Brian Head Resort boasts the highest base elevation in Utah and a peak elevation of 10,970 feet.
It also sees 360 inches of snowfall annually, and at just three hours from Las Vegas and three and a half hours from Salt Lake City, this ski area makes for a great getaway.
Brian Head has two terrain parks on its 650 acres of skiable terrain, with two connected mountains – Giant Steps and Navajo. Night skiing is available Friday and Saturday nights, and on holidays. The resort has two snow tubing hills, and private and group lessons are available for kids, teens and adults (plus a kids camp program for children age 5 to 12). There are equipment rental shops at both the Giant Steps and Navajo lodges.
There are hotel options close by in the town of Brian Head and in Cedar City, many of which offer ski-and-stay packages. Both mountains have lodges with multiple dining options.
Brian Head Resort generally opens before Thanksgiving and closes mid- to late April. While snow conditions are strong in January and February, Utah also has fantastic spring powder and long sunny days through March and early April. To save money on lodging and avoid long lift lines, try to visit during the middle of the week.
There are several lodging options in the town of Brian Head – some just minutes from the lifts – and many of them offer ski-and-stay packages. The Best Western Premier & Spa of Brian Head has an indoor and outdoor hot tub, a heated pool with a waterfall, and open fire pits on the patio deck. For a ski-in/ski-out option, try Georg’s Ski Shop and Lodging , which has condos and cabins, some of which are pet-friendly, while the Cedar Breaks Lodge has an on-site restaurant, a full-service day spa, fireside hot tubs and an indoor heated pool, just 100 yards from the resort.
To get to Brian Head Resort, the most convenient airport to fly into is McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, a major West Coast flight hub. From there, it’s about a three-and-a-half-hour drive northeast along I-15 to Brian Head. Another option is to fly into the smaller Cedar City Regional Airport – only 40 minutes away – or St. George Regional Airport in Utah, about 90 minutes away. However, flight options to both of these airports are limited. Shuttles and rental cars are available from these airports.
Once you are in the town of Brian Head, most accommodation is close to the lifts and there is a free local shuttle that makes a regular commute to the ski area.