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Kite Boarding

Posted by Scott on April 10, 2008

Kite Boarding isn’t the first thing you think of when you hear or visit Brian Head, Utah. But recently, Wade and Mark found the terrain to be “Epic” for putting a kite in the air and sailing across the snow. This sport is most recognized as a water sport but has caught the eye of many as a winter sport as well.

I’ve looked briefly into the sport. Once the snow starts to fall, a new season is just beginning. Kiteboarders need wind, snow and open terrain. Could be in the mountains or in a field just as there are no trees, power lines, fences or other obstacles that would get in the way or your ride. You can reach speeds up to 40 to 45 mph, depending on the wind speed and the experience of the individual. 

Snow kiteboarding can be easier than kite boarding on the water. You don’t sink, it’s easier to set up, launch and get back up. For beginners, this may be the easier way to see if this sport is for you. You can also set up rails, jumps and other obstacles to thrill your ride.  

Kites can range from close to $500 to $2,000 depending on the quality and size you are looking for. Harnesses can range from $40 to $100. These are conservative prices. It seems fairly inexpensive for a fun sport that you can enjoy year round and with no additional expense…unless that is you get hooked.

See you on the Mountain!!!

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Brian Head Publicity

Posted by Scott on April 5, 2008

Brian Head SkiingBrian Head is receiving a lot of publicity these days. And rightfully so. The growth of this little mountain town has been expected and anticipated by many. New developments, new skier bridge, new ski terrain and new people. Brian Head hasn’t been talked about this much for a long-long time.

5 new developments are currently being sold. Each one is heavily marketing and promoting their developments on radio and TV, in magazines and on billboards. (See www.brianheadliving.com to view new developments). From recent conversations with developers and/or their representatives, sales are strong. As of this spring, all new developments will either begin construction or continue from where they finished last year. The market is strong and buyers are taking advantage of the buyers’ market.

Park City Picture

The resort spent thousands of dollars promoting the opening of the new Wildflower chair lift and interconnect bridge providing food, entertainment, clothing, hats, discounted lift tickets, fireworks and even Santa Clause was there.

To the left you see a picture of Park City. In the 1950’s, Park City was known as the “Ghost Town of the West”. Today it is one one the country’s most desired recreation towns. Many will dispute that Brian Head will ever experience the same growth as Park City.

Recently Brian Head Resort has undertaken the approval of what is called “The Skier Village“. The exciting news that Brian Head Resort is trying to further their expansion with a 500,000 square foot condo/hotel/commercial development gives visitors hope that someday more entertainment activities and dining options will compliment their experience to Brian Head. So does this sort of growth fit Brian Head? I’d like to hear your comments on that but one thing is for sure the attention will increase, people will continue to discover the town and building will happen. Perhaps the new tagline for Brian Head should be “New”.

See you on the mountain.

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Red Bull Snowmobiling Event

Posted by Scott on March 8, 2008

Isaac Sherbine 01 If you didn’t make it up here to Brian Head this weekend, YOU MISSED OUT!!! As always, Red Bull and Brian Head Resort put on a great event at Brian Head Resort’s Giant Steps Lodge.  Hundreds of people turned up to see both snowboarders and snowmobilers showing their sick tricks. Take a look at some of these photos. (Will post on Monday)

CJ Gorrin 01  Isaac Sherbine 02

CJ Gorrin 02CJ Gorrin ge (on Polaris), Isaac Sherbine (Ski Doo) and Joe Parsons (Ski Doo) had a friendly competition trying to out do the other as they launched their 450 pound sleds off a 10′ jump. Joe Parsons recenly took a silver in a previous X-Games competition (view Ride). Joe will also be found on ESPN this next year so keep your eyes on him.  Isaac has only been in freestyle for about four months and we welcome him to his first demo in Brian Head, Utah. “I’ve been racing my whole life and its good to be switching things up a bit.”

 To give others a taste of what can be done on a snowmobile I’ve found a few YouTube clips that I wanted to include. It’s almost embarrasing showing off my “cool” photos. Check this stuff out (but don’t try this at home):

Incredible Rides

Snowmobile Sidewinder Backflip

Snow Mobile Whips, Flips & Big Air

Snow Mobile Clip Pleasing Ear – Thrilling Crashes on Sleds

509 Films – First Ascent Extreem Snowmobile Film Teaser #1

Thanks Red Bull for coming to Brian Head. See you next year!!!

CJ Gorrin 03  CJ Gorrin 04  Isaac Sherbine 03   Isaac Sherbine, CJ Gorrin, Mark Christiansen  Sleds

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Red Bull Sled- Style Extreme Snowmobile Exhibition

Posted by Scott on March 6, 2008

This is going to require two submissions. The first is to tell people about it and the second will be to show people what it was all about. I can’t wait to see this exhibition live in Brian Head.

I encourage everyone to come and see this event sponsored by Red Bull, free of charge with fun for everyone.

See you on the mountain!

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If you’re thinking about a 2nd home, the answer is Now!

Posted by Scott on January 29, 2008

I found this article by Bob Waun titled “If you’re thinking about a 2nd home, the answer is Now!” very interesting as many of the points discussed apply to the Brian Head real estate market.

There two distinct people that are attracted to Brian Head, Las Vegans and baby boomers. Most of them are probably in the same group. According to this article, boomers are going to inherit over $40 billion over the next 35 years. People who inherit money usually spend it. Las Vegas’ population is not getting any smaller. Because Brian Head is Las Vegas’ playground, it’s predicted that Brian Head will grow even more popular than it is as a vacation and second home destination for 2nd home buyers in Las Vegas.

There are no master planned communities in Brian Head…wait there will be one, Summit at Brian Head (click here). This will be the largest in Brian Head development at total build-out. I can’t wait to see their progress and results once they can get out of the ground which is expected this spring.

As most people know and have experienced, there has not much of a declining market in Brian Head. In Cedar City, 35 miles away from Brian Head, some developers are dropping pricing 14%, however, there are exceptions. Cedar Crossing is a development that I personally am working on and we refuse to lower prices. We sell a master planned town-home community with amenities which most places don’t offer. Prices are still as low as $157,900. As talked about in this article, developers who can withstand the down markets will do better in protecting their customers who have already purchased. When the market turns, everybody wins…at least those who trusted in the developer.

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Brian Head Skier Village | Coming to Brian Head?

Posted by Scott on November 16, 2007

Brian Head Skier Village Rendering

The Brian Head Ski Resort seeks approval from the Brian Head Town Planning Commission to develop a new 500,000 square foot development consisting of commercial, residential and just plain old prime recreation and luxury resort property. This development is known as the Brian Head Skier Village and seeks to be the focal point of Brian Head. Although its economic benefits for the town are something almost nobody can dispute, locals are torn, finding it difficult to accept the proposed development, making the Skier Village a controversial discussion.

The Skier Village will bring potentially 270 additional condos that will be sold as a condo/hotel project. An additional 60,000 square feet commercial space will represent the central focus or “hub” for retail shops, ticket windows, ski schools, rental shops, deli(s), coffee shops, etc. Included will also be a skier cafeteria to handle 300 skiers with outdoor and fine dining with a lounge. You will also find a state-of-the-art fitness facility with pool and private club for members, owners and guests.

Brian Head Skier VillageThe lower level of this magnificent architectural structure will include employee facilities, lockers, public restrooms, private day lockers for skies and underground parking. Above the commercial hub and in the rooftops, the design call for condominiums. The Skier Village seems to be something that everyone would approve of, both for the skiers’ experience and for the much desired growth of Brian Head. However, the planning commission is slow to give recommendation to the town council for the final approval of the project.

Parking seems to be a major concern for the circulation of this little town. The Skier Village calls for 200 open parking spaces to be available at the base of Giant Steps. An additional 350+ spaces of underground parking will be available for owners. The resort has made accommodations for additional parking at the Navajo Ski Lodge and above the ski slopes at the maintenance yard throughout the year. “With the addition of two new ski lifts and the interconnect bridge, we feel that our parking plan adequately accommodates our future needs” says Henry Hornberger, Brian Head Resort General Manager.

Building height is raising additional struggles for Brian Head Ski Resort. The current Land Management Code (LMC) of Brian Head currently calls for building heights not to exceed 50′ max height to the peak of the roof. In 2006, the planning commission granted height flexibility under certain requirements to the Summit development. The Skier Village also needs flexibility but needs building height of 88′ with a clock tower extending another 12 vertical feet. Some fear that the height will ruin the aesthetics of Brian Head and diminish views of the ski mountain. The architectural firm, Hart Howarton Architects continue to express the need for this request to accomplish both financial and architectural goals.

A major desire that emerged from the public input is to create a focal point for the town and a pedestrian oriented core commercial area with a variety of activities and memorable images that can become a “downtown” of Brian Head. One question is, Does the development tie into existing commercial area that extends from near Bear Flat Road to the Giant Steps ski area? Nearly all agree unanimously, yes.

Brian Head Skier Village Site Plan

One determination is to ensure that this is fully integrated into the existing commercial.  Some argue existing shops are being disregarded. However, the resort feels that they have integrated this project with walkways and access to and from the Mall and ski lifts. In fact, as Village Way continues to be developed into the central commercial core of Brian Head, chair lift #3 will be relocated to the north of the Mall and has every opportunity to be fully integrated into the master planned central commercial core.

In summary, the proposed Skier Village is the next step to enhance Village Way as the commercial core of Brian Head fulfilling the vision of the General Plan. The resort sees this need and is making huge strides in attempting to improve the resort to become a main attraction for thousands of visitors. Perhaps an additional 500,000 square feet of living, recreation and commercial area is the next step. With no ability to increase the size of the mountain, the resort has increased skiable terrain, they have plans to improve chair lifts, and are now attempting to develop something great, enhancing the visitors’ experience.

There are many people who have expressed excitement with the recent growth of Brian Head as it continues to become a year round resort. The growth of Brian Head has momentum. Although there are those who would like to see Brian Head remain a small community, most people I talk with about the Skier Village are excited, optimistic and support Brian Head Resort’s progress.

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No Snow – It’s A Good Thing

Posted by Scott on November 1, 2007

Brian Head Snow Making Machine 2    Brian Head Snow Making Machine 

It is unusual for a ski resort to wish for no snow, but at this point in time, snow is not welcomed. I’ve spoken with a few people within the ski resort who are concerned with the snow complicating the production of the ski lifts and the bridge.  As crews work long hours to finish, the snow could add unexpected delays than nobody wants.

Brian Head has been known to have surprise snow falls. A couple years ago we had four feet dump in November. Last year this time, it was very cold but no snow falling and staying until December. The average temperature for November is 38 degrees and we are at 49 degrees today. By the end of the week we should be at 58 degrees, nearly reaching record highs.

Regardless of when the snow will come, the resort is making preparation for the snow. Snow-making machines have been stationed throughout the mountain. When temperatures get low enough, the machines and mother nature will work hand in hand to provide skiers with the “Greatest Snow on Earth”.

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