Beech Mountain Ski Resort’s web page features a picture of two skiers packing it up and headed out. The resort had to close early, on February 24 this year, due to unseasonably warm weather. The sledding hills closed earlier on February 19. When the weather gets cold, ski resorts in Southern states typically try to make enough snow to last through the next thaw. Beech Mountain’s coverage didn’t last. Even though some snow remained, marketing Director Talia Freeman said it’s important to those who work at the resort to provide customers with a quality experience. Over the holidays the resort managed to maintain aisles of coverage between banks of mud and grass, but business still lagged. That said, representatives of the resort, and local businesses that serve skiers, said the season was a success. Beech Mountain actually earns more money from its summer season (including the biking trails; read “Dirt Surfing” in the June 2017 issue). In the winding-down days, the resort advertised a calendar of exciting March events and promised the traditional Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend was still on, its crazy events perhaps only being a little crazier. Appalachian Ski Mountain, while losing half its base by February 25, remained intent on staying open through the fourth weekend in March, a goal the resort has made nine out of ten years. Sugar Mountain also remained open into March, while snow was reportedly thin, and the tubing park had closed.