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: www.beechmtn.com.