Beaver Mountain gearing up for music, expansion

Including Saturday’s Beaver Mountain Music Festival, the second one of the summer up Logan Canyon, there are many more “off-season” activities at what was once only a winter ski resort. “It’s grown and grown. In the past we’ve had people ask us to put on music festivals at the mountain,” said Owner Ted Seeholzer. “The event earlier this summer drew roughly 3,500 paying customers.” The first ever Beaver Mountain Music Festival was last fall but Seeholzer said there was a reason for moving this year’s events earlier in the year. “Weather,” said Ted. “You hold your breath every time you have one of these things, because of a quick thunderstorm or something like that. On the plus side, though, it’s a heck of a lot cooler at Beaver Mountain than down in the Cache Valley and those who attend really enjoy that.” Seeholzer said Darin Johnson, a skier and also music promoter, approached him with the idea of a music festival at Beaver Mountain. “At first, we were a little hesitant,” said Seeholzer. “He convinced us that it was a good thing, that it would take some time to get established. Since then we’ve had many people tell us it’s about time someone in the area did something like this, somewhere outside of Logan.” Seeholzer admits there is more year round activity at Beaver Mountain than ever before. “We’re very limited on the number of campsites we have. It seems like camping is the big thing. We have six developed sites. One of those can hold 12 tents, the others can handle two to five tents.” Seeholzer said Beaver Mountain leases land from SITLA (Institutional Trust Lands), a group that asks to be informed as long term plans for the resort are developed. “The plans we presented to the County Council recently were well accepted. We have in mind one more triple-chairlift. It would be roughly 2,700 feet long with about 475 feet vertical. We need some more restrooms in different areas. We have a real desire up above the ski patrol building to put in a walk-up food service. And within that building we want to do some very nice things for our handicapped skiers. Oversized restrooms and resting areas, things like that.” Saturday’s music festival at the mountain runs from 3-10 p.m. featuring several groups including the Michael Christiansen Quartet. Children 12 and under are free, no pets are allowed. Tickets are available at the event.

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