Go Retro for Totally 80s Weekend, Feb 22-24! Dig out those parachute pants or leg warmers, and don’t forget that favorite bandana. Beech is going back in time again this February. The second annual Totally 80’s Retro Ski Weekend takes place Feb. 22-24 in the Town of Beech Mountain. Relive the ‘new wave’ era while enjoying 80’s bands, old school DJs, a retro apparel contest and 80’s-themed promotions. Live music begins Friday evening with an all-80’s show from rockers Buick MacKane of Morganton at 9 p.m. at Jackalope’s View restaurant. On Saturday evening, retro band 80’z Enuff of Greensboro rocks Beech Mountain Resort with a 7 p.m. show at the Beech Tree Lodge. The ski resort also hosts a ‘big hair and big air’ freestyle jump competition â€“ complete with 80s DJ â€“ at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Meanwhile, there will be mechanical bull rides and an 80’s apparel contest later that evening in the Beech Tree. All weekend long, skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to wear their most awesome 80’s ski gear on the slopes.
‘Last year 80’s weekend was really successful â€“ definitely one of the most fun weekends we’ve had at the resort,’ said marketing director Talia Freeman. ‘A lot of customers dressed in their 80’s ski clothes, as did a majority of our employees, so it literally felt like you were in the 80’s. The turnout was great and I anticipate it being bigger this year.’ Reaganomics will be in effect as town businesses offer retro deals. For example, lodging is available at $80.80 per night, with restaurants providing $19.80 dinner specials. There will also be ski rental specials in town, and one store even has three bandanas for $8.80. ‘Flip up your collar and head to Beech Mountain the last weekend in February,’ said Amy Morrison, coordinator of the Beech Tourism Development Authority. ‘It’s one totally tubular experience.’