|Vertical drop:||830 feet|
|Base elevation:||4,675 feet|
|Peak elevation:||5,506 feet|
|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. That helps Beech be one of the first ski areas to open in the region each winter. Beech has been in operation for over 50 years.
Founded in 1964 by Dr. Thomas Brigham, who also developed West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, 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.
During the summer of 2020, Beech Mountain completed the second phase of a three-part snowmaking upgrade. This included the installation of a major new pump system at reservoirs off property, which will shuttle 4,000 gallons of water per minute to an on-site holding pond before being blasted out of snow guns. The resort continues to invest in state-of-the-art automated guns, bringing its total to 75. Tubing runs have been extended, and a new 150-ton chiller will help keep the ice rink in prime condition. A paperless ski rental system has also been put in place.
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.
Photo provided by Beech Mountain.
|Resort Name:||Beech Mountain|
|Vertical Drop:||830 feet|
|Base Altitude:||4,675 feet|
|Peak Altitude:||5,506 feet|
|Longest Run:||5,280 feet|
|Lifts:||8 (3 quads, 3 doubles, 1 magic carpet, 1 rope tow)|
|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|
|Wind Speed:||3 mph||Sunrise:||7:41 a.m.|
|Barometer:||30.03 in||Sunset:||6:43 p.m.|
Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.