Beech Mountain Ski Resort

Beech Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of North Carolina in USA. The resort is in the town of Banner Elk, NC.

Beech Mountain is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Beech Mountain Ski Resort.

Beech Mountain Lodging:

Beech Mountain Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Beech Mountain has a total of 17 ski trails, which are serviced by 8 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Beech Mountain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 95 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 38 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Beech Mountain's slopes see on average 31 inches (12 cm) of snowfall a year.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
95(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall
31"(12 cm)

Beech Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Beech Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 5,505 feet, or 1,678 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 4,675 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 830 feet (253 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Beech Mountain's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
5,505'(1,678 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
830'(253 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
4,675'(1,425 m)

Beech Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
38out of 100
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Beech Mountain can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 70% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Beech Mountain has 95 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Beech Mountain is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 30% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 70%.
30%(29 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
40%(38 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
30%(29 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Beech Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

Beech Mountain can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 70% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Beech Mountain Ski Resort Location

Beech Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of North Carolina, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Banner Elk, NC.

Banner Elk, NC 28604 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
36.22000, -81.88000

Getting to Beech Mountain Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Beech Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 36.22000, -81.88000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Banner Elk, NC to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Beech Mountain Ski Resort.

Charlotte Douglas International AirportCLTCharlotte, NC87 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Beech Mountain.

Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA AirportTRIBristol/Johnson/Kingsport, TN34 mi
Asheville Regional AirportAVLAsheville, NC66 mi
Mercer County AirportBLFBluefield, WV83 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Beech Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Beech Mountain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Sugar MountainBanner Elk, NC5,300 ft33%7 mi
AppalachianBlowing Rock, NC4,000 ft34%12 mi
Wolf RidgeMars Hill, NC4,700 ft31%39 mi
CataloocheeMaggie Valley, NC5,400 ft28%79 mi

Beech Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation5,505 ft
Base Elevation4,675 ft
Vertical Drop830 ft
(30% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  30% Expert)
Skiable Acres95
Avg. Annual Snowfall31 inches
Beech Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats