Monday, December 31, 2012

Youth Sledding Hill Open Daily atop Beech Mountain

Press Release
by Craig Distl

Photo courtesy of Amy Morrison

The popular youth sledding hill in the Town of Beech Mountain has opened for the winter season. It offers free sledding daily for children 12 and under.

The hill, located adjacent to the Visitors Center, provides good sledding conditions with a combination of man-made and natural snow. Beech Mountain, at an elevation of 
5,506 feet, is the highest town in Eastern America with an average annual snowfall of 84.6 inches.

The sled run is operated by Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation Department seven days a week (weather permitting) with safety personnel on duty. A loud speaker plays music and hot chocolate is available at nearby restaurants.

"There is no charge for sledding and we get kids from all over the Southeast," says Amy Morrison of the Beech Mountain Tourism Development Authority. "Parents are 
welcome to call and check conditions. I'm able to provide real-time updates from my office window."

Plastic sleds are required. Folks may bring their own, or they're available for rent or purchase at nearby stores on the mountain. Parking and restrooms are also 

Hours of operation are: 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

For further details, call (800) 468-5506 or visit:

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ready for Winter...

Although our weather has not maintained optimum temperatures to allow BM Resort to build up the snow slopes, there are still those that are skiing and businesses are open.  We have received enough snow in recent weeks to make our trees beautiful, cover the ground and make us wish for more.'s coming!

Santa has already been sighted by a few dozen lucky visitors and residents at 4 Seasons at Beech and the Chamber Christmas tree has been decorated.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Autumn at Oz - THIS WEEKEND

News Release Courtesy of
Beech Mountain Resort
Photo by Amy Morrison

The Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce is proud to present "Autumn at Oz" for 2012, now larger than ever. On Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, travel back in time to the enchanted "Land of Oz", high atop Beech Mountain. This is a perfect time to experience the mountains at the pinnacle of autumn's Fall colors due to the early seasonal change this year. The weather is forcasted to be a balmy 66 degrees and partly sunny. Incrediable weather for an even more incredible experience.

Children and adults a like will be enchanted as they experience the re-creation of Dorothy's trip from her farm home in Kansas through the twister and down the yellow brick road to the "Land of OZ". Along your journey you will be met a full cast, portraying many of the vibrant characters from the original movie production.

Spend the day, better yet spend the weekend and enjoy all "Autumn at Oz" has to offer. Enjoy the magic of being in "The Village" located in the Resort of Ski Beech, before and after you experience the Land of OZ. Stay for live music, dancing, multiple food and beverage options, crafts, merchandise, hay ride, bon fire and a full day of entertainment that will delight your senses as the "Autumn at OZ" festival prepares you for the fantasy journey through the Land of OZ.

Tickets are selling fast online for 2012 at for $20 in advance to guarantee an entry time into OZ or you can take your chances and pay $25 at the gate. Several sessions are already sold out so act fast. This year we created a special limited VIP ticket for $40 online that offers special amenities such as VIP parking, reception area, no line entrance to the Resort and if you come on Saturday have an extra day on us in "The Village" enjoying the food and entertainment. Group rates are offered for Sunday only at $15 per person with groups of 15 or more by calling 1-800-488-5506.

Theme park entrance times are also expanded for 2012. The purchase of your ticket designates the time that you will be transported to the Land of OZ. The park opens at 9:30AM and tickets are available for entrance to the Land of OZ every hour on the half hour until 4:30PM. Come early and stay late, enjoy the shows and entertainment at the Resort prior to and after leaving the Land of OZ.

The best weather forcast in years and Fall colors in full bloom This is a season you won't want to miss.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

October 6th and 7th - Come Join Us in Oz!

We are gearing up to, once again, return to the Land of Oz.  Don't miss this event that brings over 8000 people to Beech Mountain almost every year. 
Photo courtesy of Craig Distl
For more information, click on one or more of the following links:

Monday, September 10, 2012


September 10, 2012
Reprint of News Article submitted by Talia Freeman
photo by Kristian Jackson
A New Beginner Trail Ensures Riding for all Skill Levels.

A bike park, with lift access, in the High Country is closer than you think! Beech Mountain Resort will offer lift access for cyclist(s) on September 15, 2012.

The lift will operate from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lift tickets can be purchased for $30. The resort offers three trails, catering to all skill levels, from beginner to intermediate.  Riders can also access the Emerald Outback trail system.

The final downhill race of the summer will be held on Sunday, September 16. Awards for the race will be distributed as usual. In addition, Beech Mountain Resort will reward the overall winners in the summer series.  Results from the two prior races will be combined with the final, to produce the series winners.

Spectators can enjoy food and beverage, or take a scenic lift ride for $10. For more information visit

8am-430pm Registration Open
9am-430pm Lift Open
**Entry to DH includes Saturday Lift Ticket**
8am registration opens
11am registration closes
9-11:30 Downhill practice
11:30 Riders Meeting
11:45 Race Starts
Cat 1 Men 19-29
Cat 1 Men 30-39
Cat 1 Men 40+
Cat 1 Men Jr
Cat 1 Women
Cat 2 Men 19-29
Cat 2 Men 30-39
Cat 2 Men 40+
Cat 2 Men Jr
Cat 2 Women
Cat 3 Men 19-29
Cat 3 Men 30-39

Talia Freeman
(828) 387-2011 x 204
Beech Mountain Resort

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty

September 6, 2012
Reprint from request through private source


We just recently adopted Autumn, but it turns out our son is allergic. She is a 1 year old tortie, 7 lbs, very playful. She's a beautiful little girl. Pictures attached. She's fixed and just got all her shots. Comes with carrier and litter box. If anyone is interested, let me know.

Steve Klintworth, Store Manager
Lees-McRae College Bookstore
375 College Drive, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Phone (828) 898-8728
Fax (828) 898-4724

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

There's a Chill in the Air...

The air has dropped a few degrees over the last week, trees are beginning to show us some color and it all reminds us that summer will soon be gone and we can, once again, start to get excited about seeing the first snow of the season.  Before it gets here, enjoy this video shot on Beech Mountain back in 1969 to see how the first timers to this new ski resort fared....
Beech Mountain Resort: 1969

Friday, July 20, 2012

Brews and Views/Bike Nationals this Weekend

Press Release
by Craig Distl

Beer tasting, championship mountain biking, live music and scenic views are on tap Saturday, July 21, at Beech Mountain Resort.

The second annual Brews & Views Festival is being held in conjunction with the three-day USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships. Attendees can sample from more than 40 craft brews, enjoy music from three bands, and watch top professional and amateur mountain bikers compete for national titles.

Lift rides showcasing views of the races and the Blue Ridge Mountains will be available, as well as activities for all ages. Youth activities include a kids village with games and inflatables, plus a bike rodeo for a chance to win a specialized youth mountain bike.

The music stage features performances from: The Shane Pruitt Band, a noted blues group from Spartanburg, S.C.; Enemy Lovers, an indie rock band from Asheville; and modern bluegrass sensation Brushfire Stankgrass of Asheville.

Of course, there will be plenty of craft beers to taste, including: Blowing Rock Summer Ale, Southern Tier Hop Sun, Krombacher, Shock Top IPA, Leffe, Brooklyn Brown,

Abita Purple Haze, Lonerider Sweet Josie, Natty Greene Old Town Brown, Fatty Maddy, Kind Beers Pale Ale, Oskar Blues, New Belgium Fat Tire and Carolina Strawberry.

Downhill racing will take place throughout the festival. The dual slalom amateur finals begin at 2:15 p.m., followed by dual slalom professional finals at 5:45 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate, with designated drivers admitted free. Advance tickets (with free parking) are available at:

For info about Brews & Views or for lodging options, call (800) 468-5506, or visit


YOU'RE INVITED to a HUGE IN-HOME SALE AT 605 Pine Ridge Road (near Pro Shop area) FRIDAY JULY 27TH AND SATURDAY JULY 28TH FROM 10:00AM - 3:00PM

ALL AT DISCOUNTED PRICES by Suzanne Svejcar and Jill Sanders

Furniture - some antiques...old school desk..old treadle sewing machine table...deco wall screens..leather recliner.....small tables...lamps..wooden hutches..side cane chairs...old sewing table..hand painted furniture...many accessories..fireplace items... golf clubs with wooden shafts...collection of old canes...ficus tree..collection of old books...a lot of original oil and watercolor paintings..wrought iron bench...outdoor table/chairs...rugs new twin bedspreads and blankets...towels and linens...exercise bike new floral designs...lots of collectibles...much miscellaneous..all quality items.



For more info, call Suzanne Svejcar at 828-387-3518

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Dog Rescue in Need of Urgent Adoptions...

On a personal note...

My daughter, Ronni Connelly, is manager of a county animal shelter, as well as a dog rescue, in middle Tennessee.  She took over the shelter, which was known for its cruelty to animals as well as the high kill rate.  She now is trying to save each and every animal that comes through its doors and has only had to euthanize one dog since taking over five months ago...and that really upset her, even though she tried to retrain the dog so that it would not be a danger to other animals or humans.


Now they are overburdened, understaffed and needing people to help in any way they can, most importantly - adoption.  Please watch the following video.  If you are able to assist in any way, please contact them through their website information at


Thank you in advance.

Saturday, May 19, 2012


photo courtesy of US Airways

This month the US Airways magazine, a magazine seen by hundreds of thousands of people while enroute to their various destinations, featured an article on the High Country of North Carolina.  Beech Mountain, as well as several surrounding communities, were mentioned in the magazine.  Read the complete article at the magazine's website:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Travel to and Vacation in Beech Mountain

We are all gearing up toward welcoming our new and experienced visitors, summer residents and new homeowners to Beech Mountain.  Despite some hail storms and even snow (yes, we had snow yesterday and Monday!), things are bright and beautiful on Beech Mountain.

There are various publications online that will educate those looking to travel to North Carolina.  The NC Division of Tourism is one such site.  For the April issue, click on

There is also an excellent article in the May 2012 US Airways magazine.  I am trying to get a copy of the article via a link or pdf and will share that if I can get it.  Otherwise, the Chamber should have a copy in their office.  Stop by and take a look at it if you have a chance.

There are many events planned for Beech Mountain so plan your vacation to come take advantage of those events you may be interested in.  A full list and dates for the events can be found at the Chamber website,  Scroll down and look on the right side.  New events are being added by our various restaurants, general mercantile, hotels, etc. For instance, outdoor movies around two fire pits will continue at the Brick Oven Pizzeria this summer.....Live concerts will continue at the gazebo by Fred's General Mercantile and the Alpen Inn.....the Cool 5 - a 5k race/walk/stroll and the National Gravity Nationals offer both spectator and participant activities.....our Roasting of the Hog occurs on June 30th this year with great food, fireworks, a live band and great fun for all.....The Summer of 79 continues for Stay and Play - a chance for those visitors staying in a qualified Beech Mountain Club property to play the private, tournament quality golf course for $60 - and it's FREE if the temperature exceeds 79 degrees at our official weather station, located at Fred's General Mercantile.

  Stay tuned for the latest and greatest happenings on Beech Mountain this summer.  Hope to see you soon!

Beech Mountain Town Summit - Learn About 2012 Summer Events

Mark your calendar for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012


2011 Dog Show

The Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Town Summit in preparation for the 2012 summer season. The Summit will be held on Wednesday, April 25th at 12:00 noon in the Beech Mountain Club’s Recreation Activity Room. A light lunch will be served.

Halloween party at Buckeye Rec Center

Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Development Authority, Beech Mountain Club, Beech Mountain Resort and Beech Mountain Recreation Center will speak on the upcoming events that will highlight our summer for the residents and visitors on Beech Mountain
View from the 10th tee at Beech Mountain Golf Course

We strongly encourage all Beech Mountain businesses to send their frontline people to this important gathering. This might include office staff, waiters / waitresses, desk clerks, sales clerks or any who meet and greet our residents and visitors. We want to join together in providing consistent and accurate information to all on BeechMountain

It is requested that you RSVP online at the following link by entering your name or call the Chamber office at (828) 387-9283.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Beech Race Weekend Features a 5-Miler at 5,000'

News Release information provided by Craig Distl

Cool temperatures and a warm welcome await runners June 8-10 as the Town of Beech Mountain hosts its fifth annual "A Cool 5" race weekend.

The weekend's centerpiece is a 5-mile race on Saturday, June 9. The race is run atelevations above 5,000 feet, traversing the highest points on Beech Mountain.

"There is nothing else like it on the East Coast," says race director Daniel Scagnelli of the Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation Department. "The road course opens up great vistas and the scenery is amazing. You'll see Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain and even the yellow brick road at the old Land of Oz theme park."

The 5-miler has a companion event, a 1.5-mile fun run/walk. Both start at 9 a.m. and are followed by lunch and massages for participants. Runners age 21 and up receive two post-race complimentary beverages.
There's also a pub crawl (with transportation provided) from 4-10 p.m. Saturday on Beech Mountain.

Race weekend festivities kick off Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. with a pasta dinner featuring guest speaker Lee Zohlman of Miami. Zohlman is one of the top endurance multi-sport coaches in the United States.
Sunday morning, there's a recovery yoga session at 10 a.m. and recovery hike at 11 a.m.
Race participants and their families are encouraged to take advantage of special lodging rates available throughout the weekend.
A Cool 5 entry fee for adults is $25 through May 6; and $30 from May 7 until race day. Race day registration is $35. Children 13 and under may register at any time for $20.

Entry fees include a t-shirt, post-race meal, goodie bag, beverages and admission to the pub crawl. Strollers are allowed in both races, while the fun run is pet-friendly. There will also be a supervised children's play village during the race.

For info, call (828) 387-3003, or go online to:

Mountain Biking on Beech Mountain

Beech Mountain is becoming more and more popular with bikers....especially mountain bikers.  With the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championship choosing Beech Mountain for their annual event last year and July 20-22 this year, more mountain bikers are discovering the outback trails and spreading the news.

Photo courtesy of Kristian Jackson

Check out this local news spot on WCYB in Bristol, TN:

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring Has Sprung...Despite an Occasional Flurry in the Forecast

The hummingbirds are back, tulips are blooming and the trees are cautiously showing us a preview of the buds and flowers that will adorn them very soon.

In the meantime, we are seeing more of our furry and feathery neighbors neighbors making their rounds to say "Hello, I'm back."

Our April snow is predicted to return on the 10th and 11th, which is now expected each year.  Hold off on planting those trees and bushes until after May 1st!