A long-standing winter playground

History of Beaver Mountain Ski Resort

One of the oldest ski resorts.

Beaver Mountain Ski Resort is a long-standing winter playground located in the Cache Valley region of Utah. It is considered by many to be one of the oldest ski resorts in America, operating since 1939. Beaver Mountain has seen various owners over its lengthy history, but it remains an iconic part of Utah culture and skiing history.

In the early days, Beaver Mountain did not offer a wide variety of skiing options and was only used by its owner, Harold Seeholzer, for private skiing. The resort opened its slopes up to the public in 1939 when it began offering alpine skiing. At this time, Beaver Mountain had just three chairlifts and a handful of trails. From 1939 to the present day, Beaver Mountain has been constantly expanding its amenities and offerings.

Mining History

In the 1800s, the area surrounding Beaver Mountain was rich in precious minerals. As a result, many mining companies began to move into the area and extract the resources they needed. These activities left an indelible mark on the landscape of the mountain and gave Beaver its unique terrain. Although most of the mining activity ended by 1930, you can still find evidence of it on the mountain, with various abandoned mines dotting its sides.

Lift History

Over the years, Beaver Mountain has seen a number of different lifts come and go from its slopes. The resort initially opened in 1939 with three chairlifts, but soon after expanded to include more modern equipment. In 1951, Beaver Mountain installed a new double chairlift, and in the 1960s added two more. Since then, Beaver Mountain has continued to invest in its ski lifts, as well as various other amenities such as snowmaking machines and lodges.

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Early History

Beaver Mountain was built and operated by Harold Seeholzer, a ski enthusiast who had first visited the region during his time in the United States Air Force. After retiring from the service, Harold purchased the land that would become Beaver Mountain Ski Resort in 1939. He began building chairlifts and trails shortly thereafter. In those early days, the resort offered just three chairlifts and fewer than seven trails.

The Growing Years

Beaver Mountain underwent a period of rapid expansion in the 1960s and 1970s when its population of yearly visitors increased tremendously. The resort began offering more downhill options by building additional chairlifts, increasing their total to six by the end of the decade. The resort also began offering night skiing and terrain parks in this time period.

In the 1980s, Beaver Mountain saw further improvements when two more chairlifts were added as well as a tubing park and an additional lodge. In 1986, with the addition of an aerial tramway, Beaver Mountain became one of the first ski resorts to offer a lift for accessing the summit. The resort also continued to expand in this decade with the addition of a half pipe and two more terrain parks.

Recent Years

In recent years, Beaver Mountain has seen further improvements to its already extensive list of features and offerings. In 2003, the resort added two quad chair lifts, increasing its total number of lifts to nine. In 2006, Beaver Mountain built a new lodge at the summit of the resort and Harry's Dream lift was upgraded. Workers constructed a snowcat-accessed terrain park in 2007 and the Little Beaver lift was replaced in 2011.

Beaver Mountain Ski Resort continues to be a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding and has grown from its humble beginnings in 1939 into one of the premier ski resorts in Utah. With its nine chairlifts, two terrain parks, and spectacular views of Cache Valley, Beaver Mountain is a great destination for skiers and snowboarders looking for an amazing winter experience.

Beaver Mountain Ski Resort has been providing skiers and snowboarders with fun-filled mountain experiences since 1939. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, Beaver Mountain offers terrain for all levels of skiing and snowboarding. From its humble beginnings to its current status as one of the premier ski resorts in Utah, Beaver Mountain has endured for decades and continues to provide amazing winter experiences to its visitors year after year.