Family Ski Resort Guide | Eagle Point Resort

Family Ski Resort Guide | Eagle Point Resort

Local Lexi

By Local Lexi \ December 16 2019

Should you pull up to Beaver, Utah’s Eagle Point for a weekend of skiing or snowboarding, chances are you’ll be enjoying a face full of powder in short order. That’s because Eagle Point restricts its operating hours to Friday through Monday. As weekday storms stack up, eager powderhounds can reap a bountiful harvest amid scant lift lines on Friday mornings. Eagle Point provides a poignant lack of lift lines, the stunning scenery of the remote Tushar Mountain Range and a chance for families to slow down and connect.

With ample lodging nearby, a weekend trek to Eagle Point is a vacation made simple. The affordable rates, reasonable lift ticket prices and some of the most attractively priced lessons in the state of Utah make Eagle Point a great destination for winter-loving families. Without breaking the bank, families can explore 650 acres of tree-lined groomers, steeps, a terrain park and refreshingly uncrowded slopes. Eagle Point feels a bit like a private country club sans any semblance of snobbery. This mountain maintains a welcoming atmosphere where tourists and locals alike feel right at home.

Eagle Point Resort is located near Beaver, Utah off the I-15 highway on State Route 153. Approximate driving times (in favorable driving conditions) and distances are listed below:
Beaver: 18 miles – 30 minutes
Cedar City: 73 miles – 1 hour, 20 minutes
St. George: 125 miles – 2 hours
Provo: 175 miles – 2 hours, 45 minutes
Salt Lake City: 220 miles – 3 hours, 35 minutes
Ogden: 255 miles – 4 hours, 10 minutes
Logan: 300 miles – 5 hours

In a 5th Grader’s Words: “Eagle Point is AWESOME! I have skied there since I was 6. Tushar is my favorite because it is a black diamond that’s groomed. I also like visiting Puffer’s Pass with my little brother and mom. Last year I tried snowboarding and it was easy because it is not crowded. I also like all the games at the big lodge...like shuffleboard and foosball." - Ella, Age 10


TERRAIN & MOUNTAIN STATS

Skiable Acres: 650 Lift-Serviced Acres
Vertical Drop: 1,500 Feet
Number of Runs: 40 Named Runs
Terrain: 20% Beginner, 36% Intermediate, 44% Advanced, 1 Terrain Park
Chairlifts: 4, 1 Surface Lift
Night Skiing: No

Eagle Point has two lodges situated above the slopes, so you begin your day by heading downhill to the lift of your choice. If you’re raring to go, you can park near the Canyonside Lodge and warm up on the blue-rated Subway Bowl run. From there, strong skiers or riders can lap the Lookout Quad chairlift to get the lay of the land before heading up to explore the terrain off the Skyline Double or Monarch Triple lifts.

The Skyline Lodge occupies the upper base area and houses the Eagle Point Snowsports School. This lodge provides access to easy, gentle green runs for young children or beginners.

All of the easy, green-rated trails are located off the Skyline double chair or the Monarch triple chair. Here, beginners can gain confidence on the wide, tree-lined slopes. Be sure to hit the Big Horn run off the Monarch chairlift for some amazing views of the surrounding valley and Mt. Holly. The terrain park is also located nearby.

Intermediates will enjoy the Elk Meadows run underneath the Skyline chair to warm up for the day. Another lap and you can navigate over to the Monarch lift for steeper blues and scenic runs lined by aspens and conifers. To access the remainder of the resort, use the Tunnel Vision run to travel under the ski tunnel; children love this unique experience!

There are only a few blue-rated runs off the Lookout quad chairlift, the majority of the runs here are steeper northwest-facing slopes with black diamond difficulty ratings. Intermediate skiers can ride up the Canyonside lift and finish up with a few laps on Subway Bowl. There is a complimentary shuttle to return to the Skyline Lodge.

Pro Tip: To remedy chilly fingers or toes, head to the Lookout Warming Cabin atop the Lookout chairlift. Enjoy a crackling fire, 360-degree views and the impressive sight of 12,000 foot Mt. Holly

Expert and strong intermediate skiers will find plenty of steeps to explore off the Lookout chairlift. There are powder stashes in the trees and the ridgeline of Country Road provides access to more steeps with longer pitches. Keep your speed up on the Black Diamond Pass cat track before using the Tushar Peaks surface lift to bump up to the next set of steep black diamond runs. Donner’s Descent and Missing Linc hold powder for days!

Pro Tip: Once you hit the Country Road cat track, find the orange ‘Hike Out’ trail discs to drop into more steep, untracked terrain. Should you use those gates, you will find wonderful stashes and untracked powder, but there will be a 5-10 minute walk up a groomed cat track to return to the Lookout chairlift. This unique setup preserves fresh snow at Eagle Point and adventurous skiers will enjoy exploring the uncrowded terrain and quality of snow.

If you’re not up for hiking, just take the Country Road cat track back to the Lookout base. There is another fun and rolling black diamond run located underneath the Canyonside lift called Miles’ Meteor.

Backcountry skiers can take advantage of Eagle Point’s backcountry gate along the boundary line for access to some of Utah’s most untrammeled backcountry terrain. Skiers or splitboarders can venture into the Fishlake National Forest for a mind-boggling variety of lines and scenic views. As always, never travel into the backcountry without a partner, proper equipment, training and an accurate avalanche forecast.


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PARKING & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

The main parking lot at Eagle Point is located at the upper Skyline Lodge. However, there are more than enough spaces near both lodges so your parking location can be dictated by terrain preference. There is a complimentary shuttle between the two lodges every 20 minutes.

There is no public transportation to Eagle Point from Beaver, Utah.


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BASE AREA & MAIN LODGE

Eagle Point has two lodges; when traveling from Beaver, Utah, the first Eagle Point turnoff on Highway 153 will lead to the Canyonside Lodge and the bulk of Eagle Point’s lodging and condos. Note that the terrain accessed from this base area is best for intermediates or experts. The Canyonside Lodge contains guest check-in, the Bar & Grill, lift ticketing, a shuttle stop and the Hot Tub Garden. 

Continuing on up Highway 153, a left turn on Upper Elk Meadows Drive will lead to the main parking area and the Skyline Lodge. This is the appropriate base area for intermediates or beginners. Ticket sales, the rental shop, a café, the Snowsports School, a shuttle stop and the retail store are located in the Skyline Lodge.

Pro Tip: Buy tickets online in advance to save as much as 45% off window pricing. Children six and under always ski for free at Eagle Point and a 15% discount is offered to active Military personnel with proper ID.


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EAGLE POINT RESORT SNOWSPORTS SCHOOL

With some of the most affordable rates for lessons in Utah, Eagle Point is a fantastic place to learn the art of skiing or snowboarding. Consider booking a reasonably priced private lesson to tune up or practice a certain skill. The certified instructions at Eagle Point want guests to get the most of their Eagle Point experience. All group lessons will begin and end at the Skyline Lodge, conveniently located next to the rental shop. If you do need to rent gear, plan on arriving 30-45 minutes prior to your lesson.

Half-day group lessons include two hours of instruction while all-day lessons provide four hours of instruction.

Pro Tip: It is highly recommended to book lessons in advance as availability is limited and lessons often sell out, especially in December.

Specialty Workshops & Private Lessons
Private Lesson: With one-on-one attention, a private lesson at Eagle Point can help you hone your skills with immediate feedback. Students may request general instruction for skiing or riding or focus on fundamentals or mastering a skill such as skiing or snowboarding in powder. Students may bring a friend to make the lesson semi-private. Private lessons are offered in 1-hour, half-day and all-day blocks.

Learn Together: A 1-hour lesson for a parent and a child offers a solid opportunity to jumpstart youngsters. Instructors will impart valuable knowledge and tips to equip parents and teach them how to reinforce fundamental skills and techniques. (Advance reservations required.)

Early Bird: Learn while scoring some early turns with this discounted 1-hour private lesson at 9:30 AM. Finish up by 10:30 and practice your new skills for the remainder of the day. (Advance reservations required.)

Peak Performance Adult Specialty Workshop: For students with specific goals or guests who are looking for a tune-up, Eagle Point offers specialty 1-hour workshops each Saturday. Check the Peak Performance Schedule on the website for clinic themes and dates. Class size will not exceed six students.

Adult Group Lessons
Eagle Point offers group lessons for adults ages 14 and up and all ability levels. Small groups will explore the mountain, refine and expand skills and have fun. Lessons are offered in full or all-day blocks.

Youth Group Lessons
Lessons for youth are divided by age group and ability level. Note that the Eaglets program for youngsters is only offered for skiers. Children 3 or younger should be booked in advance with a private lesson.

Eaglets – Ages 4-6
For young skiers, the Eaglet program introduces children to skiing in a safe and fun environment. Lessons are offered for true beginners through all-mountain experts.

Learn to Soar – Ages 7-13
For skiers or snowboarders of all abilities, Learn to Soar lessons will be grouped based on skill level and will foster instruction of the fundamentals with an emphasis on fun and adventure.


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SKI SHOP & EQUIPMENT RENTALS

Eagle Point operates a rental shop in the Skyline Lodge. It is recommended to arrive 30-40 minutes prior to your lesson if you need to complete the rental process first. All rental packages include skis and poles or a snowboard and boots and bindings. Helmets, snowshoes and demo skis may also be rented.

The rental shop provides full tuning services ranging from waxing, equipment adjustments, stone grinds, belt tunes, binding adjustments or binding mounts. Logo gear can also be purchased here.


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LODGING AND DINING OPTIONS

Eagle Point has a handful of lodging options in close proximity to the slopes. You can book them directly online through Eagle Point’s website. We recommend staying right here on the mountain because it’s awesome to wake up early and just hit the slopes.

Pro Tip: Save or download a picture of Eagle Point’s village map. There is spotty cell coverage in the village and if you’re looking for a condo or specific building it’s handy to have a map available.

Lodging includes premium condos, Village Condos, cabins, Vacation Homes, and the legendary and historic hexagon house. Groups up to 10 can be accommodated or rental units can be combined for bigger crowds. Eagle Point is the kind of place where it’s fun to grab a few like-minded families, pack up the kids and enjoy a weekend getaway.

Pro Tip: Many of the condos or properties come with fully equipped kitchens so it’s easy to eat in and reduce trips to Beaver, where there are limited dining options. Stop at the grocery store before leaving Beaver and heading up the mountain as there is no grocery store at Eagle Point.

Hotels, motels and bed and breakfast accommodations in Beaver can also be considered. These are often priced a bit lower than what you’ll find slopeside and reduced rates can be booked directly through Eagle Point’s website. The drive to Eagle Point from Beaver is approximately 19 miles and takes around 20-25 minutes in fair weather.


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In terms of dining options, a counter-service cafeteria, the Skyline Café, is located in the Skyline Lodge. Expect to find sandwiches, burgers, salad, soups and fries. There is also a limited breakfast menu and coffee.

For lunch or dinner, head to the Bar & Grill in the newly renovated and expanded Canyonside Lodge. Slopeside dining includes a side of amazing views with a fresh and hearty menu featuring pizza, seafood, salads, appetizers, salmon and delicious burgers. Grab a beer in the bar and let the kids amuse themselves with foosball, chess or shuffleboard in the adjacent gaming zone. The bar and restaurant are open late for dinner and drinks for those staying slopeside. Note that for those staying and dining at the restaurant, the complimentary shuttle service halts at 5pm, so plan on walking or driving.

Pro Tip: For parents looking to spend some time at the bar, bring your swimsuit! The bar provides full service to the outdoor Hot Tub Garden, overlooking the Canyonside chairlift.


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CHILDCARE

Enroll skiers as young as 4, or snowboarders 7 and up, into an affordable ski or snowboard lesson at Eagle Point. There are no childcare facilities provided.


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POINTS OF INTEREST

For a memorable visit, consider these unique points of interest when planning a trip to Eagle Point.

The Creamery
Established back in 1952, The Creamery, located in Beaver, Utah has been supporting local farmers and the local dairy industry for over 65 years. This one-stop-shop and restaurant is sure to be a hit with the kids. Pick up signature cheese curds, specialty cheeses, hand-dipped ice cream, shakes and more. 

Fremont Indian State Park and Museum
During the construction of Interstate 70, the largest known Fremont Indian village was discovered. This unique museum showcases the treasures from the site and includes pottery, baskets, arrowheads, petroglyphs and more. Check out their events page for unique diversions and workshops.

Butch Cassidy’s Childhood Home
Take a blast to Central Utah’s storied past with a free history lesson at Butch Cassidy’s Childhood home. This internationally infamous outlaw had humble beginnings as the oldest of 13 children raised by Mormon pioneering parents. Leaving the small family cabin in his teens, Robert Leroy Parker worked as a farmhand on ranches and dairy farms until he was mentored by a local cattle rustler and became Butch Cassidy, raising terror, robbing banks and rustling cattle all across the West. The cabin is located just south of Circleville, Utah on highway 89; admission and parking are free.

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