Beech Mountain, North Carolina
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|Resort Overview - reported by M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor|
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.
Bike the road Lance Armstrong once trained, hike the numerous mountain trails, or drop a line into Buckeye Lake for a chance to catch mountain trout. Golf, tennis and swimming privileges at the private Beech Mountain Club are available to guests staying in qualified lodgings.
|15 (3 beginner, 6 intermediate, 4 advanced, 2 freestyle trails)|
|9,300 per hour|
|7 (1 high-speed quad, 1 fixed-grip quad, 4 doubles, 1 J-bar, 2 handle pulls)|
|Yes, on 100% of terrain|
|Two terrain parks|
|1007 Beech Mountain Parkway
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
Estimated Distances from Major Cities
|Baltimore, MD||8 hours, 5 minutes||470 miles|
|Washington, DC||7 hours, 30 minutes||435 miles|
|Arlington, VA||7 hours, 25 minutes||433 miles|
|Richmond, VA||6 hours||336 miles|
|Pittsburgh, PA||7 hours, 30 minutes||441 miles|
|Harrisburg, PA||8 hours, 15 minutes||490 miles|
|Philadelphia, PA||9 hours, 50 minutes||572 miles|
|Charleston, WV||4 hours, 30 minutes||257 miles|
|Raleigh, NC||4 hours||212 miles|
|Charlotte, NC||2 hours, 30 minutes||114 miles|
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A snow condition report for Beech Mountain is shown below. Because condition reports may not be updated regularly, be sure to check the date and timestamp on the report. Before making a trip, we recommend contacting resorts directly for the latest conditions.
- (Conditions for Ski Beech are currently unavailable.)
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Beech Mountain has an official webcam page here.
A shot from one of Beech Mountain's webcams is shown below. Note that this image is displayed directly from Beech Mountain's web site. It may not appear properly if the webcam is down. This picture may also not be up to date.
The past five articles related to Beech Mountain are shown below.
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Gains Momentum (December 27, 2012)
A shot of cold air and some natural snow has helped launch the 2012-2013 winter season in a big way. Find out the status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
The Weekly Altitude (November 25, 2012)
The Weekly Altitude provides a look at what’s happening in the Mid-Atlantic ski and snowboard scene. In this weeks issue: Ready, Set, Fire the Snowguns!; Kickstarter Project aims to develop Adventure Case for iPhone; North Carolina Ski Areas Association Offers “Gold Cards.”
What’s New for 2012: Beech Mountain Resort (November 22, 2012)
North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort is celebrating its 45th anniversary this winter. Thanks to recent snowmaking enhancements, Beech has the best snowmaking capacity in the resort’s history.
What’s New for 2011: Beech Mountain Resort (November 5, 2011)
It’s been a busy summer of upgrades at North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort, with the addition of a new beginner slope, removal of a chairlift, a continued shift to automated snowmaking, and other capital enhancements.
What’s New for 2010: Beech Mountain (November 7, 2010)
SMI Super PoleCat snowguns are finding their way to more and more eastern resorts. North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort has expanded its arsenal of the powerful snowguns for the upcoming season.
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Comments on Beech Mountain - posted by kcg
January 27, 2008 at 7:44 pm
just want to let you know that beech mountain does not have tubing,you may want to check this out for yourself,and update this sight.
Comments on Beech Mountain - posted by Abbmc
August 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm
according to a recent newsletter from Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce forwarded from Gil Adams/Ski Beech: TUBING returns for the 2008-2009 season.
Also in the newsletter, they are upgrading lift 7, the former tube run will be changed to a terrain park and the meadows will become a "park" with beginner-type features and gentle "rollers"; grooming tractors will be replaced with two new machines and a new grooming staff will be added.
There seems to be alot of improvements and maintainance going on at SKI BEECH
Comments on Beech Mountain - posted by Duck
October 7, 2008 at 11:39 pm
i went up there and looked around its a whole new mountian this year the 08-09 season looks great for ski beech. Plus they still have the only high speed lift in the state. i can get like 5 to 6 runs a hour in. any where else in nc i can only get 2 to 3 maybe.
There's a Nursery too! - posted by Heather Chapman
November 24, 2008 at 10:00 am
The resort also offers a nursery for ages infant to age 3, and provides parents with a beeper they can take with 'em on the slopes. I'm going to be writing about it this week on our blog about Beech Mountain. That, together with the re-introduction of Tubing this year, makes Ski Beech a great place for families with young children who would still like to ski!
Comments on Beech Mountain - posted by karen
February 4, 2009 at 7:28 pm
they have tubing on beech mountain according to their web site
Comments on Beech Mountain - posted by Veronica Casale
December 14, 2009 at 11:18 am
Pretty webcam view.
Could you mention what the buildings are on the side of the slope.
How 'bout an ice skate rink webcam.
Comments on Beech Mountain - posted by Alan P
January 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm
I'm thinking about taking family skiing this spring. 5 kids - one has been to snowshoe several times. I also need adaptive ski lessons for one child.
Does Beech have adaptive ski services?
Is it still open in Mid-march?
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