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Skiers dressed in 80s garb enjoy the slopes during last year's "80s ski weekend" at Beech Mountain. Photo courtesy of Amy Morrison.

Originally published: 2013-02-18 09:38:38
Last modified: 2013-02-18 09:42:26

Beech Mtn. to host 80s ski weekend

by Staff Reports

Dig out those parachute pants or leg warmers, and don’t forget that favorite bandana. Beech Mountain is going back in time again this month.

The second “Totally 80's Retro Ski Weekend” takes place Feb. 22-24 in the Town of Beech Mountain. Relive the "new wave" era while enjoying 80's bands, old school DJs, a retro apparel contest and 80's-themed promotions.

Live music begins Friday evening with an all-80's show from rockers Buick MacKane of Morganton at 9 p.m. at Jackalope's View restaurant. On Saturday evening, retro band 80'z Enuff of Greensboro rocks Beech Mountain Resort with a 7 p.m. show at the Beech Tree Lodge.

The ski resort also hosts a "big hair and big air" freestyle jump competition — complete with 80's DJ — at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Meanwhile, there will be mechanical bull rides and an 80's apparel contest later that evening in the Beech Tree.

All weekend long, skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to wear their “most awesome” 80's ski gear on the slopes.

"Last year, 80's weekend was really successful — definitely one of the most fun weekends we've had at the resort," marketing director Talia Freeman said. "A lot of customers dressed in their 80's ski clothes, as did a majority of our employees, so it literally felt like you were in the 80's. The turnout was great, and I anticipate it being bigger this year."

Reaganomics will be in effect as town businesses offer retro deals. For example, lodging is available at $80.80 per night, with restaurants providing $19.80 dinner specials. There will also be ski rental specials in town, and one store even has three bandanas for $8.80.

"Flip up your collar and head to Beech Mountain the last weekend in February," said Amy Morrison, coordinator of the Beech Tourism Development Authority. "It's one totally tubular experience."

For complete info and details on the retro weekend, visit or call (800) 468-5506.