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Today’s Email Announcements

Snowman Mania: Feb. 4 at Beech Mountain Rec

Happy New Year’s to all from Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation. We are excited about getting 2017 started and being a part of you and your families year. We are dedicated to providing the best recreational opportunities for our visitors and residents, and 2017 will be no different. This year we will welcome back several of our favorite family friendly events, great physical fitness classes and personal training, and also look to bring you new events, trails, ways to get outside and more community enhancement programs. From all of us at Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation, we wish you a great year and hope to see you along the way!

Snowman Mania Feb. 4

Beech Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its annual Snowman Building event (10:00AM – 12:00PM, Saturday, February 4th, 2016 at the Sled Hill adjacent to Beech Mountain Town Hall), along with Snow Coloring & Painting. Participants are allowed to bring props for their snowman. Snow coloring will allow contestants to paint the snow and their snowman to create wonderfully colorful designs. This event is for all ages. Prizes and free hot chocolate will also be provided.

Health Alert: Flu and Stomach Viruses

Flu season is upon us! With public schools, colleges and universities coming back into session, it is important to know how you can assist in stopping the transmission of illnesses like flu and stomach viruses. 
Prevention is the key

The best way to stay healthy and combat a respiratory (flu) virus, stomach virus and other viruses is through preventive measures.  Getting flu vaccine  Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, being with ill people and especially before you eat, if you are having vomiting and diarrhea. 
  • Avoid sharing objects (examples: drinking glasses, utensils, etc.) 
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes (face) 
  • Get enough sleep and avoid getting “run down”
  • Reduce stress
  • Use tissues for coughs/sneezes and dispose of them immediately
  • Eat right and drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid crowds and keep your distance from people whom you know are ill
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with the frail, very young and elderly. Do not visit friends or family at hospitals, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities. 
  • If you are sick, stay home from work or school. 
Notify your physician if you are not feeling any better or if you are getting worse.

You can help 


Appalachian Regional Healthcare System asks the public to help us stop the spread of viruses. If you are sick or not feeling well, please refrain from visiting family or friends at our healthcare facilities. 
To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare System visit www.apprhs.org.

January/February Programs at Grandfather Mountain State Park

Winter Tree ID Hikes

Dates:   Jan. 22 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
                Feb. 121:00 pm to 3:00 pm

LocationProfile Trail Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993)https://goo.gl/dBX99s 

Appropriate for ages 10 and up; children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Please, no pets.   Participants will learn how to identify local trees without the aid of leaves by learning differences in bark, limb, bud and branching patterns. Participants are encouraged to bring field guides to local trees. Program will last approximately two hours and hike 1 mile (2 miles round trip).  Hiking boots are recommended. This is an outdoor event and those in attendance should come dressed for the current weather conditions. If there is new snow and/or ice, please call ahead.828.963.9522 or email grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.  Difficulty: moderately strenuous terrain.

NOTE: If the Profile parking lot is closed:  Hikers will meet at the Lowes Foods parking lot (north end); At intersection of Highway 105 and Highway 184 (GPS: 36.117745, -81.835408  Google Map:  http://goo.gl/2UfGha).

Snowshoe Hikes

Dates:   Jan. 291:00 pm to 4:00 pm
                Feb. 13 – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
                Feb. 171:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location:     Asutsi Trailhead, Hwy 221, located approximately 1.8 miles south of Holloway Mtn. Rd (GPS: 36.116397, -81.777301 – https://goo.gl/0Q2dZo)

Appropriate for ages 10 and up; children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Please, no pets.  Have you ever wanted to try snowshoeing, or you like snowshoeing but do not have a pair? Well, this is your chance.  Join Ranger Sicard for a snowshoe hike that will begin at the Asutsi Trailhead on Hwy 221 (located south of Holloway Mtn Road – GPS: 36.116397, -81.777301 https://goo.gl/0Q2dZo). There will be a limited number of snowshoes available and will be given out on a first come first use basis, so please plan to arrive on time.  The hike will be approximately 3 miles round-trip and will last approximately 3 hours. Please dress accordingly for the weather and bring any snacks, water, and personal items you will need to be out in the weather for the duration of the hike. To make the hike more comfortable, we suggest you wear the sturdiest winter weather shoes you have (boots with firm soles and insulation to keep feet dry and warm). No animals will be allowed on the hike.  If you have questions about the snowshoe hikes, please contact Ranger Sicard at the park office 828-963-9522 or email: grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.     If there is no snow, the ranger will still lead a trail hike without snowshoes.


Special Olympics North Carolina Winter & Spring 2017


Health & Wellness Classes

  • Yoga with Crystal from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Optimist Clubhouse
  • Cardio Groove with Amber from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesdays at High Country Dance


  • Aquacise with Miss Cindy from 10-11 a.m. on Fridays at the Swim Complex.


  • Aquatics from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Swim Complex. (EXCEPT 1/24, 1/31. 4/11, 4/18)
  • Bowling from 3:45-4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays at Boone Bowling Center beginning 2/14
  • Basketball from 3:30-4:30 on Thursdays at Old Cove Creek Gym beginning 1/19
  • Volleyball from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Old Cove Creek Gym beginning


  • Track & Field will start up in late March with times to be announced.

Key Dates

  • Dry Land Alpine Skiing Training coming soon! Open to everyone.
  • Dress & Suit Fitting for Joy Prom at Alliance Bible Fellowship, March 24th
  • Joy Prom at Alliance Bible Fellowship, April 1st
  • Watauga County Spring Games, April 27th at WHS
  • SONC Summer Games, June 2nd-4th in Raleigh





CCC&TI Launches New Carry Out Cuisine on Watauga Campus


Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Watauga Campus Culinary Arts program will begin offering “Carry Out Cuisine” events this spring to the general public. Main entrees and sides are prepared by the Watauga Campus Skills II class. Salads are prepared by the Garde Manger I class and fresh bread is prepared by the Baking class.


CCC&TI’s Watauga Campus added a new professional kitchen space in the Occupational Training Facility in 2015, which allowed the college to begin offering the Culinary Arts program on both campuses.


The new “Carry Out Cuisine” events will offer the public an opportunity to enjoy gourmet fare at a reasonable price, while also helping CCC&TI’s Watauga Campus Culinary Arts students a chance to apply their classroom knowledge in a real-world setting.


Following are dates and menus for each of the Carry Out Cuisine Events:


Thursday, February 2

Caesar Salad

Veal Marsala

Quinoa Parmesan

Fresh Broccoli with Butter Sauce

Fresh Baked Focaccia


Thursday, March 2

Lettuce Wedge with Creamy Cucumber Dressing, Bacon Bits and Tomato

Pan Fried Chicken Breast

Couscous with Tomato and Basil

Steamed Asparagus with Maltaise Sauce

Sliced Fresh Baked Baguette


Thursday, April 6

Watercress and Avocado Salad with Oriental Vinaigrette

Sage Roasted Pork Loin

Sautéed Apples

Pan Fried Yams

Cloverleaf Roll


Meals are $20 per person and reservations must be made ahead of time. Cash only payments are accepted when meals are picked up on the day of service. Pick up times are 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Watauga Campus Kitchen, Building W141, Room 102.


For more information or to reserve your tickets for one of these events, contact Chef Robert Back at 828-297-3811 ext. 5222.

Coming Up at Beech Mountain Resort

Upcoming Events
Live Music, Tap Takeovers, Trivia in the Brewery, and more! Winter fun is in full swing and there’s more on the way! This week we have Trivia in the Brewery on Thursday from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Friday come check out the vocal styling’s of
Randy McQuay in the Beech Mountain Brewing Co., show starts at 6:30 p.m. Be sure not to miss
The Buzz performing in the Beech Tree Bar & Grille Saturday at 6:30 p.m! The fun continues every week with different events and live music performances!
Adaptive Learn to Ski Event Returns to Beech Mountain
Mark your calendars! We’re excited to welcome back the amazing team that has helped this event to grow and affect the lives of more individuals than ever before.
36th DS USA SPARC Adaptive Learn to Ski Event
January 16-20, 2017
Event History:  This is the oldest adaptive ski clinic being the first of a group of national instructional clinics started by Disabled Sports USA which in its history was known as National Handicap Sports (NHS).  The Atlanta Chapter of NHS assisted to develop the first clinic in 1981 and continued with it through 2004.  The clinic is now run as a cooperative effort amongst programs all interested in the benefits of sports for individuals with disabilities with Beech Mountain Resort continuing to be our host with help from the Costin family whom we are especially grateful.  The sponsors of this event donate to bring together the instructors, equipment, and resources necessary to teach skiing/snowboarding to individuals with disabilities in the southeast region.
Instructors:  The instructional team for the event is from all over the US and all PSIA Adaptive certified instructors with over 80 years of combined experience.  The instructional team includes individuals from:  Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Alpine Meadows Adaptive Ski Program, and Cataloochee Adaptive Program. The team is composed of experienced instructors in monoski, biski, twin ski, 2, 3, & 4 tracking, slider, visually impaired and snowboard instruction.
Participants: The participants come from all over the southeast region including:  NC, SC, GA, TN, MS, AL, and FL.  Ages range from age 4 to 70+ with a variety of diagnoses to include: brain and spinal injured, amputees, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, developmental delayed, spinal muscular atrophy, multiple sclerosis, visually impaired, and a whole host of other neurological and orthopedic challenges.  We are supportive of our military and work with veterans and active military in our region.  We try to focus on family and have families participate in the event as much as possible.  The motto of DSUSA is, “If I can do this, I can do anything,” inspires many to give alpine sport a try.
Registration Process:  
Due to the popularity of the event, we do a first come first available slot for lessons until we are full and then a waiting list is started.    We usually are full in two weeks from release date.  How to apply?  All candidates will receive an email blast within the same timeframe so you must contact Al Kaye, event coordinator at akaye@covhlth.com to be put on the email application email blast.  Applications are released in late November once all instructors are secured.  Lessons are based on availability of type of lesson which includes equipment, scheduled request, and instructor availability.  The quicker the response to the email blast, the better chance of being able to attend the clinic.  An email will be sent stating that receipt of application has been received.   A final confirmation of first lesson time and day will be sent out by Al Kaye so travel reservations maybe made.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Al @ 865-331-1353.

High Country Junior Freestyle Series Rail Jam vs. Appalachian Ski Mountain went OFF this past weekend! 30 young skiers and riders from Beech Mountain Academy and Appalachian Snowboard Club along with Appalachian Freeski Society showcased their toughness & got rad at the HCJFS Rail Jam! The full results for the 1/7/2017 Rail Jam are posted below. Thank you to all of the riders who braved the storm to come out and represent!

Race Results

College Week Returns!
College Week always marks one of the most fun and festive weeks of the season here at Beech Mountain! 2017 is no different with fun activities during and after a day of shredding! College students from any college or university with a valid ID will receive group rates on both lift ticket prices and equipment rentals. Group rates for lift tickets do not need to be pre-booked and can be obtained any day during College Week by visiting the Group Sales office at the resort. We recommend calling ahead to reserve ski and snowboard equipment to ensure that your group receives the best rate.