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Bear Creek Mountain Resort Resort Reviews

by: anonymous_user - 23rd February 2007

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • Aprés Ski
  • 5Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

We went with 3 families - all beginners basically and had a lot of fun. One disclaimer upfront - we went on President's Day Monday, which has got to be one of the busiest days of the season. I'm sure the volume of people would be much less during the week & non-holiday. There's only 1 carpet lift to be found, despite the 3 on the trail map. The carpet lift was so crowded (yes, it was President's Day weekend) that if was much faster to walk up the hill -- in fact people were walking past us continuously. There were so many snowboarder groups just sitting on that bunny hill in groups that it almost covered the hill -- you really couldn't get down sometimes because you had to stop and completely sidestep groups to get down. The problem with the lines is that so many people were in the ski schools -- and they get to cut the lines for lifts of course, so we'd have to wait for group after group to cut the line and go up the carpet lifts. This forced me to challenge my 5 year old, who's gone only 2 times before in her life to take on the chair lifts and real trails. The double chair lift was long lines again. However, the quad on the right side of the mountain was ok. The trails were decent length for the easy slopes. The quads were comfortable and didn't get stopped much. The lodge was new and had a very "resort" feel to it which was great. However, because they offer free wifi, there were people just camped out hogging the tables with work and folders and papers on some spread out - more than usual in a lodge. However, there were tons of cubbies and nooks to place your bags away which was nice. The food was ok. Most items were between $5.25-$6.50 for things like personal pizzas, philly cheese steaks, burgers, etc. Lines were not terrible surprisingly. You just had to stand and hover for 20 minutes or so in order to get a table to eat the food. There are a couple of black diamond trails, 2 of them are really short basically. 1 of them had a decent "cliff". No mogul trails, etc. The freestyle areas were nice. If you're a snowboarder, this place looked really fun. A bunch of rails, stairs, jumps, etc. The half-pike was decent too. Lots of tubing lanes (I think 12? 14?) but only single tubing allowed. They are currently exanding their lodging it looks like and everything is in pretty new condition. Parking shuttle buses were plenty. One tip is to ask to drop off your gear at the base lodge and THEN go back to park and take the bus back. Their rental lines were apparently LONG the day we went, so they gave extra time automatically on the 4 hours tickets --> 5.5 hours. Enough for the day for our group. We brought our own skis, so we benefitted from it. The snow making equipment looks very new/modern and the quality of the snow was really good. There was only 1 trail where we experienced ice by 4:30pm. There's a daycare center downstairs in the lodge -- I think it's $3/hr or $6/hr depending on days. Clean, saw 3 staff members in there. Perfect for toddlers and even if you have a baby -- you could pay the $3/hr and go in there any play with them instead of being stuck in the lodge all day without anything to do. We'd definitely go back. The facilities were new/very good condition. The staff was friendly manning all the lifts. The base lodge was very comfortable, once you found a place to park. The 4-hour ticket option was convenient for us so that we didn't have to rush/time our trip to the slope for morning vs afternoon vs all day vs twilight, etc. This place is a great beginner-intermediate family place.

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