Brian Head Ski Getaways

ski getaways

Brian Head may be Utah's southernmost resort but it also has the state's highest base, at 9600 feet. This translates into 400 or more inches of Utah powder a year on average. The resort has 1320 feet of vertical which increases to 1707 when the Peak Express snow cat skiing area is open. With over 500 acres of varied terrain for skiers and riders to play on and a setting in Utah's spectacular red-rock country, Brian Head has honed its family appeal over the years. To ensure a good start for early-season visiting families about 35 percent of the trails are covered by snowmaking.

Two peaks, Brian Head and Navajo, face each other across a road which leads to Cedar Breaks National Monument and the adjacent Dixie National Forest. Recent additions to the resort include lift service from one side of the street to the other as well as bride that can be crossed without getting off your boards, thus making the entire terrain system a lot more accessible.

Navajo is the tamer of the two, with a dedicated learning area and a full-service learning center for all ages. Once the basics are mastered beginners and those about to take the next step to intermediate will find the rest of Navajo Peak is dedicated to them. Beginners can continue to practice under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights and holidays.

Over on the other side it's a different story. Yes, solid beginners will enjoy the terrain off the Black Foot chair and will even find a bit more challenge from the top of the Giant Steps chair. But the trails run more toward blue and black here. The expert terrain looms above on the broad, treeless summit cone of Brian Head Peak, accessible via gate or snow cat when conditions allow. Chutes, difficult faces, and ledge are balanced by steep glades lower down.

Four terrain parks and a half pipe are available for the freestyle crowd. The parks range in difficulty from novice/beginner to advanced/expert, and all told contain more than 30 features.