Spring skiing at Beech Mountain, North Carolina? Yes, it is a thing! Although Southern Springs typically start to feel like summer by March, that is not the case in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. This mountain city is at the highest elevation (over 5,500 feet!) in the Eastern United States. And that means snow can come early and stick around longer. This is also the time when deals abound! When the rest of the South are putting away their winter gear, you could head to the “Beech” and use your ski goggles a few more times this season!
For those looking for some last minute family travel deals, spring skiing at Beech Mountain Resort in Beech Mountain, North Carolina, is the place to go! They are offering skiing throughout the month of March thanks to a late-arriving winter that provided ample amounts of snow and snow-making temperatures in February.
There are advantages to skiing in March, including more moderate weather conditions, longer daylight hours, shorter lift lines and less expensive rental, lift and lodging rates. And with Easter in March this year, many families can even enjoy Spring Break or Easter at the “Beech.”
“We enter March with peak-season conditions and 100% of our terrain open,” said resort general manager Ryan Costin. “March is generally a good time for skiing because of sunny, clear days followed by cool nights that allow us to maintain snow packs and provide snow-making.”
Spring Skiing At Beech Mountain
One of the best reasons for families to check out spring skiing at Beech Mountain is the significantly reduced rates. Beginning March 7 and continuing through the end of the season, Beech Mountain Resort will offer 25 percent off all lift tickets and equipment rentals seven days a week. And the many local accommodations offered in this mountainous town will also offer 25 percent off lodging.
For those interested in learning to ski, this is a great time to get started! Beech Mountain Resort has two packages available Monday through Thursday. Children ages 8-12 receive a day lift ticket, ski rental and first-time beginner lesson for just $33, Monday through Thursday. Adults receive the same package for just $46! For families those daily savings can really add up!
For those who come to Beech Mountain with younger children, while not discounted, consider splurging on the Nursery (ages 6 months to 3), Snow Kamp (ages 3 to 5) or Snow Trax (ages 6 to 9).
These supervised programs provide instruction but also plenty of fun. Best of all, mom and dad get to focus on their skiing efforts and not taking the kids potty all day long. And with the money saved on rentals, lodging and lift tickets, the supervised programs don’t seem too expensive.
Nursery care is $10/hour, Snow Kamp is $125/day, and Snow Trax is $100/day. All programs include lunch, snacks, and age-appropriate (and child-appropriate) instruction.
Spring skiing at Beech Mountain can be the perfect season to take the whole family to the slopes, whether it is your first time or your already seasoned pros. Beech Mountain Resort has all chairlifts accessible and available to service the slopes as needed. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, visitors can enjoy ice skating in the resort village or spend a couple hours at the resort’s new activity, snowtubing!
A state-of-the-art snowtubing park, located adjacent to the ice rink and within sight of the slopes, opened in December 2015 and has been a big hit with families, especially those with younger kids who may not want to ski all day every day. Beech Mountain Resort offers both day and night tubing sessions and will continue that schedule through March.
“With heavy snowfall in February, spring conditions are the best we have seen in many years and we expect to ski through the end of the month,” said marketing director Talia Freeman.
In addition to skiing, there is also an impressive line-up of live music in Beech Mountain which has been extended through March. Musical acts include Shelby Ray Moore, an up-and-coming country vocalist, independent rock band, The Broadcast, rock soul duo, Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats, and hip-hop legends, Nappy Roots. All shows are free, open to the public, and all ages are welcome! Shows will take place at The Beech Tree Bar and Grille or Beach Mountain Brewing Co. All shows, except the Nappy Roots show, start at 6 p.m.
“We have already seen increase in advance bookings for March,” Freeman said. “ Our customers seem pleased with the current conditions and excited for another month of skiing.”
Maria Smith is a wife and on-the-go stay at home mom to four children ages 9 to 3. Maria lives in Atlanta and blogs at MamaliciousMaria.com. A former Oprah Winfrey Show producer, she is now a freelance writer and editor. When not writing, Maria can be found on the tennis courts, savoring a book, or traveling the world with her family.