Description - Tucked away in the high mountain peaks above the red rock canyons of southern Utah, Brian Head Resort is an ideal backdrop for your family vacation. The highest winter resort in Utah, Brian Head receives 425 inches of perfect Utah powder on average each year and enjoys more sunny days than any other resort in the state.
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Brian Head Resort
- Three mountains, three terrain parks, 53 trails, the state's highest base elevation, and red-rock surroundings combine at the Southern Gateway to Utah Powder. Brian Head Resort offers a large diversity of exciting terrain for everyone. Navajo Mountain is dedicated exclusively to beginners and families. Giant Steps captivates intermediates with long, groomed cruisers, while seasoned experts hit three terrain parks, 100 acres of new glade runs, soft bumps, steeps, deeps, and natural gullies. Hit the Peak Express for snow cat service to the expert runs on Brian Head Peak, featuring wide open bowls of untracked powder, cliff drops, narrow chutes, and double-black diamond steeps. On Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, three runs at the Pioneer chairlift are lit for night skiing.
Enjoy an extensive network of cross-country trails complete with breathtaking views of panoramic vistas. The entire town of Brian Head is linked via a Nordic network and over 50 km of trails snake through the backcountry. One of the nicest trails is the North Rim of Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Recreation - Brian Head Resort offers opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
Climate - Several weather effects combine to bring Utah its famous powder snow. Prevailing winter winds winds push clouds full of moisture east from the Pacific Ocean, across California and Nevada and to Utah. When the clouds meet Utah's Rocky Mountains, the remaining moisture rises, cools and condenses, and precipitation hits the Utah ski resorts with deep powder snow that is particularly light and dry. Another weather element that feeds Utah's "snow making machine" is the Great Salt Lake Effect. The lake releases water into the air that then rises into clouds of snow, producing squalls on the lake's eastern flanks. These squalls contain some of the lightest, fluffiest snow in the country which falls in feet - not inches- in the Wasatch Mountains.
Brian Head Resort is located in southwest Utah, near Cedar City. It is accessible just off I-15 at Exit 75.
Directions from Salt Lake City: Go south on I-15 to exit 75 in Parowan. Brian Head is about a 4 hour drive from Salt Lake City.
Directions from Las Vegas: Take I-15 north to exit 75 in Parowan. Brian Head is about a 3 hour drive from Las Vegas.
Normal Ski Season:
Early November through Late April.