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Alta vs. Brighton for beginners (green runs)

post #1 of 14
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I've got some friends staying in Park City right now.  They have spent two days at PCMR and had a good time, but say that the conditions are far from ideal.  They are thinking of spending a day at either Brighton or Alta based upon some local advice given to them while out there.  There are two beginner skiers in their group who feel the most comfortable on greens.  They figured that Brighton would be the best fit for them based upon their abilities.  However, I thought Alta might be just as good as the Sunnyside/Cecret terrain is just as good if not better than the green runs at Brighton.  Thoughts?

post #2 of 14

how beginner they are? Alta will have grommed runs off of all the lifts and an entire green/blue side like you side! I'd go to Alta, but I love Alta/Bird so I'm a little biased here and I hate Brighton :-) it looks small, hard to navigate and not much fun terrain! I think it's a fun place for boarders and park skiers, just not my thing!

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how beginner they are? Alta will have grommed runs off of all the lifts and an entire green/blue side like you side! I'd go to Alta, but I love Alta/Bird so I'm a little biased here and I hate Brighton :-) it looks small, hard to navigate and not much fun terrain! I think it's a fun place for boarders and park skiers, just not my thing!

 

I tend to feel the same way that you do about Alta, but I wouldn't say that I hate Brighton...I just prefer lots of other places.  Anyway, these beginner skiers aren't first-timers.  They just prefer to stick to green runs.  They were thinking that Brighton had more green runs and would be the place to go if they weren't going to stay at one of the Park City locations.  I was thinking that Alta would be better and was wondering if there was something about Brighton that I was forgetting or not considering (even though I was just there last month).

post #4 of 14

they would probably be able to ski all/most of the lifts in Brighton, so that could bring some sense of accomplishments! If there are more advanced skiers they could get bored at Brighton, but for a day it won't hurt! I would definitely do not repeat though

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they would probably be able to ski all/most of the lifts in Brighton, so that could bring some sense of accomplishments! If there are more advanced skiers they could get bored at Brighton, but for a day it won't hurt! I would definitely do not repeat though


For green skiers?  Depends on on how timid they are.

 

 

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I've got some friends staying in Park City right now.  They have spent two days at PCMR and had a good time, but say that the conditions are far from ideal.  They are thinking of spending a day at either Brighton or Alta based upon some local advice given to them while out there.  There are two beginner skiers in their group who feel the most comfortable on greens.  They figured that Brighton would be the best fit for them based upon their abilities.  However, I thought Alta might be just as good as the Sunnyside/Cecret terrain is just as good if not better than the green runs at Brighton.  Thoughts?


I would say go to Alta.  Certainly plenty of fun to be had even if only riding Sunnyside and Cecret.  Plus Sunnyside has blue and black trails if the other folks in the group are willing to spend a little time skiing together and meeting up at the base.  If the beginners are just a little adventurous, perhaps the better skiers could take them to Supreme for the blue groomers over there.  My daughter never got bored at Alta when she was a Level 5 skier (age 7).  For that matter, I didn't get bored when I skied Alta as an adult intermediate quite a while back sticking to groomers, but I was good enough for blues off Sugarloaf.  What happens is that so many advanced/experts rave about Alta so some beginner/intermediates assume there is nothing there for less experienced skiers.

 

Looking at the Brighton trail map, there are ways to get down on green trails from the top of a couple lifts.  But getting there could be intimidating for a cautious beginner.  The teaching area green lift near the base is very short.

 

Would the beginners consider a group lesson?  Could do that at either place.  Alta ski school may have more full-time instructors  teaching group lessons because it's more of a destination resort than Brighton.

post #6 of 14

Have you considered Solitude, which is right next door to Brighton?  After skiing Snowbird and Alta during the week days last week, my son and I went to Solitude on Saturday and Sunday.  We never had to wait for more than a chair or two before getting on any of the lifts.  I really like some of the trails off the Supreme lift at Alta, but I get impatient with the lift lines.  I only went to Brighton once a few years ago.  While I can't remember specifics, my impression was that it didn't have as much challenging terrain as the other 3 in the Cottonwood canyons.

 

I think Solitude is a nice compromise.  There are some nice groomers off the Aspen Express/Moonbeam/Powderhorn lifts.  I'm working on improving my bump skiing and there are some blue/black trails off the Eagle Express that are great for that purpose.  There's some more challenging terrain back in the Honeycomb Canyon (or Honeycomb Hideout as I like to call it to make my son roll his eyes).  Also some good tree skiing in the Canyon and off the Summit lift.

 

OK, now I'm officially sad that I'm back home in NY...

post #7 of 14

Agree that Solitude will be much better in terms of lift lines but if your crew is looking for true groomed greenies there aint much at Solitude. You have a very short run on the link chairlift. Moonbeam has one long groomed green but most of the rest of the stuff was ungroomed and a bit steeper. I had my wife and two daughters there over xmas and we seemed to do the same runs over and over. This did help my 7 year old progress quite a bit as she managed her way down the ungroomed blues in soft small powder bumps. I think the greens on the far left side of Alta are long, groomed, and cruising.

post #8 of 14

Another vote for Alta.

 

Arrive early, if possible, and park in the Albion (second) lot.  You can almost ski back to the car at the end of the day.

 

As already mentioned, all the lifts will have a nice groomer off the top.  (If it's snowing, however, these runs can get a little more challenging)

 

One thing to keep in mind is that the Sunnyside lift offers a $5 ticket after 3:00 pm so it can get really busy.

post #9 of 14

If the OP's group is likely to have people who want to ski until last chair, there is something to be said for parking at Wildcat.  That means the beginners (perhaps everyone?) should probably take the transfer tow (horizontal) over to Albion to start with.  But at the end of the day, folks who stop earlier can relax at the GMD bar.  The Collins and Sunnyside lifts close at 4:30pm, while other lifts close earlier.

 

If starting at Collins and there is good visibility, also possible to ride up Collins and take the "easier route" down to get over to the Sugarloaf side.  After getting off Collins, go straight past the patrol building.  Then need to head left.  The direct route is a blue that has a drop off that most skiers take relatively fast in order to get off plenty of speed for the flat section (clearly visible).  On the right side (look for a sign), there is a little switchback to get past the slightly steeper section at the top.

 

From the primary Sugarloaf groomer, keep going to the right to get to Supreme.  Look for red trail signs.  Also has a short flat section, but worth it.

post #10 of 14
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Most of the opinions expressed confirmed my thoughts.  The group (two married couples) is taking my advice and going to Alta tomorrow.  Thursday lift lines should not be bad (especially with no expected snow between now and then).  The ladies may just take the day off though.  They are all skiing Deer Valley today.  I would expect the snow at Alta to be considerably better than what they have been skiing on over in Park City.

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Most of the opinions expressed confirmed my thoughts.  The group (two married couples) is taking my advice and going to Alta tomorrow.  Thursday lift lines should not be bad (especially with no expected snow between now and then).  The ladies may just take the day off though.  They are all skiing Deer Valley today.  I would expect the snow at Alta to be considerably better than what they have been skiing on over in Park City.


If the ladies decide to go, could have a very nice lunch with a view at the Rustler (chair lift ride up) or Alta Lodge (rope tow) or Collins Grill (near Collins mid-station).  Not really more expensive than eating at one of the cafeteria-style places on mountain.

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For green skiers?  Depends on on how timid they are.

 

True, but I believe it's very doable specially if they have a better skier with them!

 

Anyway, glad they decided to go to Alta! I'm sure they will have a great time and be able to challenge themselves if they want to!

post #13 of 14

Take them to Alta, when that closes drive them to Brighton.  They still run till 8pm right these days?  That way you don't have to select one.

 

Otherwise Snowbasin. 

post #14 of 14
Alta off of the sugarloaf lift will be a nice run and it has a high speed lift.
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