Opening weekend for the 2016–17 skiing and snowboarding season was not only much anticipated this year but definitely much needed after a slow start due to much warmer conditions at this time of year for southern Utah. The last storm, a couple of days before opening, brought enough snow to get winter enthusiasts excited to be back and prepare Brian Head to welcome the start of the season on a Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
With the resort firing up its snow-making guns and another weather pattern currently shaping up in Utah at the end of the weekend, it won’t be long until it is fully operational and we can start looking towards more fun on the slopes and exploring all the terrain Brian Head Resort has to offer. While some picked up right from where they left off, honing their skills in the “Training Grounds” terrain park, others such as myself were just happy to be back doing what brings us joy and meeting up with familiar faces while cruising on the hill. The terrain park crew did an amazing job, setting up a total of 17 features and making for fun park laps for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.
I can’t wait to see what this 2016–17 winter season will bring, but I can tell you it will definitely be another amazing time out exploring nature while standing sideways on my board or learning new skills each time I’m up on the mountain and behind my lens. I hope all my riders out there are also ready and have a list of goals they would like to accomplish this season. Whether it be a new skiing or snowboarding trick or exploring new resorts, it will only help you become a well-rounded person and rider. I’d like to give a big thanks to John Grissinger and Mark Wilder for always inviting me up and being so generous, and as always, I will see you on the hill.