The town of Beech Mountain, NC is the highest town east of the Rockies, which means it’s a perfect drivable destination from Atlanta 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 the Beech Mountain sledding hill? Thirty miles of snowshoe trails and cross-country trails? They do!
And there’s more too! Read on for the scoop on the free sledding hill and more snowy fun in Beech Mountain, North Carolina!
BEECH MOUNTAIN SLEDDING HILL
The town of Beech Mountain, NC is full of snowy fun, and one of the best things to do in the wintertime is explore the Beech Mountain sledding hill.
Beech Mountain offers the only municipal sledding hill in the southeast. The best part? It’s FREE!
The sledding hill is located next to the Beech Mountain Visitors Center, tucked behind a split rail fence. Although the hill is designed for children 12 and under, parents or other responsible adults are allowed on sleds with preschoolers.
The sled hill is open from early December through mid-March and it’s BYOS — Bring Your Own Sled.
Plastic sleds are required at the Beech Mountain sledding hill, and they aren’t provided, so you need to bring or rent your own. Sleds are available for rent nearby at the Beech Meadows Ski Shop or the White Wolf Lodge, and Fred’s General Mercantile has them for sale.
Natural snow is enhanced by a snow gun when needed, so there’s plenty of good sledding to go around.
Hours of operation for the Sledding Hill are 9-5 pm Monday through Sunday and holidays, weather permitting.
SNOWSHOEING AND CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Beech Mountain is also a great place to go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in North Carolina.
A well-established set of trails, called the Emerald Outback, gives skiers and snowshoers easy, moderate and difficult trails that range from less than a mile to 4.5 miles. When all is said and done, there are 30 miles of trails to explore.
Another snowshoeing option is the 1/3-mile walking track surrounding the Buckeye Recreation Center. There are no fees to check out snowshoes and they can be used for up to a half day before being returned! How cool is that? A great way to get out and explore the beautiful snow!
SNOW TUBING AND THE 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 Mountain Gifts, as well as restaurants, including the Beech Mountain Brewing Company and the The Lodge Cafeteria.
A great addition to the Beech Mountain Resort is their tubing park, located adjacent to the Alpine Village at the base of the mountain. The snow tubing chutes are 700 feet long with a state-of-the-art magic carpet conveyer to the top. Kids must be 42″ to ride and cannot ride on an adult’s lap. Snow tubing sessions here are 1 hour and 45 minutes long.
Note: The Alpine Village does have an ice skating rink, but it remains temporarily closed in 2022.
BEECH MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT
For those who want to get on the slopes, Beech Mountain Ski Resort has 17 trails and 95 skiable acres.
Beech Mountain Ski Resort features 8 lifts, including 4 quad chair lifts, two terrain parks, equipment rentals, lessons and classes, childcare, and lodging options. There are plenty of lights for skiing at night, and snow making machines are on hand in case Mother Nature doesn’t help out. They’re also home to some great special events throughout the winter season.
BEECH MOUNTAIN TERRAIN PARKS
The terrain parks at Beech Mountain Ski Resort were built with all types of skill levels in mind. Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced skiers and riders will all find a place to learn and play.
You’ll find a Progression Park located on Upper – Powder Bowl just off the main run to give everyone an opportunity to hone their skills and build confidence before moving to The Park.
The Park is located on its own slope off Lower – Powder Bowl, with a fast handle-pull tow to give you all the access with none of the wait. You’ll find 50 features here, and they’re constantly changing to give you new terrain to learn and play with. It also has dedicated snowmaking and lighting systems, so snowboarders and skiers can enjoy the The Park during all types of conditions.
MORE BEECH MOUNTAIN SNOW
SNOW WEB CAM
Most ski resorts in NC have resort cams, which offer real time video of the location. Check Beech Mountain weather, and Beech Mountain Resort snow conditions with their resort webcam.
When snow is scarce, 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 Beech Mountain sledding hill also has snow guns to ensure the white stuff.
MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR NORTH CAROLINA VACATION
- YOUR NORTH CAROLINA VACATION
- NC SKI RESORTS: Deets On The 6 Best North Carolina Ski Resorts
- APPALACHIAN SKI MOUNTAIN NC: An Awesome Beginner Slope
- BEECH MTN RESTAURANTS: Most Loved Beech Mountain Restaurants ( + Our Picks)
- LAND OF OZ: Escape to the Enchanted Land of Oz Beech Mountain Theme Park
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