Free Christmas Eve Bonfire & S’mores, along with a free New Year’s Eve “Torchlight Parade” will be served up this holiday season at Brian Head, UT, location of the nearest Utah powder for the Southwestern United States – known by many skiers and snowboarders as the “Greatest Snow on Earth.” Multiple lodging options, many including ski/snowboard packages, are offered via Brian Head Resort, local lodges and area condominium rentals.
The free Christmas Eve Bonfire & S’mores will be held at the local fire station. It centers on a blazing bonfire set against snowcapped Rocky Mountains. Hot cocoa and yummy s’mores will be served to all, and Santa will be there! The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. on December 24, 2010 at the Brian Head Town Fire Station, adjacent to the Brian Head Resort at 535 Brian Head Boulevard.
The free New Year’s Eve grand “Torchlight Parade,” featuring skiers and snowboarders gracefully gliding down the slopes, will be held at Brian Head Resort above Giant Steps Lodge. It will begin about 6 p.m. as darkness settles in on the 11,307 foot summit of Brian Head Peak and will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
Following the fireworks, Giant Steps Lodge Grill will offer a New Year’s Eve party for the whole family. Doors open at 7:45 p.m., and at 8 p.m. a prime rib dinner with all the fixings will be served –and there will be a children’s table. The party also includes party favors, a midnight champagne toast, a full cash bar and dancing to live music from “Too Much Fun.” The cost is $40 adults and $15 for 12-year-olds and under. The lodge is located at 329 S. Highway 143, Brian Head, UT 84719. More information is available at 435-677-2035 and www.brianhead.com.
Many Brian Head holiday veterans enjoy combining Utah skiing and snowboarding with New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, just three hours south on Interstate 15. Las Vegas’ New Year 2011 will include a spectacular fireworks show by Fireworks by Grucci of New York, fired from the roofs of the MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island (TI), The Venetian and the Stratosphere. A quieter New Year’s Eve is offered nearby Brian Head at Zion and Bryce National Parks and Cedar Breaks National Monument.
For non-skiers or -snowboarders, Brain Head Resort offers snow tubing nightly until 8 p.m. from December 22 through January 5, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Brain Head features Utah’s premier Snow Tube Park. It’s like a frozen waterslide, offering 6 lanes to choose from and a surface lift that effortlessly whisks you to the top of the park.