Hit the Slopes on This Day Trip From Watchman Villas

Dec 14, 2023 | Uncategorized | 0 comments


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There’s no shortage of ways to fill your days during a stay at Watchman Villas. During the summer months, you can go hiking, canyoneering, rent an e-bike to zip through the park, or enjoy day trips to other national parks and state parks across Southern Utah. You can enjoy many of the same activities during the spring and fall as well.

Winter brings mild weather to much of Southern Utah. This means that you can still hike and enjoy other outdoor activities this time of year. In fact, winter is often referred to as Zion’s Secret Season because it’s a great time to enjoy the park with fewer crowds. But there are also some unique activities you can only enjoy during the winter months. One unique activity is hitting the slopes.

If you’re looking for a fun day trip to enjoy during a winter visit to Zion National Park hotels nearby, keep reading. We’re breaking down what you need to know about visiting Brian Head Resort during your stay at Watchman Villas.

You Don’t Have to Travel to Park City to Hit the Slopes

Utah is well-known for its winter sports. But what many visitors to Southern Utah don’t realize is that you don’t have to travel to Salt Lake City or Park City to enjoy some skiing, snowboarding, and other winter fun.

Just over an hour and a half from your favorite Zion National Park hotels nearby is a beautiful ski resort. Brian Head Resort features more than 650 acres of terrain available for skiing and snowboarding. The base elevation of the resort is the highest in the entire state of Utah, at more than 9,600 feet. The resort has 71 runs, evenly divided between easy, more difficult, and most difficult. There are 8 chair lifts to get you to the many runs.

Brian Head Resort’s tagline is “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” The resort typically opens in early November each year. It’s open daily and on weekends. You can even enjoy night skiing on Fridays and Saturdays, and other nights during peak visitor periods.

How to Enjoy a Day Trip From Watchman Villas

Thanks to its close proximity, Brian Head Resort makes for a great day trip from your Zion resort. On most days, the skiing and snowboarding open between 9:30 and 10 a.m., and close by 4:30 p.m., except on days when the resort is open for night skiing, which runs from 4 to 9 p.m. This means that you can easily make the short drive to the resort, enjoy a day on the slopes, and return to Watchman Villas to soak in your private hot tub, whip up a tasty dinner in your fill kitchen, or maybe enjoy a family movie night.

Daily lift tickets are available. If you plan to visit multiple days or several times during a season, you can also purchase a multi-day pass or a season pass. Gear rentals are available, so you won’t need to worry about bringing your own.

Ski and snowboard lessons are available for kids and adults. You can also enjoy tubing or book a snowmobile tour during your visit!

Planning a Winter Visit to Zion National Park Hotels Nearby

Most visitors to Zion National Park make their way to Southern Utah during the summer months. But don’t let this fact trick you into thinking that summer is the only time that you can plan a stay in Zion National Park hotels nearby.

In fact, summer might not be the best time to visit the park. If your travel plans are flexible, planning a winter visit to ZIon can be a great chance to experience the park in a way that few tourists ever get to. Hike popular trails with fewer crowds. Take on challenging treks in cooler temperatures. If you’re lucky, a winter storm might just turn the park into a sparkling winter wonderland. But if it doesn’t, you won’t have to go far to find one!

Brian Head Resort is just one of the day trips you can enjoy during your stay at Watchman Villas. This makes it easy to enjoy a day on the slopes during your stay in the best vacation rentals Zion has to offer.

Ready to start planning your own winter adventure at luxury resorts near Zion National Park? Book your stay at Watchman Villas today!

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