decent quad, solid elevation, great ticket deals & nice angle up top
snow machines, crappy flats, wind-scour, ice, slow lifts & poor coverage
Beech Mountain generates all its hype from elevation, not from snowfall, snow quality, acreage, lift speed or even a terrain park. Like all the other resorts in the SE, Beech Mountain, in action and not word, cares more about money than customer safety or quality of skiing experience. How else could you explain the ridiculous constancy of their snow machines blowing on open slopes, often at night? Skiing under such conditions is almost the norm, an unfortunate reality given the danger of trying to ski and wipe one's goggles at the same time, not to mention that newly blown snow is often so wet that it can and often does stop skiers literally in their tracks as if they had hit a shin-high clothes line(so try to avoid those spots, eh?). Unless you are fond of deafening snow machine noise, wiping your goggles while you ski, dodging amazingly sticky wet spots and freezing to death on a quad that runs at speeds in the single digits, you might want to check the day's temperature forecast and try to plan a ski trip when the temperature is a little above freezing. Warmth tends to soften the ice patches, many of which last all season, and provide an experience more akin to pleasure than the suffering you will surely undergo if and when the snow machines are on. The best time to go is after a good dump when the machines are off. Under such conditions, which are unfortunately rare given the annual snowfall of around 100 inches(supposedly), skiing at Beech Mountain can be surprisingly fun as long as you can carry your speed through the flat sections at mid-mountain. Also, the deals on lift tickets are the best around, and Ladies Ski Free day remains popular even under such conditions as those listed above. There is a great demo shop, two bars that serve alcohol, and you can often ski all the way to your car.