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
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!