Back in February, the group that has quickly become our travel wolfpack came together in Brighton, Utah, for a long weekend of snowboarding, skiing, and cooking! (and driving) My family and I have been skiing/snowboarding since I was four. (I crossed over to the "dark side" - snowboarding - when I was 13.) I haven't been able to enjoy the mountains nearly as much as I'd like to now that I'm graduated and have a job, so I hadn't been out in a year or two. It was so great being back on my snowboard!!
Mad skills at Purgatory Resort. I'm on the left, rocking the uni-snowsuit.
Greetings from Sunny Brighton!
I'll admit that I hardly took any photos during this trip (didn't trust myself to carry my nice camera on the mountain while I was snowboarding). That said, the mountain was beautiful. The runs were fantastic and diverse. There was a little bit of everything for everyone, and this mountain especially favored the more skilled skiers.
Here's our view from the cabin.
Every local we talked to 1) was really friendly, and 2) apologized for how unseasonably bad the snow was. This surprised me since I felt that the snow conditions were better than most that I've encountered in Colorado during peak season. Utah may have stolen my snow heart!
Or this guy has, at least :)
Breathtaking views from the top of Brighton's second tallest peak. The tallest peak is over to the left.
Trying to take a good photo in bright snow...
We stayed in a house a short 10 minute walk from the chairlifts. This proved convenient in a number of ways:
- Proximity to chairlifts
- Ability to cook meals (saving money)
- Ability for everyone to stay together (house had 3 bedrooms and 4 beds)
- Ability to walk home for lunch before hitting the slopes again
My board is the purple one!
My only con would be how remote Brighton is from everyday amenities (i.e., Starbucks). It's about a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake City or any grocery store. We therefore had to be really prepared and purchase all of our groceries before heading up the mountain on our first night.
Here's the group enjoying our last dinner together:
EATS // DRINKS
- 90% of meals were at the rental
- First night out: Silver Fork Lodge (delicious!)
- House named "Creekside" very near Brighton Resort booked through Mount Majestic Rental Properties