Last season’s El Nino was a boon for southern Utah’s Brian Head Resort, but this year’s La Nina made the possibility of another banner snow season less certain. So far however, Brian Head has enjoyed another solid year with 80 inches of snowfall for the season, according to Tuesday’s snow report. The resort picked up 6 inches on Monday. All 650 skiable acres at the resort have now opened.
Brian Head is even ahead of its normal snowfall accumulation compared to past seasons, when the average season total at the beginning of December has been approximately 60 inches, according to the Western Regional Climate Center. Brian Head averages nearly 400 inches yearly.
“The snow conditions are fantastic and we are very pleased to offer our guests Brian Head’s entire ski area so early in the season,” said Henry Hornberger, Brian Head general manager.
As might be expected in a La Nina year, northern Utah has enjoyed a particularly strong season. Just outside Salt Lake City, Snowbird Ski Resort reported a season total of 147 inches on Tuesday. Brian Head is located 245 miles south of Salt Lake City. Visitors often travel to Brian Head through Las Vegas, 210 miles farther south of the resort.
(Photo courtesy of Brian Head Resort)