Boomer's Blog

Boomer’s Blog

My human friends tell me all the time how expensive life can be. But, fret not, people. Up here on Beech Mountain, there’s a free youth sledding hill that’s open all winter!

Yeppers, you read that right. The cost is nada, zilch-o, zero. None of those green slips you carry around.

Not only is it free, it’s also fun!

I spoke with my buddy Sean Royall recently. He’s the director of parks and recreation up here on Beech Mountain. He operates the sledding hill and told me all about it …

Boomer: So who are the lucky people who get to go down the hill?
Sean: It is for ages 12 and under. There’s a bunny slope where adults may ride with smaller children, ages 5 and under. The bobcat slope is for 12 and under. It’s a little steeper and a little longer.

Boomer: Do you make the snow for the sledding hill, or is it au naturel?
Sean: It’s a mix. It’s great if we have natural, but being on the East Coast, you can’t rely on that. When temperatures allow, the snow gun is running all day and night. We do a Happy Hill Report that includes how long the snow gun’s been running, how deep the base is, if it’s icy or smooth. We try to groom it as much as we can to keep it safe.

Boomer: What equipment do you need to sled?
Sean: You can bring your own sled. You can use anything except a metal-runner type of sled. If you don’t have a plastic sled or tube, they sell them at Fred’s General Mercantile and right beside Town Hall. If you don’t have a sled, that’s not a problem. You can find one very close.

Boomer: Did I hear something about music playing and hot chocolate nearby?
Sean: We have a speaker with music playing. Beech Mountain is always trying to create a family atmosphere. You can stop by the Visitors Center (next door) to use the restrooms, get free Wi-Fi and say hello. It’s a good spot to warm up. The Brick Oven Pizzeria is just across the street. We also have special events, such as a snowman building competition and a bon fire with hayrides.

Sean says the hill is open daily, weather permitting. Hours are: Monday-Friday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more info, click here.