Our favorite ski town is Beech Mountain, the highest town in Eastern America (5,506 feet) and an ideal winter vacation spot in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. An average snowfall of 84 inches creates a wonderland for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing and sledding. Come for a visit and see why this is "North Carolina's Coolest Town." Explore 95 acres of skiable terrain with 15 slopes and trails at the Beech Mountain Resort above the town with a vertical drop of 830 feet. Their longest run is one mile. Lifts include four doubles, a quad and a high-speed quad with a panoramic vista. The Beech Mountain Adaptive Snowsports Center supports adults with disabilities.
Opening Date: Depending on weather patterns, they hope to open by Thanksgiving Weekend. But usually the best snow chances are December-February.
New in 2017: The terrain park, simply named The Park, will cater to riders with rotating freestyle features, a dedicated snowmaking system, new light towers, and a surface tow lift providing top-notch conditions in the park day and night. The Park, which has more than 50 features in its inventory, now has more acreage to build more elaborate jumps and features. As an added bonus, relocating the park away from the Powder Bowl slope recaptures prime terrain for skiers.
Winter Ski & Snowboard Season Specials
- Ski & Stay Package in December-March: Take a midweek ski getaway and get a great deal. Stay two nights in a cabin, rental house, inn or condo (on Sunday-Thursday nights) and get one free lift ticket per person for Beech Mountain Resort to ski on Monday-Friday. Minimum of two people. No experience necessary! Excludes Christmas week and holiday Mondays. Rate is only $119/person! For more info, go to the Beech Mountain Web site.
- Save up to 45% on lift tickets on weekdays (compared to weekends)
Resort Special Events
- January 7, 2017: Winterfest Beer Festival
Sample 50 brews and ciders from a variety of regional breweries while enjoying live music on both levels of the Beech Tree Bar & Grille. 4-8 PM. For more info, go to the Beech Mountain Web site.
- February 23-26, 2017: Totally '80s Retro Ski Weekend
Enjoy live ’80s music nightly, retro skiing daily and throwback activities in between. Hit the slopes in dayglo ski gear and dust off those old school threads for concerts, activities and contests. Fun party bands perform on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights including Breakfast Club. Enjoy Totally Tubular Snowtubing and Pac Man, Rubik’s Cube and trivia contests. And don’t miss the Carolina Ghostbusters and their Ecto-Mobile and stainless steel DeLorean. For more info and packages, go to the Beech Mountain Web site.
Step off the chairlift atop the mountain into a unique, glass roundhouse for food, drinks and snacks in comfort. Or relax on the deck with panoramic mountain vistas from a mile high. Also find heated restrooms.
The picturesque Alpine Village at Beech Mountain Resort has shops and dining, as well as a 7,000-square-foot ice skating rink. View Haus Cafeteria at the base of the slopes has get burgers, fries, soups and other quick food with panoramic windows for watching the action. Beech Tree Bar and Grill has live music and a variety of spirits, pizza and burgers, located at the base of the high speed quad. Ski Beech Sports offers everything you need for a great day on the slopes. Also find Beech Mountain Brewing Co. with a great lineup of beers.
New! Snow Tubing
A state-of-the-art tubing park has been created at the resort's Alpine Village at the base of the slopes. The magic carpet conveyer transports riders quickly to the top. Sessions start every two hours. $25/person weekdays and $30/person weekends/holidays
Snowshoe & Hike on the 20-mile trail system maintained by the town of Beech Mountain (when there is natural snow cover on the ground). Or hike on warmer days. Rent snowshoes from the Buckeye Rec Center (call 828-387-3003 for availability) by the hour, half-day or full day. Private snowshoe guided excursions are also available for a hourly rate. Or take a free snowshoe guided tour through Beech Mountains Alpine wilderness on the town's publicly maintained trail system. There is also a free sledding hill next to town hall for kids 12 years and under open daily 9 AM-5 PM weather permitting.
Beech Mountain is located about 80 miles north of Asheville, near Banner Elk and Grandfather Mountain. The street address for the ski resort is 1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy, Beech Mountain.
Beech Mountain Lodging and Rentals
Break free from chain establishments and select from an assortment of accommodations. From budget to luxury, choose from mountain lodges, bed and breakfasts, home rentals, cabins, chalets, and condos right at the slopes. For places to stay, go to the Beech Mountain Web site.
Beech Mountain Town Restaurants & Shops
Find a wide array of cuisine. Our top pick is Jackalopes View Restaurant at Archer's Inn. And Brick Oven Pizzeria and Pasta is a longtime favorite for locals and skiers. Our favorite shopping spot is Fred’s General Mercantile, with groceries, clothing, sleds and cafe. Nearby Banner Elk offers more shops, restaurants and galleries.
Summer Hike & Mountain Bike
During spring, summer and fall, explore the 20-mile trail system. Read more about the Beech Mountain Trails.
Fall Color & Land of Oz
Peak fall color in the Beech Mountain area is usually around the first week of October. See our Fall Foliage Guide for more details. Also each fall, enjoy the once-a-year tours of Land of Oz.