Opening Date – 10.1.14

Opening Date – 10.1.14

Bear Creek Ski Shack will open its doors for the 2014-2015 season on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Stay tuned for updated hours and prices!
Winter Weather Brings Business Boom To Some

Winter Weather Brings Business Boom To Some

Watch the video here: http://wnep.com/2014/02/25/winter-weather-brings-business-boom-to-some/ LACKAWANNA COUNTY—It has been a record-breaking winter, with the snowiest February in 100 years and some of the coldest temperatures in a long time. But all that has meant some hot business for some. It has been an especially busy season for plow drivers, pushing away the snow and pulling in some money for their work. At hardware stores, like Ace in Old Forge, ice melt, shovels and other winter supplies have been flying off the shelves. “I believe just alone with salt, our sales are way up there. I’m not exactly sure how high, but I think they are up there,” said John Soy, the store manager. At ski slopes, it has been a banner season so far. At Blue Mountain Ski Area and resort near Palmerton, they are having one of their longest ski seasons in a long time. Usually they said it lasts about 100 days. This season they predict a 120 day season with a steady stream of skiiers and snowboarders. It is the same at Camelback Mountain resort in the Poconos. Open for 50 years, folks there said this is shaping up to be one of their better seasons. And at Montage Mountain in Lackawanna County, they said the revenue numbers could break records. It is the best season in at least 15 years with 105-thousand people hitting the slopes since December. Business has been booming at Bear Creek Ski Shack near Montage Mountain. “We love the snow. It’s our business so we look forward to the cold and the snow and the longer the season for us, the better,”...
Cold snaps mean hot business for some

Cold snaps mean hot business for some

Consumers may gripe about the cold snap gripping the region, but companies that prosper in frigid weather are making up for lost business during last year’s mild winter. Last January, the ski base at Elk Mountain near Union Dale averaged about 24 inches, general manager Greg Confer said. Now, it’s up to 48 inches in places, he said, and skier visits have soared. “I’ll bet we are up 20 or 25 percent over last year,” Mr. Confer said. “We have a ton of snow. The conditions are unbelievable.” The impact from current arctic conditions creates more traffic for ski complexes and ski rental and sales shops, and demand rises for heating oil, plumbing services and products that push snow and melt ice. Many businesses selling snow- and ice-removal compounds had inventory left over from the historically mild winter of 2011-12, said John Wesolowski, vice president at Milazzo Industries in Jenkins Twp., which manufactures Qik Joe ice melt. A month into this winter, he said, that backlog has disappeared. “We are seeing some good, brisk sales,” Mr. Wesolowski said. “It’s up considerably from the year prior because of the absent winter last year.” Many municipalities and consumers were not ready for winter conditions before a Jan. 16 storm dropped about 4 inches of snow in the region, said Jim Flynn, president F&S Supply Co., a Dickson City vendor of snowplow equipment and mechanical instruments. “Everybody waited and waited. Nobody was prepared,” Mr. Flynn said. “We got busy then.” At Bear Creek Ski Shack on Montage Mountain Road in Moosic, general manager Lee Ann Mitchell has been busy satisfying rising demand...
A Little Love: Twins Jaquez & Marquez

A Little Love: Twins Jaquez & Marquez

This week’s A Little Love is all about doubling the fun. Our Dia Wallace took 12-year old twins, Jaquez and Marquez, to try their hand at snowboarding at Sno Mountain. Sno Mountain and Bear Creek Ski Shack partnered to provide the twins outfits to snowboard. After the rental department, time for ski school. We hit the slopes with ski instructor, Gary Sexton. First both feet get strapped into the board. Now comes the hard part. “This is half the battle right here – standing up,” says Gary. The next clue is always keep strong balance. Time for the next hill and the ski lift. “A lot of people get frustrated and give up but they did really good. I was surprised they were that determined, they listened well. It was exciting,” says Gary. It was a fun sunny day on the slopes. The 12-year old twins worked up quite an appetite. Sno Grill beckoned with a warm fire and food. Here we talked about their future and their hopes for a forever family. The dare devils end the day with a smile, a new hobby and renewed hope for their...