While it might seem counter-intuitive to go skiing in southern Utah, there is plenty of Utah's famous powdery snow, mountains to keep it crisp and beautiful, and resorts to make the trip worthwhile.
- Brian Head Ski Resort is Utah's highest ski area at 11,307 feet elevation, located an hour and a half from St. George.
- Formerly known as Elk Meadows, Eagle Point Ski Resort has 400 acres of skiable terrain near Beaver, Utah.
- Cross country skiing is a popular winter activity in southern Utah.
Although often overlooked in favor of the more popular resorts around Salt Lake City, southern Utah boasts two distinct ski areas, Brian Head and Eagle Point. In addition, there are excellent cross country skiing opportunities in Zion National Park, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area, and other protected areas.
Brian Head Ski Resort
Nestled into the Wasatch Range of Dixie National Forest, Brian Head Ski Resort is Utah's highest ski resort at 11,307 feet. The resort combines over 400 inches of annual snowfall and 640 acres of skiable terrain. The two-mountain ski area is serviced by 9 lifts, making it a premier attraction in the area.
The resort enjoys easy access from Cedar City, which, at 45 minutes away, has the nearest airport. St. George is a close hour and a half, while Las Vegas and Salt Lake City are a quick 3 1/2 hours.
Eagle Point Ski Resort
Located in the Fishlake National Forest outside Beaver, Utah, this 400-acre resort opened in the 2010/11 season. Just two hours north of St. George, this resort was formerly known as Elk Meadows Ski Resort.
The resort takes advantage of the Tushar Mountain Range, carving 36 trails of mixed difficulty over the mountains. Two renovated lodges and reconditioned lifts add to the experience, aimed at family friendly groups who want to get away from the crowds.
Cross Country Skiing
In winter, there is enough snowpack to provide excellent cross country skiing opportunities for those looking to get out. The higher elevations around Kolob Terrace regularly hold plenty of snow for a trip on the West Rim Trail or the Wildcat Canyon. Kolob Canyons also have a selection of routes to choose from, particularly the Taylor Creek forks.
Nearby Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area provides a few solitary trails in this protected area, notably Rattlesnake Trail. The entire wilderness area is snowmobile-free to help enjoy the quiet and solitude of undisturbed nature.
Guided Tours and Rentals
Both Eagle Point and Brian Head offer equipment rentals and lessons, and guiding companies offer cross country skiing rentals and excursions, so be sure to explore the outfitters below to find out more.