Bear Creek's 2017-18 ski season ends on high note

Snow falls on last day of skiing

LONGSWAMP TWP., Pa. - After snow-lovers spoke up last week, Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Berks County listened.

The Longswamp Township resort extend its 2017-18 snow season by a few more days, but Sunday was the last day.

"I might cry a little later," said Ethan Schecker, a season pass holder from Douglasville.

Schecker said he was pleased with the spring-like conditions on the final day.

"There's ice, dust on crust out there and we're getting sendy," said Schnecker.

From watching young kids learning how to ski to snow boarders getting air, C.J. Faust of Center Valley said he's going to miss the mountain.

"I'm a little bummed," said Faust. "I mean, Bear Creek holds a special place in my heart, but I'll be headed up to Big Boulder in the Poconos, so they'll be open for a while, so I'm gonna shred there for a little bit."

Bear Creek officials admitted this season was a bit of a roller coaster, between temperatures reaching as high as 80 and as low as -10.

"Luckily, winter returned here in March, and with that return, it gave us some extra days and got us to 92 days for the season," said Jeff Zellner, the resort's marketing and public relations manager.

It fell just short of the 100-day goal mark. The resort, however, was open the longest it has been in four years.

So as mountain-goers put down their equipment of choice, customers should know the resort has big plans to make next year even better.

"A lot of years, the last day of the season doesn't have very good optics, looks poor, very little snow," said Zellner. "We're happy this year we can leave people here with a really good experience on the last day and kinda leave on a high note looking forward to next year."

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