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Brian Head

Visit Brian Head in Southern Utah and you’ll remember more than just its funny name.  Blessed with Utah’s highest base elevation and two mountain peaks, Brian Head Resort serves up nearly 400 inches of yearly snowfall, boasting "The Greatest Snow on Earth" and jaw-dropping views.  Along with its laid back vibe and lack of crowds, skiing and riding Brain Head is a winter getaway that you won’t soon forget. 

A Name and a Vacation to Remember

Brian Head Resort in Southern Utah is stunning; a ski destination nestled among the state’s national parks and monuments in the epicenter of Utah’s Color Country.  Covering more than 650 acres, the resort is connected by two mountains – Giant Steps and Navajo –with more than 71 runs served by 8 chair lifts. Brian Head boasts Utah’s highest base elevation at 9,600 feet, and houses two central base lodges equipped with rentals, free storage lockers and dining. As equally appealing as its dramatic and memorable views, the ski resort is known for its non-existent crowds and lack of lift lines.

Brian Head also has a rich history and cultural heritage.  Originally known as Monument Peak, the mystery behind the area’s re-naming is just as peculiar as the name. The region’s pure mountain water and cool night temperatures attracted its original settlers, the Fremont Native American tribe, followed by cowboys and cattlemen.  Once used as a point of reference by early explorers, it is said to have been renamed either after a surveyor named Bryan, or an American politician named William Jennings Bryan, but no one knows for sure.  Either way, the ski resort was opened in 1964 with one chair lift and the town was established ten years later.

Brian Head’s terrain is suitable for all ability levels, and is equally spread out among them. There are two terrain parks within an area called The Training Grounds, a world-class tubing park, and a variety lessons taught by professional instructors.  It has the reputation for being one of the most family-friendly ski destinations in Utah, with an excellent ski school and activities such as snow tubing and night skiing. 

Off the Slopes

There are several slopeside restaurants and retail stores on mountain, along with a couple of small stores and a post office.  The full-service day spa at the Cedar Breaks Lodge & Spa is a popular activity for both skiers and non-skiers alike. Further downhill, within the town of Cedar City is where visitors will find a few large chain grocery and department stores, with smaller stores down the road in the town of Parowan.

Getting Here

The resort is nearly equidistant from Salt Lake City, Utah and Las Vegas, Nevada with major airports to fly in. By car, take I-15 to exit 75 at Parowan, and from there it’s a quick trip to the mountain’s village.  Brian Head is about a three-hour drive from either city.

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