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Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 14, 2014) – More than 60 national titles will be on the line this week as top mountain bikers from around the nation face off at the Bear Creek Resort in Macungie, Pa., July 17-20, for the 2014 USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain bike National Championships.
Riders will compete for medals and Stars-and-Stripes jerseys over four days in cross-country, short-track cross-country, singlespeed and super downhill competition. See the complete schedule of events here.
Learn more about the different mountain bike events, rules and qualifications here.

Among those returning to the 2014 USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain bike National Championships are many defending national champions, including Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky./Wood-n-Wave), Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMC Mountainbike Racing Team), Nic Jenkins (Colorado Springs, Colo./Front Rangers Junior Cycling), Shayna Powless (Roseville, Calif.) and Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./BMC Project Dirt), as well as 2012 Olympians Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing),
Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA Pro Team) and Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing).

View all of the currently registered riders.
In addition to the Stars-and-Stripes jerseys that are on the line, automatic World Championship team nominations are also up for grabs for men’s and women’s 17-18 junior, U23 and elite winners. For more information, please see USA Cycling's world championships selection criteria.
The trails at Bear Creek Mountain Resort include 150-year-old mining switchback roads up the mountain. The trails also feature rocky, technical sections which demand as much power, skill and technique on the ascents as on the descents.
The amateur cross-country course spans just short of seven miles and includes many of the course features available on the mountain. The pro course includes the mountain's signature feature, a rock drop plus a triple log crossing and a rock jump just before the finish.
Full course maps are available online.
More information on the 2014 USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships including start lists, schedule, results, photos and daily event recaps will be available on the event webpage.
Follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #MTBnats.
Media inquiries regarding the event can be directed to USA Cycling Communications Manager Kevin Loughery at .

This Article Published July 14, 2014 For more information contact:

Check out this great blog entry from a local contributor Susie Rankin.

A vacation to a popular mountain resort sounds like a dream. Relaxation, fantastic food, spectacular views and the odd bit of skiing thrown in – what more could you want from a vacation? Well, as more than one third of the adult American population is now classed as obese, the likelihood is you want to avoid gaining too much weight whilst relaxing on your well earned break from everyday life. Luckily, a mountain resort is the perfect place for the whole family to relax, have fun, eat well and stay fit. A vacation in a mountain resort could even kick start a new healthy eating and exercise regime if you wanted it to because of the range of physical indoor and outdoor activities available.  This article will outline some of the key ways a mountain based vacation can improve fitness, whilst advising on the best ways to avoid the seemingly inevitable vacationers weight gain.

Think Food – and Make Healthy Choices

OK, so when you are on vacation it is easy to eat all the delicious foods you usually go to lengths to avoid – and why shouldn’t you? You are entitled to a treat, right? Whilst this is definitely true, eating the treat foods needs to be balanced with healthy foods, too for the benefit of your overall health. Gaining weight too quickly can be as damaging to the human body as losing it suddenly and care needs to be taken to avoid either extreme. Luckily, a good mountain resort will have a range of eating options available for you with a myriad of healthy foods to enjoy. A good menu will offer different choices of meat and restaurants should also accommodate alternative cooking methods – if you prefer to have your steak grilled simply ask the waiter. It can be a good idea to ask for salad dressings on the side of dishes and try to steer clear of fattening cream based sauces. Likewise, just because a menu offers several courses, it doesn’t follow that each course must be devoured with reckless abandon.  The chances are you will feel full after a good starter so, at the very least, give yourself breathing space in between each course.

Take Advantage of the Great Outdoors

A mountain resort can be the perfect place for those who love nature, simply because of the sheer number of outdoor activities available. The season during which you visit will largely dictate the types of calorie burning activities you can enjoy but rest assured, if you have eaten a five course meal the night previously, you will probably be itching to try every activity available. At Bear Creek Mountain resort, summer, spring and fall visitors are able to go hiking among the spectacular scenery of the mountains, biking on local trails, try their hand at disc golf and play tennis everyday – all activities which can conceivably burn hundreds of calories a session. In the winter months, the resort offers skiing, snow-tubing and snowboarding – all activities which burn vast amounts of calories and prove a huge boost to fitness. Although the amount of calories burned varies according to individual weight and activity levels, as a general rule, ski-ing or snow boarding can burn up to 3000 calories per six hour session.  Obviously, this means happy vacationers can enjoy the dessert cart in the restaurant without feeling guilty.

Take Time Out to Rest Those Muscles

Of course, your vacation should, above all, be as relaxing as possible. There is no better way to unwind than by treating yourself to a day spa and perhaps a massage. In fact, relaxation is as much an essential ingredient in boosting fitness levels as cardiovascular exercise is. Muscles need time to repair themselves and failure to rest adequately can lead to joint and muscle damage. It is therefore vital that after a day of hiking, skiing or any other physical activity, visitors take time to sit back and enjoy the scenery. In fact, most good workout programs will incorporate steady rest periods so as to give the body time to rejuvenate fully.  Whatever your preferred activity whilst on a mountain based vacation, be sure to take full advantage of every facility offered – be it a calorie busting day on the slopes or a luscious massage. It’s your vacation and you deserve to have fun and stay fit.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 00:00

Lobster Week Is Back!

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Summer is finally here, and the sun will return soon. Lobster week is back, that's right those colorful crustaceans from the Cape will once again be taking over the Grille Menu from June 17-22. Our Chef has planned out an  entire week of lobster specials from lobster bisque, whole steamed lobsters, lobster rolls even a delicious lobster flambe. Even if you are not a fan of lobster, the Grille will still have you covered. We will continue to serve our regular dinner menu.

Do you like live music, join us on the deck Thursday June 19 from 6-9PM with live music from Tim Harakal. deck

Be sure to call The Grille to make your reservation, 610-641-7149.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

Summer is Almost Here!

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All of the Summer Fun is back at Bear Creek. Most of the snow has finally melted, with the exception of a few patches on Timberline and the slopes are turning green and the flowers are blooming.

Now is the time to take advantage of the other activities that Bear Creek has to offer. Our hiking and Mountain Bike trails are in excellent condition and cover over 7 miles of our resort. If you are not ready for that big of a commitment yet bkgd eventsyou can explore the grounds with a game a disc golf. Our 18 hole course starts on parking lot 4 and encompasses both large open holes, water hazards and tight wooden holes throughout the property.

Make it a vacation and take advantage of one of our fantastic Hotel Packages. Forget about winter and take in all of the fun activities with the Spring Rejuvenation Package. If you are not quite the outdoors person, make it a Spa Day with the Spring Spa Getaway and relax on one of our large decks with a glass of wine.

These are two excellent packages, so take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and book now.lighbox resorts 06 0

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Closing Day Announcement

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It has been an incredible season at Bear Creek, with the record setting snow falls and cold temperatures we were able to have one of the best seasons we have had in years. This was our earliest opening ever and we are now more than half way through March still with excellent conditions.

We would like to take this time to thank everyone who has made this a successful season. But like every year it must come to an end. We are sad to announce we will be closing for the 2013/14 ski season on March 30 at 4PM. That leaves you with just under two weeks to get in those last few runs of the season. So grab your friends, family or co-workers and take advantage of the conditions with these great deals.

The Wednesday Family Day has been extended and now includes Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of the season. Family Days allow you to get up to 6 Extended Day Lift Tickets for just $53 or up to 6 Extended Day Lift Tickets and Rentals for $99!

If weekdays do not work with your busy schedule we have extended our Family Night on Sunday to and all day deal. From 8:30-10PM pay just $85 for up to 6 Evening Lift Tickets or $159 for up to 6 Lift Tickets and Rentals!

March Madness package is back and starting at $79 per person, per night (based on double occupancy).  It includes your hotel room, lift tickets the night you arrive and a lift ticket for the next day.  You also receive 50% ski and snowboard rentals.  The package is valid Sunday through Thursday. 

Now is the time to take advantage of one of these great deals and hit the slopes for some late season turns.

Thanks for the great season.


Saturday, 08 March 2014 09:59

Late Winter Fun!

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It has been a phenomenal season so far at Bear Creek.  The skiing and snowboarding has been the best we have seen in years.  Pennsylvania has set records for snowfall and consistently cold temperatures, a great combination for late winter and early spring fun.  We have a ton of snow on the trails and with the temperatures warming up it is a great time to get out with family and friends, soak up some rays and enjoy the soft snow!

We have some great deals to make hitting the slopes in March irresistible.  We are expanding our Wednesday Family Day offerings to include Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of the season.  Family Days allow you to get up to 6 Extended Day Lift Tickets for just $53 or up to 6 Extended Day Lift Tickets and Rentals for $99!

If you can’t make it up during the week, we also have Family Night on Sunday evenings, $85 for up to 6 Evening Lift Tickets or $159 for up to 6 Lift Tickets and Rentals!

For those seeking an overnight getaway check out the March Madness package starting at $79 per person, per night (based on double occupancy).  It includes your hotel room, lift tickets the night you arrive and a lift ticket for the next day.  You also receive 50% ski and snowboard rentals.  The package is valid Sunday through Thursday.  Basically you are paying for the room and skiing and riding for free, how can you resist that?

See you on the slopes!


Friday, 04 October 2013 14:31

Garlic, Garlic & More Garlic

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Garlic Garlic and more Garlic! If you aren’t already following the Bear Creek Pinterest page, you should be because we a pinning away in preparation for our upcoming Garlic, Cheese & Summer Mountain Festival scheduled for August 25. I can’t stop searching for yummy garlic recipes. I thought that I would share two of my ‘must try’ favorites. Along my travels, I found this cute Garlic Lover photo.

Garlic Lovers Unite at the Cheese, Garlic & Summer Mountain Festival

Friday, 04 October 2013 14:31

Cheese & Garlic Lover's Recipe Contest

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This summer seems to be flying by, before you know it the Cheese, Garlic & Summer Mountain Festival will be upon us! Did you know that we are now accepting entries for our 3rd Annual Garlic & Cheese Lovers Recipe Contest? That’s right, calling all chefs or kitchen gurus! Our recipe contest selection team is collecting entries through August 10. Don’t worry, recipes don’t need to be original, they can be but you can also take something and add your own twist.

All of the details can be found on the recipe contest page HOWEVER recipe criteria are as follows: Recipes may be copied or original. If copied from another source, that source must be revealed in the submission.

  • Each recipe must be an appetizer with at least 8 appetizer servings.
  • Recipes must be typed or legibly written or printed.
  • Directions to prepare recipe must be clear and complete.
  • Each recipe for the Garlic Lover’s Appetizer Contest must use at least 2 cloves of garlic.
  • Each recipe for the Cheese Lover’s Appetizer Contest must use 1 cup shredded cheese (4 ounces).
  • Use specific standard US measurements for each ingredient with can and packages sizes listed in the order of their use in the recipe.

There will be prizes for First, Second and Third place in each the Garlic and Cheese recipe categories. The top ten finalists will be selected to prepare their recipe to present to the judges at the Bear Creek Cheese, Garlic & Summer Mountain Festival on August 25. The winners will receive:

For Cheese Lover’s Recipe Contest:

  • First Prize: A Mid-Week Ski and Stay Package valued at $200
  • Second Prize: A $50 Gift Certificate to Bear Creek Mountain Resort
  • Third Prize: A $25 Gift Certificate to Bear Creek Mountain Resort

For Garlic Lover’s Recipe Contest:

  • First Prize: A Mid-Week Ski and Stay Package valued at $200
  • Second Prize: A $50 Gift Certificate to Bear Creek Mountain Resort
  • Third Prize: A $25 Gift Certificate to Bear Creek Mountain Resort

To enter, send your recipe to with ‘contest entry’ in the subject line or by mail to:

Events at Bear Creek
101 Doe Mountain Ln.
Macungie, PA 18062

Want to know more? Email Tracy H at .

Happy cooking!


Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Now Booking: Winter Vacation!

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While some of you might just be starting to think about your summer getaway plans, our minds are focused on winter! Yesterday was the start of our 2013-2014 winter season hotel bookings. If you are a frequent guest in our hotel, you may or may not know that every year on July 1, winter hotel bookings open. Those of you who are interested in celebrating Christmas, New Year’s Eve & Day, President’s Day or Martin Luther King Day with us should start making your plans now. Typically these are the first weekends to fill.

Friday, 04 October 2013 14:30

Summer of Seafood

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Happy Summer! That’s right, today is the first day of summer. Although it’s been a bit rainy this month, this weekend is looking like the seasonal summer weather will return!

Is seafood one of your summertime favorites? If so, The Grille is where you’ll want to be later this month. This week is Lobster Week and we couldn’t be more excited.  All week we are featuring special like lobster bisque, whole steamed lobsters, lobster rolls and a delicious lobster flambe! Lobster week runs through Sunday, June 23. Be sure to call The Grille to make your reservation, 610-641-7149.

To add to the fun, Crab Night will be held on July 11 in the Rock Garden. Reservations are required and there is a minimum crab order per party. Enjoy an outdoor crab feast with your closest friends and family. Reservations must be made before July 5! Call The Grille at 610-641-7149 to reserve your Crab Night meal now.

Finally, Oyster Night returns..twice!  Once again we will be hosting buck-a-shuck oyster night at The Grille. Join us on July 31, September 11 or maybe both nights for a yummy oyster feast. Our Malpeque oysters will be sure to please your palette. Reservations can be made online or by calling The Grille.

Not a seafood lover? No worries, The Grille will be serving their regular dinner menu in addition to our seafood specials. Don’t miss the summer of seafood at The Grille!


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