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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
    Conditions near Beech Mountain:
    12:15 am on November 20 / Watauga County Hospital Heliport
    30° F
    Wind Speed:16 mph
    Barometer:30.05 in
    Dewpoint:23 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:7:08 a.m.
    Sunset:5:17 p.m.
    Good snowmaking conditions right now. 

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    News about Beech Mountain

    News Brief: Gold Card Provides State-Wide Skiing and Boarding to North Carolina Resorts

      November 4, 2017 - The $865 Gold Card acts as a season pass to North Carolina’s six ski areas, but is limited in sales to 100 passes and going fast.

    What’s New for 2015: Beech Mountain Resort

      November 15, 2015 - Snow tubing has become a popular alternative (or supplement) to skiing and snowboarding at ski resorts, and this winter, Beech Mountain will open up a brand new tubing park.

    Beech Mountain Brings Back the ’80s February 20-22

      February 16, 2015 - North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort is posing a serious question: can “dayglo” ski clothes melt snow? The resort will find out February 20-22, 2015 as it hosts the fourth annual Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend.

    It’s On: The Ski Season Kicks Off

      November 27, 2014 - The 2014-2015 ski season is about to kick off. While many people will be hitting the stores on Black Friday, diehard skiers and snowboarders will be pointing their cars away from the shopping malls and towards the mountains — where they’ll find a variety of ski resorts launching their winter season.

    Mid-Atlantic Resorts Prepare Slate of Summertime Activities

      May 31, 2014 - Depressed that the winter season is over? No worries. Mid-Atlantic ski resorts will provide plenty of activities this summer to distract you from the fact that there is no snow on the ground. Here’s a look at the summer offerings of many local resorts.

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