Went to ski beech, nc, feb 17th for night skiing, and the conditions were great besides the snow machines I don't mean a few but every trail has tons... The mountain had some powder which is rare but mostly ice. It is the east and the south so always expect ice! They should have turned on the snow machines once everyone was done night skiing at 10pm. It was rude and ruined the conditions for skiing. Riding the lift your getting hit by the snow machines blowing, sucks cuz a few of us wiped out bad because the snow machines blowing over the trails, imagine your shreding down a trail doing real well and bam you get hit with pretty much freezing ice and you can't see anything out of your goggles! Its ridiculous. Also the ski rental place actually beside the lodge sucks no good equipment, no demo skis or sport skis. Staff in the rental shops were kinda rude too. Go to the rental shop upton of the mountain in the ski beech town by the snow sledding hill they have better equipment and it doesn't smell like sweaty socks in that shop like at ski beech. Be careful with leaving your ski rentals around if your going into the lodge mine were taken. The lodge needs a nice update. The lifts are very slow about 5 min ride to get to the top and especially slow loading and unloading and the seats are like a foot off the ground when loading and unloading. Over all it was alright if it wasn't for all the machines being on it would have been much better. So let's go over Pros: highest ski resort In north carolina, close parking lot to slopes, skiers and boraders aren't just sitting on the slopes in your way. Cons: out dated lodge, no regaurd for people skiing at night blowing snow everywhere, expensive weekend rates, lifts move slow even the high speed quad, icey, staff can be rude and not so helpful. So over all i'd really like to give this place a 2.5 a little bit shy of average for a east coast ski resort if this resort was out west I would give it a zero. Take my advise tho save a little extra money and go to Snowshoe mountain in WV, or go to colorado and go ski, It's not too expensive I bought my lift ticket for copper mountain, for $86 bucks for day skiing and $30 for some demo rentals and the terrain is all powder mostly and tree skiing way better terrain parks, and lifts are super fast and some seat 6 people. Ski beech is 95acres and copper is 2400 acres somethin with 22 lifts. Total for me an two friends driving there and skiing was only like 300 bucks. Park city is awesome too. But listen go farther north or go out west you won't regret it! and advoid waisting your time at these cheaply ran resorts. I won't be back after this experience. Ps: if you've never been out west be prepared the trails are much steeper the greens are easliy compared to the east coasts blues and some even blacks. And the blues out there are forsure like the blacks out here or double blacks with powder. If you can ski on ice you can ski anywhere. Good luck hope this review helped, save and go farther where your money will be better spent.
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