Beech Mountain Resort

1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy, Beech Mountain , NC (Driving Directions to Beech Mountain Resort)
Last Updated: 10/20/2016 11:20 PM

Beech Mountain Resort Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 3 Beginner
  • 7 Intermediate
  • 4 Advanced
Beech Mountain is a full service resort in the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. 7 ski lifts and 16 trails rests on 95 acres of land at Beech Mountain, with 830 feet of vertical. Terrain parks are well laid out and keep it simple. Something you must check out at Beech Mountain Resort is the base lodge village. ... The village has a rustic, old time feel and gives the entire resort a nice ambiance. 100% snowmaking coverage, dining, lodging, tubing, night skiing, lift serviced mountain biking are all available at Beech Mountain. Beech Mountain is the total winter experience with panoramic views and a quad highspeed lift. Beech Mountain is a must see, especially if you are in the area. Read more

Beech Mountain Resort Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Beech Mountain Resort Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 7

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 16

Weekend Hours


Beech Mountain Resort Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

4,675 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

830 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

5,506 ft

Beech Mountain Resort Ski Pictures and Photos

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Beech Mountain Resort Trail Map

Beech Mountain Resort Reviews & Tips (7)

My Tip has to do with the Rental Equipment. I skied two days without Liftopia and one with. On the day using the Liftopia ticket you have to redeem at Group Sales which wasn't too terrible, but they didn't tell us they had their own rental equipment check in also. So we stood in the regular line for a good amount of time to be told to go somewhere else. Went to the group rental where we were then behind a group of at least 75 people. Took almost 2 hours to get through. The equipment was no where as nice as the stuff you rent from downstairs. I will not use Liftopia for Ski + Rental at Beech Mountain again, just for this reason. Equipment is in good condition and organized downstairs. At group rental it is a cluster, dirty, old and you have to dig through piles of poles to find matching lengths, let alone style. As for the mountain it self, loved my time their and love the bar and view from the top.
Beech Mountain Resort review written Mar 03 2016 - 11:21 AM
Michelle Intermediate Skier
I was pretty impressed with the amount of intermediate/advanced level slopes that Beech offered. It's certainly one of my favorite places in the east. My one complaint is accessibility to beginners. My girlfriend came along and it was her first time skiing. The playplace beginners area was way to small, and did not have enough room for a newbie to hone their skills. She spent all her time stopping so she wouldn't hit other beginners, and there were too many lessons going on in such a small area. We tried to put her on a green slope after that, but to be honest it was difficult for a green. She found it too big of a jump from the play area to her first slope. Not to mention, there is only one green slope available, and only two lifts that service it (both going to the same drop off point). So if there are a lot of newbies on that day then that area gets flooded. Put all the newbies in a small area and you get pandemonium and injuries. Beech also lacks what I consider to be an essential part of an eastern ski resort, where gentle slopes allow for this sort of thing. That is an easy, green slope that goes for a long way from the top of the mountain to the bottom. My girlfriend was disappointed that there was no way for her to go see the top at all. Most of the resorts I have been to have a green slope that goes the length of the whole mountain. The area around the lift that goes to the green slope was also pretty steep. They need to flatten that area out. The newbies spend their entire time waiting in line trying in vain to keep from falling over, and they often come crashing down the hill into the people already waiting in line. All in all, I loved beech. But they need at least one more beginner slope, and one that runs the full length of the mountain. They could also do well if there was a larger stopping area at the bottom of the hill. They need to consider their novice skiers a little more. The cost of the lift ticket doesn't justify them only having access to one slope.
Beech Mountain Resort review written Feb 15 2016 - 02:24 PM
Nathan Weaver Advanced Skier
I'm pretty young and have snowboarded in some of the best resorts in the world in Chile and Argentina. I know what it's like to snowboard and I'm very good at it, but I'm not an expert. My tip is that you should be careful on what level of a trail your going on depending on how good you are at it. Have fun!
Beech Mountain Resort review written Sep 26 2015 - 02:15 PM
Ethan Hudson Intermediate Snowboarder
For advanced skiers Beach holds a couple of decent runs, however these same runs become icy by afternoon and thus very tricky to navigate. No mater how advanced a skier, you will need to be on alert for icy spots and therefore need to plan your run on the way up. I was happy with the overall experience but was very disapointed in having to go through the snow guns icy blasts when riding the lifts to the top. Why they blow snow during the day when they are covered with feet of snow has been a mystery since I worked there many years ago. To me this was a disregard for paying customers who do not want to look and feel like a snowman by the time they get to the top. I am not a snow border but I was impressed with the snow park they created for borders and trick skiers. This is just one of the surprises I experienced since I last visited beach. I actually worked there as a host in the mid 70s. It has been a while since I last visited and was pleasently surprised by the snow park and the bar at the top of the mountain; nice place for hot coco or something stronger. And there was one more surprise, an intermediate run call 'land of oz'. This is a nice long blue run, great to practice on. However it was chuncky the day I was there. They needed to grome it better I believe. Lastly my thanks to Liftopia for their first timer pacakages. I was able to take 3 of my grandchildren and not break the bank. All in all, as a past instructor and skier for 40 years, Beach is the Southeast best bang for the buck. I have been going to our place in Dillion CO. for most ski years since working at Beach (while in App State) and was pleasently surprised by their upgrade and conditions. My best advice for any east coast skier,,, sharpen your skis, they may be needed as ice skates by late afternoon.
Beech Mountain Resort review written Feb 01 2014 - 11:03 PM
Van Tanner Advanced Skier
Black diamond slopes are navigable by intermediate skiers when conditions are good. Much tougher when icy.
Beech Mountain Resort review written Jan 19 2014 - 05:18 PM
Cliff Intermediate Skier
A friend and I were here on New Years Day. It was less crowded than I thought it would be; however, the lines for the ski lifts were a little longer than I would hope. Majority of the slopes were open; however, there was very little "real snow" on the ground. I really enjoyed the overall experience. I have never been here before but it was fun. I will say that there are a couple of intermediate slopes that I think were borderline expert. Tricky to get down and when it was icy by the end of the day, it was almost impossible to make it down without falling. The definitely had good prices even if you didn't go through liftopia; however, I would recommend liftopia for the best deals! The drive up the mountain was quite steep. I am unsure how anyone without a 4WD would be able to make it up the mountain if there was true snowfall and/or ice on the roads: scary thought. I suggest driving in a day before staying on or extremely near the resort during the snow/rain season to avoid the road conditions. Ski patrol was always around. I really felt safe. After I FINALLY made it down the "intermediate/expert" slope, the ski patrol was helpful to point out that this particular slope was steeper than most intermediates. The only thing I regret is not getting there when the doors opened. I think we would have had more time on the slopes and less time spent in line to get on the ski lift. I would recommend this for a quick weekend 1 day ski. Mainly because the slopes aren't completely ready yet and the drive up is nerve racking when raining or snowing. I will definitely go again!
Beech Mountain Resort review written Jan 04 2014 - 10:37 AM
Brian Intermediate Skier
Recent infrastructure upgrades (new snowguns) mean that Beech now has the second-best snow in the Boone area. App, the first-place winner, has less than half the vert, and easier trails. Sugar, with more vert, typically has a thinner base. Check the webcams - Beech, and many Southeast resorts, put a lot of effort into snowmaking, and can be covered even without natural snow. As far as trails go, you won't find runs comparing to Western or Northeastern resorts. However, beginners and intermediates won't notice, as Beech's trails feature a bunny slope, very wide beginner run with two dedicated lifts, and an easy blue (Lower Shawneehaw, take the double on the map's left). I don't ski park, but their park crew went to Cutter's camp last summer, and with good snow they should put together a pretty good setup. You can hit both parks in one run, though the High-Speed Quad might be faster than the Lower Shawneehaw double. The blue runs get a lot more interesting with Upper Shawneehaw and Robin's Run - if you're not comfortable skiing a harder blue don't go up to the summit. Oz Run, on the backside, is a fun, gentle blue when it's open, but there's no way down without taking a much harder blue back to the base. The Black Diamond runs are fun. Southern Star is the easier of the two, but both are good, interesting black diamond runs. All trails except Crossway are nice and wide, and little islands of trees break up Lower Shawneehaw - there are many different routes. It can be foggy and windy, so check the weather and dress accordingly. I have heard good things about the ski school but haven't taken lessons there. It's the only place in NC with a real base village - separate restaurant, cafeteria, demo shop, rental place, ice rink, souvenir shop, etc. Not luxury, but better than just one crowded lodge building. I prefer it to any other NC ski mountain - at Sugar, you pay more for slower lifts and shorter black diamond trails, that don't even stay open at night. App is probably the place to go for park, but they have such limited terrain most people will get bored in just a few runs. Beech has good trails, good snowmaking, a fast lift to the top, and the best prices.
Beech Mountain Resort review written Feb 17 2012 - 09:06 PM
TheFireWarde Advanced Skier

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