is just right for digging in those edges. If you want to avoid the lift line wait time, but don’t want to deal with the dark, cold, …