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Bear Creek

 

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Trail Map
Trail Map
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Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

Philadelphia International Airport
Airlines operating from Philadelphia include Air Jamaica, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Eagle, American Airlines, British Airways, Charter, Continental, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection, Frontier, Lufthansa, United Express, US Airways, US Airways (Int’l), US Airways Express, USA 3000, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

 

Pittsburgh International Airport
Airlines operating from Pittsburgh include Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Skywest, American Airlines, American Eagle, Continental, Continental Express, Delta, Atlantic Southeast, Comair, Express 1, JetBlue, Midwest Airlines, Myrtle Beach Direct, Southwest Airlines, United, Mesa, Shuttle America, United Airlines, Express, US Airways and US Airways Express.
 
Newark Liberty International Airport
Airlines operating from Newark include Air Canada, Air France, Air India, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, American, American Eagle, British Airways, Comair, Continental, Continental Express, Delta, Delta Express, El Al, EVA Airways, Express Jet - Continental, Frontier Airlines,Jet Airways, Jet Blue, Iceland Express, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, L'Avion, Lot Polish, Lufthansa, Malaysia, Miami Air (Charter), Midwest, Open Skies, Porter Airlines, Qantas, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, TAP Portugal, United, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet. 


John F. Kennedy International Airport
Airlines operating from JFK include Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, AeroGal, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aero Mexico, AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines, Air Europa, Air Berlin, Air China, Aires, Air France, Air India, Air Jamaica, Alitalia, American, American Eagle, ANA (All Nippon), Arik Air, Asiana, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Biman Bangladesh, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Caribbean, Cathay Pacific, Cayman Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern, Copa Airlines, Delta, Delta Connection, Egyptair, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, Finnair, Iberia, Icelandair, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, JetBlue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, Lacsa, Lan Chile, Lan Ecuador, Lan Peru, LOT, Lufthansa, Meridiana Fly, Miami Air (charter), North American, Pakistan International Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Sun Country, Swiss International Air Lines, TACA International, TAM, Turkish, United Airlines, US Airways, Uzbekistan, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and XL Airways.

 

Baltimore/Washington International Airport
Airlines operating from Baltimore include Air Canada, Air Mobility Command, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, British Airways, Cape Air, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and US Airways Express.
 
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Airlines operating from Washington National include Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental, Delta Airlines, Frontier, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and  US Airways Express.
 
Dulles International Airport
Airlines operating from Dulles include Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, AirTran Airways, ANA, American Airlines, American Connection, Austrian, Avianca,  British Airways, Continental, Copa, Delta, Ethiopian, Iberia, Jet Blue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Open Skies, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, South African Airlines, Southwest Airlines, SAS, Sun Country Airlines, Grupo Taca, United, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
 

From Philadelphia (54 miles)
Take I-476 North (the PA Turnpike Northeast Extension) to exit 44/Quakertown. Turn right onto Route 663 South towards Pennsburg. Turn right onto Route 29 North and follow to the Route 100 intersection. Continue straight at traffic light (do not follow 100/29) for 4 miles to Bear Creek.

 

From the Philadelphia Airport:
Follow I-95 South for about 2 miles. Merge onto I-476 North. Follow directions from Philadelphia

 

From New Jersey/New York: (60-90 miles)
Take 1-78 West to Route 100 South via exit 49A/Trexlertown. Follow Route 100 South into Macungie. Turn right onto Church Street (becomes Mountain Road) and continue 5 miles to "T". Turn left onto State Street and continue ½ mile to Bear Creek.

 

From Wilmington/Baltimore/D.C.: (65-120 miles)
Take 1-95 North into Pennsylvania. Take I-476 North (the PA Turnpike Northeast Extension) to exit 44/Quakertown. Turn right onto Route 663 South towards Pennsburg. Turn right onto Route 29 North and follow to the Route 100 intersection. Continue straight at traffic light (do not follow 100/29) for 4 miles to Bear Creek.

 

From Harrisburg: (60 miles)
Take I-78 East to Route 100 South via the Trexlertown exit. Follow Route 100 South into Macungie. Turn right onto Church Street (becomes Mountain Road) and continue 5 miles to "T". Turn left onto State Street and continue ½ mile to Bear Creek.

 

From Reading/Lancaster: (25-60 miles)
Take Route 222 North through Temple. Turn right onto Route 73 East and continue ½ mile to first traffic light. Turn left at light. Follow approximately 15 miles to Bear Creek.

 

From Allentown: (12 miles)
Take Route 222 South to Route 100 South into Macungie. Turn right onto Church Street (becomes Mountain Road) and continue 5 miles to "T". Turn left onto State Street and continue ½ mile to Bear Creek.

 

From the Lehigh Valley Airport: Take Route 22 West to Route 100 South via exit 49A/Trexlertown. Follow route 100 South into Macungie. Turn right onto Church Street (becomes Mountain Road) and continue 5 miles to "T". Turn left onto State Street and continue 1/2 mile to Bear Creek.

 

Lodging
Lodging
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center 

 

Luxurious hotel with a fitness center, indoor pool, indoor/outdoor hot tubs.

 

Extra person charges may apply

 

$138 and up

 

Longswamp Bed & Breakfast

 

Rooms and suites offers cable TV, DVD, fireplaces and private baths. A full, hot breakfast is included and served daily Extra person charges may apply

$95 and up

 

Best Western Inn and Suites

 

New hotel with 77 Rooms, an indoor heated saltwater pool, full continental breakfast, fitness room and business center.

Extra person charges may apply

$89 and up 

 

       
       

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Dining

 

The Grille at Bear Creek

 

Trail's End Cafe

 

The Mountain Eatery

 

Red Robin

 

  • Many chain and family owned restaurants can be found in Allentown, PA .

 

REAL ESTATE
 
 
 
DEALS
 

Packages

 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 
 
 
ACTIVITIES
 
 
SERVICES

 

Several restaurants on site.  Full service spa and salon services available. 

 

GOOD, BETTER, BEST
 
 

 

Bear Creek
Description:

Bear Creek Ski and Recreation Area 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. Bear Creek offers skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing winter activities on over 86 skiable acres. With 100% snowmaking capabilities, lighted trails, a spacious mountainside lodge and a luxurious hotel, we’re the perfect location for your next winter vacation!

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent100%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts6
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-1-Beginner30%
Trails-2-Intermediate40%
Trails-3-Advanced30%
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park3
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total21
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run
General-Base elevation
General-Vertical drop510'
General-Owner
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds86 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: A very well done little resort. They did a great job turning it around. Good grooming. Close for central NJ

Cons: Small

The place makes me feel good.  Go for the opening day special.  Scoot around as quickly as possible, leave when it gets crowded.  This is a beginner's mountain, or if you are there for a conference.  It has charm but no challenge. 

Posted

Pros: excellent Nastar course, great lodge

Cons: terrain

Bear Creek is about an hour from Philadelphia and about the same from central NJ. It is exceptional in that you arrive at this little PA ski hill in Macungie (about 15 minutes south of Allentown) and the place is absolutely hopping. You may need to park far far from the lodge at 6 PM on a Tuesday or Wednesday. The second amazing feature is that the lodge is spectacular - far nicer than Stowe, Killington, Sunday River, Whiteface, or anywhere else in the east. The mountain used to be called Doe but a few years ago it was bought and the people put some big investment into the facilities - great lodge, a hotel on the hill, big terrain park, new snowmaking, and lights all over the mountain for night skiing. I would have thought that the new owners were crazy investing that kind of money in a hill with something like 4 or 5 hundred feet of vertical but they are expanding the hotel and they get crowds.

 

One of the reasons for their success is that they do things well. They have a tremendously active terrain park but as I am not a boarder, I will leave the details of that to others. They also have a very good Nastar program on Tuesday and Wed.nights. It is a longer and generally better course than most of the others in PA and is very professionally run. It gets a loyal following of some excellent racers as well as those working on their skills.

 

It is a pretty good value for night skiing,. Evening tickets run about $33 and are good from 4 till 10. However, on Wed. nights ski club members can get tickets for $15 and through a ski club you can get Tuesday tickets for $17. Season tickets are also fairly priced.

 

In terms of the hill itself, it is a good beginner/intermediate hill- there are no real steeps. So overall not a place for a week long vacation but an interesting place for a day or, even better, a night of gate training.