If you have always wanted to learn to ski then head to the North Carolina mountains in the New Year for Beech Mountains’s Skiing 101 package. The N.C. ski resort announced Monday that in conjunction with National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Beech Mountain’s Skiing 101 will be offered again this January for its third year. This special program debuted in January 2013 and received an award from the National Ski Areas Association as the top campaign to promote learn-to-ski month.
Skiing 101 at Beech is a program providing one night’s lodging, equipment rental, helmet rental, full-day lift ticket, and a beginner ski or snowboard lesson at Beech Mountain Resort all for a price of $101. The month-long program is available Monday through Friday to anyone age eight or older.
“Skiing or snowboarding can be intimidating if you haven’t tried them before, so we offer a learning experience that’s easy, safe and fun,” says Talia Freeman, marketing director for Beech Mountain Resort. “We take you though each step. Everything is covered from equipment rental to lift tickets to the proper way to carry skis. We make all the rounds and ensure you arrive at the lesson on time and prepared.”
Beech Mountain, now in its 47th ski season made several improvements and upgrades this summer to continue its’ investment of making it one of the top ski resorts in the Southeast. On the slopes, a half dozen SMI Super PoleCat snow guns were added. The PoleCats ,along with dozens of smaller guns will provide the resort with the best snowmaking capability in its 47-year history.
Also on the slopes, the lighting system for night skiing was upgraded and an aging J-bar beginner lift has been replaced by a new Magic Carpet conveyer lift.
“The new lift is a big-ticket item for beginners, who will really notice the improvement,” said resort general manager Ryan Costin. “Anytime you have new equipment, it’s not only a good feeling for customers, but also for our staff because they are proud of it. It’s definitely a huge improvement. People are seeing that we’re truly invested in making this one of the top ski resorts in the Southeast. All these upgrades are steps in that direction.”
Off the slopes, the View Haus cafeteria has been completely remodeled, a new fleet of Rossignol ski rental equipment is in place, and a Burton Learn-to-Ride Center for snowboarders debuted in early December in the ski village at the base of the slopes.
Beech Mountain operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for skiing until further notice. The town of Beech Mountain provides an ample supply of nightlife and aprés ski options. Visitors can opt for intimate pub experiences, classic bars with mountain motifs, or full-service nightclubs with dance floors and occasional live music.
Registering for “Skiing 101 at Beech” is easy. Just contact any of the participating lodging options listed on the Skiing 101 page at: www.BeechMtn.com and ask for the Skiing 101 package. The accommodation will book your room and provide a voucher at check-in to be redeemed at the ski resort for a lesson, equipment rental, helmet rental, and lift ticket.
Lodging is available Sunday through Thursday nights. Ski and snowboard lessons are available Monday through Friday. Regular rates apply to lodging on weekends and holidays.
Beech Mountain also offers a sledding hill for children 12 and under.
The free sled run is located next to the town’s visitors center and provides good sledding conditions with a combination of natural and man-made snow.