Each month my challenge is to write an attention grabbing first page for our newsletter. This month however, it’s easier than usual because I did something I never had before which was to ski on New Year’s Eve. I’m on the mailing list of Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, Pennsylvania and several weeks earlier learned of their New Year’s Eve party with fireworks. Since I had no plans and had never been there (or any other ski resort on New Year’s Eve) I decided to give BCMR a try. Late afternoon December 31st, a friend and I headed out of NJ on Route 78W into Pennsylvania. The slopes were open till 1am so we planned to boot up and get outside by 6pm, ski for several hours then hit the lodge for a meal around 9-10. Grabbing a bite earlier would allow us to view the sparkles ushering in the new year. I have to tell you I was really I-M-P-R-E-S-S-E-D with this surprisingly not-so- little ski resort! Our evening began at Guest Services to get lift tickets, where we were greeted by Carol Sicher, Guest Services Manager. The staff at the front desk were genuinely helpful and we had a delightful conversation with Carol who gave us some insight to Bear Creek Mtn. Resort before heading out to the slopes. The base lodge is a very modern design, architecturally pleasing and the firm designing this complex knew what a base lodge should have or got input from the owners as to what they wanted for this resort. Amenities were obvious including lockers on each floor and restrooms everywhere you expect them. Someone finally figured out it’s not fun (or safe) to walk up/down flights of stairs in clunky boots for a rest room when you NEED one. The entire complex is first class: contemporary, good eye appeal, ski racks where they should be, rental shop when you first come in and a separate shop for tuning and repairs so the two don’t clash. The dining area adjacent to the cafeteria is pleasantly decorated has a beautiful stone fireplace, holds hundreds and was full on New Year’s Eve. The lodge is conveniently connected to the hotel making it easy for hotel guests to get breakfast before heading out to ski. If you want a drink one minor quirk is that the bar and Cafe are a rather long walk from the cafeteria but being attached to the hotel it’s very convenient for overnight guests. Opting for the ‘Cafe’ rather than the cafeteria, we ordered our meal and in five minutes it was hand delivered to us in the adjoining bar. Just outside the base lodge sits an inviting, steaming pool. I didn’t see anyone swimming probably due to the fact many were dressed for New Years’ Eve and the rest were skiing and it was night-time. More trails were closed than open due to uncooperative weather for weeks but those open were in good shape! A credit to their snowmakers is that on NYE so many snow guns were blowing that a virtual blizzard was in progress. I love resorts that cater to those who enjoy the snowsports and a nice amenity was the complimentary slopeside Ski Valet to check skis or boards releasing us from hunting for them in the racks. For any who’ve never been to BCMR here’s a run-down on the Mtn. stats which puts it on an even keel with the Pocono resorts. Bear Creek: 1,100’ summit, 510’ vertical, 21 trails (30% green, 40% blue and 30% black). If you’re looking for family-friendly skiing at an upscale modern resort with on-site lodging in the country this is the place. It’s not a huge mountain but the ski experience was surprisingly good and the drive is shorter than going to the Catskills. I recommend it for a day or two of skiing or for families with a longer stay in the hotel with young children learning to ski. I will return soon to ski the whole mountain; Bear Creek Mountain Resort gets my vote!
So far it has been a rough start and the weather has not been cooperating. The forecast does not look good for this week, at this time we will be open Monday 12/22 & Tuesday 12/23 our normal operating hours (9am-9pm). Wednesday 12/24 we will be closed due to the inclement weather. Guest Services, Group Sales and Retail will be open Wednesday from 10am-3pm. We are hoping that we will be able to re-open Thursday if not Friday but this will depend on how much rain we receive this week. There will be more updates to come. The past few nights our snowmaking team has been able to make snow and it looks like we have some good snowmaking temps in the 10-day forecast so we should be able to snap right back from this rain and start opening more terrain in the future.
Bear Creek will be closed tomorrow through Thursday in an effort to save the snow that we have made. The forecast does not look favorable and there is a chance of rain. We plan on reopening this Friday and it looks like we will be able to start making more snow Monday if not sooner. Sorry for any inconvenience and please be patient, we just need the weather back on our side.
The following departments will be open limited hours.
The Grille:4pm-10pm Trails End Cafe: 7am-4pm Guest Services: 10am-6pm Tune Shop: 10am-6pm Slopeside Sports: 10am-6pm