First High-Speed Lift At Brian Head Set For Construction
With nearly two full seasons under its belt, the ownership group at Brian Head Resort has decided to take the plunge and install a new high-speed detachable quad.
The new lift, which will replace the 4,840-foot long Giant Steps triple chair, will be the first high-speed lift at the southern Utah resort and will service all the blue and black runs below Brian Head Peak.
“We’ve only had triples and doubles, so this was something we needed to do,” Brian Head’s Kevin Roberson told SnoCountry.com. “After listening to feedback, we wanted a lift that was quicker for our customers. And, we are following the trend in the industry (of faster lifts).”
The new chairlift will reduce riding time up Giant Steps Mountain from 12 to five minutes, according to resort officials. The other seven chairlifts will remain fixed-grip – for now.
Brian Head Acquisition Partners, headed by majority owner John Grissenger, purchased Brian Head out of receivership from Zion’s First National Bank in December 2012.
The owners put $3.5 million of improvements into the resort after the 2012-2013 season including renovated lodges, a new tubing park, expanded night skiing, surface lifts for the Winter Sports School and a revamped terrain park system.
This latest investment comes as Brian Head prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary next season.
As a precursor, skiers and riders will pay $19.64 for a ticket April 19-20 – a tip of the hat to the year that Brian Head first cranked up its single chairlift.
The resort has long touted its bifurcated layout as comfortable and convenient for all levels of skiers and riders. Most of the easiest trails run down Navajo Peak, with its three chairlifts, while the more difficult runs come off of Giant Steps Peak and its five lifts.
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Photo: A new high-speed lift will be installed at Brian Head, Utah for next season (Corey Baumgartner/Brian Head Resort)