Library to the Lift: Brian Head
Who wants to shred the Head?!
..A saying us locals often use when wanting to ski at Brian Head Resort, UT. My name is Fern Hardin and I am a college student at Southern Utah University which is located in Cedar City- a small-ish town in Southern Utah. As a senior chemistry student at SUU, I enjoy trips up to Brian Head Resort almost everyday..for the sheer convenience of it being only a 35 minute drive from Cedar City. This would explain why I sign up for the 6 and 7 AM classes…some say I have contracted the powder flu…aka senior-itus. I am originally from Las Vegas, and being that Brian Head is only a 3 hour drive from Vegas, my family and I have been coming to this mountain for many years. Over these years, Brian Head has changed tremendously, and it has been a pleasure to watch it morph into the gracious butterfly it is today.
Thanks to Brian Head’s new owner, John Grissinger, the resort has received over 3 million dollars in improvements just in this year alone. From the completely redone lodge and restaurant and the brand new tubing hill on the Giant Steps side, to the cozy fire pits on the deck and new night skiing with the entire park lit up, Brian Head has become the best resort in Southern Utah. With the help of our also new and talented marketing director Josh Madsen, who owns Telemark Magazine and is an avid tele-skier himself, our cunning, hard-working park director Noah, avid and talented resort photographer Mike Saemisch, and all of the great employees of Brian Head, the resort has drawn skiers and snowboarders from not only West Coast states, but all over the country.
So what is the mountain like.. and why are so many drawn to this smaller-family oriented resort? Well, for starters, our terrain park manager Noah has built over 20 new features for the park this year alone, and being a professionally trained skier and terrain park builder, he has taken the park to a whole new creative, fun and progressive level. As a terrain park skier myself, as well as a member of the Brian Head Ambassador Ski Team, Brian Head’s park is what draws me to the mountain almost every day. We currently have around 13 park rail features, and three jumps ranging from 20 to 50 feet. So what if I am looking to practice stomping that cork 5? Oh wait.. there is a bag jump for that! Yes, that’s right. Brian Head has a bag jump (a jump to which you land in a bag, very low consequence and super fun) which can be used to try jumps for the first time, or practice new tricks to take to snow.
What if you want to shred park at night? We’ve got night skiing too! Friday and Saturday, our park chair is lit up from 4 to 9 PM, so you don’t have to stop shredding at 430 when the other chairs close. Night skiing is $20 or only $8 with an existing day pass upgrade.
So what about if you aren’t too big of a park rider?
Well.. the Brian Head mountain is full of fun groomers from beginner to advanced, and has 8 chairlifts that take you from the Giant Steps side to the Navajo side. We’ve also got tubing..LOTS of tubing! And if you are still learning to shred, the instructors at the resort are well trained and looking forward to giving some excellent shred tips. And if you just want to kick back and relax, the Chair 9 Saloon has a band play every Saturday at 2 pm, where you can hang out, drink one of our one and only Chair 9 ales, and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountain. Oh, and did I mention no lift lines.. ever? And even better? This summer the resort is planning to put in a high speed quad on our main, largest running chairlift- Giantsteps!
One of my favorite things about Brian Head Resort is the epic POW DAYS! We often get storms that will completely miss the Salt Lake area or ones that slam us both, and dump a massive amount of snow. And you bet on these kinds of days.. my professors understand why I don’t make it to class ;) *Cough Cough.. I think I’ve got the powder flu! One of the most wonderful things about Brian Head is that on pow days, the mountain will literally not get skied out all day. ALL DAY! So you don’t have to choose your favorite run and only get one or two pow runs on it like at some resorts, here you can ski all of your favorite runs, all day long. And because Brian Head is in Utah we get that fluffy, light notoriously awesome snow too.
Last but not least, the BEST part about Brian Head Resort (if I had to choose) is the family, local resort vibe it gives. We are all a family here, all working together to make this mountain the best possible experience for everyone that comes. Brian Head Resort has offered me some of the best times of my life, and has become such a huge important part of my life. So come check out the ‘Head’..the only mountain in Southern Utah that will make you feel completely at home, with the best powder days, no lift lines-ever, great atmosphere, sick terrain park, night skiing, tubing, and guaranteed family and friendly fun times. You love it, I promise!