Beech Mountain is the highest town in Eastern America and an ideal vacation spot in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Our elevation (5,506 feet) sets us apart 12 months a year.
|Kids love Beech Mountain! (photo by Joseph Nitti)
||We will be skiing into the month of March|
Beech Mountain's Youth Sledding Hill > Kid-Approved & Budget-Friendly
A winter attraction not miss is the sledding hill in the town of Beech Mountain.
This popular sled run is now open and provides a wonderland of fun for children 12 and under.
Located adjacent to the visitors center, the hill is in operation daily (weather permitting) thanks to a combination of natural and man-made snow.
Safety personnel are on duty, and a loud speaker plays music. Hot chocolate is available at nearby restaurants.
Plastic sleds are required. Families may bring their own, or they're available for rent and purchase at nearby stores on the mountain.
And it's not just kids who love the hill. Parents like the heated restrooms and lobby in the adjacent visitors center, which has complimentary Wi-Fi service. Parents have even been known to share a sled with the kids, sometimes for hours at a time.
Hours of operation are: 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Sledding is available through late February or early March, depending on the weather.
Real-time sledding hill conditions are available by calling 800-468-5506.
Bar None: Beech Mountain Resort Features the Highest Ski Bar in the East!
New this year at Beech Mountain Resort is a skybar at the summit called “5,506.”
The name is derived from the resort’s elevation, which makes it the highest ski bar on the East Coast.
The glass roundhouse provides food and beverage service inside, plus a 2,700-square-foot deck for relaxing or hanging with friends. New restrooms beside the bar should also be a hit.
“The cool thing is that it’s a break for skiers and snowboarders to take a rest at the top of the mountain, enjoy the view, hang out with friends and get a completely different perspective on skiing in North Carolina,” says Ryan Costin, general manager of the ski resort.
Other upgrades this winter include a dozen new SMI Super PoleCats snow guns, bringing the resort’s arsenal to 40 (in addition to dozens of smaller guns). The automated PoleCats produce copious amounts of snow, and produce it quickly.
“It has shortened our window to produce snow almost 50 percent from where we were four or five years ago,” Costin explains. “Where we used to need a week of cold weather, now if we see two or three days, we’re able to put a product out that we feel extremely confident about.”
Costin says snowmaking upgrades have quickened the pace at which the resort can open terrain, particularly the Oz run on the mountain’s back side. There are now four stationary PoleCats on the secluded, west-facing Oz run, which is a favorite of many skiers.
Another new feature this year is continuous hours of operation. The late afternoon session breaks have been eliminated, removing a daily practice that many skiers found disruptive.
For skiing info, call (800) 438-2093 or visit the resort's website.
Four-Legged Friends Love Beech Mountain
It's not only humans who enjoy a getaway in the North Carolina mountains.
Our four-legged, furry friends enjoy vacations, too, and Beech Mountain enjoys having them!
There are ample pet-friendly lodging options, so you can pick the perfect place for your pooch.
Once you arrive, make sure to visit Beech Mountain's recently opened one-acre Bark Park, complete with two fenced-in play areas: one for large dogs and one for small dogs.
There's also a greenway system in the heart of Beech Mountain, plus miles of trails surrounding the town.
For pet-friendly lodging options, please click here, or call 800-468-5506 for details.