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Beech Mountain
Beech Mountain, North Carolina
Vertical drop:830 feet
Base elevation:4,675 feet
Peak elevation:5,506 feet
Skiable acres:95
Longest run:5,280 feet

At 5,506 feet above sea level, Beech Mountain is the highest ski resort on the East Coast. Beech is also one of the coldest spots in the southeast, with an average snowfall of 70 inches. That helps Beech be one of the first ski areas to open in the region each winter. Beech has been in operation for over 50 years.

Founded in 1964 by Dr. Thomas Brigham, who also developed West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Beech offers 17 total trails and an 830-foot vertical. The resort also features an ice skating rink, a snow tubing area, and a terrain park.

During the summer of 2020, Beech Mountain completed the second phase of a three-part snowmaking upgrade. This included the installation of a major new pump system at reservoirs off property, which will shuttle 4,000 gallons of water per minute to an on-site holding pond before being blasted out of snow guns. The resort continues to invest in state-of-the-art automated guns, bringing its total to 75. Tubing runs have been extended, and a new 150-ton chiller will help keep the ice rink in prime condition. A paperless ski rental system has also been put in place.

Beech is located near Banner Elk, North Carolina, a two and a half hour drive from Charlotte. At the mountain there are hundreds of privately owned chalets, townhouses, condominiums, inns, and a bed and breakfast. More restaurants and accommodations can be found in nearby Banner Elk.

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Key Statistics

Resort Name: Beech Mountain
Vertical Drop: 830 feet
Base Altitude: 4,675 feet
Peak Altitude: 5,506 feet
Trails: 17 Trails:
  • 4 beginner
  • 7 intermediate
  • 4 expert
Skiable Acres: 95
Longest Run: 5,280 feet
Lifts: 8 (3 quads, 3 doubles, 1 magic carpet, 1 rope tow)
Night Skiing: Yes, on 100% of terrain
Terrain Park: One terrain park
Tubing Park: Yes
Address: 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
Phone: (800) 438-2093
Social Media: Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link
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Web Site:
Directions: Via Google Maps

Trail Map

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Weather near Beech Mountain

4:15 pm on October 20 / Watauga County Hospital Heliport
Humidity:23% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:7 mph wind_W Sunrise:7:38 a.m.
Barometer:30.25 in Sunset:6:47 p.m.
Dewpoint:31 °F
Definitely too warm for snowmaking. No snowmaking
This Afternoon
High: 61°
Sunny, with a high near 61. West wind around 6 mph.
Low: 45°
Mostly Clear
Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.
High: 59°
Mostly Sunny
Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. West wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Thursday Night
Low: 46°
Chance of Showers
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.

Snow conditions at Beech Mountain

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Snow conditions supplied by SnoCountry, and may be inaccurate or delayed at times. Please check directly with Beech Mountain for the most up-to-date snow and operating conditions.

News about Beech Mountain

7 Ski Areas in 7 Days: A Road Trip through the Southeast
Article thumbnail February 15, 2021 - Woody Bousquet had planned to spend this winter skiing north of the Mason-Dixon Line. COVID-19 changed his plans, and he found himself planning a week-long trip south, hitting 7 classic southeastern ski areas in 7 days. He chronicled his road trip in this Firsthand Report.
Want to Minor in Skiing? Now you Can
Article thumbnail September 1, 2019 - Thanks to a partnership between North Carolina’s Lees-McRae College and nearby Beech Mountain Resort, students can now earn a minor degree in Ski Industry Business and Instruction.
Rain Tries to Crash Party, but More Resorts Slated to Open
Article thumbnail December 20, 2018 - Early-season cold temperatures enabled many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, but the cold gave way to some bouts of milder temps and heavy rain, which has delayed the start of the season for some resorts. Although pre-Christmas rain is still adding to the challenge, several additional resorts plan to open in the coming days.
Canaan Valley Resort Recognized by Liftopia’s Best in Snow Awards
Article thumbnail December 28, 2017 - On December 20, 2017, Liftopia announced its Second Annual Best in Snow Awards, and Mid-Atlantic ski area Canaan Valley Resort received top billing in two categories.
Beech Mountain Celebrates 50 Years of Skiing
Article thumbnail December 18, 2017 - North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort is celebrating its 50th year in operation with discounts and special events throughout the winter season.
The Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off
Article thumbnail December 14, 2017 - The past week saw the arrival of cold temperatures, and the dip in Mercury allowed ski areas to fire up their snowguns. Although lifts have already started running at several resorts, by the end of the December 16-17 weekend nearly every ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic will have kicked off its 2017-2018 winter season. DCSki has the latest opening information here.
News Brief: Gold Card Provides State-Wide Skiing and Boarding to North Carolina Resorts
Article thumbnail November 4, 2017 - The $865 Gold Card acts as a season pass to North Carolina’s six ski areas, but is limited in sales to 100 passes and going fast.
What’s New for 2015: Beech Mountain Resort
Article thumbnail November 15, 2015 - Snow tubing has become a popular alternative (or supplement) to skiing and snowboarding at ski resorts, and this winter, Beech Mountain will open up a brand new tubing park.
Beech Mountain Brings Back the ’80s February 20-22
Article thumbnail February 16, 2015 - North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort is posing a serious question: can “dayglo” ski clothes melt snow? The resort will find out February 20-22, 2015 as it hosts the fourth annual Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend.
It’s On: The Ski Season Kicks Off
Article thumbnail November 27, 2014 - The 2014-2015 ski season is about to kick off. While many people will be hitting the stores on Black Friday, diehard skiers and snowboarders will be pointing their cars away from the shopping malls and towards the mountains — where they’ll find a variety of ski resorts launching their winter season.

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