Calling all snowbirds! Ski season is right around the corner, and Brian Head Resort and surrounding areas are gearing up for a winter to remember. Brian Head is located in Iron County, Utah, just three hours from Las Vegas. For generations, families have traveled to the town of Brian Head to escape their hectic city lives in Brian Head’s fun-filled, family-friendly winter wonderland.
Brian Head sits as the highest mountain town in Utah, with a base elevation of 9,600 feet. With an average of 360 inches of snowfall each year and over 650 acres of ski terrain filled with 71 runs of all difficulty levels, Brian Head is definitely a place of sanctuary for powder lovers.
Along with epic skiing and snowboarding opportunities, Brian Head Resort and local businesses offer a wide variety of winter activities. To top it off, the location is like no other with desert weather just hours away. Below are just five reasons why a trip to Brian Head should be on your winter agenda, and why every member of the family will absolutely love it.
1. Ski among southern Utah red rock views
Brian Head Resort provides a one and only ski experience with views of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Dixie National Forest, and into Zion National Park. There is something unique and divine about shredding down the snow-covered mountain with views of red rock one would not expect to be anywhere but in the desert. The snow-covered red rock creates a ‘fire and ice’ illusion that makes the already epic run even more so. Be sure to have a camera handy, as the red rock views offer endless Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.
2. Brian Head Resort is the perfect resort for beginners and little ones to learn to ski and snowboard.
Let’s face it, the first time on the slopes can be extremely intimidating and scary whether you’re 5-years-old or 35-years-old. Brian Head Resort is the perfect ski resort for beginners as it offers smaller slopes compared to other Utah ski resorts, and it is generally less congested. With Brian Head Resort being frequented mostly by families, generally there is a beginner in many of the groups. This offers a safe and welcoming ski/snowboard experience for first-timers, and you won’t be the only one learning on the mountain.
Brian Head Resort also offers ski school and private lessons for all ages. For parents who would like to venture off on the slopes and areas where your little snowbird might not be ready, ski school is the perfect option to not only assure a safe spot for your children, but to also instill proper ski/snowboard techniques and habits right from the get go.
3. Brian Head is the perfect place for a family vacation.
Brian Head Resort is the definition of a family-friendly ski resort. Brian Head Resort welcomes skiers and snowboarders of all ages. However, for those who prefer to enjoy all that snow off of the slopes, Brian Head has just what you’re looking for.
Brian Head Resort has southern Utah’s top snow tubing destinations, with tubing parks located at both Giant Steps and Navajo mountains. Surface lifts provide easy access to the top of the tubing courses, which makes it a much smoother experience, especially for little ones.
Taking the entire family skiing can get costly fast. In comparison to other Utah ski resorts, Brian Head Resort has very affordable prices for daily lift tickets, rentals, and tubing sessions. Season passes are also very affordable and discounted if purchased early for those who plan to frequent Brian Head over the winter.
4. See Cedar Breaks National Monument in its ‘fire and ice’ setting.
Cedar Breaks National Monument, located just minutes from Brian Head in Dixie National Forest, draws thousands each year. The 3-mile wide natural amphitheater brings nature’s art to life with its dynamically formed red rock staircases, bristlecone pine groves, hoodoos, arches, fins, and canyons, and is often surrounded by beautiful wildflowers.
While most visitors tend to come in the warmer, summer months, Cedar Breaks National Monument creates an entirely different experience in the winter months with its belongings covered in snow. Snowmobile tours to Cedar Breaks are available at local shops in Brian Head, along with snow shoe rentals to access areas of the monument that may be inaccessible during winter months. However, the North Rim viewpoint is open year-round for the family to access together by vehicle.
5. Ski Brian Head Resort one day, hike Zion National Park the very next.
If visiting the National Parks in southern Utah is on your bucket list, don’t wait until next summer to check them off. Brian Head is located an hour from Bryce Canyon National Park, and just an hour and a half from Zion National Park. You can literally hit the slopes at Brian Head Resort one day and hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park the next. Not only can you combine your ski trip with a hiking adventure, but you will also beat the crowds visiting the parks in the winter, as the summer months are highly congested. Temperatures are a little cooler throughout the winter months, so be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly.
For more information on all the activities above, log onto www.visitcedarcity.com or call (435) 586-5124.