Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Auto Socks For Your Tires Instead of Snow Chains?

With the recent blizzard, the importance of being prepared with a four-wheel-drive vehicle, or a set of snow chains, has once again been demonstrated to many folks who traveled up to Beech Mountain this past Sunday.  More than a few of those vacationers stopped in Banner Elk to get their tires fitted with chains before proceeding up the mountain, only to discover a rather long line at the service stations consisting of everyone else who had the same idea.

This year, I did a little online research to see what technological breakthroughs might have come onto the market to help address the needs of people who don't often encounter harsh winters, but who do like to go visit where they are once or twice a year.  I found "snow socks" for tires.  These are described as an "innovative lightweight fabric-based, temporary traction aid for cars and trucks" on, and have the advantage over snow chains of being much easier to put on your tires and less bulky to store, as this video clip demonstrates.

Before posting this particular blog article, I also checked with the Beech Mountain Police Department; first, to make sure these snow socks are legal to use in North Carolina; but also to ask for an opinion on whether they are worth trying out on Beech Mountain.  I was delighted to receive an email today from Captain Jerry Turbyfill, who assures me that they are a legal substitute for chains.  He goes on to say that they are not as durable as regular snow chains, but can be useful when you don't have ready access to them.  The ideal solution, of course, is to shop online for a set of solid linked chains with cleats during the off-season (when they'll be on sale), or rent a 4-wheel-drive vehicle.  But, if you can't do either of these things before it's time to head to Beech, see if you can get your hands on some snow socks for your car.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Come Gather 'Round the Yule Log! A New Year's Celebration on Beech Mountain, NC

Join in on the festivities with good tidings and great joy, as folks in the Town of Beech Mountain welcome the New Year with a Yule Log bonfire, marshmallows and s’mores, hot cocoa, and hot apple cider.  A guitarist will be there to lead the crowd in singing winter carols and seasonal songs, as well as sharing stories.

For more information on this event, contact Brie Powell at (828) 387-3003
NAME OF PROGRAM: Yule Log Bonfire
DATE: Thursday, December 30th , 2010
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Beech Mountain Town Hall Sled Hill Area

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Have Some Pancakes With Mrs. Claus on Beech Mountain!


TELEPHONE NUMBER: 828-387-3003

NAME OF PROGRAM: Community Pancake Breakfast with Mrs. Claus

DATE: Saturday, December 18th, 2010

TIME: 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Buckeye Recreation Center

DESCRIPTION: On the morning of December 18th, Mrs. Claus will be visiting Buckeye Recreation Center. To celebrate, we are hosting a community pancake breakfast. Bring your children or just come to enjoy the meal. Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures and story time. The cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child under 12. For more information please call Buckeye Recreation Center.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


I copied this shot from Charlie's Beech Mountain Cam this morning at 7:30 a.m. after reading the forecast for snow on Beech Mountain this week.  Looks like Beech Mountain Resort (a.k.a. Ski Beech) picked a great weekend to open!  Not only will skiers and snowboarders (and folks going snow tubing) have the snow, they'll have it everywhere and "au naturale" as well!

P.S.  (No, I don't mean "in the nude."  With highs in 20's F. today, probably not a good idea.)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Beech Mountain Resort (a.k.a. Ski Beech) Opens for the Season!

Beech Mountain Resort will open for the 2010-2011 season this Saturday, December 4, 2010.  Beech Mountain Bliss is less than a mile from the Resort.  So, pack your winter clothes and plan a trip to Beech Mountain, North Carolina! 
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