SALT LAKE CITY - Brighton Resort is open for skiers, snowboarders, and, apparently, even outlandish ideas.
"I said, 'good luck man,'" said Alex Mlynarek, an employee at Brighton Resort.
Mlynarek's friend, Ted Borland, is a professional snowboarder. For the past few years, Borland has been building his own ski and snowboard ramps and rails in the backwoods of local areas. This year, he wanted to do it at his favorite local spot.
"I hit up my friend and said. 'It's time we do this,'" Borland explains.
Mlynarek didn't think there was much of a chance it would get the green light, that's why he wished his friend 'good luck,' and suggested he not hold his breath.
"But then they started talking to my boss and the GM," Mlynarek said. "And sure enough, they were really receptive to the idea.”
In mid-September, Borland and officials at Brighton Resort reached an agreement, and Borland got to work. Picking up fallen tree trunks, and using saws and hammers, by early October, many of the rails and jumps were already in place.
“I come up with an idea, and it’s like 'that would be super fun to ride, I’m gunna go build it,'” Borland said.
“Whenever they have a good idea, they bounce it off of us," Mlynarek said. "Then we take it to our GM, and he’s like, 'maybe, maybe not.'”
By the looks of it, the creativity isn't being stifled one bit, and the resort is drawing the eye from boarders all over the country who like what's happening at Brighton Resort.
"I get messages from boarders all over the country who are sending me ideas for things to build," Borland said.
The do-it-yourself zone is called "Bone Zone," and it is located at the bottom of the resort. Mlynarek said the zone will be free to the public until it is moved up the mountain, likely in late November.
It's an idea that could spread beyond this one resort.
"It’s contagious to be able to do something like this," Borland points out. "So, it’s cool that we were able to start it here.”
That's a sentiment Mlynarek agrees with.
"We’re going to show the world what Brighton Resort is all about," he said.
For more information about Brighton, visit the resort's website.