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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.
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 unlimited pass or value pass. Parents with kids in 4th-6th grade have an exclusive, affordable option for their youngsters. 
Don’t know which pass is right for you? The detailed description below will help you decide. Plus, view Bear Creek’s season pass guarantee to see their commitment to you.
For those looking to shred anytime, Bear Creek’s Loyalty pass is your pass to unlimited fun this winter!
  • The Loyalty Pass is $399 and is eligible for a payment plan if you purhcase before Dec 1.
  • This pass is valid anytime with no restrictions or blackout dates. It is non-transferable and non-refundable. 
  • The resort does offer early-bird pricing throughout the year, so if you missed out on this year’s savings, keep your eyes open for the 21/22 ski season!
For those looking for a weekday option, the Value Pass has been brought back by popular demand. It’s the perfect combination of savings and fun!
  • Ski midweek for $269.
  • This pass is valid Monday-Friday only, non-holiday.
  • Pass is available to purchase for a limited time only.
Keep your youngsters active this winter with the 4th, 5th & 6th Grade Pass. It’s an affordable way to spend some time with your child(ren) out on the slopes!
  • This new winter pass option is available for only $50!
  • This pass is valid for four weekday visits (Monday-Friday, non-holiday) and includes one beginner lesson and one equipment rental.
  • Child(ren) must be accompanied by an adult with a valid lift ticket/season pass.
  • Pass is available to purchase for a limited time only.
The resort currently has three season passes available for purchase. Check out why you should choose Bear Creek as your resort for a 2020/2021 PA ski season pass below.
  • The resort will not be restricting slope access to any 20/21 season pass holder.
  • Pass holders will not have to make a reservation.
  • Due to limited day-ticket quantity, a season pass is the best way to secure your spot on the slopes this winter season!
Although a season pass is the best way to secure your spot on the slopes, the resort will still be selling day-tickets online and in advance. Please remember that only a limited number will be available each day.
New this year will be dynamic pricing for day-ticket purchases. Prices will be based upon demand, so the earlier you buy, the more you save!
  • Guests should be prepared to purchase day-tickets online and in advance.
  • Day-ticket quantities will be limited to avoid overcrowding.
  • Season Pass Holders and hotel guests have priority to the slopes, so the number of available day-tickets will vary each day.
  • Upon arrival, guests will redeem their day-ticket voucher at a ticket window.
To no surprise, the lesson format for the 20/21 ski season has also changed, but the Snowsports School is still offering a variety of high-quality lesson products to help get you out on the snow!
Lesson offerings have been adjusted to ensure a safe learning environment. These changes were all decided with social distancing and contact tracing in mind.
  • This year the Snowsports School will be offering small group and individual lessons. 
  • If you feel comfortable around your friends and family members, Bear Creek will accommodate group lessons of various sizes.
  • All physical distancing and mask requirements will be followed.
Tubing tickets, rentals, and other products will also be available online through Inntopia. The decision to offer online purchasing and amended product offerings was designed to give every guest not only the same unforgettable experience at a premier beginner ski and snowboard destination resort, but also a safe one.
Given these uncertain times, Bear Creek is reviewing and adjusting every possible aspect of the winter sport experience from the time of your arrival, to your departure. To view the resort’s full and growing commitment to its guests, please view the Winter Operational Plan for lodging, dining and lift changes, as well as the Ever Strong program for comprehensive cleaning and sanitization efforts.
“Let’s work together to be the reason we have a season” – BCMR