This is the 45th year that Beech Mountain will offer winter skiing, which started in 1967.
With it’s opening, Beech set a record still held today, “Highest Ski Slope on the East Coast”. While some slopes offer longer runs or more vertical drop, none can compete with Beech’s 5500+ foot elevation.
In the past years Beech has suffered from the opinion that many believe there is not enough snowmaking capability at the mountain. MAny skiers prefer Beech, but only when natural snowfall has blanketed the area. Otherwise, they prefer to ski at other mountains and Ryan Costin, the General Manager, wants to change that by focusing on adding equipment and ranking Beech Mountain back at the top of skier’s hot spots
According to the Avery Journal “This past summer the resort purchased six more SMI Super PoleCat automated snow guns, bringing the total to 30.” The new guns will make more of the mountain available to skiers earlier in the season. The Journal article also said that additional guns have been repositioned to offer better coverage to the mountain and offer more popular slopes snow making.
Skiing in the south can be a difficult proposition and many years the skiing surpasses any expectations, however, some seasons hurt slopes. The difference between the 2010 and 2011 seasons are a good example. The area saw more than 130″ of snowfall during the 2010-11 season and many mountains broke all-time season records for snow. Compared to the 2011-12 season that saw less than 40″ of natural snow.
Man-made snow is essential to mountain operations and good quality equipment is key. Costin wants to make sure Beech is at the top of the game.
If you’re looking for good skiing this winter, look no further than North Carolina and Beech Mountain.
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