Makin snow around the clock!

Dec 22nd-24th: OPEN 10-3 for Skiing and Boarding

Dec. 25th CLOSED-Merry Christmas!

Dec. 26th-Jan. 2nd: OPEN from 10-8 for Skiing and Boarding

*It's looking pretty white out at BV! We are making snow day and night!!

Look who stopped by for a visit

Santa stopped by at Buena Vista on Saturday to hand out candy!

Buena Vista Bear Tracks 4-H Group


Get Ready For This...

~Get Three for Twenty~

BV is offering Snowboard Rentals & Ski Rentals PLUS your Lift Ticket for only $20!!

Try something new, snowboard then ski or ski then snowboard.
Try it all!!
$20 covers the day at BV
Saturday & Sunday Dec. 17th & 18th: 10-5


Fun Day at BV!

Snowboarders  enjoying our temporary mini Terrain Park on Julia!

Hittin the culvert

Johnny catching some air on the jumps on Julia

Top of Julia


Opening Saturday & Sunday December 10th & 11th!

Get your ticket for the snow...

Open: 10am-5pm

$12 Lift Ticket
$12 Ski Rental
$12 Snowboard Rental 

Call for Tubing Park Opening Date: 218-243-2231 


The Winter Season is here and Buena Vista will be opening soon!

Buena Vista will be opening on Saturday & Sunday the 10th, &11th!
Holiday Membership Sale

Purchase Your Buena Vista Season Pass Membership Now During Our Holiday Membership Sale & Receive a Gift Pack!!!
(Check prices on the BV Website under Season Pass)


New this year...No Comply/BV Shuttle
First City Taxi is providing a shuttle ride out to BV on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays! Meet at No Comply- jump on the shuttle to catch a ride to BV. 

More Info Call:
First City Taxi: 218-444-TAXI
No Comply: 218-333-8747
Buena Vista: 218-243-2231 

Buena Vista has a fun and exciting atmosphere, and it is a great place to work! We are currently accepting applications for most positions. Find an application on the BV Website.


Coming Soon...New Winter Season

Thank you so much to those who made it out to our Open House!
We would also like to thank these following businesses for being a part of our this event on Saturday, Nov. 12th

The Home Place Ski Shop,
Play it Again Sports,
No Comply,
The Bike Guy Ski & Bike Shop
Dawgbox Boardshop...all from Bemidji and
Martin's Ski Shop from Nisswa, MN.
Organizations: Bemidji City Parks & Rec and the Buena Vista Adaptive Ski Program 

A very special thank you to Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Pepsi-Nei Bottling, and Raphael Bakery



Projects getting done before the snow starts to fall!

Sarah & Michelle finishing up boot inventory

Don moving the rails out of the way so he can chop the tall grass

Don & Ed working


A Memory Trail Ride~

Happy Trails to You... until we meet Again!
Remembering our Dad/Grandpa Earle Dickinson
A Memory Trail Ride at Buena Vista Ski Area
October 8th, 2011


We're getting ready for a New Season!

Working in the Rental Shop inventorying the new boots that just came in!

80 New Pairs of Rental Boots 
Drew mounting the skis
Shiny, brand-new boots!


Go and Whoa Harness Club~Wagon Train Ride
Members of the Go and Whoa Harness Club, and others took a nice ride on the Buena Vista Forest road. About 9 wagons and many horseback riders enjoyed the beautiful fall colors as they rode for several hours.  


We are offering private covered wagon rides by reservation

Had a great time at the Fall Colored Covered Wagon Rides!! 

Fall Colored Covered Wagon Rides: Sat. & Sun. Sept. 17th-18th

Missed out on these rides??....You may book your own private wagon ride!!

Contact Suzanne at 218.766.9919 - Suzanne@bvskiarea.com 


Fall Colors Covered Wagon Rides

Buena Vista Ski Area & Logging Village

Saturday & Sunday
September 17 & 18, 2011

Enjoy spectacular fall colors from a horse-drawn
covered wagon on the high ridge known for centuries as
“Top of the World.”View the season’s beauty
reflected in the lakes visible from the Continental
Divide, where the waters flow north to the Hudson Bay
and south to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Go & Whoa Harness Club will provide rides Saturday,
September 17 from 11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 18 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Admission for the forty-minute ride is $6.00 for 13 years and over and $3.00 for ages 5-12. Children 4 and under are free.
Other items of interest and activities on the weekend
will include:
“The Early Land Owners of Buena Vista and Turtle Lake Minnesota” which tells about property owners in 
   the area and some of their history will be for sale
Enjoy music in the Lumberjack Hall of Fame where lunch and crafts will be for sale
View logging paintings by Andrew Stenstrom and Michael DeWitt in the Milwaukee Train Car
Self-Guided scenic walk to the top of the hill
Military Vehicles on Display

The Fall Colors Covered Wagon Rides are sponsored by:
Paul Bunyan Broadcasting - KB101, KZY, Z99 and True Oldies 104.5, and Buena Vista Logging Days Heritage Museum.

For more information please call Suzanne -  218.766.9919
Located 12 mi N of Bemidji, MN on Cty Rd. #15


2011 Dragon Boat Festival

Thank you to all of our Ski Patrol members and families for making this year at the Dragon Boat Festival a great event!!

Down at the Waterfront


Buena Vista Chalet is Available!

Are you having a special event that's coming up and need a memorable place to have it?

Our beautiful, spacious, three-story chalet is available for rent.

~Anniversary Parties

~Birthday Parties

~Family Reunions

~Wagon Rides

~Weddings...and more!

Get together a group of friends & family and enjoy wagon rides at Buena Vista Ski Area & Logging Village! 

Enjoy spectacular scenary from a horse-drawn covered wagon on the high ridge known for centuries as "Top of the World." View the season's beauty reflected in the lakes visible from the Continental Divide, where the waters flow north to the Hudson Bay and south to the Gulf of Mexico.

Attractions: Lumberjack Hall of Fame, working sawmill, horses, wildlife, caboose, train cars, (view original logging paintings), and miniture Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox statues.
Ranch facilities – horses, barn, round pen, corrals, old-time logging sleighs, Buena Vista Ski Area chalet and facilities.

Wagon Route – Time - Capacity
  The covered wagon holds 10 – 15 people. Wagon rides usually run 30-45 minutes each.
Directions to Buena Vista Ski Area and Village:  12 miles north of Bemidji on County Rd. 15.  Email:  suzanne@bvskiarea.com  218-766-9919

Church Services

Cornerstone Community Church services are held every Sunday at 10 am on the second floor of the chalet.

For more information please call our church cell number: (218) 760-0993

All are welcome!


Let the wedding of your dreams come true at Buena Vista..

Our beautiful three story chalet is available for your dream wedding. Plan your upcoming wedding at Buena Vista Ski Area by making enjoyable memories with your friends and family, and of course that one special person.  

Where it begins...

Romantic setting on top of Continental

 overlooking nine 

sparkling lakes

Our spacious three story chalet

Please Contact Suzanne for Information and Reservations: 
(218) 766-9919


BV Family & Friends

Olivia & Michelle
Eugene, Lift Operator, Michelle, Olivia, Sarah, Abby
Sarah, Olivia, Abby



It is not too late to throw a dummy together and enter Sunday's Dummy Jump.
Helpful hints, and registration information can be found HERE.
Spectators are totally welcome to come and join in the fun.
Cheer on your favorite dummy.
Help them win the PRIZE.
Enjoy the fulfillment of your secret longing to shove something destructible down a steep incline...
(pretty sure that is a universal human desire)

I hope to see you in the contest or in the crowd tomorrow!



That's right...
during our Friday Spring Celebration
we are offering $5 Half-Hour Lessons!

These Groups Lessons will be held at 10am, 11am, and Noon on a first come, first served basis.
All participants must be 7 years of age or older and sign a waiver (parent signature required for minors.)


GROUPS of 4+ FRIDAY- updated

Spring Break... School's Out... Celebrate at BV
Reserve your spot now to receive this great 4 hour session rate for any 4+ friends and/or family
No deposit required but we do need you to call or email us with your reservation.
Click on the photo, or HERE, for a pdf of this flyer.
Tell your friends, and don't miss out on the fun.
BV has tons of great snow left.  Conditions are terrific.  Come play in the snow!
All Day Rates for your group of 4+ are also available through the Groups Department. 
Please call 218) 243-2231 or email office@bvskiarea.com for those rates.


2nd Annual Dummy Jump

This is an awesome event!
Goofy, exciting, messy...
and for a great cause.

I promise to post a photo soon of the dummies lined up and waiting for their chance at glory. 
In the meantime, check out the poster HERE.
And download the pertinent info and registration HERE.

Don't be a dummy... Join in the fun!


Rail Jam This Sunday!

Registration: 10 - 10:45am
Competition:  11am
Awards:  Following Competition
Helmets, Lift Ticket, & Signed Waiver Required!
Print Waiver HERE


Sleigh Rides 3/5/11

Public Sleigh Rides
Saturday, March 5, 2011
2:30 - 4pm
$3 per person

Round-Up Weekend + Coupons

Round up savings and fun at BV this weekend.
The weather forecast for Thursday through Sunday is 20+ degrees!
Click on photo to enlarge & print.
(show us a picture of this coupon on your cell phone and you don't even have to print it out!)

Sleigh Rides offered Saturday afternoon. 
2:30 - 4pm        $3 per person
25% OFF all T-Shirts & Sweatshirts in the Gift Shop
Sign up for Free Drawings
Chuck Wagon Specials in the Cafe


Important Announcements

Text the keyword: thinksnow to 77948
to get coupons and updates sent straight to your cell phone.

Anyone with a 2/26/11 Lift or Tubing ticket on their jacket
gets half-price entrance into the Logging Days event.

Logging Days is giving away some
awesome Lift Ticket/Ski Rental coupons. 
Get your horse and sleigh ride fix on Saturday,
then use your coupon to go skiing another day!


Our Very Own Prairie Home

Suzanne Thomas, owner of Buena Vista Ski Area, happily poses with Garrison Keillor.
Last week, while the NPR Prairie Home Companion Show was in Bemidji to do a local broadcast, the entire cast and crew visited Buena Vista for a Lumberjack Breakfast. 
Bright and early Sunday morning, pancakes and sausage were served to the crew of approximately 80 people. 
Then everyone boarded horse-drawn sleighs, driven by members of the local Whoa & Go Harness Club, for a little "Over the river & through the woods..."

One lucky driver had his sleigh embellished with words from Garrison Keillor's very own pen. 
Even though I wasn't one of the BV people that got to meet the cast and crew of the beloved Prairie Home Companion Show, I'm sure that all of those that did felt it was a great honor to host a meal and sleigh ride for these terrific radio artists.  (lucky ducks!)
Thanks for your visit Mr. Keillor!


Boarding Clinic

A one night snowboarding clinic,
co-sponsored by Bemidji Parks & Recreation, No Comply, and Buena Vista
was held February 4.
A team of snowboarding enthusiasts/experts from No Comply and BV spent 3+ hours teaching youth about safety, slope rules, gear, and snowboarding technique.
We wish all the participants the best as they master their new sport. 
And many thanks to the volunteers that made this a great clinic for the kids!



CLICK on poster to enlarge.
Registration: 10am-Noon
Competition:  Noon-4pm
Waiver available at www.bvskiarea.com soon.


HELMETS... (smart)

Do you need to wear a helmet when you ski or board or tube?
Buena Vista does not require helmets, except for people that enter competitions in the terrain park...
like the one that will be held Sunday, Feb 13th.
However... HELMETS are ALWAYS a good idea.  BV would like to encourage everyone to wear a helmet.
We sell them in our ski shop here, and they are available elsewhere too.  Ask for a WINTER SPORTS HELMET.
Go to www.lidsonkids.org for detailed reasons why you and your kids should be wearing helmets and for fit and buying instructions.


Happy School Kids

Cooperation, Coordination, Self-Confidence, Exercise,
Group Bonding...
The class ski trip is often the first chance kids get to experience the life-long sport of skiing or boarding.
Teachers tell us that the ski trip bonds their class together in a way no other activity can.
Buena Vista would like to thank all the teachers, principals, and school staff that motivate their students to
"get moving" in the winter. 
We love to see those smiling faces!
~teacher submitted photo~