Beech Mountain NC: 4 Absurdly Cool Ways to Frolic in the Snow

The Town of Beech Mountain NC is the highest town east of the Rockies, which means it’s a perfect drivable destination for those seeking wintertime fun, and even a bit of snow!

You have probably heard of Ski Beech, the highest ski area in the Eastern US, but there is more to snowy fun in Beech Mountain than just skiing. Did you know they have a free community sledding hill?  Thirty miles of snowshoe trails and cross country trails? Yup. And there’s more too, read on for the scoop on getting your Jack Frost fix in gorgeous Beech Mountain.

Group ski at Beech Mountain NC
photo by Sam Dean

Community Sledding Hill at Beech Mountain

Next to the Beech Mtn. visitor’s center, tucked behind a split rail fence is the Beech Mtn. community sledding hill for kids 12 and under. Sledding on the hill is free and open early December through mid-March, but BYOS – Bring your own sled.

If you don’t have a sled, rent one from Beech Meadows Ski Rental (two doors down from the visitors center), or purchase one from Fred’s General Mercantile (short walk).

During our adventure, there were two sides to the hill, one seemed to have more bumps, while the second was a bit smoother. There is a referee who monitors the hill to make sure visitors are adhering to the 12 and under rule and manage crowds if needed. Parents are allowed to go down with their pre-schooler, but otherwise, this is a kid’s domain.

There are clean, warm bathrooms located in the visitor’s center next door. If you are asking ‘does it snow in North Carolina,” don’t worry if there seems to be a lack of the white stuff in the area, the Beech Mountain NC community sledding hill has a snow gun to ensure sledding fun.

Beech Mountain Sledding Hill
Photo by Sam Dean

Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing 

Beech Mountain North Carolina is also a great place to go snowshoeing and cross country skiing in NC. A well established set of trails called the Emerald Outback give skiers and snowshoers easy, moderate and difficult trails that range from less than a mile to four-and-a-half. When all is said and done, there are 30 miles of trails to explore. You’ll have to bring your own cross country skis, but snowshoes are available at the Buckeye Recreation Center on Beech Mountain for FREE!

Beech Mountain Snow Shoeing
Photo by Sam Dean

Beech Mountain Alpine Village

There are several ski resorts in North Carolina, but Beech Mountain Ski Resort is the only one with an Alpine Village that includes shops like Ski Beech Sports and Beech Village Gifts, as well as restaurants, including the Beech Mountain Brewing Company and the View Haus Cafeteria.

The Alpine Village also includes a 7,000 foot ice skating rink, kids 4 and under skate free with a paying adult. And the latest addition for playing in the North Carolina snow is a tubing park, located adjacent to the Alpine Village at the base of the mountain. Here chutes are up to 700 feet long. There are daily sessions lasting an hour and 45 minutes. Riders must be at least 42” tall and this is an activity to do before or after skiing, as no ski boots are allowed.

Beech Mountain NC
Photo by Kristian Jackson

Beech Mountain Ski Resort

For those who want to get on the slopes, Beech Mountain Ski Resort has 17 trails and 95 skiable acres, and is just up the mountain from Sugar Mountain ski resort another of the popular North Carolina ski resorts.

New for the 2018 ski season, Beech Mountain Resort will be adding two new quad chairlifts to move guests up and down the mountain faster, 53 new light towers with over 100 new slope lights – allowing for extended night skiing– four new Super Puma snow making machines to produce more snow, and a winter music series line-up you won’t want to miss! For specifics on chairlift installations and improvements visit Beech Mountain Resort online.

Beech Mountain Terrain Park

In addition to the slopes, Beech Mountain Ski Resort has recently relocated, enlarged and upgraded its terrain park. It now has a dedicated snowmaking system and lighting system, as well as a surface lift tow just for boarders and skiers in the the terrain park. The terrain park has more features, rails and jumps than in previous years, and these are rotated on a frequent basis to provide a nice variety.

If you don’t know what all that means, join the club. I like to ski North Carolina mountains, not snowboard on them, but you can check out the website for the latest snowboard setup, it all sounds pretty impressive.

But is there snow in Beech Mountain?

Snow Web Cam

Most ski resorts in NC have resort cams, which offer real time video of the location. The High Country webcams show real time conditions in the towns and ski areas. Check Beech Mountain weather, and Beech Mountain Resort snow conditions with their resort webcam.

Snow Making

When snow is scare, the Beech Mountain Ski Resort has 61 ultra high tech snow guns to keep the slopes white. They’ve even added special emphasis on their most difficult run, called White Lightening. But don’t worry if you aren’t a proficient skier, they also have three easy and six intermediate runs. And if you just want to sled, the community sledding hill also has snow guns to ensure the white stuff.

Follow Our Adventure

Beech Mtn. has some of the best skiing in North Carolina, probably because it is the highest ski area in the Eastern US with a peak elevation of 5,506 ft. It’s also a great place to enjoy some real wintertime fun without having to hop a plane out West. Here is a post on our first adventure skiing Beech Mountain, NC. This posts talks about skiing in NC, Beech Mountain Rentals (including skis equipment and ski clothing), ski lessons, mountain trails and ski sessions.

More NC Ski Resorts

For information on other NC ski resorts, see our post titled North Carolina Ski Resorts: Comparing High Country Resorts.

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