4th of July Moose Sighting in Brighton, Utah

This years 4th of July parade in Brighton, Utah was an absolute blast once again! Hundreds of children and adults flocked up to Brighton to join the annual event! Some of our guests, staying at Chez Louisa, one of our many vacation home rentals, got a surprise visit from a moose while enjoying the parade. They also saw two other moose by Silver Lake the next day! Nature is out and about, so come up and enjoy it! There’s no better way to escape the summer heat than to get away to Brighton. Temperatures are on average 20 degrees cooler than in the valley; there’s amazing fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and trail running. All in beautiful Brighton, Utah. So if…

Big Cottonwood canyon – By Eve Pierce

Visit Big Cottonwood Canyon For Some Outdoors Fun Big Cottonwood Canyon is in the heart of Utah, just 12 miles southeast from Salt Lake City. It is also home to two fantastic ski resorts: Brighton and Solitude. But Big Cottonwood Canyon isn’t just a ski resort. No matter what outdoor activities interest you, you won’t be disappointed with a visit to this beautiful area. In fact, when you visit you’ll find so much to do that you’ll wonder how you’re going to fit it all in. You can enjoy hiking and picnics in the summer, take part in the famous Big Cottonwood Canyon marathon in the fall, and of course, winter is just perfect for hitting the ski slopes. Sound…

Brighton Utah Ski Resort Powder Alert 12-3-2013

Looking like a great day out there! Base Depth 36″ 12hr Snow 7″ 48hr snow 11″ Year to Date 89″ Get Educated, Learn/ Practice Rescue Skills, Have Fun, and Stay on Top Upcoming Courses and Events @ Brighton Resort Know Before You Go ! FREE Avalanche Awareness Lecture This course is designed for everyone- come join us Sat Dec 8th, 4:30PM 3rd floor Alpine Rose Lodge info contact: dodge@brightonresort.com FREE Women’s Avalanche Beacon Clinic Practice and learn avalanche beacon skills with the Pro’s This is a ladies only event, sorry gents Weds Dec 12th @ Brighton Resort Registration required contact: devin@utahavalanchecenter.org (registration / info) Brighton Backcountry 101 Join Brighton Patrol for this hands-on 2-part…

Utah Vacation Home Rental Prices Slashed by 35%

This Christmas season has been a bit unique for us in Brighton as we have not had as much snow as usual. This has given us the opportunity to venture out on skate skis and snow shoes. We got word that a new run is being cut in the back country at Brighton Ski Resort. For those Utah powder enthusiasts this would be a welcome addition. Jay and I ventured back behind our Utah ski in/out vacation homes and up into Hidden Canyon on snowshoes to see what was up. Within ten minutes we found evidence of the beginning of a new trail that takes you from the top of Great Western Lift down into Hidden Canyon and back around…

Fall Is In the Air in Brighton

There is something magical about Autumn in Brighton, Utah. The light is clearer, things look crisper, and the colors are magnetic. I always feel more energetic with a fresh sense of change coming on. Last weekend the family spent a few days up at Big Cottonwood Canyon at Alpine Creek #3, a vacation rental condo that we manage at Solitude Ski resort. We got up there at about 10:00 am and after putting our belongings and groceries away, we hiked for a few hours – beginning right out of our door and up the ski hill. The leaves are turning fast and I suspect they’ll peak in the next few weeks. We walked right down the hill and had a…

Your Utah wedding – Utah vacation homes

If you are in the process of planning a wedding in Utah, consider a mountain summer wedding. Utah’s Wasatch Mountain range in Big Cottonwood canyon provides the backdrop with great views and cool weather. Trey is the wedding planner at Brighton Ski and Summer Resort and can find the perfect setting for you. Receptions that follow are hosted at the newly built Millicent Chalet with its unique indoor/outdoor setting. Planning your Utah wedding is as simple as contacting Trey at trey@brightonresort.com. Here is a wedding I noticed this week in the early stages of set up. While in the wedding planning stage, consider renting one of beautiful Utah vacation homes. Please feel free to contact Mount Majestic Properties at 801.278.9571…

Chef Adam Kreisel Stirs It Up @ Creekside

Submitted by one of our guests who recently rented the extraordinary Creekside Ski Home It was our last day at Creekside and we were all exhausted from 5 days of solid skiing when my good friend and chef extraordinaire, Adam Kreisel, offered to make us a tasty and healthy dinner. While we’re not awful cooks ourselves, he fixed us up a positively delicious and most healthy 4 course dinner starting with chips and a hummus that you’d buy in bulk if you could. We then moved onto a delightful pasta salad with Bay scallops and finished off dinner with a mouth watering steak salad. For dessert we had the best bread pudding I’ve tasted and an amazing custard with some…

AJ Motion Sports Delivers Ski Gear to Your Ski Vacation Home

AJ Motion Sports specializes in winter sports rentals and accessories. Their rental shop is located at the base of the Cottonwood Canyons and provides easy access to some of Utah’s best ski resorts including Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, and the Solitude Nordic Center. They also rent back country skis, back country snowboards, cross country skis, and snowshoes for the non-resort winter sports enthusiast. Best of all, they will deliver your ski gear right to your ski vacation home. AJ Motion Sports has a Rapid Rental process which makes renting skis for multiple days as effortless as possible and all online reservations confirmed 48 hours in advance are guaranteed to be available upon arrival. AJ Motion Sports is offering a special…

2010 Utah Ski Vacation Home Rentals Surging for Mount Majestic

Mount Majestic is happy to report that Utah ski vacation home rentals have improved significantly in 2010, specifically in Brighton and Solitude. Compared to 2009, our ski home rentals have increased 30% thus far. In fact, we enjoyed the BEST Thanksgiving Weekend booking rate in our history. There are three factors that have influenced our growth in ski vacation home rentals this year: Our ski vacation home rental prices have remained unchanged for the past 3 years. And the homes are beautifully appointed and close, if not on, the ski slopes. The “best snow on earth” in Brighton and Solitude, Utah Location, location, location: Brighton and Solitude not only offer the “best snow on earth” but are also ski resort…

Snow Has Arrived – Book Your Utah Ski Vacation Home

Learn More About our Utah Ski Lodging and Vacation Deals and Holiday Specials WOW! Winter is here! And with a big bang. With over 20 inches of snowfall at Brighton Ski Resort in the last 48 hours, the skiing conditions are like January and coverage is excellent. Brighton is operating five lifts already and plans to have all seven open for Thanksgiving. Of the 66 runs offered by Brighton’s terrain, 52 of them are already open with a solid 52″ base – its positively heaven and it’s still snowing. The weather forecast is predicting another 12-20 inches of fresh powder in the next 24 hours. It’s not too late to book your holiday ski vacation home. To learn more about…

Wasatch Ski Valet – Renting Your Ski Equipment Was Never So Easy

Ski rental delivery has been growing in popularity not only because it brings the rental shop straight to you, but also most airlines now charge an arm and a leg for your skis to travel with you. This service eliminates standing in line or wasting time trying to find the discount ski shop. Wasatch Ski Valet’s trained technicians bring all the rental gear straight to Mount Majestic Properties’ guests with minimal hassle. Remember to ask about group discounts and multi-day rentals. Ski equipment rental prices include skis/boards, boots, and poles. Demo – $39 – The latest and greatest skis on the market Performance – $29 – Skis for every level of skier Sport – $19 – For first-timers to strong…

Ski Magazine awards Brighton Resort as best place to ski for value conscious travelers

Utah ski resorts topped the charts of the 2011 SKI magazine reader survey. Along with incredible representation in the overall rankings, Utah resorts dominated the categories Ski Utah considers its greatest strengths – snow, access and value. As Utah is famous for having The Greatest Snow on Earth®, it was no surprise that eight of the top ten listings for “Snow” were Utah resorts (#1 Alta, #2 Snowbird, #3 Powder Mountain, #4 Brighton, #5 Solitude, #7 Deer Valley, #8 Snowbasin). Additionally, seven of the top ten resorts listed in the “Access” category were in Utah (#1 Deer Valley, #2 Park City, #4 Brighton, #5 Solitude, #6 The Canyons, #7 Snowbird, #9 Alta). “Value,” another vital component of Utah’s wintersports product,…

Snow Is Coming – Call Us for Utah Vacation Rental Deals During Thanksgiving

I had a magical stroll around Silver Lake in Brighton this morning. There was a crisp in the air as I awed at the incredible colors only Fall brings to Utah. I can tell winter is around the corner. Next weekend, in anticipation of snow falling again in Utah and guests booking vacation home rentals, we will put away the gardening supplies, dust off the shovels, and dig out the snowboards, boots and parkas. How about a Thanksgiving family retreat to get your winter off to a grand start? Contact Mount Majestic Properties for information on our Thanksgiving Utah vacation rental deals.

Snowbird Oktoberfest 2010

Only a few more weekends of Snowbird Ski Resort’s Oktoberfest 2010. With fall colors at their prime, now is the perfect time to take a weekend drive up the canyon and enjoy music, dancing, traditional german cuisine, kids activities, and shopping for the holidays. Enjoy concerts in the Oktoberfest Halle, located in the Snowbird event tent. DATES: August 21-October 10 – Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day TIME: Noon-6 p.m. COST: Admission is free How did Oktoberfest begin? In 1810, King Ludwig I of Bavaria dedicated a fall harvest festival, named Oktoberfest, on the occasion of his Royal Bavarian Wedding of that same year. Tradesmen and merchants came from all over southern Germany to sell their crops, sing, dance, and sample…

Some news from Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains

Brighton Ski resort continues to improve. Last season, Brighton Resort opened the new Milly Lodge with indoor and outdoor seating. And the previous season, a high-speed quad chair was installed on Milly. Now 100 % of Brighton’s terrain is accessible by high-speed quads. Also, Brighton’s 200 acres of lighted terrain makes it the largest night skiing area around. For those with children, kids 7 and under ski or ride free any day or night all season long at Brighton Ski Resort. Solitude Mountain Resort has over 1200 acres of lift accessed terrain. The resort has 65 named trails, three bowls, and acres of groomers. Solitude Ski Resort also offers a Terrain Park, a Nordic Center, and the Solitude Village. Visit…

Fundraiser for Fishermen Affected by the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Great day to be in Big Cottonwood Canyon at Brighton Ski Resort. The was a party with live music and great weather and people .  The five bands that played included StoneFed, Blotto, Scenic Byway, Drunken Masters, and Kristin Diable from Louisiana.  The other four groups are from Utah, Stonefed from Moab, Blotto and Scenic Byway from SLC and Drunken Masters from Clearfield. The charity that served as our primary benefactor was Gulf Relief Foundation, founded by New Orleanian David Freedman, the general manager of WWOZ radio station in New Orleans. We were pleased and thankful to have sponsorships from Brighton Resort, Budweiser, AlphaGraphics, Danksquad, KRCL, and the Canyon Inn. The money raised ($1,000) will all be donated.  I think…

Spring Skiing in Utah is Alive and Well. And it’s a Blast.

Blue Bird Powder Alert. 7 feet in 7 days. This has been an incredible week at Brighton and Solitude Ski Resorts. For those of you thinking about tennis and golf, get your mind out of the gutter. Spring skiing is one of the most exciting activities of the year. Warmer weather combined with prime snow. It does not get better than this! We have some serious powder to deal with up here in Utah. I have to admit my arms and back are so tired from shoveling paths to our Brighton and Solitude ski rental homes that I just want to trek through the doors and right into the hottubs. Wondering if the snow is still good in March and…

Great Western Lodge

Deborah and Doug Ballard from Nashville, TN, were recent guests of our Great Western Lodge. They spent a memorable Valentines day with dinner and a sleigh ride in Heber. Here is what Deborah had to say about her experience at Great Western: “The sleigh ride and dinner was very nice; we had a delightful time. The ride was a bit shorter than I expected, but it was fun. We went to a place called The Homestead actually in Midway UT right before you approach Heber. (The sleigh rides are through Rocky Mountain Outfitters) It is a resort built around the hot springs. The people were very friendly and welcoming. The dinner was excellent and at $68.00 per person for the…

Paul, Our Brighton Snow Removal Expert

This is a picture of Paul our snow removal guru. He has been busy these past few days. We have had 38 inches in the past 48 hours. And I think Paul has gotten a meager 4 hours of sleep in those same 48hours. Make sure you give him a friendly wave as he drives by you sitting cozily in your warm cabin at Brighton Ski Resort, Utah

Who is Jay Aldous?

My name is Jay Aldous and I’m married to Adrienne Aldous, owner of Mount Majestic Properties. If I do my job well, you will never meet me. Why’s that you ask? We’ll, I’m the shadow shoveling two-feet of the “World’s Greatest Snow” away from your door in the wee hours of the morning, the abominable snowman character on the tractor clearing your driveway, the fleck of green that just sailed past your window as I get carried off your roof by an avalanche of snow in an effort to clear it. My job is throw, move, push, lift, melt and heave the 500+ inches of snow that Brighton Ski Resort receives each year. It’s days like today when I get…

Solitude Ski Resort 12-inch Report

  Weather at Solitude Ski Resort: Snow in the forecast – get your boards waxed! Misc & Events: We open for winter Nov 13 – conditions permitting. Are you aware of avalanches? It’s dumping the “Greatest Snow on Earth” at Solitude! With the snow piling up and backcountry season in full swing, there’s never been a better time to join Solitude’s Professional Ski Patrol and Snow Safety team for their Avalance Awareness Clinic, December 19-20. Focusing on how to travel safely and responsibly outside resort boundaries, this two day course is a great introduction to the identification of avalanche hazards and the skills needed to safely travel in the backcountry. Learn how to identify avalanche terrain, analyze snow and weather…

Helpful Links for Skiing and Staying in Brighton and Solitude Ski Resorts

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Thanksgiving at Brighton Ski Resort

We had Mark Forgson and his son staying in Alpine Creek #1 for the Thanksgiving holiday and they left this cute snowman. Their quote of the week was “this was the most memorable Thanksgiving we’ve ever had”. They enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at Creekside Restaurant, nonstop skiing and playing in the pool and hottub, and cartoons by the fireplace. Couldn’t be better. Mark even treated himself to a massage at the Solitude Spa.

Brighton Ski Resort Open for 2009/10 Ski Season Today

Happy Veterans Day. Brighton Ski Resort opened for the 2009/10 ski season today. We had a great crowd. Majestic and Explorer lifts are open with tickets going for $30. The Resort is reporting 16 inches of snow at midmountain. With the three day storm set to hit tomorrow, there may be more lifts opening up by Saturday. Now is the time to book your Thanksgiving ski vacation to Utah. Always check back to Mount Majestic for great Utah lodging discounts.

New October Snow on Brighton Ski Resort – Thanksgiving Ski Home Rentals Still Available

Jay and I hiked up to the top of Majestic lift yesterday and did a little skiing. What a way to embrace winter. For October 31st, the snow was quite good and abundant. Thinking we were doing something unique and on the edge, we soon realized it was NOT. There were many people already there in T-shirts and shorts (quite a bit younger I might add) doing the same. If this is any indication, we are going to have a terrific ski season at Brighton and Solitude Ski Resorts. Calls to the office for ski home rentals in Brighton and Solitude are picking up so others must be getting the bug too. There are only a few weeks left before…