Press Release by Craig Distl
Photo by Debbie Canady
The popular Oz run returns, while a second terrain park debuts this winter at Ski Beech at Beech Mountain Resort.
The Oz slope, named for its proximity to the old Land of Oz theme park, was closed last season to upgrade the chairlift. New, padded quad chairs have taken the place of outdated double chairs, while Ski Beech officials also installed airless electrical snowmaking hookups along the run so the slope can be blown in within 24 hours.
"The reopening of the Oz run is great news for skiers," says Ryan Costin, the resort's director of operations. "It has nice intermediate terrain and opens up another side of the mountain. This will help disperse skiers during peak times."
Ski Beech's second terrain park will be unveiled this winter. The opening of the park was delayed a year because of lift problems. However, the lift is now fully functional and provides access to a multi-featured park with rails, boxes and jumps for intermediate to advanced freestyle riders. The park will have full-time staff to maintain the features and ensure safety.
Also new this year is a private locker room for season pass holders to store their skis and equipment, while snowmaking upgrades continued during the offseason.
"In the South, snowmaking is something you have to improve every year," Costin says. "We've upgraded our product and want people to come see the quality of skiing we now offer."
Ski Beech is scheduled to kick off its 2009-2010 season on Saturday, Nov. 21, weather permitting. Season passes are currently available for a discounted price of $350 through Nov. 1. The regular price of $550 goes into effect Nov. 2.
For resort information, call (800) 438-2093 or visit http://www.skibeech.com/.