Beech Mountain Resort

Check out the Unofficial Guide to Beech Mountain for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 




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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 
Airlines (domestic service major and national) operating from Atlanta include AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Continental, Delta Airlines, GeorgiaSkies, Frontier, Midwest, Northwest, Spirit, United and US Airways


Asheville Regional Airport
Airlines operating from Asheville include AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental, Delta Airlines, United and US Airways

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Airlines operating from Raleigh-Durham include Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental, Delta Airlines, Frontier, JetBlue Airways, Southwest, United Express and US Airways 


Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Airlines operating from Charlotte include Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental, Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, United Express and US Airways and US Airways Express


Piedmont Triad International Airport
Airlines operating (daily non-stop service) from Piedmont include Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Continental Express, Delta, Delta Connection, United Express, and  US Airways


Tri-Cities Regional Airport
Airlines operating from Tri-Cities include Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta, Delta Connection, US Airways and US Airways Express


Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Beech Mountain Chalet Rentals

We offer 1-6 bedroom chalets and town homes from on slope locations to a short drive from Ski Beech. Extra person charges may apply $100 and up

Altitude Realty and Resort Rentals 

Specializing in upscale vacation homes with fireplaces, hot tubs and/or Jacuzzi's, some with pool tables, and amazing views and close to the slopes. Extra person charges may apply $80 and up

4 Seasons at Beech



Studios and suites with efficiency kitchens, close to Beech Mountain Resort, restaurants, and other great community amenities.


Extra person charges may apply


$57 and up





Offers multiple dining options, bars and ski shop. 




Beech Mountain Resort

Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina you will find Beech Mountain Resort, the highest ski area in Eastern North America, located 5,506 feet above sea level with one of the coldest climates in the South. Beech Mountain offers more than 830 feet of vertical terrain and offers ski lessons for all abilities including group, private, racing and youth programs. Beech Mountain loves when the natural snow falls but is confident in their state of the art snowmaking capabilities with 100% slope coverage. If you are looking for some other activities besides skiing, check out Beech Mountains 7,000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink or stop and grab a bite to eat at the Beech Tree Bar and Grill. If you are looking for some type of lodging accommodations the rental office at Beech Resort will definitely be able to find something to fit your needs with their 650 privately owned chalets and townhouses.

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General-Base elevation4675'
General-Vertical drop830'
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General-Total area in bounds95 acres
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Pros: Longer runs, HIGH SPEED QUAD, Day Care is the best, pro maintained resort.

Cons: Nothing you wont find at every area resort.

I lived in east TN for 2 years.  Your closest choices are Wolf Ridge, Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain nested in some of the tallest mountains on the east coast.  Another couple hours drive time will get you to Wintergreen in Virginia or Winterplace in WV, or you can head to the Smokies for Ober Gatlinburg and Cataloochee.


While I occasionally repeated trips to Cataloochee and Wintergreen, and even had a weekday pass to Wolf Ridge my most often ski trip was to Beech Mountain.


The biggest pros for me:

  • It is just a gorgeous area.  You have to summit and then desend the mountain in your car to get to the resort.  The town sits at the summit, where there are shops and a public sledding hill complete with a snowmaker. You can see lovely Sugar Mountain and its enormous ridgetop hotel as you ascend upon departing. 
  • The resort is well run, the snow is well maintained, they are good at dealing with freeze/thaw cycles and reserving snow to maintain good coverage.
  • While there are really only 5 ways down the mountain, 4 of them are serviced by the only HSquad in the area.  Not the fastest, loads like 12" off the ground I swear, but still the best around.  This is the DEALBREAKER for me, the runs are so fast in this area I felt like I spent most of my days on the lift at most resorts.
  • I think the runs have the most consistent pitch for the area.
  • The daycare is awesome.  We took our 18 month old in a couple of times and they were wonderful, let us drive up to it unload our gear and walk the 10 ft to the lift (granted they were weekdays)
  • Great prices.
  • It has a run that goes through an old Wizard of Oz amusement park!  The lift back up used to be a "balloon" sky ride.



  • Even the longest run is over too fast and the most challenging run breezy. IMHO Sugar Mountain has steeper terrain at its summit, but it is even shorter lived, dumps out onto a kinda boring run with twice the lift times. 
  • As you ride the lift you will dream about "the challenging runs that could have been" but were given to real-estate :(