Longer-than-normal ski year comes to a close at Beaver Mountain

This weekend of skiing will bring the Beaver Mountain season to end after a longer-than-normal year on the slopes according to resort owner Ted Seeholzer. He said last season consisted of 92 skiing days at Beaver Mountain and this season will go into the books at 117 days. “Of course, it all depends on the snow. This year we were able to open the third day of December. Last year it was the 22nd of December. People get enthused, they get excited, they want to come up and try out their new equipment. An early opening for us is like Pie-in-the-Sky. It’s as good as it gets.” As usual, a good snow year has led to success on the mountain. “I think the last year we had this kind of snow was 1994,” said Seeholzer. An event last Saturday will lead to more activity the coming off-season than anticipated. “Our Little Beaver lift went down Saturday morning, we had the wheel de-rail on top. Fortunately, no one was injured. The decision about what to do with that lift is still in the air. We’ve had state officials up to look at it and we’re going to have lift manufacturers come and look at it. Of course, the insurance company will be there to give us estimates on repair.” Seeholzer said this is the first major incident for the lift, which has been in place since 1964. He estimates a minimum of $100,000 in repairs. With skiing wrapping up, “off season” events now appear on the Beaver Mountain schedule beginning with the Snowmobile Hill Climb, April 8-9. On July 16 the music festival returns, as well.

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