Bear Creek Mountain Resort
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|Resort Overview - reported by M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor|
For those who would rather slide down the mountain on an inner tube, Bear Creek also has a snow tubing park, with 750-foot long runs and a 17% grade. Tubing tickets are sold separately from lift tickets.
Bear Creek has three separate terrain parks spread over 13 acres. Cascade Park is geared towards the beginner skier or snowboarders and includes small jumps and easy rails. Black Bear Park contains more advanced features, such as as 20- to 50-foot tabletops. Timberline Park is a boardercross course and includes features such as berms, rollers, and kickers. A 750-foot long halfpipe, a 46-foot S Rail, and a 24 by 24-foot Wall Ride are other features found in the parks.
4 or 8 hour lift tickets can be purchased at Bear Creek. The clock starts when you purchase your ticket.
Although Bear Creek primarily receives day visitors, there are many lodging and dining options available nearby. Several local hotels offer inexpensive “ski and stay” packages. The Inn at Bear Creek is a full service hotel located directly at the resort. The hotel offers discounted midweek packages including lodging and lift tickets. As with many mid-Atlantic resorts, you will find better prices and less crowds if you visit Bear Creek midweek.
Bear Creek was previously known as Doe Mountain but changed its name when it switched ownership in the late 90’s.
Photos provided by Bear Creek Mountain Resort.
Bear Creek offers mountain biking during the summer. 15 miles of mountain biking trails are available, with terrain suitable for beginners to experts, including wide track and singletrack. Lift service is available. Bear Creek hopes to continuously expand its network of mountain biking trails. Rental bikes and lessons are available.
Bear Creek also hosts weddings year-round.
|Bear Creek Mountain Resort|
|21 (30% beginner, 40% intermediate, 30% advanced)|
|7,000 per hour|
|6 (3 quads, 1 triple, 2 carpets)|
|Yes, on 100% of terrain|
|Three terrain parks covering 13 acres; expert, beginner, and family-oriented parks.|
|750 feet long|
|5 lanes with a 17% grade. The tubing park is 1,000 feet long.|
|101 Doe Mountain Lake
Macungie, PA 18062
|(800) 682-7107 or (610) 682-7100|
Estimated Distances from Major Cities
|Baltimore, MD||2 hours, 40 minutes||140 miles|
|Washington, DC||3 hours, 30 minutes||170 miles|
|Arlington, VA||3 hours, 30 minutes||173 miles|
|Richmond, VA||5 hours, 20 minutes||300 miles|
|Pittsburgh, PA||4 hours, 45 minutes||280 miles|
|Harrisburg, PA||1 hour, 30 minutes||80 miles|
|Philadelphia, PA||1 hour, 10 minutes||58 miles|
|Charleston, WV||9 hours||553 miles|
|Raleigh, NC||8 hours||475 miles|
|Charlotte, NC||9 hours||553 miles|
To view a full-size trail map for Bear Creek, click on the following thumbnail image. The trail map will open in a new window. Please note that DCSki's trail maps can be out of date; always pick up a copy of the latest trail map at each resort.
A snow condition report for Bear Creek is shown below. Because condition reports may not be updated regularly, be sure to check the date and timestamp on the report. Before making a trip, we recommend contacting resorts directly for the latest conditions.
|Bear Creek, PA||
As of 15:47:00 on 2011-03-15
|Report data is over 2 days old -- please check back later.|
To view additional ski condition reports for areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and across the world, visit the DCSki Conditions page.
Bear Creek has an official webcam page here.
A shot from one of Bear Creek's webcams is shown below. Note that this image is displayed directly from Bear Creek's web site. It may not appear properly if the webcam is down. This picture may also not be up to date.
The past five articles related to Bear Creek are shown below.
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Gains Momentum (December 27, 2012)
A shot of cold air and some natural snow has helped launch the 2012-2013 winter season in a big way. Find out the status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
The Weekly Altitude (November 18, 2012)
The Weekly Altitude provides a look at what’s happening in the Mid-Atlantic ski and snowboard scene. In this week’s issue: Wisp Resort to change hands; Wintergreen’s “Snow License Program” offers free skiing to 5th and 6th graders; Thanksgiving Eve Pub Crawl at Bear Creek; and Whitetail pledges $10,000 to the MPMC Project.
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off, with Help from Mother Nature (December 6, 2009)
The return of colder temperatures has allowed mid-Atlantic ski areas to fire up the guns, and Mother Nature helped kick off the festivities with some natural snow. Several resorts in the mid-Atlantic are now open for skiing and boarding, with more expected to come on-line soon.
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DCSki Introduces New Features to Track Resort “Tweets” (November 15, 2009)
The Twitter microblogging service allows individuals and companies to create and share short text-based updates called “Tweets.” Over a dozen ski areas in the mid-Atlantic region have created a presence on Twitter, using Twitter to post announcements and information. DCSki now captures these updates and makes them readily available to skiers and boarders, whether or not they have their own Twitter account.
What’s New for 2008: Bear Creek (November 15, 2008)
Pennsylvania’s Bear Creek Mountain Resort has added a new quad chairlift and amped up its snowmaking arsenal with fourteen new automated guns.
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Comments on Bear Creek - posted by Mark
February 14, 2005 at 9:02 am
I made the trip to Bear Creek last weekend. On a nice cold midweek day, I think this place would be alot of fun. The trails aren't super difficult, but ones like Broadway and Polar bear are alot of fun wrapping down the side of the mountain, giving you the opportunity to weave in and out of a bunch of blue and green trails. Their pipe and terrain parks were also suprisingly challenging. I flatbacked a landing off of a jump and called it quits there. The "snow" itself was horrible. It was like riding on a slurpee. Very wet, very slippery. There were more true beginners here than I've seen anywhere else. Alot of people going to the top, getting in over their head. Alot of people clogging the middle of trails, stopping, sitting down, whatever.
The resort workers were also pretty rude. Very unfriendly.
I don't think that I would make the weekend trip from Northern Virginia again. If it's possible to do it midweek it could be more worth it. However, if you're within an hour or so, and you want some fun trails, check it out.
Alternate lodging near Bear Creek - posted by Dan
December 27, 2005 at 2:36 pm
I've been to Bear Creek in Macungie several times. It's a real neat place but their hotel is expensive and usually requires a 2 night minimum! Last week I drove just about 2 miles from their main entrance and found Longswamp Bed and Breakfast. Very nice place, our room had a fireplace and only $85 per night with a full breakfast. Now I can ski more!
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by DCSki Reader
August 20, 2007 at 8:33 pm
horrible resort. will never go again.
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by Marguerite Free
November 26, 2007 at 10:35 pm
Hi I was wondering if there is anything planned for a New Years Eve party at your resort. It is my birthday and your resort sounds so beautiful. Hopefully you are having a gala!!!! Thank youu Marguerite Free firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by DCSki Reader
January 17, 2008 at 5:46 pm
Bear Creek is amazing! This is my home mountain and i would have to say its one of the best in PA. Blue Mountain doesnt isnt even close to the quality of Bear. Its great for snowboarders and even skiers. The terain park is well kept up with and the jumps are really well groomed. The staff is very friendly. Its a great place to go nomatter how far away you live. I know people who come from Jersey and New York to go to Bear. Great mountain, great grooming, great staff!
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by Consta
January 25, 2008 at 11:14 am
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by Kevin M
July 3, 2008 at 9:57 pm
I think this place is simply amazing. An instructor there had my three year old daughter skiing within a couple lessons. The hotel and food are almost unbelievably good considering this place is where it is. The staff is the friendliest I have encountered anywhere - by far. Even the skiing is not bad. I think we'll get season tix this year.
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by josh
December 27, 2008 at 1:07 pm
Bear Creek is the best place ive ever been to. they have so many slopes that are sweet.
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by DB
January 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm
Bear Creek is a good beginner resort with a nice lodge. That's it. As for a challenge, it has none. For the expert snowboarder/skier blue mt. is a better choice. They have just as many terrain features with a variety of "challenging" double blacks. (Highest vertical in PA)
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by maddie
February 19, 2009 at 7:08 pm
bear creek, looks like ALOT of fun, the slops look SWWEEEETTT.
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by maddie
February 19, 2009 at 7:09 pm
one word, AMAZING.
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by robbie A
February 21, 2009 at 3:31 pm
Ok I had not been here since the lodge up grade so I was very impressed with that.
but alas no trail upgrade. The hill is really flat and it seems they could really use a six pack. Also need a surface lift near the park.
It is better and the lodge was amazing! but lacking in the on snow department.
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by SD
February 24, 2009 at 9:19 am
Bear creek is a nice learning mountain. They claim to have 27 trails and a halfpipe. There is one trail that hasn't been open for at least a couple of years yet they still claim 27 trails. In reality they have 15 and no halfpipe!!!! They actually bulldozed the halfpipe this passed summer. Very stupid move!!! Since the new management of Bear Creak they have improved the lodge and added a hotel but made no trail improvements, actually they closed one trail and closed the halfpipe! They definaltely have been catering to the yuppie suburban folks not the real skier! And forget about eating here. I paid $10 for a burger and almost $4 a beer! If you want to ride a real mountain, take the drive to Elk. Only about 2 hours north of Bear Creek and the food is better and cheaper and so are the drinks. Elk mountain caters to the skier/rider, not the ameneties. Also the lift lines are very long even in the middle of the week despite having two quads next to each other. If the management focused on the snow and the mountain verus the hotel/spa they would definately attract more people, then again people are lazy and would rather drive to a close mountain and have bad conditions then to drive to a real mountain and have good conditions. Also it is more expensive to ride here than any other mountain in PA!! $57 for a 8 hour pass on weekend and holidays.
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by Paul M.
January 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm
I have a an off-season pass at Bear Creek and I attempted to go on Friday, January 15, 2010 and they informed me it was a holiday weekend starting this morning. They told me to come back after 4 pm and I complained to the supervisor at Guest Service, who was very, very rude. I asked what holiday and she replied MLK day. That isn't until MONDAY!!!!!! I said that the banks and schools are open so how is this a holiday??? That is our policy. I've had a season pass now for the past 10 years until today. I also only live 15 minutes away. THIS WILL BE THE LAST SEASON PASS I WILL EVER GET AT BEAR CREEK!!!! The person who commented above about how BC caters to the yuppies and not the regular skier/rider was on target. The 8 hour lift pass is now $65 per person, more than any other resort in PA!!! If your a real hardcore skier or snowboarder, save your money for a real mountain. Believe me, you'll thank me for not blowing you money on a HILL that doesnt give a damn about you, just your money!! BCMtn "Resort" as they call it, only caters to the wealthy city folk who want to get a pedicure and spa treatmeants. They may have upgraded the lodge/restarants/spas/hotels but downgraded the trails and NO HALFPIPE!!!!!!!!! I hope I save someone some money!! Thanks BC Mtn. "RESORT"!!! for making me post this!!
Comments on Bear Creek - posted by LOUDINI
September 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm
BEAR CREEK IS THE BEST/ THEY TREAT YOU LIKE YOU OWN THE PLACE, EVERY ONE IS SO NICE THAT WORKS THERE SEE YOU SOON
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