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Brighton & Solitude on a powder day - lift management

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

hey there

 

I’m going to Utah this Feb and I’ll be skiing Brighton & Solitude for the first time. I like to prepare for the best, so I’d appreciate some input/insight on managing those hills on a powder day. Specifically lift opening order, gate opening order, and the run priority order.

 

Brighton seems like it should be pretty straight forward and I don't see any gates. Do the lifts have a standard order for opening?   Does the Milly lift open or close differently during storms?  

 

Solitude seems more complex. Where does one start? Off the Summit chair, do they open the headwall side prior to the cirque side? where does one ski while waiting for the Summit chair to open? do the gates off Powderhorn and Eagle chairs open prior to the higher Honeycomb gates? and can you get to the Powderhorn from the Honeycomb return chair?

 

thanks in advance

Dave

 

post #2 of 7
From the Honeycomb return Lift you can get to any Lift except Sunrise, which you never want to ride anyway. The answer to the rest of your questions is "it depends". Avi control at Solitude is very complicated (like the terrain), so openings are different each stormm, often with some areas not fully opening for days. The have signs at bottom of Powderhorn and top of Eagle lifts that show gate status, but often only one side of Honeycomb will be open.
post #3 of 7
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thank you.   

 

for that staggered Honeycomb opening, do/can the lower gates open without the Summit chair and upper gates opening?   it seems like you could ski Here Be Dragons and Navarone via the Powderhorn & Return chairs while they do control work up mountain.   

 

and similar question for the terrain under the Summit chair.   if Powderhorn is open, would/could the Milk Run & Cirque gates open while Summit is closed?   

 

Dave

post #4 of 7

i skied BCC last season and did see the gates to the black forest/dragons area open prior to honeycomb opening a few times. some great runs in that area of the mountain

 

head for the Rock gardens at Brighton - super fun terrain

post #5 of 7
If I was a BCC reg, I'd love to give this type of detailed info to a one-poster! Definitely. I think it'd be the blue type that would really persuade me. I hate to give away my secrets, but...blue type! VERY important and VERY official.
post #6 of 7
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thank you.   i'm excited to take a look at Brighton.    the map makes those areas look interesting.   i don't think i get the layout of the space between the Crest an the Milly.   

 

Dave

post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

If I was a BCC reg, I'd love to give this type of detailed info to a one-poster! Definitely. I think it'd be the blue type that would really persuade me. I hate to give away my secrets, but...blue type! VERY important and VERY official.

thanks.  i always use blue cause its easier on my old man eyes.   but there are thirty eight other awesome colors you could use.   ;-) 

as for details, i'd be happy to get any info.   lifts, parking lots, whatever you care to contribute.   so feel free.   

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