Posted on 12/19/2022

What Winter is Really Like in Southern Utah and Why You'll Love it!

What is winter like in Southern Utah? If you believe the postcards, it's a season full of snow-laden slopes and epic ski runs '" and that's certainly part of the charm. But there's far more to our winter wonderland than piles of fresh powder. Our landscapes are diverse, even in winter - some areas in Southern Utah don't see snow at all - and offer a range of unique things to do, see, and experience. From cool winter festivals to, yes, world-class skiing and cold-weather fun, you can while away the full winter season without ever doing the same thing twice.
 Ready for a winter trip as fresh and unique as a fallen snowflake? Here's what winter is really like in Southern Utah '" and why you're sure to love it.

Winter Weather

Winter is cold and clear, with temperatures ranging from mild in lower elevations to sub-freezing in the mountain peaks. Daily highs can exceed 50 degrees in southernmost areas, with average lows between 10 and 30 degrees, so it's best to dress in waterproof layers. Snow falls heavily in certain areas - Brian Head Resort gets more than 360 inches per year - while other locations get only a light dusting of flakes.

Winter Travel

The varied winter conditions can make traveling difficult. Road closures are common, especially in higher elevations, and proper snow gear is required for vehicles to pass most areas. Snowstorms can pop up quickly and prevent access to the parks and popular trails, so it's best to be flexible. You can also book a ski-in/ski-out condo with Family Time Vacation Rentals to stay within walking distance of Brian Head Resort (so no need to worry about the weather).

Winter Fun

There are so many ways to spend the winter season in Southern Utah. Many of our most popular attractions sport new kinds of fun, such as snowshoeing the trails at Cedar Breaks National Monument or ice-fishing for trout at Panguitch Lake. Adding snow to our dramatic scenes brings them to life in new and wonderful ways!
 Some of our favorite types of winter fun include: 
    • Shredding the slopes at Brian Head Resort. Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing '" if it's fast and frigid, you'll find it at our iconic ski resort. The state's premiere winter destination boasts 71 runs, an all-terrain park, nordic ski trails, and more.
  • Ice Skating at Brian Head Ice. What's a winter wonderland without a little frozen fun? Glide atop the ice surrounded by scenic mountain trees at Southern Utah's top recreational ice rink, then warm up with some hot chocolate!

  • Take a snowmobile tour. Contact Thunder Mountain Motorsports to book a guided snowmobile tour through Brian Head's snowy backcountry trails.
  Winter RetreatWhile away your winter trip in cozy comfort with the help of Family Time Vacation Rentals! We offer one of the best collections of vacation rentals in the area, with plenty of options to keep you warm and full of wonder on your winter getaway. In a cozy mountain cabin like Moonlight Ridge, you can spend the day riding your private snowmobile trails before cuddling up in front of your wood-burning stove to watch the new snow cover your tracks. Book your winter stay today!
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