Rocky Mountain Holidays Kickoff this Weekend With Seven Lifts Open at Brian Head Resort
December 19, 2011
In the Rocky Mountains of Southern Utah, Brian Head Resort kicks off the winter holiday season this weekend with several events between now and the New Year’s Eve torchlight parade and party. For much of the Southwestern United States, Brian Head offers the nearest Utah powder – known by many skiers and snowboarders as the "Greatest Snow on Earth." Brian Head has a base of 26 inches from year-to-date snowfall of 84 inches. Brian Head plans to have seven chairlifts open from this weekend, weather permitting, and will also open its one additional lift as conditions allow. Multiple lodging options, many including ski/snowboard packages, are offered via Brian Head Resort, local lodges and area condominium rentals.
Friday, December 16th brings the season’s first night skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Each is a fun and affordable way to get out on the mountain, and all have long been very popular at Brian Head among all ages. Night skiing and snowboarding are offered from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights from the Pioneer chairlift, which serves three beginner runs. Night lift tickets are $15 or day lift tickets and equipment rentals can be extended for only $5. Tubing at Brian Head’s six-lane Snow Tubing Park will be offered during the Christmas Holiday Period (December 17 - 31) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., excluding December 24 and 25 when regular hours apply, which are: Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two hour sessions are $15 and reservations are recommended 866-930-1010. Tubing is a great activity for everyone in the family, including races between kids, parents, and friends.
On Saturday, December 17th, Brian Head will host its inaugural Christmas Extravaganza, beginning with the parade lineup at 5:30 p.m. at Navajo Lodge. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and travels from Navajo Lodge down state Route 143, finishing at Giant Steps Lodge, where there will be a 6:30 p.m. Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the island entrance of Giant Steps parking lot with music, hot chocolate and, of course, Santa Claus.
On Saturday, December 24th, Christmas Eve brings Brian Head’s annual free Bonfire & S'mores event held at the local fire station. This event centers on a blazing bonfire set against the snowcapped Rocky Mountains. Hot cocoa and yummy s'mores will be served to all, and Santa will be there! The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. at the Brian Head Town Fire Station, adjacent to the Brian Head Resort at 535 Brian Head Boulevard.
On Saturday, December 31st, a free New Year's Eve grand “Torchlight Parade,” featuring skiers and snowboarders gracefully gliding down the slopes, will be held at Brian Head Resort above Giant Steps Lodge. It will begin at dusk, about 6 p.m., as darkness settles in on the 11,307 foot summit of Brian Head Peak and will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Following the fireworks, Brian Head Resort will offer a New Year's Eve party for the whole family at its Navajo Lodge. Dinner seating begins at 7:45 p.m. The party also includes a midnight champagne toast, a full cash bar and dancing. The cost is $50 adults and $15 for 12-year-olds and under. Night skiing, snowboarding and tubing will be offered for $15 for all ages. More information is available at 435-677-2035 and www.brianhead.com.
Many Brian Head holiday veterans enjoy combining Utah skiing and snowboarding with New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, just three hours south on Interstate 15. For non-skiers or -snowboarders, the Brain Head area offers snowmobile treks, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, spas and restaurants.