When I woke up this morning I thought it was going it was going to be another let down. But it wasn’t, as soon as I went outside to shovel the walks I realized I should be packing my gear today. The 4” of snow was so light and fluffy I was sweeping it off the walks with a broom. This kind of snow almost never falls from the ski in Macungie.
I quickly packed up my gear and a quick lunch and headed to work. Pulling in the employee lot the trails looked great. I went to my office checked emails and finished any pressing projects then quickly booted up.
Decided to get F-chair side as fast as we could so we took e chair up, came down Drifter and went through the Family Park, both trails were excellent and there was still plenty of fresh snow to be found. We then lapped Timberline, Broadway, Polar Bear and ended the day with a quick run down Sasquatch.
This was by far my best day out at Bear Creek this season, the snow was perfect, crowds were minimal and every run still had un-tracked lines. Now as I am sitting here typing this all I can think about it booting back up and taking a few more runs, but unfortunately I cannot play all day and have to do some work.
If you have the time I highly recommend getting out and enjoying the slopes today, or at least sometime this week.
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.
Trails End Cafe: 7am-4pm
Guest Services: 10am-6pm
Tune Shop: 10am-6pm
Slopeside Sports: 10am-6pm
Our team has put in an enormous effort and took advantage of all possible snowmaking opportunities for what we thought would be another early opening but unfortunately after the higher than predicted temperatures and rain there still is not enough snow for an opening.
The long term weather forecast does not have any favorable snowmaking temperatures and even more rain. We had initially wanted to start pushing snow last night and see if we could connect the dots on the trails but at this point the snow has a better chance of surviving the next week or so if we keep it in the piles. Each pile is crusted over and will melt slower than if we were to break the crust push it all out and expose it to the elements.
As soon as the weather is back in our favor we will begin snowmaking. Opening as soon as possible is our goal, but at this time we cannot put out a date. Stay tuned we will continue to have updates.
This is a question you hear very often this time of year. Just take a look at the facebook page, Twitter Feed or Instagram feed and all the posts from excited guests. Our reservations team has also been flooded with the question "When will you open?". We are just excited about opening and trying out all of the new snowguns we purchased over the summer, but there is a lot more involved in snowmaking then just turning a switch and seeing snow.
Since we rely completely on snowmaking, we cannot predict an opening day that far in advance. It all depends on Mother Nature. But, I can ensure you that we want Bear Creek open just as much as you.
Snowmaking has a lot of variables; it is not just the ambient air temperature, but also humidity, water temperatures and long term forecasts (you don't want to waste resources to just see it melt away)
We spoke to the snowmaking team and they enlightened us on what they need to get this winter started.
"There is a lot more involved in making snow that you probably think. The main thing we rely on is the wet bulb temperature. A wet bulb temperature is achieved by calculating relative humidity and ambient temperature. The dryer the air (low humidity) the colder your wet bulb temperature will be. When humidity is high, the wet bulb temperature will become closer to the actual ambient temperature. For example: 32 degrees at 25% humidity = 24 Degrees wet bulb. 32 Degrees at 80% humidity = 30 degrees wet bulb. Here at Bear Creek, our optimal wet bulb temperature to start our snow guns is 28 degrees. If it is more than this, it can be very unproductive and the quality of snow produced is similar to slush."
You can check out the ideal wet bulb temperatures on this Wet Bulb chart.
With ideal wet bulb temperatures, we could open the mountain 100% with a solid week of snowmaking. So let’s hope for colder temperatures and Think Snow!