Many people thrifted, found, and gathered the perfect 80s outfit for a totally tubular throwback weekend on the slopes. Outfits usually included such accessories as neon jackets, leggings and leg warmers, Grateful Dead goggle straps, and wooden skis with bamboo poles. Beech Mountain Resort held their fourth annual Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend last month on February 20-22. Many people traveled far and wide to partake in a time warp experience like no other. With more than eight fresh inches of snow the week prior and Madonna look-alikes skiing besides you, what more could a shredder want from a weekend on the slopes?The resort planned many activities for skiers and snowboarders to partake in over the course of the weekend including live music, contests, and discount prices. The scheduled events started on Friday with Carolina Ghostbusters playing at Fast Eddies. Another retro 80s band, Buick MacKane, played at the Mile High Tavern with a Madonna look-alike contest to close out the night. Events continued with a full day of activities starting on Saturday afternoon with several iconic 80s cars located in the ski village. The Breakfast Club band played at Beech Tree where a totally retro 80s apparel contest took place — the winner would receive $500. The band played from 7:30pm-2am, making this is the largest weekend event that Beech Mountain holds all season. Additionally, to make matters more festive, the resort had specials on lodging, rentals, and food around town which all ended in $0.80.DID YOU KNOW: Beech Mountain Resort is the highest ski area in Eastern America with the peak elevation reaching 5,506 feet. At the peak of the mountain there is a one of a kind amenity that gets its name from the elevation of the resort — 5506’ Skybar. It’s only accessible by taking the longest lift the resort has, and the sky bar offers food, drinks, snacks, and a deck for hanging loose. In the winter it offers a place to defrost and in the summer months it offers a place of relaxation for mountain bikers. The resort has seven total lifts and 16 total trails. They also offer a terrain park for the more gnarly shredders and ice-skating for those that wish to stay off the slopes. A village of several different shops surrounds the ice rink, including the resort’s namesake, Beech Mountain Brewing Co. For a full list of upcoming events hosted by the resort or to plan a last minute trip, visit their website here.
7 Apr 2014 USA win for Elizabeth Mallett England’s Elizabeth Mallett has claimed her first victory on the US women’s college circuit – winning by the margin of five shots. The former English girls’ champion (image © Leaderboard Photography) took the honours in the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational in Texas with a three-under par total after 36 holes. The final round of the tournament was cancelled due to lightening in the area of play. Elizabeth, from Sutton Coldfield Ladies’ in Warwickshire, is a student at the University of North Carolina. She had four birdies in both of her rounds, scoring level par 72 and 69. Second place was shared by five players, including England international Hayley Davis – who recorded her 11th finish in the top three in US college tournaments. Hayley, from Ferndown in Dorset, is a student at Baylor University in Texas and a past winner of the English women’s and girls’ championships. She scored 72, 74 and her result helped her college to win the team event. Click here for the full scores