Beech sledding hill open for season

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Article Published: Jan. 3, 2013 | Modified: Jan. 3, 2013
Beech sledding hill open for season

The youth sledding hill in Beech Mountain has opened for the winter season, offering free sledding daily for children 12 and younger.

Photo by Amy Morrison



The popular youth sledding hill in the town of Beech Mountain has opened for the winter season, offering free sledding daily for children 12 and younger.

The hill, located adjacent to the Visitors Center, provides good sledding conditions with a combination of man-made and natural snow, according to town officials. 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 loudspeaker 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,” said 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 available.

Hours of operation are 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
For more information, call (800) 468-5506, or visit http://www.beechmtn.com.

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