With nearly 90 inches of the “Greatest Snow on Earth” already falling this season at Southern Utah’s Brian Head Resort, beginning Saturday, December 11, 2010, Brian Head will open its NASTAR race course on weekends and holidays for individuals and groups.
The race course is located at the bottom of Engens. It is accessed via the top of Giant Steps (Chair 2) or by cut across using Alpen Way via the top of Black Foot (Chair 3). Its hours of operation are Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost to race Brian Head’s NASTAR race course: two timed runs: $5.00; all day pass: $10.00; season pass: $40.00; and fun runs: $1.00 each.
Developed by SKI Magazine in 1968, NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race) is the largest recreational ski and snowboard race program in the world. It has given over 6 million skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to race. Its mission is to provide a fun, competitive and easily accessible racing programs that, through the development of a handicap system, allows racers of all ages and abilities to compete.
Brian Head is 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. (http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?ut0900)
Brian Head has all of its 650 acres are open for skiing and snowboarding, including 65 runs, nine lifts and a terrain park with 11 features, rails and boxes. Lifts are open all season from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with regular (non-holiday) ticket prices: adult $45, child $32. At Giant Steps Lodge rental equipment is available at Brian Head’s High Mountain Outfitters retail shop, and the grills at Giant Steps and Navajo Lodges, each featuring Starbucks Coffee, will be open too.
Frequently associated with families learning to ski and snowboard on Brian Head Resort’s Navajo Mountain, a growing number of skiers and boarders have come to understand that Brian Head has much to offer intermediate, advanced and even expert skiers. Beginner and intermediate runs account 40 percent each, while 20 percent of Brian Head’s runs are advanced, including a dozen-plus black-diamond runs on the generally-sunny, northwest facing Giant Steps Mountain. Giant Steps Mountain sits just below 11,307-foot Brian Head Peak, where expert-level skiers and snowboarders enjoy hike-accessed, powder stashes found in backcountry bowls.