The snowmaking cut-off was reached last week, so it is irrelevant what the temperature will be next week...
I have been there almost everyday the past week and a half and we have barely had enough attendance to fill the first upper gravel lot on weekends let alone weekdays, even though I do not want it to end I can understand why the mountain chooses to shut down when COSTS > Income
There is a large snowmobile race next weeked which has been planned since last fall, despite the hopes of many, it is not really a viable option to stay open to skiers and riders when there are snowmobiles doing 80+ mph racing around the mountain. This is supposed to be a big event so I didnt expect to stay open.
Even yesterday while working, there are huge stretches on cascade in front of some of the boxes which are turning to complete mud. Black bear is the only run which has ALOT of snow. I agree the jumps could be pushed out and extend the season slightly with a hike park or something similar, but that is yet to be determined. ( and I highly doubt it due to liabilty and costs of still employing people to work it)
All these reasons aside, I agree it sucks bear is closing because it also means I am temporarily unemployed... but this is something people need to come to terms with because we live in PA and Bear is not a mountain that operates solely on the ski business. They will ultimately make the decisions that are most financially beneficial to the resort.
I hope everyone had as good a season as I did and I hope to see some wicked outfits for GAPER DAY this weekend!!!!!