Brian Head Resort is nestled in the Dixie National Forest in Utah’s “Color Country,” surrounded by majestic views of red-rock spires and warm-hued canyons. It is in the heart of the Grand Circle of National Parks – which includes Zions, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks – and adjacent to Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Brian Head Resort enjoys the best of both worlds – “the greatest snow on Earth” and clear sunny days. Being located at the southern end of Utah’s mountains, where winter’s cold and dry arctic air from the north frequently meets the moist air from the Pacific to create abundant light powder with an average annual snowfall of nearly 400 inches. As Utah’s highest ski resort with a base elevation of 9,600 feet, Brian Head Resort offers reliable snow and an extended season for downhill and cross-country skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding and snowshoeing from mid-November through mid-April. An efficient snowmaking system assists early-season openings even in a dry fall season.
One of Brian Head Resort’s greatest attributes is its accessibility. It is Utah’s closest “drive-to” destination getaway for families from the Southwestern desert region including southern Utah, Las Vegas and Southern California. Brian Head Resort is located just off all-weather Interstate 15, on State Highway 143. Las Vegas is a quick three-hour drive, and St. George, Utah is just over an hour. This Alpine retreat is also an easy day’s drive from Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. From California’s “Inland Empire,” it takes less time to drive to Brian Head than it takes to drive to Mammoth Mountain. Even in the heart of winter, excellent interstate highways are virtually free of hazardous conditions and provide easy connections. Brian Head Resort can also be reached by plane. There are regional airports in Cedar City 28 miles to the southwest, and in St. George 77 miles to the south. Private airplanes and jets can also use the Parowan airport, 12 miles northwest.