There’s a new way to get out and enjoy the snow on Beech Mountain this winter. Beech Mountain Resort has added a state-of-the-art snowtubing park for the 2015-16 season.
The lighted park sits adjacent to the ice skating rink in the ski resort village and features long runs with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park’s hours are: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends.
With the addition of snowtubing, guests now have a full complement of activities to enjoy at the highest ski resort east of the Rockies. Beech Mountain Resort offers skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and snowtubing.
Snowtubing guests are not required to have a lift ticket. Sessions begin every two hours and last for one hour and 45 minutes. The cost is $25 weekdays and $30 on weekends and holidays. There will be 6-8 lanes in operation and three high-tech SMI Super PoleCat snow guns are in place to ensure plenty of snow on the runs. Must be 42 inches or taller to ride.
The runs themselves stretch to 750 feet in length, including long runoffs to provide maximum enjoyment. A new Magic Carpet conveyor lift quickly transports tubers back to the top.
“We did our research in regard to what we wanted. We had a good piece of property that is in a central location,” said resort general manager Ryan Costin. “We didn’t want to put it in an obscure, off-site location because we wanted to keep people in the village and create a unifying atmosphere in the resort village. Everything came together well and we feel it will be a quality product for our guests.”
Once people finish tubing, the convenient location in the village gives them the option to ice skate, visit the shops, warm up with a cup of java at the coffee house, visit the resort’s brewery or enjoy at meal at the newly-remodeled Beech Tree Bar & Grille.