Brian Head, UT – The Ultimate Scenic Destination Resort

Aunika Skogen | | Featured ArticleFeatured Article
Brian Head Resort
Sun Over Brian Head; image: @brianheadresort on Instagram

Spice up your next spring ski trip with some southern flavor at Brian Head Resort. It’s the ultimate scenic destination resort where you can cruise down the Greatest Snow on Earth®, surrounded by snow-capped peaks contrasted by southern Utah’s famous red hoodoos and spires. Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for empty lift lines and quality spring snow or planning your next family spring break ski trip, Brian Head Resort has something for everyone.

There are over 650 skiable acres of terrain, served by eight chair lifts and three surface lifts accessing over 70 runs ranging in difficulty: 30% easy, 35% more difficult, and 35% most difficult. With an average of 360 inches of snowfall, Brian Head Resort’s snowpack shouldn’t be underestimated. In fact, the resort’s base elevation is the highest of any other Utah ski resort at 9,600 feet. Such a high base preserves snow well into the spring. Combine pristine spring conditions with empty lift lines, and Brian Head Resort is an ultimate spring skiing destination.

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Brian Head The Ultimate Scenic Destination Resort; image: @brianheadresort on Instagram

It’s springtime, the sun is out longer, days are warmer, and snow is soft and slushy – but the lifts stop turning at 4:00. Except they don’t. At Brian Head, the fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down. The resort offers night skiing, Friday-Saturday, and other peak periods throughout the season. Keep skiing and riding as late as 9 pm!

Maybe skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing, but don’t worry, Brian Head has something for you to enjoy too. The resort features two tubing hills, one at the base of each peak. Perfect for those looking to get out on the snow and enjoy the mountain air, and beautiful scenery, without strapping skis or a board on.

The resort itself is perfect for families and those just getting started on the slopes for so many reasons. While there is only one resort, it’s laid out across two separate peaks, Navajo Mountain and Giant Steps Mountain. Each peak has its own base area with amenities. This separates beginner-friendly terrain from the more advanced terrain, making it perfect for families and those still easing into skiing. It’s hard to get in over your head. 

Resort Map
Brian Head Resort Trail Map; image:

Don’t own your own gear? Don’t stress! Rental shops are located at the base of both Navajo Peak and Giant Steps Peak. In fact, complimentary overnight gear storage is offered with each rental. All you have to worry about is showing up, grabbing your gear, and getting out on the slopes. Avoid the hassle of lugging it back to your hotel room at the end of the day.  

A trip to Brian Head is not just another ski trip. It’s more than just a ski resort, the town of Brian Head, founded around the original resort, is rich in southern culture and has some of the country’s best national parks right out its backdoor. Take a day off from the slopes and explore the surrounding terrain, from slot canyons to hot springs, adventure is around every corner. Snowshoe or hike through Cedar Breaks, a naturally formed coliseum containing colorful hoodoos, arches, towers, and canyons. Enjoy the pristine mountain air, whether it’s a hike among the red spires of Bryce Canyon, exploring the slot canyons of Zion National Park, or soaking in the Meadow Hot Springs. 

What started in 1964 with a single chairlift has turned into the ultimate ski vacation destination. Adventure is waiting at Brian Head, whether it’s skiing and riding at the resort or exploring southern Utah culture and the national parks. Shake things up, and head south this spring to the most underrated spring skiing resort in Utah, Brian Head

Brian Head Resort
Enjoy More Soft Turns and Fewer Lift Lines at Brian Head Resort; image: @brianheadresort on Instagram

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