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Grand Lodge offers full experience The Spectrum - St. George, Utah Author: Kathleen Curry; Geoff Griffin Date: Mar 19, 2010 Start Page: 2 Section: B Text Word Count: 754 Document Text For The Spectrum & Daily News Outdoor enthusiasts in Southern Utah are an extremely lucky bunch in that they live in one of those rare places where they can enjoy both sun and snow sports in the same day. In a 24-hour period, one can enjoy the sunshine of St. George that isn't available further north in the Beehive State, and then drive just over an hour to be at Brian Head Resort to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tubing in fresh Utah powder. Brian Head Resort now has one more reason than before to choose the white stuff while its still in the mountains, or head up to enjoy the cool mountain breezes in the summer when the weather heats up at the lower elevations. A new hotel offering, the Grand Lodge at Brian Head, had its grand opening in late February. The Grand Lodge offers various packages for outdoor experiences, including skiing the slopes or snowmobiling to some breathtaking vistas. The Grand Lodge is owned by Lynn Leany, who has a ranch in the Three Peaks area outside of Cedar City, but is probably best known for providing the steel found in many of the hotels lining the Las Vegas Strip. "When the property came up for sale, we said, Let's do the thing right,'" Leany said. "We kept working on it and it all came together." The 100-room hotel came together into a decor that let's visitors know they are definitely at a ski resort in the mountains, but also gives them the openness and lighting that also tries to make visitors feel at home. "Cozy is the word we were shooting for," said Bob Grove, Director of Sales. "We were shooting for a rustic elegance, but we also wanted people to feel comfortable. For dining, the Grand Lodge was able to hire Executive Chef Robert Polk away from away from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to set the menu for Leany's Steakhouse and the Lift Bar and Patio. The Lodge has also opened the new Red Leaf Spa, one of only two spas in the Brian Head area. Red Leaf has a variety of facial and body treatments which allow outdoor adventurers to work out the kinks after a day in the wilderness with a facial, body scrub or hot stone massage. For outdoor adventures, the Lodge is offering a variety of packages through Brian Head Resort for skiing and snowboarding. What is notable about Brian Head Resort is not only its base elevation of 9500 feet and snow that people find it worth traveling cross country to enjoy, but its reasonable prices when compared to so many other ski areas in Utah. A full day adult pass runs $45, while kids can ski for $32, and anybody can ski from 4-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for a mere $15. The tubing hill at the resort also has a $15 admission price. For kids 6-12 who want to take up skiing or snowboarding, the resort has a $95 package which provides four hours of lessons, a full day lift ticket, equipment rental and lunch. The program is popular enough that reservations are essential. Beyond the slopes, there are other ways to recreate at Brian Head. For example, Thunder Mountain Motorsports has guided snowmobile tours heading through the backcountry of Brian Head and the Dixie National Forest. Tours range from 90 minutes to three hours to a full day to an overnight tour. Avid snowmobilers can even bring their own machine and follow the tours for a nominal fee. The 90-minute tour contains everything a snowmobiler could want. The ride starts on a trail that runs through the trees and shows off the beauty of the forest in the winter before coming into a large, open meadow where riders can


take runs that allow them to see just how fast their machine can go. After that, the highlight of the trip is coming up a hill and suddenly finding that you have a stunning view overlooking Cedar Breaks. Brian Head is no secret to Southern Utahns, but sometimes its easy to forget what's in your own backyard, or lose sight of just how lucky you are to have it around. For those who haven't ventured to Brian Head in a while, going up to Leany's Steakhouse for a meal, getting a treatment at Red Leaf Spa or taking a quick and easy weekend away at the Grand Lodge are all new reasons to make a return visit. E-mail Geoff at griffin_geoff@hotmail.com

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