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Southern Utah’s Brian Head Resort gets 34 inches of new powder

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Posted at 5:34 PM, Dec 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-27 21:18:54-05

BRIAN HEAD, UTAH - Thursday’s Christmas storm brought fresh powder to most of Utah’s ski resorts, but one got more than all the others, and it’s located in southern Utah.

On Friday, Brian Head resort reported 34 inches of snow accumulated within the previous 48 hours. Hundreds of people filled the slopes, hoping to get a little bit of the fresh powder.

“We all just came out to get some snow,” said Salt Lake-area skier Fern Hardin. “I mean, nothing wrong with 34 inches, right? Can’t complain.”

Resort Managers aren’t complaining either. This season marks 50 years in operation for Brian Head resort. General Manager Burke Wilkinson says it’s a storm they’ve been waiting for since November.

“This is the first real big snow storm we’ve had this year,” Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson said they’ve recently completed over $6 million in renovations at the resort, including new décor at the lodges and a new high speed-quad chair lift.

“It cuts the ride time in half up to our highest peak here at Giant Steps,” Wilkerson said. “So our skiers are getting twice as much skiing as they used to up here.”

Wilkerson said the improvements are a way of making Brian Head a premier Utah resort, but they say they won’t lose their small town resort feel. Skiers say that’s one thing they love about Brian Head.

Skiers say they appreciate the upgrades, but this weekend especially, they’re grateful for all that snow.