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During the summer season, 5506′ is only accessible by lift ride only. Lift tickets can be purchased in Ski Beech Sports, located in the resort village. There is no parking or drop-off at the summit.

In the winter months, 5506′ is only accessible to skiers and snowboarders that have a valid lift ticket. Guest must ride the chairlift up and are thenrequired to ski/snowboard down the mountain. There is no option to ride the chairlift back down to the base of the mountain. Please drink responsibly.

At the top of Beech Mountain Resort is a one-of-a-kind amenity where guests are invited to take a break. 5506′ pays tribute to the elevation that gives us the title of the highest ski area in eastern America. 5506′ is a structure like no other that consists of a 2800 ft.² deck with Adirondack chairs and picnic tables, a glass roundhouse complete with bar, bar stools, and tables, a snack bar as well as restrooms.

The snack bar at 5506′ offers chips, candy bars, other snacks, and a  variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Inside of the cozy, glass roundhouse, a full-service bar provides a wide selection of well and top-shelf liquors, mixed drinks, wine, and, of course, a selection of our very own Beech Mountain Brewing Company beers are on tap.

When the weather is just right, the roof on the glass roundhouse retracts to allow guests an experience like no other. When retracted, the beautiful Carolina blue skies seem touchable and the warm rays of the sun envelop the soul. A clear-sky visit to 5506′ is hard to top and will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated!


Live music at 5506'In the summer, 5506′ is popular with mountain bikers, hikers, disc golfers, and visitors to eastern America’s highest town. All of the same amenities are offered and the option to take a scenic lift ride up and down the mountain allows for everyone to enjoy the highly popular spot. We are proud to host top local and regional musicians on the patio at 5506′ for special summer events. In addition, Beech Mountain Resort offers morning yoga during select days in the summer. Be sure to snap a few panoramic photos of the beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to document your journey to Eastern America’s highest resort.


5506′ offers snack items including chips, candy bars, and drinks. Patrons are encouraged to purchase food at the Taproom and Grill. Food can be easily transported up the chairlift for a picnic at 5506′.

Summer Hours

View the summer operational hours for 5506′ Skybar


After riding the chairlift up to the summit, skiers and snowboarders are welcome to kick off their skis and snowboards and kick back at 5506′. The breathtaking views are unparalleled with a beautiful panorama of the Blue Ridge Mountains as they span North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The options for food and drinks are plentiful and mouth-watering. You are guaranteed to call this spot a favorite at Beech Mountain!