locals battle the Cache Valley winter: Skiin' the Beav
By Andrew Grewe
December 10, 2008 | Logan is steeped in tradition.
The longer you stay here the more you realize that Loganites
have a collection of businesses and activities they
At Halloween there is the North Logan Pumpkin walk.
During the summer everyone flocks to Summerfest and
the Cruise-in. Every morning you can catch the valley
gossip at Angie's Restaurant. In the winter however,
if you really want to fit in you need to "Ski the Beav."
Beaver Mountain was started in 1939 by Harold and
Luella Seeholzer. There love for skiing and their knowledge
that Northern Utah can be a cold and boring place in
the winter motivated them to dedicate their lives to
the resort 29 miles up Logan Canyon. Harold died in
1967, but Luella kept skiing for 30 more years, into
her 80s. The ski resort is still owned and operated
by some of their children and grandchildren.
In the early years there was one rope tow lift up
the main face of the mountain. In the past 70 years
that has grown into four chairlifts and one rope tow.
It is relatively small compared to other ski areas in
Utah. That down-home feel is what draws many locals,
like USU junior Justin John, to spend their weekends
at the mountain.
"It's the local resort, I know everyone there.
It is small and chill, That's why I ski the Beav,"
In fact, the small family friendly ski area may be
the best business model in the ski industry right now.
Three large intermountain ski areas who rely on real
estate development for profits; Tamarack resort, Moonlight
Basin and the Yellowstone Club, declared bankruptcy
following the meltdown on wall street this fall.
Despite the bleak economic outlook, Beaver went ahead
with an addition on the lodge. The project enclosed
the old patio, creating more indoor eating space and
adding a new porch facing the ski hill. They also updated
the windows, roof and foundation providing a much needed
update to the 44-year-old lodge.
Beaver Mountain has taken specific aim at college
students in recent years. According to Beaver Office
Manager Cindy Allen, USU students provide a major market
for the ski area and so Beaver offers them special programs
and deals. Student season passes were on sale this fall
for $270. The price is currently $305, which is less
than the cost of eight day passes. She also pointed
out that some larger ski areas are charging nearly $2,000
for a season pass this year.
USU offers a Ski class taught by Beaver Mountain instructors.
Lift tickets and lessons are included in the tuition
costs and rentals can be had at a discounted rate.
Wether you are trying to survive your first or your
fiftieth Cache Valley winter, An escape to the mountains
may be just what you need.
"Take advantage of it. It the cheapest ticket
in the state and it is so close. You live here, you
should make the most of winter and enjoy it," said