Big Cottonwood canyon – By Eve Pierce

January 5th, 2014 by Adrienne Aldous

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 interesting? Then read on for some detailed information about all the fantastic activities the Canyon has to offer:

Starting With Skiing

There are two equally well equipped and popular ski resorts in the Big Cottonwood Canyon area: Brighton and Solitude. The Brighton ski resort was the very first ski resorts to open in Utah, and one of the very first to open across the whole of the United States, making it a resort of historical importance, as well as a great place to ski. Solitude meanwhile is a family-oriented ski resort, offering more beginner and intermediary runs than any other resort in the area. If you’re planning your first ski vacation then the Big Cottonwood canyon area is the perfect place to start. You’ll find slopes perfect for skiers of varying abilities at both resorts, excellent ski schools, and a warm and friendly welcome from the locals. You’ll also find well equipped ski hire shops, meaning there’s no need to spend money on expensive equipment for your first visit, especially if you’re not sure that you’ll enjoy skiing or want to do it again. Even if you choose to buy and travel with your own ski clothing, according to Iglu Ski, skis, snowboards and boots are best left hired in resort. That way you can always change the equipment if it doesn’t suit you. If you need an occasional break from skiing (it can be hard on your muscles the first time you try it) then Big Cottonwood canyon is also a popular destination for snowshoe hiking, a perfect activity if you still want to be active and get out in the snow, but need a break from the ski slopes.

Rock Climbing

If you love outdoor pursuits no matter what the time of year, then you’ll be pleased to know that during the spring and summer months Big Cottonwood Canyon is a popular rock climbing destination too. Just 4.25 miles from the mouth of the canyon you’ll find the S-Curve Area, which offers a variety of grades of climbing routes, most of which are bolted for your convenience. Because so many of the climbing routes in this area offer impressive overhangs, you’ll enjoy the exhilarating feeling of clinging to the rock face with gravity working against you, no matter what your climbing ability level.

Hit the Hiking Trails

Another fun activity to enjoy if you’re visiting Big Cottonwood Canyon outside of the snowy months is working the many hiking trails throughout the canyon. If you’re looking for a stunning hiking trail why not hike to Albion Basin (which is just a short 2.5 mile hike from Brighton). Here you’ll find some of the most beautiful wild flowers in the state: it is an area famed for this beauty, and the perfect place to stop and enjoy a relaxing picnic. The canyon is also home to many mountain lakes, and these are all perfect hiking destinations too. The views make the strenuous hike to some of the more difficult-to-reach mountains seem well worth it once you arrive.

Put On Your Running Shoes

Finally, if running is your thing, then you shouldn’t miss the Big Cottonwood Canyon marathon and half marathon, an event that is held every September (The race will be held on September 13 in 2014). This famously fast marathon will see you running down the canyon whilst enjoying some of the most scenic views of any other marathon in the country. A must-do event for any committed runner, and a great reason to enjoy a fall vacation in the spectacularly beautiful Big Cottonwood Canyon too.


Brighton Utah Ski Resort Powder Alert 12-3-2013

December 5th, 2012 by Adrienne Aldous

Brighton Utah Ski Resort - Ski Utah

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 course
Weds Dec 19th 5-7PM (indoor lecture)
Thurs Dec 20th 10AM-3PM (field day/ BC tour)
Cost $60.00 (must have Brighton lift pass)
Registration required
contact: dodge@brightonresort.com (registration / info)

For more info and additional courses
www.utahavalanchecenter.org
www.shejumps.org
dodge@brightonresort.com


Utah Vacation Home Rental Prices Slashed by 35%

January 10th, 2012 by Adrienne Aldous

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 to the base of the Brighton Ski Resort lift. If you know thearea I am talking about, many boarders head into this country, get disoriented, and end up a mile below the Resort requiring a long walk back to the base. On a powder day, that can be agonizing thinking of all the shredding that is going on without you.

This is a fabulous time to come to Utah and Ski at Brighton and Solitude Ski Resort. Our Utah ski vacation home and cabin lodging prices have been slashed 35% over previous years. There are no lift lines here so what are you waiting for?


Fall Is In the Air in Brighton

September 26th, 2011 by Adrienne Aldous

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 lovely lunch at Kimi Mountain Bistro and then came back to the condo and took a family nap. This is a family ritual when we travel together. Why? Because we can. Since we had awakened at different times, our afternoon was turned into a lazy day of reading and knitting until Zoe could stand it no more and went back out to take photos of the surrounding village. She was reminded of the pool and hottub at Club Solitude and added that to her list of “must do’s”. That evening we enjoyed grilled salmon and quinoa salad and ate on the deck until it got too nippy. That was when we went inside to play games-another family ritual. I had packed Bananagrams and a deck of cards, and we were soon intensely engaged. Apples to Apples is another favorite and always brings out new insights into our kids’ unfolding personalities. Zoe is sixteen and Addison is eighteen and I am often amazed at what great people they are turning out to be-most of the time.
The next morning while the kids slept in, Jay and I got up and went for another hike and watched the sun warm the mountain. When we got back, the kids were gone but we found them sitting in the hot tub at Club Solitude. After a plate of gluten free pancakes (Jay has celiac disease) prepared by yours truly, we decided to attempt Frisbee golf. This seemed like a simple enough game. We got the necessary discs, bought our lift ticket and rode up to the first tee. The kids were relieved to be golfing down the hill rather than up. After many lost discs, we golfed our way back down to the village and had lunch at the Stone Haus. We lamented that it was almost time to pack up and get back to real life but vowed we would do this again soon. After a rejuvenating family nap we were ready to tackle a week of work, tests, and lacrosse games. None of us were terribly hungry so we hobbled together what was left in the fridge and had a simple dinner and a played a few more games. I am smiling as I recall that perfect weekend. I wonder now if it was the turn to Autumn that was so magical or that we have a pretty great family! Both, I think.

Oh, and if you’re looking for special Fall Deals for our Utah vacation home rentals, call me (Adrienne) at 801.824.4700 and mention the ad. In return, I’ll offer you 15% OFF a 3-night night stay at any available vacation rental home. Hurry, though. We can only offer this deal until October 31, 2011.


Your Utah wedding – Utah vacation homes

September 8th, 2011 by Adrienne Aldous

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 and we’ll provide you with all of the assistance necessary to help you plan your guest list.


Chef Adam Kreisel Stirs It Up @ Creekside

February 11th, 2011 by Adrienne Aldous

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 reduction sauce that make my mouth water just thinking about it.

Next time we’re back, we’ll plan to employ Adam for more than just the grand finale meal. He’s a pro if there ever was one, not to mention a fantastic ski guide as he has a season pass to the Big Cottonwood slopes.

Thanks again for everything!

The open kitchen at the Creekside Ski Home in Brighton Utah

Adam Kreisel's Gourmet Meal Created in the Extraordinary Creekside Kitchen


AJ Motion Sports Delivers Ski Gear to Your Ski Vacation Home

November 30th, 2010 by Adrienne Aldous

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 deal for Mount Majestic Properties guests.  Make sure you mention us.  They have the most flexible ski delivery program in Salt Lake City and their rental rates offer the best value in the area.  Give Michelle a call at 801-450-1602 or e-mail her at michelle@ajmotionsports.com.


2010 Utah Ski Vacation Home Rentals Surging for Mount Majestic

November 27th, 2010 by Adrienne Aldous

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 areas that are preferred by families, friends and couples. Skiers don’t have to wait an hour to ski a run and the conditions are as good if not better than those at Alta and Snowbird.

Book your ski vacation home now before we are full. Just a few houses remain for Christmas and New Year’s.

2010 Utah Ski Vacation Home Rentals Surging, in General

The Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP) recently issued some welcome and encouraging news for Utah ski and snowboard resorts in Utah: the winter season of 2010 is showing strong signs of growth and improvement.

There are a few factors that are influencing the strong trend upward in bookings and room rates:

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average has increased 9.6% since May, 2010
  • The Index of Leading Economic Indicators has shown growth in 4 of the last 5 months
  • Travel prices have increased 4.4% since the summer of 2009
  • National occupancy rates are up 8.8%
  • The Consumer Confidence Index (CCI), while showing signs of growth at 3.6% (since the summer of 2009), has fallen a bit behind the growth of the Dow Jones, Leading Economic Indicators and travel prices.

All of this adds up to growth in bookings in the months of October, November (21%) and December (14%) for Utah ski and snowboard resorts.


Snow Has Arrived – Book Your Utah Ski Vacation Home

November 24th, 2010 by Adrienne Aldous
52 inch Snow Base and Growing

52 inch Snow Base and Growing

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 our Utah ski lodging and vacation deals and holiday specials, call Mount Majestic Properties today at (888) 236-0667 or complete our form and we’ll be back in touch with you same day.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy skiing!


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

November 8th, 2010 by Adrienne Aldous

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 beginners

Snowboard – $24 – All-Mountain boards

Jr. Demo – $15

Elite Jr. skis

Jr. Skis – $10 – All-purpose skis for the kids

Jr. Snowboard – $10 – All-purpose boards

Visit Wasatch Ski Valet.

Email them @ info@wasatchskivalet.com.

Or call 800-581-9731