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What's Skiing at Brighton like?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I've been to Snowbird, Deer Valley & the Canyons.

 

I was wondering what the  skiing  at  Brighton is like.   Even though it's verticle isn't huge, it looks more useable than most resorts.   All those high-speed lifts look like they get you to the top.

 

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post #2 of 14

Brighton has a rather unusual setup.  There are some really good steep pitches, but they are not very long.  It has two parts to the mountain and it is not easy to get from one to the other.  The main mountain has a huge really flat section in the middle that many of the runs funnel into.  It is probably worth checking out for a day, and I can say I've had some fun there, but in Big Cottonwood Canyon I much prefer Solitude. Brighton has a weird setup and "personality" that I have just never connected with.   It is probably an OK intermediate mountain if your skis have a good wax job, but otherwise you may be walking and poling more than you like.  Lots of places you need to carry your speed to cross.  It is known as the SLC snowboarders' mountain, which seems odd given all the flats.  The crowd is much more family oriented and the place is pretty much shunned by the Alta/Snowbird regulars.

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post #4 of 14

I really like Brighton, especially on a powder day. There are great steep runs off of Great Western and some nice off piste on Millie side. The blue groomers have a rolly polly feel to them and I think are very fun. The main downside as far as I'm concerned is that it's not huge vertical. But on a powder day, you can find untracked way longer than LCC. My 2 cents.

post #5 of 14

I really liked Brighton when my ski buddies and I stayed in the city and explored several SLC areas a few seasons ago.  Before that Alta was my place to go.  Helped to take the free mountain tour.  Then we knew where the good trees were and how to get from one side to another without wasting time.  It'd been several days since the last dump but there was plenty of powder left in the trees if you knew where to look.  High speed lifts are a plus.

 

Have a friend who lives in SLC and knows the Brighton side country well.  There is fun to be had if someone shows you the way.

post #6 of 14

Brighton is great! You won't be sorry! 

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The face in the foreground of this picture is a good example of what I was talking about. Fantastic pitch, but short, and to get there you have to traverse over from the lift in the upper right hand corner of the pic, and then ski a green run to get back.

post #8 of 14

I think for an intermediate-advanced skier, who thinks trees are fun, it COULD be the best resort in Utah.  If it had another 500' or so of vert, it probably WOULD be the best intermediate-advanced mountain. 

 

The trees are skiable basically anywhere, and there's nowhere an low-mid advanced couldn't escape from without much trouble (unlike Snowbird).  Most terrain doesn't require much traversing either.  And the powder in the trees lasts for days, where it's gone in hours in LCC.

 

If your below the low-mid advanced level, Park City or the gondolas at Snowbasin might be more the ticket.  If you're a true expert Snowbird, Solitude, and Snowbasin are more your ticket.  

post #9 of 14

I have been to Brighton many times and it has its pros and cons.  It has great trees, great lifts, good powder for days, and fantastic scenery. I ski the trees top to bottom there and they are well-spaced, some steep pitches, and not tracked out fast. My cons to Brighton are the previously mentioned- not that big of vertical and the steep pitches are short. It is still a fun place though and certainly worth checking out. 

post #10 of 14

Not nearly as good or crowded as the Bird and blows the other 2 you mentioned away.....no comparison...

 

Go you won't regret it.

post #11 of 14
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The face in the foreground of this picture is a good example of what I was talking about. Fantastic pitch, but short, and to get there you have to traverse over from the lift in the upper right hand corner of the pic, and then ski a green run to get back.

 

The good news is that more than 95% of skiers in America can't even ski that face no matter how short it is or if it was right under a lift.

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks to everyone who took the time to post!

 

  And even a picture!  redface.gif

post #13 of 14

My limited view of Brighton was that it would pretty much make a great day trip for any skier/boarder. It has a small town feel to it, but there is plenty of good skiing to be had. We had a good day there and Great Western was even closed.
 

post #14 of 14

The main thing to know about Brighton is don't go there on a Saturday.  It's one of the few SLC resorts where kids ski for free, and the locals with their many offspring show up in droves.  Other than that, it's a great place to ski and if you're spending a few days skiing SLC it should be on your itinerary.  Lots of fun easy blue cruisers, some steeper stuff too.  HS Quads serve the entire mountain.

 

Since it's the highest elevation (not the biggest vertical, just the highest base elevation) it tends to be better than other SLC resorts late in the season.

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