Free Youth Sledding Hill is Snow Much Fun!

One of Beech Mountain’s favorite traditions is back!

The free youth sledding hill in the middle of our little town is covered with snow and children zipping down on their sleds. Beech Mountain is the only place in the entire Southeast that has a free sledding hill run by the town, which we think is really cool (no pun intended).

The hill is right beside our Visitors Center, where you can step inside, warm up, say “hi” to the friendly staff and learn about all the great activities on the mountain. The Visitors Center also has restrooms and super duper Wi-Fi.

My good friend Kate Gavenus, Beech Mountain’s tourism director, watches the kids sled from her window.

“About half of the kids who come to the sledding hill haven’t experienced snow before,” Kate says. “It’s a great, relaxed way to play in the snow, and it’s cheap. It’s also a good introduction to all the fun winter sports offered on Beech Mountain.”

One upgrade this year is the addition of big foam pads, which provide a safe way to stop at the bottom of the hill.

The sledding hill is exclusively for kids age 12 and younger, although parents can accompany younger children on the sled. Kids can bring their own sleds (plastic only) or purchase them from nearby businesses. Beech Meadows Ski Shop and White Wolf Lodge also rent sleds for only $5 a day.

The sledding hill usually stays in good shape through mid-March thanks to the 90 inches of snow we get each winter and the snow gun that blows fresh powder. But you can double-check the conditions by calling (800) 468-5506. Sledding hill hours are Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

And don’t miss the special Cosmic Sledding session from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. It’s part of our four-day Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend, Feb. 23-26. The whole mountain turns back the clock with hair bands and cassette tapes and retro apparel. That reminds me, I need to dig out those leg warmers and start teasing my tail!

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel


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