LOGAN — Hundreds of skiers and snow boarders headed into the mountains Wednesday as Beaver Mountain Ski Resort opened for the season. The start marked the resorts 80th year.
Operations manager Travis Seeholzer said he was excited to open this year, which is earlier than last year’s opening, just days before Christmas. He credits the opening to early snow and cold temperatures that have helped establish a good snow base this year.
“We’ve been grooming snow for almost two-weeks now,” Seeholzer said. “We were able to get on the snow pretty early with Snow Cats — which is an ideal situation to have happen — and continue to get snow. We try to save every snowflake we can, and it really helps if we can just stack those storms a little bit and keep grooming. That same amount of snowfall goes a lot further when it falls that way, so we were lucky this year.”
The resort opened with three lifts in operation, Little Beaver, The Face and Harry’s Dream. The fourth lift, Marge’s Triple will begin running Saturday.
Seeholzer said because of the weather and the ski resorts indirect exposure to the sun, all of the ski runs are open off of each lift.
“You know, it’s still early season and you have to keep that in mind, that’s the case for every years. As far as opening day, things look fantastic. It’s very wintery up there.”
Beaver Mountain is the oldest family owned ski resort in the country. Seeholzer said they are planning several events this season to mark their 80th year in operation.