Of mice and moguls.

Beech Mountain

Beech Mountain, North Carolina

Vertical drop:830 feet
Skiable acres:95
Longest run:5,280 feet

At 5,506 feet above sea level, Beech Mountain is the highest ski resort on the East Coast. Beech is also one of the coldest spots in the southeast, with an average snowfall of 70 inches. For the 2012-2013 season, Beech is celebrating its 45th year anniversary.

Founded in 1964 by Dr. Thomas Brigham, the developer of Snowshoe Mountain, Beech offers 15 trails and an 830-foot vertical. The resort also features a 7,000 square foot ice rink, and a snow tubing area. Snowboarders are welcome on all trails as well as the half pipe and terrain park.

Beech is located near Banner Elk, North Carolina, a two and a half hour drive from Charlotte. At the mountain there are 650 privately owned chalets, townhouses, condominiums, inns, and a bed and breakfast. More restaurants and accommodations can be found in nearby Banner Elk.

Beech Mountain has invested in snowmaking improvements over the past several years, moving towards computerized, automated guns. Modern SMI Automated Polecats now spread snow across every slope at the resort. For the 2011-2012 winter season, Beech Mountain added a new beginner slope, named Play Yard.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Beech Mountain
Vertical Drop: 830 feet
  • 3 beginner
  • 6 intermediate
  • 4 advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 95
    Longest Run: 5,280 feet
    Lift Capacity: 9,300 per hour
    Lifts: 7 (1 high-speed quad, 1 fixed-grip quad, 4 doubles, 1 J-bar, 2 handle pulls)
    Night Skiing: Yes, on 100% of terrain
    Terrain Park: Two terrain parks
    Halfpipe: (No halfpipe)
    Tubing Park: Yes
    Address: 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway
    Beech Mountain, NC 28604
    Phone: (800) 438-2093
    Latitude: 36.197741
    Longitude: -81.878635
    Links: http://www.skibeech.com/
    Conditions near Beech Mountain:
    8:15 pm on November 12 / Watauga County Hospital Heliport
    19° F
    Light Snow
    Wind Speed:12 mph
    Barometer:30.10 in
    Dewpoint:12 °F
    Visibility:7.00 mi
    Sunrise:7:00 a.m.
    Sunset:5:23 p.m.
    Excellent snowmaking conditions right now. 

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    News about Beech Mountain

    Want to Minor in Skiing? Now you Can

      September 1, 2019 - Thanks to a partnership between North Carolina’s Lees-McRae College and nearby Beech Mountain Resort, students can now earn a minor degree in Ski Industry Business and Instruction.

    Rain Tries to Crash Party, but More Resorts Slated to Open

      December 20, 2018 - Early-season cold temperatures enabled many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, but the cold gave way to some bouts of milder temps and heavy rain, which has delayed the start of the season for some resorts. Although pre-Christmas rain is still adding to the challenge, several additional resorts plan to open in the coming days.

    Canaan Valley Resort Recognized by Liftopia’s Best in Snow Awards

      December 28, 2017 - On December 20, 2017, Liftopia announced its Second Annual Best in Snow Awards, and Mid-Atlantic ski area Canaan Valley Resort received top billing in two categories.

    Beech Mountain Celebrates 50 Years of Skiing

      December 18, 2017 - North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort is celebrating its 50th year in operation with discounts and special events throughout the winter season.

    The Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off

      December 14, 2017 - The past week saw the arrival of cold temperatures, and the dip in Mercury allowed ski areas to fire up their snowguns. Although lifts have already started running at several resorts, by the end of the December 16-17 weekend nearly every ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic will have kicked off its 2017-2018 winter season. DCSki has the latest opening information here.

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