by: ski-blog - 8th March 2007

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 2Aprés Ski
  • 2Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

What Brian Head lacks in terrain and vertical feet, it makes up for in the family atmosphere. Often there are complaints about a lack of nightlife, so if you are looking for a place to party and ski steeps, Brian Head is not for you. Brian Head offers no expert terrain and a limited number of truly advanced runs, which is the resort's biggest downside. That said, the family atmosphere is unmatched. The very things described as lacking above generally bring a different group of patrons to Brian Head, further enhancing the family atmosphere. I spend several weeks out of the year at the resort with my 6, 10 and 12 year olds and it is an exceptional place for younger skiers and boarders to grow and learn. It is small enough for them to ski on their own, is affordable, and the staff are friendly and helpful. It is accessible from Vegas and Southern California (I come up from Phoenix), has consistent snow at over 400" per year, and has a much more temperate climate than resorts further north. Most beginners have no need for 2,000 acres and double blacks and Brian Head excels as a beginner-intermediate family mountain.
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