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Beech Mountain (elevation 5,506') averages more than 80" of snowfall per year, and the town has its own gun for blowing snow when Mother Nature isn't.
The hill draws families from across the Southeast for sledding on a daily basis. Conditions are generally very good throughout the winter. The Beech sledding hill is located next to the Chamber of Commerce. It is open daily at no charge for kids 12 and under, although parents may ride with smaller children. Plastic sleds are required. Folks are encouraged to bring their own sleds, or they may be purchased at stores on the mountain. "It's a free and enjoyable place for children to have fun," says Peggy Coscia of the Beech chamber. "They come from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. We get a lot of folks from Florida who are excited because it's the first time the children have seen snow." The sledding hill is operated by the Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting) with safety personnel on duty. A loud speaker plays music and hot chocolate is available at nearby restaurants. Parking and restrooms are provided by the chamber. People are encouraged to call the chamber at (800) 468-5506 to receive live updates on sledding conditions. "All I have to do is look out the window," says Coscia. "We're that close." Additional info on the Beech Mountain sledding hill is available at: http://www.beechmtn.com/.
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