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post #31 of 75
As someone who loves the mountain scenery, I love the drive up the canyons. In my mind the drive to and fro is kind of a plus. We've seen all kinds of wildlife up there on the drives... The best being the moose we saw perched on the side of an incline maybe 20 feet from the road.
post #32 of 75
The other thing is the quality / price / selection of restaurants is much better down below.

And the downtown area is actually pretty nice. Its no chicago, nyc, or even Toronto but its definitely a lot nicer and livelier than many of the "newer" big city centers, which can be virtual ghost towns after business hours.

This may be something to consider if you're from a small town.
post #33 of 75

 

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Ok, now that I know that you're not a gaper I can give meaningful advice:

 

Brighton has more easy cruisers than Solitude.  At Solitude I have to put on the brakes (skid) to scrub speed on the blues, at Brighton I can pretty much just let them run and make carved turns. To me that's the main difference - Solitude is just overall steeper. Which isn't to say that there aren't steep runs at Brighton, it's just that they have a lot more mellow cruisers than Solitude.  Other differences:

 

Brighton is the only SLC resort where kids ski free, so the Mormon families show up en masse on Saturdays and holidays (Sundays are OK since they"re in church)  Don't go to Brighton on a Saturday. Solitude lives up to it's name most of the time - it's usually uncrowded (the exception is powder days when LCC is closed - found this out the hard way)

 

Brighton is a Boyne joint, so your Boyne pass or frequent skier card gets you a discount.

 

100% of Brighton's terrain is served by HSQs - Solitude is still working on replacing their ancient slow lifts - they're about half way there. 

 

Brighton's lifts span the full vertical of the resort, so you can easily do ~2000' vertical laps.  At Solitude the lifts span a lesser vert - ~800 to 1300' so the runs are not as long (or you have to use two lifts)

 

Brighton has night skiing, if  you care.

 

There's nothing like Honeycomb Canyon at Brighton.  There's also much more hike-to inbounds terrain at Solitude.

 

So, that's it in a nutshell. The two resorts are only a few miles apart, so the terrain and the snow are not all that different.  I'd say ski both and make up your own mind.  I tend to prefer Brighton, but almost always ski both when I'm out there.

 

 

This is a really nice summary, thanks from someone making the same decision!

post #34 of 75
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Originally Posted by MiRider View Post

 

We're both fairly comfortable on blues and blacks.  She's more likely to stay on groomers and search for runs that are more "fun" while I like a little more adventure in my skiing and like to push myself a bit.

 

Mind ski this map with me and by the time you get here you will feel like you are at your home mountain - Where do you want to start and why?

 

9:00am

Solitude.jpg

 

Yup, way too many words. Sorry to anyone who read all that.


Edited by Powderhorn - 12/12/11 at 10:28pm
post #35 of 75

Powderhorn, I have looked at a few of your recent posts.  They don't make any sense th_dunno-1[1].gif !

post #36 of 75
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post

Powderhorn, I have looked at a few of your recent posts.  They don't make any sense th_dunno-1[1].gif !



4ster. Thanks for posting. Can you be more specific as I am sure that I can clarify my ramblings.

post #37 of 75

I won't speak for 4ster, but your posts make it clear that it's difficult to hide condo spam in anything resembling coherence. Your tl;dr post above really doesn't have anything to do with the quoted statement. I'm not sure what it has to do with, really: Ski vacation for dummies? A lot of words without really saying anything.

post #38 of 75

Totally inappropriate on my part.


Edited by Powderhorn - 12/12/11 at 10:29pm
post #39 of 75

Just keep posting, guy. Everyone's learning exactly where you "fit in."

post #40 of 75
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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

Just keep posting, guy. Everyone's learning exactly where you "fit in."


Joe, it doesn't sound like your ready start over, but I am going to try anyways.

 

I am seriously sorry for the things I have written about you here.

 

I would apologize specifically but it is against the rules to write those things again.

 

I apologize for them all.

 

I am sorry.

 

I would very much like to start over if possible.

 

I think there are two things working against me here.

 

First I haven't been on this site before so I was not aware of the more civilized manner prone culture and rules.

 

Second it was kind of sleepy in here and thought I might be able to spice things up with some drama and entertainment. I have been disciplined by Tyler and while I might continue to try and be dramatic and entertaining I will follow the rules.

 

Peace.


Edited by Powderhorn - 12/12/11 at 10:44pm
post #41 of 75
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Originally Posted by Powderhorn View Post

4ster. Thanks for posting. Can you be more specific as I am sure that I can clarify my ramblings.


Well first of all when I posted this, your post was only the map & this statement:

 

Quote:

 

Mind ski this map with me and by the time you get here you will feel like you are at your home mountain - Where do you want to start and why?

 

9:00am

 

Not that it makes much more sense now?

 

BTW, nice pics in the other thread, but the video is locked?

 

Thanks,

JF

 

 

post #42 of 75

JF,

 

Thank you so much for restoring my faith in this forum.

 

Yes, I can see how things are confusing I will work on it.

 

And, yes. Thank you so much for liking the pictures.

 

Try again?

 

Here is a TR with more questionable music.

 

Password: 'Peace to JoeUT' Case sensitive.

post #43 of 75

I still can't watch the video

post #44 of 75

JF, as a peace offering I dedicate the no password of this video to JoeUT.

 

Here is a TR with more questionable music.

 

No Password

post #45 of 75

I personally like Brighton much better than Solitude.

post #46 of 75

Wow, those conditions look really good considering it hasn't snowed significantly in like...  A MONTH!

post #47 of 75

Sorry JF that was last season.

post #48 of 75
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Originally Posted by Powderhorn View Post

Sorry JF that was last season.



I was going to call bullshit on your claims of it being from today in another thread, lol.  I'm there every Saturday and Sunday, it hasn't looked like that at all so far this season.

post #49 of 75

JF,

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Originally Posted by Powderhorn View Post

Mind ski this map with me and by the time you get here you will feel like you are at your home mountain - Where do you want to start and why?

 

 

Mind ski is what I do while sitting in my cubicle so I feel like I am living what I love instead of being stuck in a hamster wheel.

 

Come along. 9:00am today. No new snow.

 

The numbers relate to steepness. 1 is the least steep. In my opinion Wall street is the easiest way down but there are rocks poking through the groomer at the bottom of the run which patrol will probably mark tomorrow (except it just started snowing - more on that later).

laps.jpg

 

"Appreciate her timidness as she stops you from skiing into an avalanche."

 

The dark blue line is the run taken in the video below.

hers.jpg

 

This video is from last season. Fluid Drive is not groomed now and I wouldn't recommend skiing it.

Wow look at that. Now you don't even need to leave your cubicle to ski.

 

Mind Ski?

 

Peace.


Edited by Powderhorn - 12/12/11 at 10:36pm
post #50 of 75

Lets see what magic the midnight crew can work with the dusting we just received.


Edited by Powderhorn - 12/12/11 at 10:44pm
post #51 of 75

I am "Mind Skiing" right now!

:)

JF

post #52 of 75

Morning Resort Conditions Report.

 

3" of powder on groomers.

 

It is still snowing. Video is from this morning 12.13.2011.

Mr. Vertical - Do you like the music?

 

This has to be worth $35, I mean it isn't even noon yet.

 

Down the canyon to work. Later.


Edited by Powderhorn - 12/13/11 at 10:36am
post #53 of 75
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

I personally like Brighton much better than Solitude.



I like Solitude a lot but I know what you mean. Brighton is so underrated why do people think it sucks, because there's too many jibbers??? Maybe it's way crowded on the weekend, I always have a good time, cool scene, that is all.

post #54 of 75

We go to both!  I like Brighton much better,  the wife prefers Solitude.     We tend to avoid Brighton on the weekends.  It can be really crowded with boarders.  Solitude always seems less crowded.  To be clear,  both are never crowded like a CO resort.   Solitude has Honeycomb canyon, which to me is better than anything at Brighton.  However,  getting to HC is a pain.  Everything else to me is better at Brighton for skiing.  Brighton has some good tree skiing and less wind.

post #55 of 75

Be careful what you wish for on that drive up there being fun. It can easily turn into way more fun than you wanted. Just about every year cars go off the edge in winter storms. They have it down to a science on getting people up to the resorts. You can stay is Sandy Ut and take public transportation all the way to Breighton and back. Or, you can drive to the base of canyon road and park in the parking lot and take the shuttle up.

 

I would have Breighton as plan A, and Solitude as plan B in case you get dumped on with 8" or more. Then I'd hit Solitude.

post #56 of 75
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Originally Posted by shortydude View Post

Be careful what you wish for on that drive up there being fun. It can easily turn into way more fun than you wanted.

 

Commute down the 12 mile canyon from 9.30.09. All season awd for some and 4x4 shuttle for others.

 

As usual, team purple was absolutely killing it today.

Color 010.jpg

 

This video is for entertainment purposes only. The current process for trimming clipskins has evolved beyond this video.

post #57 of 75

I think there is a reason it is so uncrowded. I am surprised it is so well liked on this site. I have skied there a half dozen times and never really liked it as much as other resorts in the area. It is sort of like ALTA but smaller, worse lift layout, just as much traversing, and even shorter runs. Honeycomb gets talked up alot it is really nothing special. The one thing that really makes solitude unique is fantasy ridge. But I suspect many of the people who recommend it so highly here are not going anywhere near those areas.


Edited by tromano - 12/14/11 at 8:10pm
post #58 of 75
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Originally Posted by tromano View Post

I think there is a reason it is so uncrowded. I am surprised it is so well liked on this site. I have skied there a half dozen times and never really liked it as much as other resorts in the area. It is sort of like ALTA but smaller, worse lift layout, just as much traversing, and even shorter runs. Honeycomb gets talked up alot it is really nothing special. The one thing that really makes solitude unique is fantasy ridge. But I suspect many of the people who recommend it so highly here are not going anywhere near those areas.



 

????  Do you even read what you write?

post #59 of 75

Tromano, I agree with you.  Solitude is a good resort, but far behind Snowbird/Alta/Snowbasin and even behind all the PC resorts terrain wise.  Honeycomb gets talked up because it is a fun, unique kind of place.  There is a remote, adventurous feel to skiing it and getting to and from it.  But in reality the terrain is nothing special.  You can traverse and get a short powder shot along the sidewalls or make your way down the crotch in the gnarly tracks and short moguled up pitches.  Solitude has very hairy, steep tree skiing - if you want to take the chance with that sort of thing, lots of it.  Most of the blacks at Solitude get skied out and moguled up quick.  Yes, there is a reason it is so uncrowded - but its' absolutely worth putting in on the list, after you have skied some of the other places.  I have skied it on the 1/2 days that I'm traveling, have done the same with Brighton.  Taking a ride up the BCC is a nice change of scenery though.

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Originally Posted by tromano View Post

I think there is a reason it is so uncrowded. I am surprised it is so well liked on this site. I have skied there a half dozen times and never really liked it as much as other resorts in the area. It is sort of like ALTA but smaller, worse lift layout, just as much traversing, and even shorter runs. Honeycomb gets talked up alot it is really nothing special. The one thing that really makes solitude unique is fantasy ridge. But I suspect many of the people who recommend it so highly here are not going anywhere near those areas.



 


Edited by SnowbirdDevotee - 12/15/11 at 10:36am
post #60 of 75

I've not been to Brighton, but both days I've been to Solitude were powder days, so I have some affection for it. The second day was last spring, and it was pretty sweet. Since I'd been there before, I had a decent idea about where to go, and we were there early (fifth chair, I think), so we got in quite a few untracked laps off Powderhorn, then worked our way over to Summit (it was closed early for control), got there when mostly untracked. Finally they opened one side of Honeycomb, then the other, in the afternoon. There were still people around when the tree side opened, but it was later when the chutes side opened, and totally empty. The only other people we saw on the traverse were from Summit County (CO), which was kind of funny. Bluebird, crotch-deep snow (my 5-ft friend was waist deep), pretty nice. yes, the runs are short, and it's hard to lap -- but I live on the Front Range, so I'm accustomed to that. ;-) (Why do you think I travel??)

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