Beech Mountain TR 2/11

Left at 4:30am and loaded the back of the van literally with rocks and heavy equipment (oh yeah and skis and chains). The chains turned out to be essential, I would not have made it past Lees-McCrae without them. I was among the first half dozen in the lot. I bought a half day ticket with the idea of maybe doing the afternoon at Sugar, and got 2nd or 3rd chair — some general lift shots. It was Cold and windblown especially at the top. The conditions were an odd mix of deep windloaded powder with sections of thinly covered ice. But the Ice never lasted long until you were back in something fun. The wind would fill tracks back in within a couple of runs and it was a spectacular morning of just flying/busting through drifts and miniature wind lips. A very nice day but conditions at the top left me with little desire to scrape down the top of Sugar so I left at one o’clock; absolutely worth the drive and conditions returning were clear and calm.

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Photos and Trip Report by SkiSoutheast.com/SkiNc MB Member davidski.

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.