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Old 01-29-2013, 01:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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So, I'm still looking last details, but am leaning towards brian head. Found a chalet that's walking distance to lifts for $140 a night including 2 transferable season lift passes for the entire stay, which is a great deal considering passes would cost anywhere from $80 to $120 per day. (the chalet sleeps up to four, if I was in 2 couples it would be a steal!!)
Northern Utah does look like better snow, mountains and resorts for sure, but I couldn't find anywhere on the mountain for cheap, and on top would have to pay the daily lift passes.

I will probably close a deal tomorrow so if you have any last minute advice it will be greatly appreciated! And thanks for the big help so far!
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm actually here at Brian head now and it's awesome. 10" last night and its puking out right now with another 12" throughout the day. There is no one here so you pretty much have the mountain to yourself during the week. Only small thing would be the lifts are a touch slow. Not a biggie but it can get a little cold if your riding giant steps up.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm actually here at Brian head now and it's awesome. 10" last night and its puking out right now with another 12" throughout the day. There is no one here so you pretty much have the mountain to yourself during the week. Only small thing would be the lifts are a touch slow. Not a biggie but it can get a little cold if your riding giant steps up.
Yeah that ride is long and SLOW. It's weird, it's so high up that it almost feels like a whole different place if that makes sense.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Disclaimer I have never been to Brianhead but I spend a good amount of time in Southern Utah.

If you wanna hike/drive around brian head might be better than slc. Everything in northern UT will be covered with snow for some time. And keep in mind that riding snowmobiles puts you in similar danger as backcountry riding as far as avalanches and being stranded/injured in winter condition. On the other hand, brian head is located within a couple hours of some great red rock and desert landscape. Zion National park (warmer) is pretty close, as is Bryce Canyon National Park(will be cold). The Grand canyon is within a half day drive. Everywhere you drive in Southern UT will be scenic if you are arent used to the desert and there are a bunch of designated scenic routes you can take. Plus the dixie national forest(where brian head is located) is very unique.

Dont worry about northern UT having better snow. Brianhead will have enough and honestly since you are a beginner you wont notice/appreciate the difference. Fresh snow is a crapshoot anywhere you go and once again since you are a beginner you probably dont want to be deep powder anyway(its way harder-and funner!!)

As far as eating goes, you are only 30 miles from Cedar City. Its kinda a college town so while it may not have the finest of dining, there are plenty eating options.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:56 PM   #15 (permalink)
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If you don't get the chalet nars let me know. I have 4 brian head lift passes good for week days that I'd be willing to sell on the cheap. That'd cover you guys for two days each. Normally I'd go but I don't think I'll be getting to B-head in the time frame necessary to use em.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:16 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Flaus and mhaas,

thanks a lot for the info!!! With all I gathered here I feel 100% confident of the choices I am making!

NoOtherOptions,

I'm actually booking it without the package since I'm sure I won't ski every single day, and agreed with the owner to use package prices for when I choose to go skiing. That means each lift ticket will cost me $30, not sure if you planned on going lower than that. I'll send ya a pm.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:14 PM   #17 (permalink)
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This question is right in my wheelhouse. My wife and I had season passes to Brian Head last season and have been 3 days this season. There should be ample snow when you are there, that's arguably their best time. That said, there's a reason my wife and I drive 6 hours to Salt Lake from Vegas several times a year.

What are your goals? Mellow cruising on great snow with awesome views and no crowds? Brian Head is great. Dropping cliffs, chewing up 2500+ vertical per run, attacking the steeps, seeing some of the best skiers and riders doing their thing? Salt Lake is the place to go if you are good and want to be challenged.

So if I were you, I'd think about what my goals are. Personally, I like to challenge myself every time I go out, and Salt Lake will do that. If that's your personality, your legs will be burning at the end of every single day you put in at SLC, but you'll be smiling the whole time.

On the flip side, there is something magical about lapping the Dunes lift on a powder day at Brian Head, no one around you, no sound except the whisper of your board, drinking in views of Cedar Breaks and the Tushars in the distance.
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What are your goals? Mellow cruising on great snow with awesome views and no crowds? Brian Head is great.

On the flip side, there is something magical about lapping the Dunes lift on a powder day at Brian Head, no one around you, no sound except the whisper of your board, drinking in views of Cedar Breaks and the Tushars in the distance.
I once went to a crowded mountain and it was the worst place to learn with tons of ppl flying by me. I had the feeling I would kill someone at any point (and vice-versa)! I'm definitely looking for less crowded, more easy going this time!

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