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6 Reasons You Need Ski Lessons

Arialle Hess  
You may be wondering, "can I go skiing without lessons?" 
Well, 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.
So, the answer to your question is a bit complicated. Luckily this blog can provide you with key information in helping you make your decision. 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.

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.

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 is offering two passes for the 20/21 ski season: 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

Ski Trip Planning During COVID – How to access your favorite winter playground

Arialle Hess  

As we all await the first snowfall of the winter season, one question remains on our minds 'What will ski season look like in 2020/2021?'

With many travel plans put on hold, there's only one way to be sure to have some FUN this winter. It's time to explore Pennsylvania and head to the snowy mountains. With over 100 snow guns, you can be sure the slopes at Bear Creek will be corduroy-carving ready!

Despite all the excitement, Bear Creek wants to remind everyone that things may look a bit different this year. The resort will be ready to operate under all official guidelines, however, guests should be aware of changes in operation due to safety procedures. Bear Creek will also be offering new products for this winter season with the goal of keeping its guests safe while ensuring the same great experience as in the past.
For this upcoming winter season Bear Creek is striving for as many contactless points as possible through the use of online sales channels and amended product offerings. This ski season the resort will be partnering with Inntopia for online sales which will give you just about everything you need before arriving at the resort. In order to safely operate, the resort’s offerings for the 20/21 ski season will also be regulated. Below is a detailed explanation of the winter product offerings to help you decide which purchase decisions will be the best fit for your upcoming trip to Bear Creek.

Season Passes

Bear Creek will be offering multiple ski season passes convenient for PA residents, whether you are a die-hard shredder or a casual carver. Adults and youth can choose from either an …

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 …