Fans of the eighties… pull out your scrunchies, legwarmers and neon clothes. It’s time to go back in time and relive the era when big hair bands ruled the airwaves and Molly Ringwald was the queen of the big screen, all while enjoying the snow-covered slopes of Beech Mountain Resort in North Carolina.
The epic “Totally 80’s Retro Ski Weekend” that takes place each February is now in its seventh year and skiers (and 80’s lovers) from all over the country flock to the town of Beech Mountain to celebrate. It’s the highest ski area in the eastern part of the country and is considered one of the premier ski resorts in the South. Spread across 98 acres, there are 17 different slopes to try out, spanning all levels of skill and expertise.
There’s also the recently renovated View Haus Lodge, the Beech Tree Bar & Grill and Alpine Village, an area with gift shops, eateries and even a craft brewery located at the base of the slopes. If you’re a beginner and need to take lessons, they’ve got you covered, whether you want to learn to ski or snowboard. And if you want to try out some other sports, there’s also a snow tubing park, several hills for sledding and an ice skating rink.
But now, on to the good stuff – the 80s weekend. Over the course of the four-day event, you can dress in your favorite retro gear before hitting the slopes, enjoy live 80s music every night from bands like Cassette Rewind and the Spazmatics, hang with the bear from Hot Tub Time Machine and check out a vintage DeLorean just like the one Michael J. Fox drove in Back to the Future.
You may also want to test your 80’s expertise by entering one of the contest held throughout the weekend including the Totally Retro Apparel Contest, the Name That 80s Tune Contest, a Rubik’s Cube competition, Ms. Pac Man competition, 80s trivia contest or even a lookalike contest. The prizes range from $100 all the way up to $500!
There’s also an 80s Ski Apparel Parade to show off your neon duds through the streets of downtown Beech Mountain, totally tubular snowtubing and for the kids, cosmic nighttime sledding. There’s something for all ages to enjoy, although…let’s face it, those of us that lived through the 80s might enjoy it just a tad more than the youngens.
Visitors to the event, which has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, can even take advantage of a lodging special at participating accommodations in the area. Just purchase Friday and Saturday nights at regular price, and you can add on Thursday night or Sunday night for the discounted rate of just $19.80.
Now, that’s totally rad.
February 22 @ 8:00 am – February 25 @ 5:00 pm 2018