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Beech Mountain

Beech Mountain, North Carolina

Vertical drop:830 feet
Base elevation:4,675 feet
Peak elevation:5,506 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. Beech has been in operation for over 50 years.

Founded in 1964 by Dr. Thomas Brigham, the developer of Snowshoe Mountain, Beech offers 17 total trails and an 830-foot vertical. The resort also features an ice skating rink, a snow tubing area, and a terrain park.

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

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Beech Mountain
Vertical Drop: 830 feet
Base Altitude: 4,675 feet
Peak Altitude: 5,506 feet
Trails: 16 Trails:

  • 3 beginner
  • 7 intermediate
  • 4 advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 95
    Longest Run: 5,280 feet
    Lifts: 8 (3 quads, 3 doubles, 1 magic carpet, 1 rope tow)
    Night Skiing: Yes, on 100% of terrain
    Terrain Park: One terrain park
    Tubing Park: Yes
    Address: 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway
    Beech Mountain, NC 28604
    Phone: (800) 438-2093
    Latitude: 36.197741
    Longitude: -81.878635
    Conditions near Beech Mountain:
    6:55 am on September 26 / Watauga County Hospital Heliport
    Wind Speed:0 mph
    Barometer:30.10 in
    Dewpoint:56 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:7:18 a.m.
    Sunset:7:19 p.m.
    Much too warm for snowmaking 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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