Beech Mountain Resort Elevates Your Experience
– Beech Mountain Resort’s 2015-16 winter season will feature a new activity as the resort has constructed a state-of-the-art snowtubing park.
The lighted park sits adjacent to the ice skating rink in the resort village and features long runs with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“The catalyst for the park was a desire to add more amenities for our guests,” says resort general manager Ryan Costin. “People of all ages and skill levels enjoy tubing. It’s a good family activity as well.”
The tubing park, which will be open daily and nightly, adds to the overall experience in the village at the base of the slopes. Guests are not required to have a lift ticket to snowtube. Sessions begin every two hours at a rate of $25 weekdays and $30 weekends/holidays.
“People can be in the village enjoying the coffee shop or brewery or ice skating or eating at the Beech Tree, and tubing is right there,” Costin says. “It ties together the overall package.”
Three high-tech SMI Super PoleCat snow guns have been installed at the tubing park as part of a overall augmentation of the snowmaking capacity at Beech Mountain Resort.
Eleven more high-tech guns have been added in key places on the slopes, especially on White Lightning, a black diamond run with the steepest terrain on the mountain.
“We continue to dramatically improve our snowmaking capability,” says Costin. “The 14 new SMI Super PoleCats bring our total to 61, plus dozens of smaller guns. We can make a good amount of snow quickly.”
Skiers and snowboarders who visit Beech Mountain Resort this winter will also notice a thorough renovation of the Beech Tree Bar & Grille. The Beech Tree, which opened in 1967, is one of the main gathering places at the resort and one of the last to be renovated.
The two main chairlifts received new electrical systems and mechanical upgrades, while an entirely new rental fleet of Burton snowboards was added.
It’s been nice to complete projects over the last few years that are focal points for people when they get to the mountain,” Costin explains. “Last year was a strong year for skiing across the board in North Carolina and definitely at Beech Mountain. And with all the improvements and upgrades, we hope people will be even more impressed with the product this year.”