Cross Country Skiing
>Cross-country skiers can also enjoy their sport on Beech when natural snow falls are sufficient to cover the trails. Always check out the area you plan to ski on before breaking out your skies.
We suggest the Westerly Hills Area as a first choice, followed by Wild Iris Loop, Red Fox/Arrowood and Smoketree trails.
Other favorite cross-country spots in the area include Roan Mountain State Park which is just 40 minutes away. The Bass Lake Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway (accessible from US 221, just outside Blowing Rock) is also worth a try. Other portions of the Parkway can be used when heavy snows close to the road to be closed to traffic.
Wherever you decide to try, always exercise caution. Proper clothing and equipment is necessary. Remember to use layering so you can take off or put on as you need.
Make sure you bring your own equipment, as cross-country skies rentals are not available on Beech Mountain.