Aspen Meadows, a master-planned ski-in/ski-out gated mountain resort community, located just under the highest peak, at 11,307’ (Brian Head Peak) in Iron County and Brian Head, Utah, is a special collection of lands that occupies an area of remarkable natural beauty and local historical reference.
With its magnificent forests of aspen and fir, its spacious mountain meadows, and its breathtaking views, Aspen Meadows is unique to Brian Head and the Markagunt Plateau mountain ranges. The project is envisioned as a legacy, 30-year, multi-decade, master-planned resort and residential neighborhood development that encompasses an area comprising of nearly 2,000 acres.
Acres with Ski-in, Ski-out
Base Camp to Southern Utah’s
“Mighty 5” National Parks
100 miles of skiing, hiking
and biking trails
Skiable acres of new terrain
LARGEST IN STATE
Aspen Meadows makes
Brian Head Resort, with
1,500 total skiable acres, the
seventh-largest ski resort in Utah
“Rare is it to discover such lands in the intermountain west today, as seen throughout our 2,000 acres adjacent to an emerging ski resort, such as Brian Head Resort.
Aspen Meadows is a true, new mountain-inspired community designed as an exceptional and authentic ski-in, ski-out experience from the start….”
A. Flint Decker, President, Aspen Meadows
For generations, this stunning alpine terrain was home to many pioneer cabins first established as a result of the Federal Homestead Act of 1862, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, granting Americans up to 160-acre plots of public land expanding the western territories. These first residents who settled the upper mountain regions of Iron County within and surrounding Aspen Meadows, included such prominent local family names such as “Burton, Lyman and Adams”, as well as many others.
In later years, the land surrounding Aspen Meadows along with Brian Head were incorporated into the Dixie National Park in 1906 and in the late 19th century and early century, the greater Brian Head area was known as “Little Ireland” named after the Adams family who were of Irish heritage and who used the greater lands for dairying and as a summer grazing range for sheep and horses. Nearby neighbors visiting up from Cedar City and Parowan City in the 40’s and 50’s, have fond memories feeding two horses known as “Prince & Ranger”, just at the entrance pastures leading into Aspen Meadows off Old State Highway 143. Parts of Aspen Meadows and lands further east into the US Forest Service lands today, were also known for sites for logging operations and a cheese factory operation at one time.
For the past 60 years, this land has been privately held and passed on by each of the past three ownership groups of the Brian Head Resort, each with a clear vision the land was destined to provide future recreational and expanded ski terrain for the resort, dating back to Burt Nichols in the early 60’s, hence the locals’ favorite memories of, “Burt’s Road to Nowhere” which is known as Aspen Meadows Drive today and will continue to honor this additional name right from Burt’s time.
Established in 2022, Aspen Meadows is best known for its large open spaces, mature aspen and fir tree stands, rolling benches, open alpine meadows, high-altitude ski terrain and summer grazing grounds. The vision for Aspen Meadows, is now poised to begin with the future growth of Iron and Washington County, the discovery of Brian Head, Brian Head Resort and adjoining Cedar Breaks National Monument. Its alpine lands are found to be especially ideal for skiing and riding with its combination of north-facing and northwest-facing slope aspects, excellent for snow retention, minimal wind scour and minimal to late afternoon sun exposure.
An excellent “Basecamp” location to live and stay while visiting Utah’s “Mighty 5” National Parks of Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capital Reef National Park and Zion National Park, plans include expanding summer and winter activities for the avid outdoor enthusiast, visitor and residents alike, with additional ski lifts, ski trail expansion, potential resort connectivity to Brian Head Resort, increased snowmaking capacity, public hiking, and biking trails, and alpine ski villages, subject to US Forest Service, Brian Head Town and UDOT approvals.
Managed growth and environmental leadership will come through passion in thoughtful design, building a sustainable community, market absorption, and long-term investment placed in preserving open spaces, within well-planned land uses for additional ski lifts, ski trail expansion, resort connectivity, snowmaking capacity, hiking and biking trails, alpine ski villages, public civic projects and security-inspired gated neighborhoods comprising of stunning ski-in, ski-out homesites, custom luxury mountain homes, contemporary townhomes, condominiums, planned unit developments, cottages, eco-mountain cabins and ranches.
Aspen Meadows values the importance placed in sustainable master planned development practices, beginning with careful and deliberate management of its own natural resources found existing on-site throughout the entire property. This belief in design and sustainable land use is one of the project’s core values in its visioning process and is referred to as, “Aspen Meadows – Of the Mountain”.
The use of locally available and indigenous earth materials provides many advantages for the community in large. These native materials come directly from the local lands of Aspen Meadows, as seen in stone, rock, top soils, and tree-based products from within our own tree harvesting goals. These combined resources through their “reuse”, help provide a variety of finished construction aggregates and materials used, seen in precious materials such as sands, gravels, crushed stone, crushed road base, crushed sub base, and wood chips, applied to specific site developments, roads and utility infrastructure.
These construction practices “reduce” energy costs related to initial-transportation and material costs. Reduced transportation costs overall on the project provides benefits through a purposeful, “recycling” of the natural materials, native to the area, helping to further eliminate “waste” in landfills, and further “reverses” transportation costs incurred, thus a lighter impact on the land in general.
A variety of best practices are applied within the ongoing sustainable construction practices in place at Aspen Meadows. Portions of land are planned and set aside during specific phasing stages of construction by neighborhood and area, for the purposes of; reclaiming and storage of top soils, tree re-use grinding operations for the creation of both, commercial-grade and residential-grade wood chips for land revegetation purposes, two separate stone pit and stone crushing operations for the production of a variety of aggregates, for utilities, site work and roads including, the production of 1.25” minus road base aggregates, 4” minus road sub-base aggregates, and medium, large and extra-large rock landscaping boulders, planned for use back into the lands seen in retention walls, ski bridges, and a variety of other applications throughout the community in future phases of the development.
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