Beaver Mountain opens its slopes Thursday

Today’s Beaver Mountain opening begins the 77th season of skiing at the Seeholzer family-owned resort in Logan Canyon.

Owner Marge Seeholzer said each year in the middle of the Fall a familiar pattern takes over her life.

“I have been involved in this for so many years you’d think I wouldn’t get worried, but it’s the time of the year I wonder if it is ever going to snow. I have finally realized we can’t do much about it. We are blessed; we don’t make snow up here so we have to depend on Mother Nature. And it is looking pretty good right now.”

She said area skiers have been anxious for awhile.

“Our office in Logan has been humming,” she said Wednesday. “We have several hundred who buy season passes at a very inexpensive price in the spring and a lot of them don’t pick them up until this time of the year, so recently they have been lined up out the door.”

Beaver Mountain season opening dates the last couple of years have fallen just before Christmas but this year’s earlier opener allows USU students finishing finals this week a chance to get in some skiing before leaving on Christmas break.

The resort is known for its off-season upgrades; no exceptions this year.

“We have asphalted the entire upper parking lot,”she said. Our skiers will remember how it has been gravel and mud in the spring. We have also resurfaced the entire lower lot.”

Common Ground Outdoor Adventures has begun construction of a 3,600-square foot lodge at Beaver Mountain to serve as an adaptive recreation center for persons with disabilities.

“They aren’t as far along as we had hoped,” said Marge. “We have been working with Eric Kleven and Sammie McFarland, who is the head of Common Ground. It’s between the ski patrol building and the lodge. Eric has been a major cog in helping make that building a reality, which will happen when construction resumes in the spring.”

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