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Brighton/Solitude v. Sbird/Alta

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Mornin`! Looking into Utah SUPER PASS Ski & Stay, as low as $170/night, 4 days ski for 2 pax.

 

Are these 2 lesser knowns worth skipping Alta and Snowbird for 1 day each, to ski LSG (long steep groomers)??

 

Gracias!

post #2 of 16
For LSG, sure.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by gpaulski View Post
 

Mornin`! Looking into Utah SUPER PASS Ski & Stay, as low as $170/night, 4 days ski for 2 pax.

 

Are these 2 lesser knowns worth skipping Alta and Snowbird for 1 day each, to ski LSG (long steep groomers)??

 

Gracias!

Does this deal really restrict you to only skiing each place 1 day?  I thought the SuperPass allows you to ski a set number of days at any of the four places.  At least that's how it worked a few years ago when a ski buddy and I stayed in SLC so we could check out several places.

 

Advanced skiers don't go to Solitude for LSG, they go for Honeycomb Canyon 3 days after a powder dump.  Or on Sunday during a holiday weekend.  If you take the Brighton free host tour or find a local to show you around, also fun stuff there a few days after a storm.  That said, I have plenty of fun staying in Alta for more than a week and just skiing LCC, regardless of conditions.

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

Tks. Yes, only time constraints, you can ski whatever you want in those days.  Just wondering if they are a waste of time compared to alta and sbird?

 

Maybe if powdery we take a lesson in one of the 4 super pass options. 

post #5 of 16
Nothing near SLC is a waste of time. If conditions are stellar, I would stay in LCC. If normal days then spending a day in BCC would be fun. Especially if you can hook up with a local Bear for a while. Personally, I like Brighton better than Solitude. There is a free Host tour at Brighton in the mornings. Has some lit trails if you want to stay and see what the locals after work or school.
post #6 of 16

Don't bother skiing Solitude, there is a reason no one skis there.

 

http://www.skiutah.com/winter/members/solitude_mountain_resort/resort/videos/youtubevideo2

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by gpaulski View Post
 

Tks. Yes, only time constraints, you can ski whatever you want in those days.  Just wondering if they are a waste of time compared to alta and sbird?

 

Maybe if powdery we take a lesson in one of the 4 super pass options. 

 

The snow stays good longer at Brighton / Solitude. The terrain is just as good (if you're not an expert), just a bit shorter. 

 

Solitude has a lot more steep groomers than Brighton. They're not as long as at Snowbird, but still good. Even Snowbird's long steep ones flatten out after 1000ft vert or so. Brighton's strongest suit is its intermediate/advanced level tree skiing.  I would say they're the best trees in Utah.  Brighton has the best selection of intermediate / beginner groomers (not much that's steep), but if you're not planning on hitting the trees you're missing the best of what the resort offers.

 

All things being equal conditions wise, my group usually alternates Snowbird with the BCC resorts as "leg rest days" (we don't do Alta due to their antiquated snowboard policy). 

post #8 of 16

Brighton has nice under-utilized trees.  Probably because of the higher proportion of boarders there.

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post
 

Don't bother skiing Solitude, there is a reason no one skis there.

 

http://www.skiutah.com/winter/members/solitude_mountain_resort/resort/videos/youtubevideo2


Not as much of an exaggeration as it might seem.  If the criteria are lack of crowds, tree skiing and and time until powder is gone, there are days LCC makes sense.

post #10 of 16
I think you mean bcc. Lcc is snowbird/alta.
post #11 of 16

The first time I visited the area, my wife and I enjoyed Brighton much more than Snowbird. Brighton just seemed to be much more "user friendly". The amenities were easy to find and access and the terrain seemed straightforward to locate. Snowbird was so commercially big that I felt lost just finding the tram. There was also a feeling of needing a guide to find the best terrain. There were just so many options on and off the trails and we had been warned about getting dead ended by the cliffs. The atmosphere at Brighton also felt much friendlier, compared to the "corporate" feel of Snowbird.

 

Please note that I am just comparing the two resorts for a first time visitor without local help. I'm sure if I lived in the area the facilities and greater terrain choices of Snowbird would win out over time. 

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe View Post

I think you mean bcc. Lcc is snowbird/alta.


Yes, of course, my bad.

post #13 of 16

When I skied Utah many, many years ago I spent one day at Brighton and one day at Solitude during the trip.  I had a blast at Brighton.  Good snow does stay around longer at Brighton and it has a very accessible layout.  Solitude didn't do much for me and I hit Solitude as my first day ever skiing in the West.  One caveat to my feedback, I'd say I was a low to solid Intermediate skier back then.  I was able to ski a couple of the Alta black diamonds when there was powder on them, but only a select few.  I my have a different experience going back today, but with the tree skiing opportunities in Brighton, I think I'd be pretty happy skiing there today.  That was something I wasn't up to exploring when I was in Utah the first time.

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When I skied Utah many, many years ago I spent one day at Brighton and one day at Solitude during the trip.  I had a blast at Brighton.  Good snow does stay around longer at Brighton and it has a very accessible layout.  Solitude didn't do much for me and I hit Solitude as my first day ever skiing in the West.  One caveat to my feedback, I'd say I was a low to solid Intermediate skier back then.  I was able to ski a couple of the Alta black diamonds when there was powder on them, but only a select few.  I my have a different experience going back today, but with the tree skiing opportunities in Brighton, I think I'd be pretty happy skiing there today.  That was something I wasn't up to exploring when I was in Utah the first time.

I first skied at Alta as an intermediate long ago . . . on straight skis.  Meaning blue groomers were what I could handle.  Loved the place even with the old slow lifts.  Am very glad that Collins goes all the way to the top and Sugarloaf is high speed now.  For intermediates and those who aren't up for exploring the High-T yet, definitely should go find the Supreme lift and go right.  The short blacks off the blue groomers are great places to build confidence and technique.

 

The afternoon Adult Workshop is a great way to learn where to find powder stashes for those just getting started in figuring out what works in deeper powder.  Or just watch where the advanced ski school classes go off Sunnyside and Cecret, especially when there is 16 inches of fresh.

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post
 

Don't bother skiing Solitude, there is a reason no one skis there.

 

http://www.skiutah.com/winter/members/solitude_mountain_resort/resort/videos/youtubevideo2

I tried the link but the video doesn't come up anymore.  Anyone care to elaborate?  We are considering a February trip to Solitude.

 

Thanks!

post #16 of 16
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I tried the link but the video doesn't come up anymore.  Anyone care to elaborate?  We are considering a February trip to Solitude.

Thanks!

Its a video of some guy that shows up at Solitude and theres no one there. Its bad because theres no lifties, ticket counter sales or anything. He starts the lifts by himself.

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