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Originally published: 2013-12-18 11:45:54
Last modified: 2013-12-18 11:50:02

Youth sledding hill on Beech is open daily all winter

Caroline Harris / (

A kid-favorite winter attraction in the North Carolina mountains has opened for the 2013-14 season.

Beech Mountain's youth sledding hill offers a wonderland of fun daily for children age12 and under. Located next to the town's visitor’s center, the hill provides good sledding conditions with a combination of natural and manmade snow.

The free sled run is operated by Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation Department seven days a week (weather permitting) with safety personnel on duty. A loud speaker plays music and hot chocolate is available at nearby restaurants.

Plastic sleds are required. Families may bring their own, or they're available for rent and purchase at nearby stores on the mountain.

"The sledding hill is a great option for families with younger children who aren't ready for skiing or snowboarding yet, but still want to play in the snow," said Amy Morrison of the Beech Mountain Tourism Development Authority. "We get calls starting in September asking when the sledding hill is going to open. People plan their vacations knowing that they can use the hill. It's quite a popular attraction every winter."

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