dream at Beaver Mountain needs only snow to become reality
By Dave Mehr
December 15, 2006 | LOGAN -- Employees at Beaver Mountain's
office in Logan continue to answer the phone just to
hear the same question again and again: "When can we
ski the Beav?" This is something everyone in Cache Valley
would like to know the answer to.
Beaver Mountain ski area opened Dec. 13 last winter,
and now with only a few inches of snow, employees continue
to deal with anxious skiiers and snowboarders at the
Logan office. The ski resort hosts about 90,000 people
a year on all 1,100 acres of well-maintained slopes.
"We'd be concerned if they weren't calling," Ted Seeholzer,
owner of the ski area, said recently in an interview.
For many snow fanatics, Beaver Mountain's new triple
chairlift, "Harry's Dream," is what they are looking
forward to. Harry's Dream was named after Ted's father
and founder of the ski resort, Harold Seeholzer, who
died in 1968. Installed in 1970, it was only a double
lift, and now 36 years later, the lift has been improved
and is better than ever.
"Our double was maxed out at 900 people per hour.
The triple wil move 400 people per hour," Seeholzer
The Seeholzer family, which has owned and operated
the Beaver Mountain ski area since it opened in 1939,
decided to replace the original Harry's Dream lift with
a higher capacity lift. The sheave trains that the ropes
run on were replaced and seven additional towers were
installed; the same electric motor is being used and
there is a new 24-volt safety system and a remodeled
gear box as well. The 4,600 feet long lift goes up and
down a 1,600 foot vertical mountain with a loading interval
of 7.9 seconds, loading 21 people each minute onto 150
"There's one way to make them go and 100 ways to make
them stop," Seeholzer said. "The lift runs very well;
it did very well on the load test. It's well-balanced
Engineering for the new lift begain about two years
ago, and Seeholzer said that more than $1 million has
been put into remodeling Harry's Dream. Seeholzer's
wife, Marge, has a chairlift in her name as well, called
"Marge's Triple." It was installed in 2002.
"That was my husband's doing," Marge said.
"She didn't have anything named after her, so I thought
it was time," Seeholzer said.
The Seeholzer family is proud to say that Beaver Mountain
is the longest continuous family-owned ski resort in
the United States. Seeholzer said that while there are
currently about 600 ski resorts in the country, that
number used to be twice as large. The family often receives
offers from people wanting to buy the resort.
"We're far enough from the Salt Lake ski resorts that
we still have that niche," Seeholzer said.
Seeholzer thinks his father would be impressed with
the ski area today.
"I think he would be impressed with what we've done,"
Seeholzer said. "Dad was a conservative person and I
think we've been pretty conservative."
Just like every other avid skier or snowboarder, Seeholzer
is anxious to see more snow.
"It's kind of frustrating when you've got everything
ready to go but Mother Nature isn't cooperating with
you," he said. According to Seeholzer, the "Farmer's
Almanac" is the most accurate weather predicter.
Those interested in keeping up to date on Beaver Mountain
news and information can go to Beaver
Mountain's Web site.