Smarties, winter has officially arrived in North Carolina, and it’s time to hit the slopes! We’re looking at awesome ski weather in the coming weekends, it’s prime season. We’re so lucky that our favorite ski/snowboard spot, Beech Mountain, is a hop, skip and a jump from the QC. Gear up, Smarties!
The Plym kids have all taken snowboard and ski lessons at Beech and are forever hooked. It’s crazy how easy and naturally snowboarding and skiing comes to kids. (Note: If your kids can Ripstick, then they’ll be tee’d up perfectly for the kick-booty Burton Learn to Ride Center at Beech.) But, skiing is just as fun if that’s what they’re in to!
Burton Learn to Ride Center:
Whether you’re a beginner or progressive rider, you’re never too old to learn new tricks. With hands-on lessons from the best-trained instructors, anyone can experience the fun and excitement of snowboarding. Burton’s ‘Learn to Ride’ program makes getting on a snowboard fun and easy. With high-quality gear made specifically for beginners, the best hands-on instruction and a low pressure learning environment, their goal is to get everyone up and running before they know it!
Beech Mountain Ski and Ride School:
The professional ski and snowboard instructors at Beech Mountain Resort have a wealth of experience combined with a sharp focus on customer service. Whether you want to master more advanced techniques, or try skiing or snowboarding for the first time, our team of experts can customize lessons to suit all ability levels. Plus learn to ski free in February! Free Beginner lessons offered in February Monday-Thursday (non-holiday) with purchase of rental equipment. Offer Valid for ages 8 and older.
Don’t forget to check out Beech’s nursery, Snow Kamp, and Traxx if you’ve got kids of all ranges or want a little day-ski-date. 🙂
Smarty Tips for Planning your Trip:
For the most accurate weather forecast, check Ray’s Weather here. Click here for current snow report.
For accommodations, you can search VRBO (we’ve had great luck with VRBO), Beech Mountain’s Lodging, or the Town of Beech’s Lodging.
Smarty Pick for Gear:
Either rent at Beech Mountain Resort (their snowboards and skis/boots are all nice and new) or get your gear here in Charlotte at Alpine Ski Center so you can just hit the lift as soon as you get there. Smarty Tip: Get your rental equipment as soon as they open or you’ll be waiting for a while.
Smarty Pick for Breakfast/Lunch in Town:
Fred’s General Mercantile is a MUST. We are HUGE fans of Fred’s and their Backside Deli serves the best breakfast on the mountain!
Smarty Pick for Dinner in Town:
Famous Brick Oven Pizza has the BEST pizza on the mountain, seriously! SOOOOO good!
Best New Restaurant in Town:
Beech Mountain Grille is definitely the spot to unwind after a day on the slopes. The menu is really nice and if you’re like us and are truly living the high life when you can drop all the kids off for night skiing, this is for sure where you need to go. Delish and so cozy!
Check out Smarty Tonya’s Quick & Dirty Guide to Getting Your Child Chairlift Ready this Ski Season!
Happy ski season!