Weather just right for skiing and swimming at Bear Creek

Golf courses also preparing for busy weekend

Weather just right for skiing and...

LONGSWAMP TWP., Pa. - The skies were blue, the sun was shinning and the temperatures were climbing Friday, but that didn't stop a huge number of people from hitting the slopes at the Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Longswamp Township, Berks County.

"I always come with so many layers on, but I just kept taking them off and taking them off," said Jillian Doogy.

The weather was beautiful at Bear Creek, and some decided to swim and even sun bathe.

"Just taking a break," said Jake Lauckner. "It's been pretty warm. That's why I have not as much stuff on."

But this weekend's expected temperatures in the 60s will also make maintaining the snow on the mountain a little more tricky.

"We really rely heavily on our snowmaking system here," said Jake Henschel, the resort's business development manager. "Our snow-makers here have done a great job of taking advantage of the weather when they could. This was a rough year for snow making temperatures. If we have the opportunity to make snow we will."

Meanwhile, crews were working on the greens at the Shepherd Hills Golf Club in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County.

"The phone has been continuing to ring off the hook of all the golfers getting spring fever, wanting to go out and play some golf," said Rob Ashford, the club's owner.

Ashford said it seems like everyone wants a tee time for this weekend.

"I think it's a little bit better to be a golf course this weekend, but there will be some nice spring skiing for the ski hill, too," he said.

Back at Bear Creek in Berks County, snow crews said there are several layers of snow on the ground, so they aren't concerned about the mild temperatures affecting conditions.

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