The recent warm spell in the Beehive State got me to worrying that some resorts may not stay open much longer. With six resorts still to ski and many Saturdays already booked with Temple celebration practices and performance, Joel and Sarah decided they could skip at least one practice while the skiing was still good. It was time to ski the Beav. I woke the kids at 6:15 hoping to depart by 7:00. That hope was delayed a half hour by Will's falling back to sleep twice (it just isn't his nature to go to bed when told and then to stop reading and turn out his light when told) and by Sarah waking to read an over night e-mail from BYU telling her she had been accepted (yeah) and then wanting to check in with many of her friends to see if they too had been accepted. Snow was still falling in Sardine Canyon, Cache Valley and Logan Canyon, the hold out from an over night storm forecasted to be gone by morning.
Tom took a quick video of all of us skiing down through the trees on Schoolhouse--which still had nice patches of untracked powder. Perfect conditions.
That groomed corduroy became the favorite of a group of men who spent decades skiing together at Beaver. They affectionately became known as the corduroy posse. To honor our dad and his friends his six children installed this commemorative bench and plaque in the lodge to celebrate their lives and love of skiing. Jokester Wayne Rich is the only one left.
From Little Beaver we traversed over to Harry's Dream Lift. Our first run from the top of the mountain was down Beaver's Powder--which my friends and I dubbed Mister Toads Wild Ride back in the day when we loved exploring out in the trees. Nothing better that skiing fresh snow down through glades of aspen. Way to go Sarah! We also had a fun powder run through the trees down Sour Grapes off of Marge's Triple lift along the far northern boundary of the area.
Having skied at many different resorts this year, I have come to realize, that this low-key, smaller-than-most ski resorts is one of the best places in Utah to ski. It has lots of top to bottom runs, few long traverses, easily accessible lifts, plus fun and varied terrain. It is family run and family friendly.
Beaver Mountain plays heavily into the very fiber of the Emmett clan. There are many memories to be written about skiing here over the past 54 years, but I will instead post a few photos to represent those many memories.
First run down Stump Hollow. 1964 (age 7)
Jake, John, Bill, Tom and Chad Emmett March 2007
Will following Joel down Little Beaver