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Monday Powday

A look at the Weekend Winners & Next Week’s Place to Be


The weekend before Thanksgiving is a treat when a smattering of resorts have their opening day. Major players like Vail, Mammoth, Park CIty and Stowe enjoyed the celebration with a few flurries thrown in the weather landscape.


The place to be this weekend was Brian Head Resort in Southern Utah. With 10” of snowfall reported, this resort was second only to Snowbird (also in Utah). And, Yes, Snowbird did get more snow, but Brian Head is such a special and magical place, it needs to be highlighted here.





Brian Head Resort


Brian Head Resort is a short 35 min drive into the mountains from Cedar City. It’s an hour north of Zion National Park, 2.5 hours from Las Vegas, or 3.5 hours south of Salt Lake City. You can fly into Cedar City or St. George, but you will still want to rent a car to drive up to the resort. You could make a home base in Cedar City. Check with the resort on the daily shuttle.


I couldn’t think of a better (and more affordable) vacation than skiing or riding at Brian Head (tickets are as low as $29 right now!) with a nice side trip to Zion National Park in the winter.


You like the idea of a vacation in Brian Head this winter? Me too.. Lets plan one.



Turkey Day Openings


Many resorts are tapped to open on Thanksgiving day or the following weekend.


Weather reports forecast a Northwest system will bring cold air and snow starting with the northern mountain states down into Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.


The Northeast might also get a few flurries but your best bet is in Maine and Sunday River (aka: The Rivah) couldn’t be a more fitting destination.


California will, of course, be having some fun in the sun this holiday weekend. My personal favorite, Bear Valley, will be opening this weekend. With snowfall last weekend they should have a nice base for those opening weekend trails.



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