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Beech goes retro for Totally ’80s Ski Weekend

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Article Published: Feb. 16, 2012 | Modified: Feb. 26, 2012
Beech goes retro for Totally ’80s Ski Weekend

Beech Mountain hosts its Totally '80s Retro Weekend Feb. 24-26, inviting skiers to relive the era of big hair, leg warmers, colorful ski clothes and more.

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Forget the Great Recession ever happened and travel back in time three decades for a fun-filled February ski weekend on Beech Mountain.

The town of Beech Mountain’s Totally ’80s Retro Weekend is set for Feb. 24 to 26. Relive the era of big hair, leg warmers and colorful ski clothes while enjoying live 1980s music, a retro ski apparel contest and weekend promotions.

Live music begins Friday evening with an all-1980s show from rockers Buick McKane of Morganton. The band performs at 9 p.m. at Jackalope’s View restaurant. On Saturday, Beech Mountain Resort hosts an 1980s tribute band starting at 6 p.m. in the Beech Tree Lodge.

The ski resort is also sponsoring a Rail Jam freestyle competition at 4:30 p.m. Saturday featuring a DJ playing retro tunes.

“We encourage folks to dig out their 1980s’ ski garb and head up the mountain for an enjoyable ski weekend,” said Calder Smoot of the Beech Mountain Tourism Development Authority. “The final weekend of February typically provides great skiing conditions, as well as smaller crowds because it’s just after the President’s Day holiday.”

Businesses throughout town are rolling out retro-themed deals.

For example, lodging is available at $80.80 per night, with restaurants offering $19.80 dinner specials. There will be adult ski rentals for $19.80 and youth ski rentals for $10.80. One store is even offering three bandanas for $8.80.

Additionally, one lucky person will win a free 2013 ski getaway for two via an 1980s ski apparel photo contest on the Facebook page of the Beech Mountain TDA. Photos must be taken on the slopes of Beech Mountain Resort during the Totally 1980s Retro Weekend.

For more information and details on the retro weekend, visit or call (800) 468-5506.

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