Beech is celebrating their ANNUAL WINTERFEST today! That is ALWAYS a great, great time and today's event will coincide with awesome conditions on the slopes. There will be a rail jam on Sunday, figure skating demonstrations both days and of course the always popular Cardboard Box Derby on Sunday at 2pm. Ice Sculpting demos are both days as well and with the cold temps those should hang around as well! You should too.

One note: If you're one of the guys or girls that is looking for the bikini-clad hotties to ski or ride the slopes for the annual bathing beauty contest that USUALLY takes place during WINTERFEST, that IS NOT HAPPENING this weekend.

“We're trying to make Winterfest really family oriented,” said Talia Freeman, marketing director. “We're doing a lot of stuff for kids and families.”

This Saturday, mothers can take a break while kids enjoy Snow Day Camp from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering winter activities for children. Snow Day Camp is $25 and includes ice skating, face painting, craft making and lunch.

An acoustic bluegrass band will perform in the Beech Tree Bar and Grille during the day, and during the session break, karaoke will be held in the View Haus. Funk and hip-hop band BPL closes out the evening from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Beech Tree.

Events this Sunday include the annual Cardboard Box Derby. For contest rules and guidelines, call  (828) 387-2011 . Visual judging begins at 12 p.m., and the derby race begins at 2 p.m.

The Winterfest Rail Jam kicks off at noon Sunday, and the Roots Ride Shop Skateboard Competition will start at 3 p.m.

Large sales on apparel and equipment will be held throughout the weekend, and the latest ski and snowboard equipment demos will also be featured. Other activities, including live ice sculpting, bounce houses, professional figure skating demonstrations and figure skating lessons will also be held at Beech Mountain Resort.

Don't be too disappointed over the loss of the Bathing Beauty Contest as it has been moved to the more appropriate College Weekend in February. Stay tuned for that.

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