Library to the Lift: Beaver Mountain
Don’t let size fool you. When ya get down to it, skiing the Beav not only offers Utah’s renowned snow quality which seduces so many but also provides an interpersonal sense of community you won’t ever forget. It’s no wonder that Beaver Mountain has been regarded by many as “Utah’s Best-Kept Secret”. This legendary family-owned business has been up and running by the Seeholzers since 1939, and will continue to thrive as long as the pow keeps on comin’! It’s safe to say, Beaver Mountain Ski Area has become one of Cache Valley’s most favorable attributes and prized landmarks. Going to class in the winter is hard enough when you sit in a classroom facing windows that open to the mouth of Logan Canyon- the entry point to Beaver- and you long for those skis to get on the slopes. It’s practically only a hop, skip, 30- min jump away. Don’t get me wrong- Utah State is a great school. And one of best things about it is its close proximity to the great escape that is Beaver Mountain.
With about 50 runs and a grand total of four chairlifts, Beaver still provides enough terrain for not only beginner-level skiers and boarders, but for those intermediate and even advanced level athletes as well! Born-and-raised in Logan, I consider myself one of the lucky ones to have experienced both sides of the spectrum- learning the basics back then and continuing to perfect the technique now. Fifteen years later since I first began, with my student season pass in hand, Beaver Mountain still offers the thrill, breathtaking scenery, and freedom that come with the sport.
Let’s talk details. I paid $325 for my student season pass. With adult day passes normally priced at $45 each, I only need to go about 7.22222 times to break even. Well that’s sure easy! Not only do the low prices help keep the friendly, “extended family” customer base loyal to the resort but the variety of services available keep the newcomers flocking. In addition to the downhill skiing and snowboarding, Beaver Mountain also offers cross-country ski tracks and is also nearby some fabulous snow mobile access. The end of season traditions include the Snoopy Carnival put on by the ski school, as well as the Big Air Day and Pond Skim competitions which never fail to disappoint. It’s a spirited and refreshing place to be especially when that cabin fever kicks in after long days of studying.
As an Environmental and Natural Resource Economics major (with a minor in Sustainable Systems) I have to brag about Beaver’s environmental stewardship and dedication to the well-being of the local economy as well as their mountain. With a 100% volunteer-based ski patrol, the staff of Beaver Mountain exemplifies why they do what they do- for the love of it all. Many have taken the initiative to start recycling programs (loading materials at the end of the day into the back of their trucks) as they come down off the mountain in order to reduce their carbon footprint. The new executive chef, John Simpson, strives to support local Logan businesses such as Crumb Bros. Bakery and Café Ibis coffee into his menu items. Frequently, a local musician will be featured in the lodge and provide live music to those staying cozy inside and/or enjoying lunch. Almost always will I see someone I know participating in the fun.
All in all, Beaver Mountain has the family values everyone treasures. The combination of the small-town feel with the availability of all types of terrain keeps skiers and snowboarders more than satisfied. Beaver Mountain will continue to be an important part of history for Northern Utah as well as for my own college career. What are you waiting for?? Join the family and come try it out! See ya up there!