With a gap of 10 days between dropping Jason/Paula/Oliver off at the airport in Salt Lake City and meeting friends in Vail, we needed to fill the gap with a few other destinations. First was Powder Mountain, then with Utah still on the mind, the Wave started my mind going. Well, southern Utah isn’t exactly right next to northern Utah so I figured … why not stop by Brian Head and ski a day as a stopover, so we did.

Brian Head is a pretty small family resort with only a handful of lifts and most intermediate and beginner terrain, but you get a great backdrop of the red rock canyons of southern Utah, which is pretty cool. Our good friend, Sean, met up with us there to get a little time away from LA. We also stopped in on our friend Jeff, who is co-owner of the Brian Head General Store and also was our lead guide on our Grand Canyon trip last summer. Coincidentally, Allie found out her friend Tim was riding that same day via Instagram, so we rode the afternoon with him. Small world, especially with technology.

That night we drove to Kanab to be ready for the lottery for the permits for the Wave the next morning. SCORE! We were lucky enough to get permits that next morning for the Wave. Sean must have been our good luck charm. After getting permits, we headed to Bryce Canyon for the day. Bryce is amazing in the summer, but incredible with the contrast of the snow in winter. Sean had never been, so it was cool to see the look on his face as he looked into the canyon for the first time.

So glad we got to do this with such a close friend.

- Jonathan