Weekend Warriors: 48 hours of skiing in Utah

The “weekend warrior” is a devoted powderhound who tirelessly plugs away at their nine-to-five job all week, only to spend all weekend driving to and from the mountains just to get their fix.

In honor of this dedicated group of enthusiasts, we decided to see precisely how much skiing we could fit into 48 hours in Utah — all without missing any time at the office.

Here is our guide to maximizing 48 hours in the Beehive State:

Friday night, sometime after work: Arrive at Salt Lake City International Airport.

In our case, we departed from San Diego, CA. Our roundtrip airfare cost $300, plus an additional $25 each way in baggage fees.

Friday night: Head over to the car rental hub and rent something to ferry you around. You won’t need anything more than a sedan if you’re on your own, which will run you about $100 for a Friday to Sunday rental.

Late Friday night: Finish the 20-minute drive from the airport to Cottonwood Heights and grab a hotel room in the area. Try the Extended Stay America in Midvale for around $70, and get yourself some sleep.

Saturday, 6 a.m.: Get up and check the road conditions.

If the roads look clear, drive to Brighton Resort, otherwise head to the Big Cottonwood Canyon Park and Ride on the east side of town and catch the earliest Ski Bus you can. It will only cost you $10 round trip.

Saturday, around 9 a.m.: Arrive at Brighton Resort. Guzzle some coffee and protein bars.

Once you’re fueled up, grab a $79 lift ticket and head over to the Milly Express Lift.

Saturday, 9 — 11 a.m.: Lap the Milly Express.

Enjoy the powder from its 500 annual inches of snowfall. Marvel at the lack of crowds on its chutes and pow fields. Take in its topsy turvy topography and send it off drop-offs and natural features into soft, buttery pillows. Eat it once or twice and smile often.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m.: Now, with your legs nice and warmed up, head over to the Crest and Snake Creek Express lifts for some park time. From the top of Crest Express ride My-O-My to Candyland or Krista’s.

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Robby Burleson of G-Form catches a little hangtime coming off the Milly Express at Brighton. Photo: Courtesy of Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

Saturday, 1 p.m.: Head to Molly Green’s on the upper floor of Brighton Manor, the massive A-frame at the base of the mountain. Their nachos are amazing.

Saturday, 2 p.m.: Head out for some post-lunch laps. When your legs start feeling rubbery, find your way back to your car and tackle the 90-minute drive out to Ogden.

Saturday, between 5 — 6 p.m.: Head to Slackwater Pub and Pizzeria in town. If you’re a fan of spice, try the Tastes Like Burning pizza, and sample from their expansive beer menu. Dinner should run under $30. Once you’re done, grab a room at the Holiday Inn Express in town for around $85 and rest your body.

Sunday, 7:30 a.m.: Get up, get caffeinated and get out. You’re headed to Powder Mountain (Pow Mow), to experience one of the true gems of U.S. skiing.

Sunday, 8:15 a.m.: Bask in the massive scale of its 8,000+ acres of skiable terrain — the most of any in the United States. Revel in the fact that the mountain caps its daily ticket sales to 2,000 and doesn’t engage in much grooming, allowing you endless amounts of untouched powder. Buy a $79 lift ticket and a $25 single-ride snow cat pass.

Sunday, 9 a.m.: After parking at either Timberline or Sundown Lodge, ski off the Sundown lift to the Lightning Ridge Snowcat. Take the cat to James Peak and complete 20-minute bootpack to the top of the ridge.

Sunday, 10 a.m.: Get fresh tracks on James Peak. Take wide, sweeping lines in knee-deep blower pow and enjoy every minute.

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Thats the look of pure stoke on my face. Photo: Courtesy of Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

Sunday, 11 a.m. — 1 p.m.: Lap the Paradise lift. Duck in and out of trees and ski hard. Get humbled when you tomahawk coming off a drop-off, and then laugh it off because you landed in sweet, delicious powder.

Sunday, 2 p.m — 4 p.m.: Finish off the day by riding Mary’s lift and Powder Country off of the Hidden Lake Express. Enjoy the fact that — due to its immense size and lift ticket cap — it’s still easy to find untouched powder all the way until closing bell at Pow Mow.

Sunday, 4 p.m: Now that you can ski no longer, go to the Shooting Star Saloon in nearby Huntsville.

It’s the oldest bar in Utah, and features the stuffed mounted head of 298-pound St. Bernard on its wall. Locals claim the dog used to wander into the bar in the early 1900s and once held the Guinness World Record for the largest St. Bernard ever. Order a Star Burger for $7 and stuff your face.

Sunday night: Drop off your car, and board your plane headed for home. Try your best to catch some shut-eye before work Monday morning.

In the end, you’ll have spent under $850 for an epic weekend, and you will have done it all without missing any time in the office.