Brian Head Resort is located IN southwest Utah, just a few hours from the Nevada and Arizona borders. This jaw-dropping area is full of several national parks, fantastic hiking trails, and an abundance of adventure. We spent weeks exploring this outdoor mecca and can’t wait to share our experience with you!
Famous for the Mighty 5 National Parks, scenic roads, and vast stretches of wilderness, southern Utah has been on our bucket list for a few years now. There are infinite things to do and the landscapes are wildly unique. Plus, Utah is super van-life-friendly. Hoorah!
While we spent the majority of our time hiking and travelling around in our van, we could not leave southern Utah without hitting the slopes. Enter: Brian Head Resort.
Situated within a few hours’ drive from places like Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Zion National Park, and The Grand Canyon, this charming ski resort is a must-see destination along the way.
Last weekend, we took a break from van life and spent a few days exploring everything that Brian Head has to offer. Our days were filled with skiing, snow tubing, and warming up in the outdoor hot tub. In the evenings, we indulged in tasty meals at Lift Bar & Patio followed by champagne in front of our in-room fireplace.
It was the perfect spot to explore, relax, and unwind!
The Location: Our Favourite Ski Resort in Southern Utah!
Located in southwest Utah, Brian Head Resort is in an excellent spot for every type of traveller. From the lodge, you have access to a number of winter activities including downhill skiing, snow tubing, and cross-country skiing.
The Brian Head Lodge & Spa is located in the beautiful ski resort town of Brian Head, Utah. Surrounded by breathtaking views and magnificent scenery, we are the perfect location for lovers of the great outdoors.– The Brian Head Lodge & Spa
Brian Head Resort offers a unique winter getaway in the middle of a year-round hiking mecca. Where else can you hike and ski within an hour’s drive? We absolutely loved it!
3 hours from Vegas, 3.5 hours from Salt Lake City, and smack dab in the middle of the state’s best hiking, biking, and off-roading areas, you do not want to miss this wonderful resort during your time in southern Utah.
Skiing at Brian Head Resort
Brian Head Ski Resort is made up of two peaks, 71 runs, and 8 chairlifts. Brian Head Peak has primarily blue and black runs, perfect for intermediate to advanced guests. Navajo Peak is specifically for beginner and intermediate skiers of all ages and abilities.
If you are interested in cross-country skiing, there is even a beautiful track set area in between the mountains! On top of that, there is a snow tubing course at the base of Navajo Peak.
The entire resort boasts incredible views of the surrounding mountains and Utah’s famous red rock. We spent the majority of our time on Brian Head Peak and found every run to be easily accessible and perfect for intermediate skiers like ourselves.
While this is not the largest resort in Utah, Brian Head offers a variety of enticing reasons to visit. First of all, lift tickets are much more affordable than many resorts near Salt Lake City. It is conveniently located near many of Utah’s most beautiful destinations and it is southern Utah’s largest resort.
We were lucky enough to visit during their spring carnival which was an absolute blast! They had a ton of events for the entire family including a snow sculpture contest, a slalom ski costume race, and our favourite, the pond skim.
We really enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere, the marvellous views, and the terrain at Brian Head Resort!
The Property at Brian Head Lodge
Brian Head Lodge features several types of rooms and suites for every budget and group size. From standard king rooms to suites with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and kitchenettes, there are a ton of options available.
Get one free night at Brian Head Lodge with this unique lift ticket & lodging package. Available on select days this season. Beat the crowds and receive your lift ticket at hotel check-in.– Brian Head Lodge & Spa
We stayed in a King Suite and enjoyed long, luxurious nights of sleep in the cozy king-sized bed. Upon arrival, we were treated to a bottle of champagne and some chocolates which we savoured in front of our in-room fireplace.
Amenities include an indoor pool, an outdoor hot tub, a fitness centre, a spa, an arcade, and a tasty restaurant and lounge. They also offer an inviting main level with two fireplaces as well as complimentary tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
Only a 2-minute drive from the ski hill, Brian Head Lodge is a wonderful accommodation option for your Utah ski vacation. They even have pet-friendly rooms! This allowed us to take a much-needed break from van life with our 4-legged buddy, Bailey.
The Lift Bar & Patio
The Lift Bar & Patio, located just above the check-in area at Brian Head Lodge, is open daily from 4 PM to 10 PM. They serve a variety of tasty pub fare including a jumbo pretzel, a fajita burger, brisket tots, and fish & chips.
This spacious restaurant is equipped with a large fireplace, massive windows, a pool table, and a beautiful outdoor patio where you can take in the mountain views. Both nights we were here the sky lit up in shades of pink and orange!
Recommended Activities in The Area
Brian Head Lodge is in a prime location to experience countless activities and landmarks in southern Utah. A few of our favourite year-round destinations include Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. These are all within a 2-hour drive from Brian Head.
If you expand your travel radius to 3-4 hours, we would also recommend the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, and the Badlands in central Utah! We have a ton more information coming out soon about each of these destinations, so keep your eyes peeled!