Opened in 1939 and nestled in the beautiful Bear River Mountains, Beaver Mountain is a family-owned and operated resort that's popular with winter sports enthusiasts. A lesser-known ski resort, Beaver Mountain offers the excellent terrain that skiers have come to expect from world-class resorts, without the crowds and hefty price tag.
Off the Beaten Path
Beaver Mountain has a reputation for being less crowded and "touristy" than many other popular ski resorts due, in part, to its pristine, out-of-the-way location. Getting to the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort requires a bit of a drive. Fortunately, the gorgeous scenery found in northeastern Utah, where the resort is located, makes the drive an enjoyable part of the experience according to TripAdviser reviewers.
Also known as "The Beav," Beaver Mountain is a short, 27-mile drive from nearby Logan, on the beautiful Logan Canyon Scenic Byway. Travelers coming from Salt Lake City are in for a 90-minute drive north on I-15, followed by a 30-minute drive up the scenic byway.
Ski enthusiasts flying in to the Salt Lake City International Airport will need to rent a vehicle as there is no direct public transportation available between the airport and the resort.
A Personal Touch
Beaver Mountain prides itself on providing its guests with friendly, personalized service, which has been a hallmark of the resort since it opened in the 1930s.
"Beaver Mountain was originally started by my father- and mother-in-law in 1938 and opened in 1939," said owner, president, and general manager Marge Seeholzer. "We think, as far as we can tell, that we're the last completely family-owned resort in the United States - I'm really excited about that. We haven't gone corporate, so there's a personal touch here. Folks who have skied with us for years kind of feel a little ownership, like it's their resort. We like that. Beaver Mountain is a very personalized place. I know so many of our skiers by name; they're my friends."
Hitting the Slopes
Beaver Mountain doesn't use snowmaking equipment, relying entirely on Mother Nature to create the perfect ski conditions on its 828 skiable acres. The resort receives an average of 400-inches of snow each year and enjoys a reputation for well-maintained slopes that offer a great experience for skiers of all abilities, according to Ski Utah.
Of The Beav's 48 runs:
- 35 percent are suitable for beginners
- 40 percent are designed for intermediates
- 25 percent are considered challenging enough for advanced skiers
Gentle Ben, one of the resort's beginner runs, is perfect for children, or skiers who are just starting out:
Beaver Mountain's trail network makes it easy for intermediate skiers to ski from beginner to intermediate runs. In the following video, the skier starts off on Sunshine, a beginner trail, before skiing the intermediate-rated Upper and Lower Red Tail Runs:
More experienced skiers can take advantage of the resort's advanced runs, including Teddy's Frolic, which was voted "Best Ski Run" by readers of The Herald Journal:
Beaver Mountain also features two terrain parks that are ideal for both skiers and snowboarders, including the Gentle Ben terrain park:
The resort's other terrain park, called Rodeo Grounds, is also popular:
There are five lifts to help Beaver Mountain guests navigate the resort's slopes, including:
- Margie's Triple: A fixed-grip triple lift with a 4230-foot length and a 1100-foot vertical
- Harry's Dream: A fixed-grip triple lift with a 4500-foot length and a 1600-foot vertical
- Beaver's Face: A fixed-grip double lift with a 3160-foot length and a 1000-foot vertical
- Little Beaver: A fixed-grip triple lift with a 1730-foot length and a 450-foot vertical
- Magic Carpet: A surface conveyor with a 215-foot length
Yelp, TripAdvisor and On the Snow reviewers gave Beaver Mountain high marks for well-maintained terrain, and a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs. Beaver Mountain caters primarily to downhill skiers and snowboarders, but cross-country skiers and snowmobile enthusiasts can also find suitable trails in the area.
Lodging, Shopping, and Dining Options
With several lodging options and nearby shopping and dining, this resort has a cozy feel without all the trappings of larger, more commercial destinations.
If you want to wake up right next to the slopes, the Beaver Mountain Yurt puts that dream within reach. The heated and carpeted yurt can be rented for an overnight stay, or during the day for events such as barbecues, family reunions, and company picnics.
"The yurt is for groups of 30 or fewer," Seeholzer said. "It's carpeted and there's a pellet stove so it stays nice and warm. Right next to the yurt, there's a little building with a kitchen and restroom that's for the yurt guests. The nice thing about it is that it's three minutes to the lift. Groups love to stay there in the winter."
Beaver Mountain guests can also take advantage of the various lodging options available in the Bear Lake and Logan areas. Bear Lake features a number of cozy accommodations, including lodges and cabin rentals, while Logan has a wide selection of moderately priced chain hotels and motels.
Dining and Shopping
A quiet destination resort, Beaver Mountain doesn't offer much in the way of shopping and dining options. However, hungry skiers can enjoy a meal in the on-site grill restaurant located inside the lodge and those looking to rent or buy winter sports equipment can find just what they're looking for at the small, on-site ski shop.
"We have a grill restaurant that's open in the winter," Seeholzer said. "The chef has a lovely selection of sandwiches and soups - and the soups are all freshly made, homemade, every day. Everything on the menu is really good."
Additional shopping and dining options can be found in the nearby communities of Logan and Garden City, located just 27 and 13 miles from Beaver Mountain, respectively.
Beaver Mountain prides itself on being a resort that the whole family can enjoy. In addition to an array of runs designed specifically with inexperienced, beginner skiers in mind, they also offer instruction through the Beaver Mountain Snowsports School, which is a member of both the Professional Ski Instructors Association of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. The school offers a variety of lessons to help visitors make the most of their time on the slopes, including private lessons, children's group lessons, speciality clinics for women, and group lessons for participants of all abilities.
As with the resort's slopes, online reviewers have primarily positive things to say. One TripAdviser reviewer had high praise for Beaver Mountain's "great runs, no lines, fabulous snow" and inexpensive winter sports instruction.
Summer at The Beav
In the summer months, Beaver Mountain is a popular camping destination. Guests can opt for tent camping in the resort's shady campsites, which feature tables and fire pits, and offer easy access to water and restroom facilities.
Beaver Mountain also has an RV park that's equipped with electricity, water, and sewer hookups, and the yurt can also be rented for daytime or overnight events during the summer months.
Ways to Save
Beaver Mountain offers the cheapest day passes of any ski resort in the state according to The Utah Guide by Allan Kent Powell, with day passes hovering just under $50 for adults and $40 for children ages 11 or younger.
Season passes start at $325 for adults and $110 for children ages 11 or younger when they go on sale in March. However, because the price of the season pass increases each month, the best way for Beaver Mountain regulars to save is to purchase their passes early.
"The season pass price increases $35 each month on the 16th," said Seeholzer. "The sooner you buy, the more you're going to save."
Experience Beaver Mountain
With well-maintained terrain, a pleasant out-of-the-way location, and varied runs, Beaver Mountain is the perfect place for skiers of all ages and ability levels to get away from it all. Because The Beav's courses are primarily eastern-facing, it tends to open later than Utah resorts with western-facing slopes. The best time to plan a visit to Beaver Mountain is from late December to the end of March, when the resort is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.