Away from the hustle and bustle of the Cottonwood Canyons and Park City lie the undiscovered gems of Utah’s ski resorts. Head south and you’ll find Sundance, Eagle Point, and Brian Head. Venture north and you’ll discover Snowbasin Resort, Nordic Valley, Powder Mountain, and Beaver Mountain. Each mountain harbors a unique vibe and culture, waiting to be experienced by intrepid snow lovers who are willing to venture further afield.
The Ski Utah crew took a trek north to unwind and enjoy the mountains at a slower pace. Our journey coincided with a 30-inch storm cycle that kept us plenty distracted from anything but deep powder skiing and shredding.
Our first stop was the family-owned and operated Beaver Mountain, nestled near the summit of Northern Utah’s Logan Canyon, just over the hill from the shockingly blue waters of Bear Lake. Beaver first started serving skiers back in 1939 and the history of the mountain is a classic tale of tenacity and passion for the sport of skiing.
On Beaver Mountain, life unfolds at a slower pace. Leave your cell phone in the car; you won’t need it anyway since there isn’t a signal in these parts. The stoke for skiing and snowboarding at The Beav’ runs high and you’ll more than likely locate untracked stashes of powder days after a storm. We sure did...
After finding a parking spot mere steps away from the lift, we walked into the small chalet at the base area to greet Marge and grab our lift tickets. Marge is the matriarch of Beaver Mountain and her family owns and operates the place. After a morning of exploring the mountain (and plenty of powder-filled face shots) we tucked in for lunch and only one of our crew was brave enough to sample the ‘Big Beav Double Bypass Burger,’ two hamburger patties with cheese topped by bacon and a stack of french fries.
With no cell service and zero crowds at Beaver Mountain, we were able to completely unplug and focus on enjoying the snow, cracking jokes, scoping lines, and just being present in each moment. This special place encapsulates all that is sacred about skiing and snowboarding and the journey up Logan Canyon is well worth the stoke, snow, and friendly locals you’ll find in the Bear River Mountain Range.
Camera and edit: Tim Roberts
Music: "Always" by Utah. Licensing by The Music Bed.
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