Beaver Mountain is one of the last mom and pop ski areas in Utah. Except for the fact it’s now run by a mother-son duo, both of whom are as unique as the 2nd oldest ski hill Utah.
Located just 30 minutes up Logan Canyon in northern Utah, ‘The Beav’ is a treasure that sees its fair share of powder hounds, groomer enthusiasts, and retirees who flat out shred. Upon arriving at The Beav, first timers might think that what they see is what they ski but after one ride up the ski area’s main chair, it’s quickly apparent that there is way more to this ski hill than meets the eye.
Named after Beaver Mountain’s founding father, ‘Harrys Dream’ is the premiere lift from the base area. On a good day, the fall line pitches just below the ‘Harry’s’ offer the best skiing in the shortest amount of time.
Once the front face gets tracked out, head to the second most prominent lift which is also named after one of the founders. ‘Marge’s Triple,’ although a slightly slower, the three person lift accesses some of the best tree skiing on the mountain. Sour Grapes and Citizen Kent’s Trees as well as the off trail areas near Ted’s Rock are all go-to’s on a powder day. The beginner’s area as well as night skiing is accessed using the Little Beaver lift.
[All photos courtesy of Matt Logan/SoPow Marketing]
The backside of Beaver is a heavily trafficked backcountry area that offers ski-out and hitch-hike lines as long as you stay skier’s left off the top. You can either ski back into the resort by staying high and to the skier’s left, or you can take a slightly longer run down to Highway 89.
*Beware that this area is not controlled by ski patrol and skiing beyond the ropes is done so at the individual’s own risk.
Founded in 1939 with a city operated rope tow, Beaver Mountain is the second oldest ski area in Utah behind Alta. The Beav originally operated as a municipal ski area until a proposal by Harold and Luella Seeholzer to develop the ski area was accepted in 1945. In 1961, The Seeholzer’s incorporated Beaver Mountain as a family business. During that same year, they erected the Beaver Face Lift, which still exists to this day.
After the death of Harold, the family erected what became the ski area’s most vital lift, naming the new Poma in honor of the ski area’s founding father. ‘Harry’s Dream’ made Beaver a premiere Utah ski area and is to this day the centerpiece of the ski area. For the next 30+ years, Beaver Mountain was operated by Ted and Marge Seeholzer.
“Beaver Mountain has progressed much in all the years and has been and is still completely family owned.”
These days the ski area boasts three lifts and is still operated by the Seeholzer family. Travis Seeholzer, the son of former general manager and president Ted Seeholzer, manages daily operations while his mother, Marge continues to work in the lift ticket office. A dedicated matriarch, she wears nearly every hat you can in the ski area business on a daily basis. According to the ski area’s website she remains the “true boss” of Beaver Mountain.
Find the interactive map: Beaver Mountain Winter Trail Map
- Vertical Drop: 1,700′
- Average Snowfall: 400+ inches
- Skiable Terrain: 828 acres
- Chairlifts: 4
- Surface lifts: 1
- Trails: 48
- Terrain Parks: 2
- Snowmaking: No
- Night Skiing: Yes
- Rentals: Yes
- Adult Lift Ticket: $50
ABOUT THE SKI HILL SHOUT OUT:
Few skiers have the privilege of learning in fantastic destination resorts such as Jackson Hole, Whistler, or Squaw Valley. Instead, most of us fell in love with the sport shredding a local hill. We came to these (often smaller) local hills because they offered easy access, low prices, and accessibility. Sadly, many of these local hills have either died or are struggling to survive. At Unofficial, we understand that these hills are the lifeblood of our sport. Through this feature, we hope to raise awareness of these smaller ski areas, and if possible, direct a few readers their way.