Average Inches of Snowfall? 80 Number of Slopes? 17 Skiable Acres? 95 Backcountry Access? No Pass Prices? Depends on the time of the week, but you can find all ticket and pricing information here. Opening Day Date? November 24 Number of lifts? 9 Base/summit elevation? 4,675 ft/5,506 ft Driving distance to nearest major cities? Washington, D.C. – 6 hours and 50 minutesRichmond, VA – 5 hours and 44 minutesCharlottesville, VA – 5 hoursRoanoke, VA – 3 hours and 30 minutesLexington KY – 5 hours and 20 minutesCharlotte, NC – 2 hours and 40 minutesWinston Salem, NC – 2 hours and 20 minutesAtlanta, GA – 5 hoursChattanooga, TN – 4 hours and 15 minutes What's new? On the slopes, a multi-year upgrade of the snowmaking system continues. Ten new hi-tech snow guns are in place, giving the resort 85 new guns over the last five years. Those guns will be fed by two additional high-performance pumps installed over the summer. Those pumps increase the system’s output to more than 5,000 gallons of water per minute, greatly enhancing the snowmaking ability. Plus, new LED lighting for night skiing. As conditions allow, Beech Mountain Resort also plans to reintroduce most outdoor and indoor activities and programming that were canceled last winter. The core of the alpine village at the base of the slopes has been transformed into a park-like plaza. A pavilion and social area with multiple fire pits replaced the ice-skating rink, which will return in the future to a new location. What are the best après ski activities at the resort and in the area? At the end of the day, the fun doesn’t stop at Beech Mountain. Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night, and Trivia nights every Thursday. There are countless events going on at Beech Mountain throughout the season. You can find a full list of events here. Beech Mountain Brewing Company — our on-site brewery — is reopening on December 1! We’ve updated it with new technology, meaning our brewing will be more efficient and boost our quality and consistency, along with new exciting recipes. We have also renovated our taproom to allow patrons more room and allow you to watch our brewing process in action. What are your best runs and why? We have a variety of slopes ranging from beginner to intermediate. Customers love the technicality of White Lightning and the beauty and ease of the Oz run. Where do you recommend visitors buy their gear? Ski Beech Sports! Our on-site shop has a wide variety of attire and gear to get you on the slopes! What are the best off-the-slope activities that you offer? Beech Mountain Brewing Company is a must-visit with live music each weekend, and if you want some additional winter fun check out our 7,000 square-foot ice skating rink and our state-of-the-art tubing park. Where do you suggest your visitors stay in the area? And if they want to buy in the area? Visit www.beechmtn.com for all lodging needs and real estate questions! What do you offer beginners who want to learn to ski? We offer a variety of lessons for beginners. Snow Kamp, our first-time lesson for kids ages 3-5, is the perfect way to introduce your child to the slopes. For kids ages 6-14, Traxx offers an all-day ski lesson, and Burton Learn to Ride shows you everything you need to know to start snowboarding. The Ski & Ride School also offers customizable lessons for adults, whether they’re just setting out skiing or snowboarding, or wanting to learn new tricks Are there any good family friendly activities at the resort? Everything about Beech is family-friendly. We pride ourselves on providing a family atmosphere. Over the holidays we have fireworks, family feud night, bingo, live music, Santa, and more!