Extraordinarily kind people. Fast lift. Short lines.
We were staying at the Pinnacle Inn condos nearby, had no plans to go skiing, but awakened the morning of January 10th to blue skies, cold temps, and 3 inches of new snow. So, for the first time in 16 years, I went skiing, at Beech. Far nicer than we expected, with a fast quad lift and extra-friendly folk all over the place. Food wasn't bad, either! Really nice rental skis, lots of help at the ski lodge. Go figure. Can't wait to go back. Sometimes the simple things are best. (Our family could easily have afforded a far more expensive trip, but why bother?)