Brian Head Resort
Anticipation builds as you turn from I-15 to Utah's Scenic Byway 143 and begin the uphill drive to 9,600 feet. Surrounded by contrasting evergreen spruce and aspen, Brian Head boasts the highest base among Utah's resorts, and is the only resort to showcase snow-dusted red rock hoodoos from the nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon. A not-so-subtle reminder this is The Mighty 5® country and worth an extended visit. Three-hours of driving from Las Vegas or under four hours from Salt Lake, deliver you Brian Head's spectacular terrain and 360 annual inches of annual snowfall in the winter, or incredible range of summer activities in the cooler mountain air.
Whether skiing or boarding for the first time or looking for the perfect warm up, the beginner and intermediate terrain of Navajo Peak gets the juices flowing. Then it's on to Brian Head Peak. The chair lift reaches to nearly 11,000 feet. Test your legs on Hunter's Run as you hop off the Giant Steps lift and veer to your left. This wide swooping run skirts the face of spectacular Brian Head Peak before connecting with Bear Paw. Alternatively, drop right down the Giant Steps trail beneath the lift — hold your breath and get ready!
A hike to Brian Head's true 11,307-ft is expert terrain only but affords a spectacular view. Nevertheless, anything to the south of the resort, including a right off Giant Steps or The Dunes Lift to the black diamond Out Skirts, offers glimpses of the unexpected red rock amphitheater of Cedar Breaks National Monument — in the summer this area takes the name Color Country when Brian Head opens its lifts to hikers and mountain bikers who enjoy trails through carpets of wildflowers.
It’s easy to appreciate More Mountain Time across Brian Head’s 650+ acres, eight lifts (including the new, significantly faster high-speed quad) and 71 runs. There are also three terrain parks, two tubing hills and lots of backcountry access to keep the whole family and all skill levels engaged. It all helps you work up an appetite for après-ski cuisine in the gorgeous lodge facilities. The Grand Lodge's Leany's Steakhouse boasts an in-house baker, the elegant Lift Bar and Patio and a great view of the surrounding landscape — a cool place to share food and drink with friends. Book a hotel room here and spend a few nights enjoying all the amenities, from spa treatments to a fitness center and meeting rooms.
Where to Stay Near Brian Head Resort
For a quick getaway to experience The Greatest Snow on Earth® in Southern Utah, look no farther than Brian Head's full-service accommodations and prime location. Folks from Las Vegas and California enjoy Utah's renowned downhill alongside Southern Utahns and northerners looking to mix it up a little among the red rock hoodoos of Mighty 5® territory. A football field away from the slopes, Cedar Breaks Lodge has all the views, spa amenities, dining, and opportunities to warm and relax you'd expect from a resort. What’s more, there are also a wide array of condos, family vacation rentals and additional lodging options throughout Brian Head at 9,600 feet. Back down to earth at 5,800 feet, Cedar City serves up an additional spectrum of beds in a unique college-town setting with red rock hills as a backdrop.
Brian Head Basics
Top 4 Ways to Have a Blast at Brian Head Resort
Brian Head Resort has Utah’s highest base elevation. The resort’s 650 acres over two mountains pack in 71 runs for every skill level. Get your ski legs warmed up on the Navajo and Blackfoot lifts, or if you're an intermediate to expert skier, zip up The Dunes, Roulette and Giant Steps lifts. Learn more about Brian Head Resort
1. Engens | Black Diamond
Take a ride up The Dunes or Giant Steps lifts to get a chance at Engens. The steepest run at Brian Head, this wide-open trail allows you to arc huge turns while you’re getting 1,161 feet of vertical. You might not be right under the lift line, but there are a couple of nice view spots if you’re aiming to show off for an audience. This run, named after legendary resort originator Alf Engen, is especially awesome on powder days.
2. Red Rock Scenery
Scenery may not be the No. 1 reason skiers and riders choose a resort, but spectacular views are often an added benefit to spending time on the mountain. At Brian Head, visitors profit from its close proximity to Cedar Breaks National Monument, just 3 miles away. When you get to the top of Giant Steps lift, take a little sightseeing break and get a good, long look at the half-mile deep geologic amphitheater. Other stunning red-rock views are available from Navajo Peak.
3. Ute | Blue Square
Want a chance to get a run to yourself where you can enjoy a long, wide-open trail down the lift line? Pick the Ute trail, just off the Wildflower lift, and take your time or test your speedy skills down the mountain. Since fewer folks hit Navajo Peak, you’ll have more opportunity to get some quiet time, until you land at the end of the run and the ski bridge over to the other peak.
4. Right of Passage Run
Named after Georg Hartlmaier, an original ski instructor at Brian Head, Georg’s Rock Run is known as a right of passage at the resort. Accessible from the Giant Steps Express, this black diamond run requires leaping off a rock outcropping. It will definitely make it onto the advanced skiers checklist. Do it well, and you can brag about it. However, don’t feel bad if you can’t pull it off. There’s more than enough fun here to occupy your time, and you'll always have something to look forward to on your next visit to Brian Head.
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Brian Head Resort
Brian Head, UT 84719