The staff at Ski Beech has summed up years of experience in a "Complete Guide to Planning a Trip."

The Guide breaks down a trip to Ski Beech into its basic elements.

Tips include:

Secure lodging first. Call (800) 438-2093.

Reservations should be made at least a month in advance for weekends and holiday.

Rental equipment may be reserved with a $10 deposit. Deposits can be mailed or phoned in.

Report to the Group Sales Office upon arrival with all members of a party.

Groups of 15 or more skiers and riders are eligible for group rates on lift tickets, if purchased through the Group Sales Office.

Arrive early on holidays and weekends, because the area is busy. (That's good advice, actually, for any outing to a resort, whether a day trip or longer stay.)

Ski Beech boasts a base elevation of 5,505 feet above sea level, making it the highest ski resort in eastern North America. Beech has 15 slopes including terrain parks, a halfpipe, and a family tubing park. The area has a vertical drop of 830 feet, and its trails are served by a new high-speed quad, a fixed-grip quad, five doubles, and two surface lifts. Beech has new management this season, as well as new groomers, a new terrain park, and more.