Buena Vista Ski Area

Filed in Destinations by on January 20, 2014

BuenaVista-640x400Not only is Bemidji’s Buena Vista Ski-Area a perfect place for families to visit, but manager Suzanne Thomas describes it as the perfect business to run with her family.
Thomas proudly mentions that this is Buena Visit’s 64th year in operation. “This is the fifth generation of having the business in our family,” she says, adding how even her young grandson is pitching in to help keep things running smoothly.
“Our mission is to offer fun, wholesome winter activities for all of our guests. We provide friendly service and are very family-oriented. There’s something for everyone to do here,” says Thomas.
Downhill skiers, snowboarders, and snow tubers take to the slopes each winter, enjoying Buena Vista’s 16 downhill runs. The longest run is 2,000 feet, boasting a 230 foot drop. Four chairlifts, a beginner’s tow, two terrain parks, and tubing park add plenty of fun to the ski area.
The first ski run was cleared in 1936 by Leonard R. Dickinson. The ski area started with family and neighbors skiing on the slope known as the “Big Hill.” Grooming was unheard of. Straight down was the style, hopefully in track that lead all the way to the bottom. The first rope tow was installed in 1949 and chairlifts were added in 1975.
Buena Vista Ski Area is uniquely located directly on the continental divide. “We like to mention to our guests that at the top of the hill the water flows north to the Hudson Bay and south the Gulf of Mexico,” Thomas says.
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By Heidi Kratzke