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The Saviors of Skiing

Arialle Hess  
Every month, the Bear Creek team likes to inform our guests about current news that's happening on our slopes, but this month we would like to give you an inside look at what it took to open the ticket windows this December. This month's blog is a special edition, reflecting upon the staff that made it all possible; the saviors of skiing.
 
Preparing a mountain for skiing is no easy task. Any attempt to control mother nature is an attempt to control madness. But that’s just what a bunch of our Mountain Ops employees do every single night.
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We are well into winter and you can hear the hustle and bustle of the employees at Bear Creek. Every morning you see the groomers out on the …

The Sit-Down with the Snowmakers 12/28/17

Arialle Hess  

12/28/17
Happy Holidays everyone! If you are looking for a great winter escape during the holiday break, we have just the thing!
Today Assistant Snowmaking Manager Kevin Jennings will share updates on Bear Creek's slope conditions and snowmaking plans for the holiday week.

Q: I am sure the mountain ops team is ecstatic that winter has finally arrived! How did snowmaking go last night?
A: The boys hit another one out of the park. We ran 100% of the guns and pumped another 2.2 million gallons …

The Sit-Down with the Snowmakers 12/27/17

Arialle Hess  

12/27/17
Happy Holidays everyone! If you are looking for a great winter escape during the holiday break, we have just the thing!
Today Assistant Snowmaking Manager Kevin Jennings will share updates on Bear Creek's slope conditions and snowmaking plans for the holiday week.

Q: How was the weather last night?
A: It was a very calm, cold and dry evening with wet-bulb temps of 11°-13° and humidity hovering at around 46%.

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The Sit-Down with the Snowmakers 12/26/17

Arialle Hess  
12/26/17
Happy Holidays everyone! If you are looking for a great winter escape during the holiday break, we have just the thing!
Today Assistant Snowmaking Manager Kevin Jennings will share updates on Bear Creek's slope conditions and snowmaking plans for the holiday week.
 

Q: It’s getting cold again. Is it time to start up the guns?
A: You bet! The cold weather is predicted to hang around for the next 12 days, so this week is definitely a big …

The Sit-Down with the Snowmakers 12/21/17

Arialle Hess  
12/21/17
Our slopes are almost 100% open! Assistant Snowmaking Manager, Kevin Jennings, joins us for today’s edition of “The Sit-Down with the Snowmakers”
 
Q: The snowmakers had another production run last night. How did that go?
A: Last evening was more of a “dusting” to improve conditions, rather than a big production run. We operated the system for 8 hours and used around 1.1 million gallons. The wet-bulb hung out at around 24-26 which was just cold enough for us to effectively convert. Luckily, the wind was calm, which allowed us to lift the barrels up/give the plume some hang time, oscillate the fans, and spread the product around as much as possible.
 
Q: Will the slopes deteriorate with the possible rain during the warm spell?
A: Thankfully we have a solid base, which actually …

The Sit-Down with the Snowmakers 12/18/17

Arialle Hess  
12/18/17
Our slopes are almost 100% open! Assistant Snowmaking Manager, Kevin Jennings, joins us for today’s edition of “The Sit-Down with the Snowmakers”
 
Q: What does the snowmaking forecast look like for this week?
A: The snowmaking plan moving forward includes overnight production on Wednesday, December 20th and Thursday December 21st. We hope after the two nights of operation this week, we can move some mobile snow guns off of Teddy Bear and Lower Broadway and reposition them …

The Sit-Down with the Snowmakers 12/15/17

Arialle Hess  

Q: We finally had some natural snow fall last night! That should help you guys with snow production, right?
A:  At Bear Creek, we always welcome natural snow, but it can be tricky when you are trying to lay a base down on the slopes. Snowmaking is a systematic process, so each time we make snow, the consistency is pretty darn …

Opening Day is Set!

Jeff Zellner  

Bear Creek is happy to announce that we will be open for skiing and riding on Saturday, December 16th at 10am.  We anticipate having nearly all terrain open, with all lifts in operation.   We will not be opening tubing on Saturday, however, keep posted for updates regarding this offering.  

We are very happy and encouraged by the cold temperatures in the early part of December and can’t wait to see everyone on the slopes.   We will continue to make snow whenever possible, including during operating hours to create the best conditions …

The Sit-Down with the Snowmakers 12/13/17

Arialle Hess  
Q: When are you guys going to start blowing snow?
A:  We fired up the guns on Friday night and ran all 129 guns to put down a nice layer before the snowfall on Saturday. After the snowfall we pumped another 1.3 million gallons of water onto the hill overnight. The natural snowfall and our work on Saturday night will help us tremendously leading into our big push to get open. 
 
Q: Can you blow snow all this week to open for the …

The Welcoming of 17-18 Winter Season

Jeff Zellner  

December is upon us and winter is right around the corner.  Very soon, the slopes will be covered and the ski season will be in full swing.  It’s time to get your gear ready, your snow pants, hats, and gloves out and loosen up your legs.  This time of year has always had a great anticipation for the upcoming winter season.   To this day, the excitement level is high around the resort.  We have had a steady stream of guests getting their …

A November to Remember

Jeff Zellner  

With the arrival of November comes thoughts of Thanksgiving, the holiday season, football, and spending time with family and loved ones.   It also marks the impending arrival of ski season and all the great things that come with it.   During my teenage years, when skiing was just about the most …

October- A season of change

Jeff Zellner  

As quickly as the summer flew by, so did the month of September.  School is back in session, and Halloween is on the doorstep.  October is a beautiful time of year when you can enjoy some of the best parts of summer with the beauty of the fall foliage.   On a personal note,   October has always held a …

The Transition Towards Fall

Jeff Zellner  

As is the case every year, the summer went by in a flash.  Schools are back in session, the evenings have begun to cool down and soon the leaves will begin their turn.  September is a month of transition both in terms of weather and in terms of mentality.  For me, September represented a month filled with the …

The Sun Setting on Summer

Jeff Zellner  

August is upon us.   Which means the clock is ticking on the summer of 2017.  It’s the time of year to make sure you checked off all the items on the summer wish list.  As a child, I had my own checklist every year that I wanted to fulfill.  For me, it was going to at least one baseball game, getting my fill …

Making May Memorable

Jeff Zellner  

April seemed like it passed in a flash.   I am sure May will do the same. Spring is in full bloom and summer is right on the doorstep, but May is a month to savor. A few really great things happen in the month of May every year. The first thing is Mother’s Day.   This is a great opportunity to honor mom’s …

Marching Towards Spring

Jeff Zellner  

March is always a month of transition. It seems that this year the transition arrived weeks ahead of schedule.   The ski season has been trying for both our resort and our guests. We had very few stretches of consistent cold weather and snowmaking temperatures. We have tried our best to provide the winter sport …