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Planning a trip for the first week in March. Brighton or Powder Mountain in Utah?

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where would you go  and why?

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Dude, what do you want a tutorial? Why do people ask the same questions over and over and then make them general to the point of stupidity?

 

Clue: describe what you're looking for, what you like to ride, why you chose two random resorts out of all the resorts in Utah and then maybe someone could help you out.

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ok, let me be more specific. (posed the first question during a middle of night bathroom break, was being lazy I suppose) I would consider myself to be an intermediate, my friend a low intermediate.  I like to free ride the open mountain, prefer wide open type terrain.  I do not ride in the parks or half pipe nor am I looking to jump off of cliffs.  This for me is going to be a short trip (4 days riding) so I am trying to determine if I should just do the simple Sandy Midvale Super 8 bus deal or stay slopeside at Powder (or Eden), rent a 4wd and go there.  (If I stayed in Mid Vale I would have the choice of 3 different mountains using the Super pass)   

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Powder Mtn is a unique place.  I went there for one day, so take this with grain of salt.  It seemed great for two things:  1. excellent place to learn how to ski/ride off-piste powder conditions from intermediate to expert in difficulty.  If you and buddy were highly interested in that then it would be a fun four day immersion including cat rides and shuttle bus rides for exploring remote-feeling runs.  2. It also has some very nice novice to intermediate groomers that are not crowded. 

 

Brighton would be more of the no brainer choice for you and friend.  Very boarder friendly, lots of good intermediate runs, very scenic.  Solitude provides more of same 1/2 mile down the road.  And staying in Sandy would be cheap. 

 

recent trip report covering these two hills and some others:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1285&mode=headlines

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Brighton would be more of the no brainer choice for you and friend.  Very boarder friendly, lots of good intermediate runs, very scenic.  Solitude provides more of same 1/2 mile down the road.  And staying in Sandy would be cheap. 

Agree that Brighton would be a good choice.  Your low intermediate friend might be intimidated by Solitude - it's steeper in general than Brighton. Same thing with Snowbird.

 

One thing about Brighton is that most of the terrain is tree-lined trails rather than wide open terrain.  If you're looking for wide open terrain that's intermediate-friendly go to Snowbasin.

 

I haven't been to PowMow (yet), but my take would be that with only four days to ride you'd want to hit the places with high-speed lifts to you make the most of your time.

 

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I've never been to Brighton so I can't comment on that but I was just at Powder Mountain.  I'm not sure if you have looked around at lodging options in Eden but I think you tend to get more for your money.  The low buck hotels aren't really an option there but condos can be had for a relatively low cost.  The skiing at Pow Mow is great and it's cheap.  Don't expect a lot of amenities but if it is cold and has snowed recently (say in that last week) you should expect great conditions.  When I was there a couple of weeks ago and I would guesstimate that there might have been 200-300 skiers/boarders there tops.  If you want save a few bucks you can stay in Ogden and drive up.  Snowbasin is also close by and worth a visit.  I liked skiing at Alta when I was there last year but I prefer the uncrowded slopes, laid back people, and cheap skiing at Pow Mow and Snowbasin.

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ok, let me be more specific. (posed the first question during a middle of night bathroom break, was being lazy I suppose) I would consider myself to be an intermediate, my friend a low intermediate.  I like to free ride the open mountain, prefer wide open type terrain.  I do not ride in the parks or half pipe nor am I looking to jump off of cliffs.  This for me is going to be a short trip (4 days riding) so I am trying to determine if I should just do the simple Sandy Midvale Super 8 bus deal or stay slopeside at Powder (or Eden), rent a 4wd and go there.  (If I stayed in Mid Vale I would have the choice of 3 different mountains using the Super pass)   



Okay, that's more like. Sorry for being a dick; it just irks me when people ask super general questions and seem to want a full resort review as opposed to a direct answer.

 

I'd go with Powder for sure--it exemplifies what you're looking for. The place has like 4,000 or 5,000 acres, much of which is wide open bowls and loosely spaced trees. I've only ridden Brighton once, but it's more about park/pipe than it is about open terrain from what I saw of it. Powder is a great mountain for intermediate riders--you'll see a lot of bs about how it's flat or boring, but that won't be relevant to you as an intermediate (nor is it entirely accurate). Powder is hands down your best bet for powder, too. The mountain is just so huge with so many different types of access (surface lift + hiking, shuttle pick-up terrain, $15-per-ride snowcat rides, etc.). Some of that may be a little out of your range as an intermediate, but Powder's not a bad place to try out your first black diamond.

 

And you'll be within about half an hour of Snowbasin, which opens up another 3,000 acres of terrain. Snowbasin is also a great mountain for open bowl terrain and powder. It's also a good option if you get sick of Powder's slow lifts (the one downside to Pow Mow is it's lift system--slow and kind of disjointed, where you end up having to take two or three lifts to get back where you want to be--not a big deal for a local, but something to consider when traveling here). Snowbasin, on the other hand, has one of the best lift systems in the country.

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You definitely hit the nail on the head about both Snowbasin and Powder Mountain.  The lifts at Snowbasin are fast and incredibly efficient and once you figure out how to get around at Pow Mow the slow lifts are a nice breather.  I went out with a guide named John Daniels when I was there a couple of weeks ago and had an absolute blast.  It was worth the price of admission for sure.

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You said "ride" as in snowboard.  Then Brighton.

 

Snow Basin is a great place.  I had a fantastic day there.  A lady liftie carried my skis for me to the Gondola.  The food and the lodges and the lifts are top notch - the best I have ever seen.  For me, maybe too good.  It's like seriously nice.

 

The skiing is easier than Alta and Snowbird.  There is plenty of hard stuff and areas you can duck into then get out if it's too hard.

 

Between those two, no question in my mind.

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well I made my decision.  Staying at the Comfort Suites in Ogden, will be riding Powder and Snowbasin in 2 weeks.  Can't wait!!!

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