There are three areas for skiing in Brian Head, all basically interconnected either by bus or by bridge.
The main ski area is directly across the road from the house. You can't walk there, but you can see it if you go out on the living room deck. It's best to drive down the road; it's only a two minute drive. There is a ski school and ski rental facilities there, along with a cafeteria that serves what appears to be food. That ski area predominantly has intermediate and expert runs, with some beginner slopes.
Down the road on state highway 143, the newer looking ski building also houses ticketing, ski school and rental facilities, along with a medical clinic. That area (you passed it on the way in) is predominantly all beginner slopes. There is also a tubing area there, and some night skiing.
The other ski area, also predominantly beginner to intermediate, is right down the road from us, at the end of Pinehurst street. A long standing business, Georg's Ski Shop, sits there; you can do your rentals at that place also.
I'm always entertained by the premise of "ski in ski out". As if it's always as convenient as it sounds.
As it turns out, we kind of are "ski in ski out" but you'd have to walk a bit, and we wouldn't recommend that. If you walk down to the end of Pinehurst, you'll be on one of the ski slopes. Skiing down that and going across the bridge will get you close to the main ski building, but, probably, not close enough.
You're better off getting in your car and driving the two minutes down the road. Unlike other ski areas in the US, there's usually ample parking in the ski area parking lot.
We have snowmobiles, and we can tell you from experience, it's absolutely incredible. The scenery and trails in the Brian Head area are unparalleled. Just tremendous.
The problem is, there really is no way you can rent a snowmobile in the Brian Head area and take off on your own. You probably wouldn't want to do that anyway, as getting lost on literally hundreds of miles of trails could lead to an inadvertent overnight stay out in the snow. And with temperatures in Brian Head sometimes dropping to minus twenty farenheit, we wouldn't recommend that.
Thunder Mountain offers guided snowmobiling on very scenic trails in the back woods, at a reasonable price. They can be reached at 14356772288.
There's good hunting in the Brian Head area; the back woods extend literally for miles, sometimes hundreds of miles in some directions. Elk, deer, mountain lion, bear, all can be found out in the back.
But you'll need a license to hunt. The State of Utah's web site has more information.
There are literally hundreds of miles of trails all throughout the back woods in Brian Head, which can be hiked, biked, driven, or snowmobiled on. Getting lost is an option here.
But to keep it easy, there is a trail through town that hikers can meander through, and the ski resort opens the lifts in the summer so that mountain bikers can risk their lives careening down the mountain. I hear that it's fun.
Georg's Ski Shop also runs a mountain biking business, where you can rent bikes, and, be driven to the best trails. Contact them at 14356772013.
And people used to say that there's nothing to do in Utah except ski and shoot things, preferably, not orange things. "Lord, what fools these mortals be!"
The Utah Shakespeare Festival is truly a one of a kind experience for the USA. There are other festivals throughout the country, but few match the professionalism and quality that you'll find at this one. It's been in existence for as long as I can remember, well, even longer than I can remember, because it started way back in 1962, and, hell, what did I do yesterday... This is truly a classic event, one not to be missed if you're in the Brian Head area during the summer or fall months.
Getting there is easy; figure driving time of about thirty minutes if you take SR 143 back down to Parowan, and grab I 15 and head south to the middle Cedar City exit. Give yourself at least an hour if you drive like normal reasonable people do. Figure an hour and a half if you want to include parking, walking, checking in, and getting lost time.
You can take the more scenic route, driving south on SR 143 up into and through Cedar Breaks National Monument (worth seeing all by itself), and then head west (take a right) at SR 14. It's incredibly scenic, though it will take a little longer, given the extra length of the drive, and the inevitable motor homes and the like that you'll probably get stuck behind. But on the way, you can get dinner at Milt's Steak House, a veritable classic for dinner. Milt's is about five miles west of Cedar City, on SR 14, just right out of town. The road is twisty and turny, so, "Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall."