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brighton or solitude?

post #1 of 14
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me and my friends have a standing argument about which is better, brighton or solitude?
post #2 of 14

Moderator note: moved thread to appropriate forum, just wanted to bump it since it got buried in the new forum. 

post #3 of 14

My experience at both is somewhat limited (two trips each resort) but I'd say Brighton: even though Solitude has more vertical, the lift layout at Brighton makes for longer runs. And if I had decent skis, I'd definitely appreciate the way that Brighton marks rocks, while Solitude seemed a lot rockier with a lot less warning. That said, they're both very fun places!

post #4 of 14

Brighton is a boarder's hill, with all the negative ju-ju that goes along with that. Nitwits stopping in the middle of the run just past the crest so they can't be seen - yup, that's Brighton. At the "ski" shop it's only boarder stuff, so if quasi-rasta dummy's are your penchant, then Brighton is your place.

post #5 of 14

Stupid thread.  But...stupid is my game right now.  

 

It depends on what you want:  Brighton has longer, uninterrupted runs, and better off-piste.  It also has a boarder vibe and is a bit harder to move around on.  Solitude has better grooming and fewer people per acre generally.  But the lift layout is awkward and has less usable vertical for each run.  It has more of a "resort" feel.

 

If you want trees/off-piste, I'd go Brighton.

If it's nuking and you feel like skiing uncrowded pow, I'd go to Solitude.

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by tch View Post
 

Stupid thread.  But...stupid is my game right now.  

 

It depends on what you want:  Brighton has longer, uninterrupted runs, and better off-piste.  It also has a boarder vibe and is a bit harder to move around on.  Solitude has better grooming and fewer people per acre generally.  But the lift layout is awkward and has less usable vertical for each run.  It has more of a "resort" feel.

 

If you want trees/off-piste, I'd go Brighton.

If it's nuking and you feel like skiing uncrowded pow, I'd go to Solitude.


For a traveler from the flatlands, Solitude is a great place to warm up when the first ski day is on a weekend.  Especially for a mixed ability group that includes intermediates more comfortable on groomers than off-piste.  I love the meatballs for lunch.

 

Brighton seems like a good place for someone who is starting to play in trees.  Only been there once during mid-season conditions.  Plenty of soft snow to be found in the trees 4-5 days after a snowstorm.  The free mountain host tour is an easy way to learn how to make the most of the place.

 

For a traveler who wants to ski on day of arrival but gets in too late to make it to Alta by 2pm, night skiing at Brighton could be a reasonable option.

post #7 of 14

The boarder vibe is very real at Brighton and as a result, my wife is in no hurry to return.  Overall, Brighton offers more unique terrain than Solitude, but Solitude's is definitely steeper.  Solitude's lift lay-out is to give access to more of the mountain to beginners and conservative intermediates, and not to maximize vertical.  I like them both, but much prefer LCC and Snowbasin.

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The boarder vibe is very real at Brighton and as a result, my wife is in no hurry to return.  Overall, Brighton offers more unique terrain than Solitude, but Solitude's is definitely steeper.  Solitude's lift lay-out is to give access to more of the mountain to beginners and conservative intermediates, and not to maximize vertical.  I like them both, but much prefer LCC and Snowbasin.


My friend who mostly skis in the Mid-Atlantic really liked Solitude's steep groomers.  This is her second season taking trips out west.  She skied at Snowbasin and PowMow last winter.  We also spent a day at Snowbird before going she went to Alta for the first time.  Of course, now Alta is her favorite. ;)

 

On a weekday, I think I would choose Brighton over Solitude.

post #9 of 14

I suppose it depends on what you are looking for.  If you want to ride in the park Brighton can't be beat.  My son skis there 3-4 days a week and is in the park most of the time.  For expert skiing I don't even think it's close, Solitude has a lot more steep terrain.

 

If they offer the Big Cottonwood Pass again next year I'll probably go back to the BCC.  The only time I'll use the Brighton portion of the pass will be for night skiing.

post #10 of 14

As anyone reading this thread can see it's purely subjective but they're both good fun places.  I haven't had any major issues with boarders at Brighton or anywhere else ( i do have a minor issue with them but this isn't the thread for that).

 

Solitude has great trees for good skiers, Brighton has better trees for less advanced folks.  The general lift layout, overall steepness and other things already mentioned are generally true and in total ambiguity I call it a tie;)

post #11 of 14

Brighton is easier to get around, but is almost always way more crowded than Solitude. At Solitude lapping many of the better places to ski requires multiple chair rides. This also assumes that you can ski the areas through the avalanche control gates. When these are closed, Solitude skis small. At Solitude you should be prepared to work harder to get to the good skiing and you should be okay with standing at the top of a cliff and having to work to get to where air isn't mandatory. If you're willing to explore and a good enough skier for the off-piste trees and steeps, Solitude can be a lot of fun. So far this season Solitude has been skiing much better than the snow report would make you believe.

post #12 of 14

Brighton is better except if you're an expert (not me) looking for extreme in-bounds terrain... Solitude has lots more of that.  Overall, though Solitude is still awesome... with hardly any crowds.  I've skied 8 resorts in Colorado, and I'd take Solitude over any one of them.

 

Also, I've posted on here many times before, its always the southerners on here complaining about snowboarders.  I don't get it.  I don't see any more snowboarders at Brighton than I would at any other typical ski resort.  I see LOTS of local families and retirees though.  Somehow, they don't seem to mind that so-called snowboarder vibe.  

 

The quality of the tree skiing, and the quality of the snow in the trees at Brighton can't be beat... if the mountain had an extra 500-1000ft vert, it might just be the best mountain in North America.

post #13 of 14

Ok I'll bite.

 

Brighton is better if you like long easy cruisers and high speed lifts to take you there.

 

Solitude is better if you like steep groomers or exploring the adjacent Honeycomb Canyon.

 

Experts will prefer Solitude, intermediates and beginners will prefer Brighton.

 

Solitude has some semblance of a village with slopeside lodging and dining albeit small.  Brighton's basically just a day ski area.

 

Brighton has night skiing, and is generally more crowded than Solitude.  Especially on Saturday.

 

Solitude's lift layout leaves something to be desired, although they are improving it. 

 

I wouldn't say one is better than the other, they're different resorts with different strengths and weaknesses. The best advice i would give is to try them both and see for yourself.

post #14 of 14

Original poster with only 1 post.  Get back in the discussion, dude.

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