Beech Mountain Ski Resort

Beech Mountain, North Carolina

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North Carolina’s biggest alpine resort sits 5,505 feet above sea level on a windy knob of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. Beech’s towering altitude affords striking views into both Tennessee and Virginia, and reveals the surrounding peaks and valleys, including the 6,300-foot summit of nearby Grandfather Mountain. Beech was also the state’s first ski area to incorporate an alpine village resort setting when it opened for the 1968–69 season. Roughly two hours from Asheville and 10 minutes from Banner Elk, Beech remains one of the South’s biggest ski draws and is exceptionally accommodating to families and developing snow riders. Ski resorts are rare commodities in these southern regions, and Beech is a huge attraction for surrounding states, including South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. The mountain’s mile-high elevation affords one of the coldest climates in the South, and a surprisingly high 60-plus inches of snow is recorded per year on average. A 475-foot tubing park off the Lower Sunny Hall slope includes three 12-foot-wide flumes and its own chair lift. Night skiing has also been instituted, with strong lights covering the entire mountain. The transition from day to night is plagued, though, by a 90-minute interruption: Trails close at 4:30 P.M. daily so snowmakers can pump the mountain full of manmade snow (when it needs it) before the night session begins at 6 P.M.
Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic

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Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic

by John Phillips (Falcon Guides)

North Carolina’s biggest alpine resort sits 5,505 feet above sea level on a windy knob of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. Beech’s towering altitude affords striking views into both Tennessee and Virginia, and reveals the surrounding peaks and valleys, including the 6,300-foot summit of nearby Grandfather Mountain. Beech was also the state’s first ski area to incorporate an alpine village resort setting when it opened for the 1968–69 season. Roughly two hours from Asheville and 10 minutes from Banner Elk, Beech remains one of the South’s biggest ski draws and is exceptionally accommodating to families and developing snow riders. Ski resorts are rare commodities in these southern regions, and Beech is a huge attraction for surrounding states, including South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. The mountain’s mile-high elevation affords one of the coldest climates in the South, and a surprisingly high 60-plus inches of snow is recorded per year on average.

A 475-foot tubing park off the Lower Sunny Hall slope includes three 12-foot-wide flumes and its own chair lift. Night skiing has also been instituted, with strong lights covering the entire mountain. The transition from day to night is plagued, though, by a 90-minute interruption: Trails close at 4:30 P.M. daily so snowmakers can pump the mountain full of manmade snow (when it needs it) before the night session begins at 6 P.M.

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Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
Nearby City: Beech Mountain
Vertical Drop: 830
Season: Mid-November to mid-March
Trailhead Elevation: 4,675 feet
Top Elevation: 5,505 feet
Additional Use: Ice Skating, Snowboarding
Local Contacts: All contact information for the resort, services, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Beech Mountain Ski Resort

Recent Trail Reviews

1/29/2010
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After about a foot of snow from 1/29 & 1/30, the skiing was awesome. After the slopes were groomed from the snow, the skiing was much more fun. During and just after the snow, the skiing was more challenging due to areas of deeper snow. I gave the slopes an overall 5 star rating after the slopes were groomed. This resort is my favorite in the southeast. I definitely recommend this resort to anyone. The cost for a weekend daily lift ticket is $60 and is good from 9am - 4:30pm.


5/20/2004
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