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Beaver Mountain, UT Unofficial Guide

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Beaver Mountain is a family run ski hill, not a resort. The place has a very laid back vibe and is typically empty slopes and lifts are covered with about 400" of snow a year. You can meet the owners in the lift ticket office or in the day lodge cleaning up after lunch. The Beav is very family friendly and you will see many familes hanging in the lodge supervising younger children while their older siblings shred the hill.

 

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Highlights:

 

  • Excellent fun and varied terrain for beginner through advanced level skiing.
  • Great snow, lots of light UT powder that lasts quite a while in the trees. It is not unusual to find good powder lines a week or more after the storm.
  • Great place to learn and progress. Excellent learning terrain for all levels. Long beginner runs, 2 hr Private lesson under $100. It is one of the better areas in UT for skiers to learn the sport.
  • BC Access, The Dream lift offers easy access to 360 degrees of excellent side country runs with varied terrain, cliffs, chutes, pillow lines, tight trees, open meadows, etc...

 

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Terrain:

 

Beaver Mountain has 3 main ski lifts. These will be covered  individually. 

 

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Harry's Dream -- a fixed grip tripple chair ascends 1600' vertical up from the day lodge and parking are to within 50' from the summit of Beaver Mt. A short hike takes you to the top with wonderful views of the Bear River Range and Mt. Naomi wilderness to the west as well as views of the distant Wasatch range (S) and Unitas (SE). The skiing off of the dream is mostly intermediate and advanced runs that offer a good variety, of groomers, bumps, funky dog legged shots. Between the named runs are numerous treed subrdiges that offer superb advanced level tree skiing. All are a tasty treat. Sadly, there is a lack of expert level terrain at beaver. The longer sustained pitches runs drop over 1000’ vertical at near 30 degrees. 

 

Front Side of Beaver Right under the Dream Lift

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Teddy's Frollic, A fun, funky, advanced run on the frontside. 

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An unnamed tree run at 8500' in a burn, this is an awesome beginner powder run. 

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Madeline having a ball on Stan's Bonanza, a great advanced run in any conditions. 

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The Black Forest, another mellow fun north facing glade. 

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School Hill offers some of the steeper inbounds lines at Beaver, just over 30*.

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Beaver's Powder seems to always collect deep snow when the wind is from the northwest.

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Lue's covers 1500' vertical and is typically bumped up, when its not covered in powder.

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More beginner groomers and powder on Gentle Ben.

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Marge's Tripple offers 1000’ vertical of rolling terrain for the intermediate and beginner skier. It’s varied and fun with some great intermediate trees and a large terrain park. There is also some traverse to advanced trees that hold fresh powder for weeks after a storm.

 

TJ's is a rolling intermediate run and is typical of the runs off of Marge's. 

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Red Tail is another rolling mellow trail that usually has great snow. 

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Plenty of mellow glades off of Marges. 

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Little Beaver Area is now a tripple lift, covers 400' vertical of beginner runs. Also the magic carpet and handle tow. This is also the race training area for the Beaver Mt. race team.

 

BC Access:

Beaver mountain has an open boundary policy and from the top of beaver Mountain 360* of back country descents await the adventurous and side country enthusiast. Be aware that skiers will be charged for the costs of rescue out of bounds. The most well traveled side country area at Beaver Mt., is "The Backside" which covers the south east face of beaver mountain. The backside has multiple draws and sub ridges, numerous cliffs on south through east aspects. The Backside is pure side country with an easy traverse back in bounds for alpine and tele skiers. 

 

Typical backside ski run is an open meadow between 25 and 32*. 

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To access the backside get off the dream lift and go left. Follow the obvious traverse past the boundary sign for about 50 yards. The traverse extends .25 miles to a saddle. Drop to your left from the traverse onto south and east facing runs for ~1000'. To return from the back side stop at the Spring Road, this is the obvious cat track traversing back towards the left near 7500'. The spring  road is about 1 mile long from its furthest point and frequently rutted and bumpy, speed is your friend as the road tends up hill towards the end, be prepared to skate out for the last few hundred yards. 

 

Even in mellow meadows near 30*, small slides do happen during unstable snow periods. Terrain beyond the saddle is steeper, more rugged and more prone to avalanches. Sound BC skills, equipment, and back country travel protocol are needed to ensure safe skiing, especially  during unstable snow conditions. 

 

View looking east from the Saddle. The terrain beyond is more avalanche prone, more difficult to return from, and much less well traveled . 

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Another popular route on the backside is to continue to ski down past the spring road until reaching highway 89 for ~2000' runs. You will be required to cross Beaver Cr. on foot to reach the road. It is about 15' wide and often frozen and drifted over in midwinter, but there are no grantees. A small pull out is found at the bottom of the backside and used to stash vehicles for shuttles.

 

The terrain tends to mellow below the spring road. 

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Another unusual feature of Beaver Mountain is the Karst topography. Sink holes are a natural feature of the rocks in this region and known sink holes do exist in close proximity to the Backside and other popular BC terrain. Take extra caution, do not ski into terrain traps or draws as you do not want to end up in a sink hole. 

 

Full day tours west into Franklin Basin and north into ID are also possible using Beaver as a starting point.

 

Gear:

Due to the lower angle terrain and high snowfall fat powder skis are reccomended (and available for rent) at Beaver if powder is forecast.

Comments (4)

Looks like my kind of place! :)
This would be a great place to visit. Thanks!
taught my kids to ski here.  Neat old lodge with big fireplace and huge elk mounts.  Sometimes in a big snow year they had to plow under the lifts to get you to the top without dragging your feet off the chair.
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