Ski Hill Shoutout: Southern Utah's Shangri-La, Brian Head Resort

Ski Hill Shoutout: Southern Utah's Shangri-La, Brian Head Resort

Brain Head

Ski Hill Shoutout: Southern Utah's Shangri-La, Brian Head Resort


Untracked pow, unreal views | Photo: Mike Saemisch

Brian Head is a ski hill with a big mountain backbone that’s located closer to Vegas than it is Salt Lake City. Simply put– it’s a weird spot in the best ways possible.

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Positioned amidst a geological anomaly locals refer to as “The Giant Steps,” ‘The Head’ is a one-of-a-kind ski hill that’s more affordable than its neighbors to the north. Red rocks, super light snow, and some really interesting off-piste terrain makes Brian Head a must see for those skiers looking for an authentic ski experience.

“[Brian Head Resort] is home to spectacular scenery and a laid-back atmosphere. The resort offers family friendly activities including snow tubing and night skiing.” – OnTheSnow

Mogul mashers will relish runs like Giant Steps (*right beneath the main chairlift) while powder hounds can head to Devo’s Pitch, and Dark Hollow, both Utah classics in their own right. But the beauty of Brian Head is found in its terrain seperation that allows experts to be experts and novices to be novices.

The ‘Greatest Snow On Earth’ doesn’t just fall in Little Cottonwood Canyon | Photo: Mike Saemisch

Standing opposite its bigger brother Brian Head Peak, Navajo Peak serves the beginner and intermediate crowd while Brian Head Peak caters to experts. That division allows for a free-flowing ski experience not found at many ski areas across the United States.

And the fun doesn’t even begin to stop when the lifts close. Every Saturday evening, the resort hosts live music in its Last Chair Saloon,’ a quirky ski bar whose draft list includes strictly Utah-based breweries. That said, the bottled beers have a higher ABV (*this is Utah after all).

Explore the mountain: Brian Head Resort Trail Map

Mountain Stats: 

  • Average Annual Snowfall — 360″
  • Vertical Drop — 1,320′ (*lift served)
  • Skiable Terrain — 650 acres
  • Summit Elevation — 10,970′
  • Base Elevation — 9,600′ (*highest in Utah)
  • Trails — 71
  • Lifts — 8 + 2 surface lifts
  • Terrain Parks — 2

Find out more here: Brian Head Resort

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