Beech Mountain Ski Vacation Guide

A ski experience at Beech Mountain is unique, in part because of the pristine mountain conditions, friendly and informative staff and the wonderful array of activities in the area. Beech Mountain Resort offers a winter wonderland of fun and activities for all members of a family or group. In fact, they are so dedicated to providing their guests with the very best in ski vacations, that they offer an array of ski and stay deals, discounted lift tickets and dining specials. The combination of genuine southern hospitality, pristine alpine landscapes and luxurious facilities and services are what make Beech Mountain not just a premiere resort in North Carolina, but for the entire United States.

Ski Levels

The mountain statistics speak for themselves. The town is located at 4,675 feet in elevation, the summit’s 5,506 feet, there is 830 feet of vertical, and the lifts can accommodate nearly 10,000 people per hour. Additionally, there are 15 trails spanning 95 acres. The trails are distributed as such, 2 for beginners, 7 for intermediates, 4 for advanced and 2 for freestylers. While the resort normally receives more than 120 inches of snow each year, they are well outfitted for snow making, which covers 100 percent of the resort, and also have an impressive grooming fleet, so trails remain in top shape.

Their ski and snowboard school is professional, experienced and dedicated to teaching basics, fundamentals, advanced skills, and most importantly, that snow sports are a lot of fun. Ski Beech is a PSIA certified ski school (Professional Ski Instructors of America) utilizing the American Teaching System (ATS). Whether it’s nailing the basics or learning new techniques for more advanced maneuvers, Beech has the perfect lesson available.

Apres Ski

Aside from premiere alpine skiing, the area also has an enormous tubing park, large outdoor ice skating rink, sledding, and an indoor pool. There are also great shops, impressive galleries, quirky cafes and delicious North Carolina BBQ joints throughout the area. Whether an avid lover of outdoor winter sports, or a connoisseur of more low-key activities, Beech Mountain Resort and the surrounding area has plenty to do, experience and see.

Accommodation is available slope side and runs the gamut from budget to high-end. With the multitude of lodging discounts and affordable ski and stay vacation packages, visitors will find a place that suits them, be it a rustic lodge, country inn or a luxurious mountain rental home. The area is brimming with possibilities that will suit all tastes and budgets. Dining options are also plentiful both on and off the slopes. Nearby, you’ll find everything from elegant French cuisine to international fusion restaurants, casual bars and pubs, and upscale lounges located at Beech and throughout the surrounding area.

Rider’s Guide

The combination of warm southern hospitality, frosty alpine landscapes, luxurious facilities and premiere Eastern skiing and snowboarding are just a few elements of what make Beech Mountain a fantastic resort. The base of the village is at 4,675 feet in elevation, the summit’s 5,506 feet, which makes 830 feet of vertical for riders to race down. The 10 lifts can accommodate nearly 10,000 visitors each hour. On the mountain there are 15 trails which span the 95 acres of the resort. The trails are divided amongst all ability levels, there are 2 for beginners, 7 for intermediates, 4 for advanced and 2 exclusively for freestyle skiing and boarding. The resort normally receives well over 100 inches of snow each year, but also has top-of-the-line snowmaking machines which cover 100% of the terrain.

Parks and Pipes

Beech Mountain also proudly boasts the region’s premier half-pipe and terrain park, which opened at Beech Mountain Resort in 2008, as well as Meadows Park, which is dedicated solely to beginning snowboarders. The parks both include a fantastic series of natural and manmade terrain, which including several half-pipes, grind rails of varying sizes, and a host of jumps ranging from small to massive. Likewise, Beech Mountain wants snowboarders to know that they are warmly welcomed to the resort and encouraged to ride all of the mountain’s runs.

Out of Bounds

Aside from premiere alpine skiing during the day and night, the area also has an enormous tubing park (also open at night), large outdoor ice skating rink, sledding, and an indoor pool. The mountains themselves have great hiking trails and a host of rock and ice climbing is available. There are also great shops, galleries, cafes, bars, pubs and delicious North Carolina BBQ joints scattered throughout the area. There are tons of deals and discounts, not only for lift ticket and Beech Mountain, but also for activities around the area.

Hangout & Hookup

Located slope side, visitors will find a pleasant atmosphere, relaxing environment, delightful fireplace and fabulous drink specials at the Alpen Restaurant and Lounge which is very popular with the locals. Or head outside of the ski resort area to find a variety of other après ski spots in the many restaurants, bars, pubs and lounges that are found in the surrounding towns of Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock.