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Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Macungie, Pennsylvania
Vertical drop:510 feet
Base elevation:590 feet
Peak elevation:1,100 feet
Skiable acres:86
Longest run:7,400 feet

Bear Creek Mountain Resort doesn’t claim a lot of natural snow or a high vertical - an average annual snowfall of 40 inches falls on its 510 feet of vertical - but it does claim close proximity to Philadelphia, which draws a lot of urban skiers, and 100% snowmaking kicks in when Mother Nature doesn’t. 21 trails are available to skiers and boarders, appealing mostly to novice skiers. There are several trails with short but steep pitches for the advanced skier. Two large areas are available for new skiers, with their own rope tows and chairlift. All trails are lit for night skiing.

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. Family Park rounds out the three terrain parks.

Although Bear Creek primarily receives day visitors, there are many lodging and dining options available nearby. At the base area of Bear Creek is the full-service Inn at Bear Creek, which is modern and nicely landscaped. 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. Bear Creek is a year-round resort, offering lots of activities throughout the summer including popular summer camps.

Photo provided by Bear Creek Mountain Resort.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Vertical Drop: 510 feet
Base Altitude: 590 feet
Peak Altitude: 1,100 feet
Trails: 21 Trails:
  • 30% beginner
  • 40% intermediate
  • 30% expert
Skiable Acres: 86
Longest Run: 7,400 feet
Lifts: 6 (3 quads, 1 triple, 2 carpets)
Night Skiing: Yes, on 100% of terrain
Terrain Park: Three terrain parks covering 13 acres; expert, beginner, and family-oriented parks.
Tubing Park: 5 lanes with a 17% grade. The tubing park is 1,000 feet long.
Address: 101 Doe Mountain Lake
Lehigh Valley, PA 18062
Phone: (866) 754-2822
Social Media: Facebook link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site:
Directions: Via Google Maps

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Weather near Bear Creek

3:15 pm on July 22 / Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport
Mostly Cloudy
82° F
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity:66% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:9 mph wind_S Sunrise:5:50 a.m.
Barometer:30.03 in Sunset:8:27 p.m.
Dewpoint:70 °F Heat Index:86° F
Snowmaking? Not happening today. No snowmaking
This Afternoon
High: 82°
Chance of T-storms
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 82. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Low: 67°
Showers Likely and Patchy Fog
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Patchy fog between midnight and 1am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 67. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
High: 83°
Chance of Showers then Chance of T-storms
A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday Night
Low: 70°
T-storms Likely then Showers Likely
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely between 8pm and 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.

News about Bear Creek

More Mid-Atlantic Ski Resorts on Tap to Open December 4
Article thumbnail December 1, 2021 - The Mid-Atlantic ski season is already underway, and additional ski areas are scheduled to come on-line the weekend of December 4-5. DCSki presents a complete roundup of open — and soon-to-open — ski areas in this December 1, 2021 update. Above, Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort has been laying down snow in preparation for a December 4 opening.
Hidden Valley, Massanutten, Seven Springs, and Snowshoe Announce Opening Dates
Article thumbnail November 20, 2019 - Thanks to unseasonably cold temperatures in November, four additional Mid-Atlantic ski resorts will be kicking off their winter seasons by this weekend.
The Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off
Article thumbnail December 14, 2017 - The past week saw the arrival of cold temperatures, and the dip in Mercury allowed ski areas to fire up their snowguns. Although lifts have already started running at several resorts, by the end of the December 16-17 weekend nearly every ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic will have kicked off its 2017-2018 winter season. DCSki has the latest opening information here.
Snowpass Program Provides Free Skiing for Fourth and Fifth Graders in Pennsylvania
Article thumbnail November 5, 2017 - For the fourteenth year, the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA) is offering a Snowpass program that allows fourth and fifth graders to his the slopes free, up to three times each at each participating Pennsylvania resort, with some limitations.
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.
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.
Who’s Open? A Detailed Look at Mid-Atlantic Ski Areas
March 17, 2008 - Spring is a mixed blessing: Mid-Atlantic resorts begin to close one by one, but the weather is nice and the rates can’t be beat. DCSki provides a detailed look at the current operating status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.

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