Brian Head gears up for winter season with over $1 million in infrastructure enhancements

UTAH — Brian Head Resort in Southern Utah recently announced the scheduled start of its 2023-24 ski season on Friday, November 10.

Last year, Brian Head Resort emerged as the star of Utah’s ski scene, boasting its longest season in over 60 years and being the first resort to open in 2022. This year, an anticipates early-season experience with resort officials predicting exceptional conditions.

Lift tickets are  $29, with children aged 12 and under skiing and riding free all season long.

Photo: courtesy of Brian Head Resort

Also new this season, according to a press release from Brian Head Resort:

Enhanced skiing experience

Starting this season, Brian Head Resort plans to take guest experiences to the next level by offering first-timers a complimentary on-snow experience alongside the purchase of an adult lift ticket (13 and older). In addition, the Power Kids season pass allows young skiers and riders aged 12 and under to enjoy a free on-snow experience. These self-guided, step-by-step clinics are designed to prepare guests for their adventures on the slopes. As guests progress through learning stations, instructors offer personalized tips, ensuring quicker skill acquisition and a deeper understanding of the fundamentals.

New gladed terrain

Brian Head Resort’s newly added gladed skiing options under the Wildflower Lift provide terrain suitable for all abilities, from beginner to expert; these gladed trails allow guests to explore tree skiing within the resort’s boundaries effortlessly. The Shotgun trail near the Giant Steps Express has also undergone improvements, offering additional glading. Emphasizing the resort’s commitment to environmental sustainability, these gladed trails promote a healthy forest ecosystem collaboration between Brian Head Resort and the U.S. National Forest. This collaboration mitigates the risk of wildfires and safeguards local wildlife and watersheds.

Enhanced snowmaking and grooming

Brian Head Resort has expanded its snowmaking coverage on the Lower Aught trail, guaranteeing more early-season terrain availability. With innovative and energy-efficient snowmaking solutions, this over $500,000 investment elevates the early-season snow conditions to new heights, providing a consistent and reliable snow base. In addition, the resort has proudly introduced the new SnowCat PistenBully 400 Groomer to its fleet of snow groomers, ensuring perfectly groomed corduroy runs throughout the season.

“An amazing team of passionate individuals and expansion to our snowmaking capabilities helped us be the first resort to open in Utah last season,” Marilyn Butler, general manager at Brian Head Resort, said in a press release. “With temperatures already dropping, our team has been hard at work making new trails and improvements to provide our guests a wonderful experience and longer season again this year.”


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