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Old 11-09-2011, 09:49 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Good God, Guys! While Brighton is a good spot and the locals have their sure love for it, we're talking about a kid from Flat-a$$ Ohio who is looking to blow his mind on a trip. C'mon, man! Brighton isn't going to do it! Brighton is all well and good, but for 4 days of riding?!?

If you're taking mom on a vacation (or she's taking you, whatever) you'll need to consider her in the mix. You'll need a place where she can enjoy her time while you enjoy yours. Unfortunately, you're going at a rough time as New Years is still pretty early in the Season and the bases can, sometimes, be limited.

If you want walk-out to the lifts, then you may want to look at Vail, Breckenridge, Big Sky. All are going to be very very pricey because you're looking at a Peak time, for sure! If you go to vail, you can catch a shuttle to Beaver Creek for a day or two, thus giving you a little variety in your experience. You could probably spend all 4 days at Vail and have a blast, but the variety is nice. Actually, you may want to try the flip....stay at Beaver Creek and Shuttle to Vail for a day or two. If you went to Breck, you could shuttle to A-Basin...a Colorado equivalent to Brighton.


If you go to Utah, then you'll have to consider what you want. Park City will be good for mom and would provide your walk-out options, but I wouldn't suggest you spend 4 days riding PC. I Guess you could ride the Canyons which is a short shuttle/cab from PC, but the snowfall PC and Canyons get is significantly less than Snowbird/Brighton/Solitude. If you stayed in SLC and rented a car, you could hit Snowbird (no doubt, a North American Must-see!)and Brighton with a 30 minute drive to each resort. When I go to Utah, that's usually how I hit it. 2-3 Days at Bird, and a day at Brighton. Find the Cotton Bottom bar and grab a Garlic Burger.....sooo good! You could also take the scenic drive to Snowbasin (Corporate place, so many don't like the place) or Powder Mountain (Big Local Spot)

Another thing that is nice about Utah is that the SLC airport is 40 mins (MAX) from Bird to the Airport. I've been able to ride Snowbird till 2:30, catch my 5:00 Flight and be back to Philadelphia and in my bed by midnight. If you go to CO, the drive from the Airport to Summit Co is about 2 hours (give or take/depending on traffic)

I really can't speak about Big Sky.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Good point, I thought Aspen was all full of yuppies lol and kids on leashes? jk Even if it is It's not gonna bother me.

I haven't been there, but my buddy says it is a great place to ride.

Has some very steep/gnarly terrain and probably has the best "town" out of any of the ski towns anywhere (maybe not Whistler/BC).

I'll definitely be making a weekend trip there this year.
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Good God, Guys! While Brighton is a good spot and the locals have their sure love for it, we're talking about a kid from Flat-a$$ Ohio who is looking to blow his mind on a trip. C'mon, man! Brighton isn't going to do it! Brighton is all well and good, but for 4 days of riding?!?
This is what I was talking about. If you don't know where to go Brighton might not be very fun. Your loss for sure though.
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MDC- Whats the difference between snowbird and brighton?
Snowbird is Big, Bad, Awesome, and Crowded. There is a ton of Terrain Variety. Snowbird is attached to (and affiliated with) the snowboard-banning Alta.

Brighton has a ton of terrain variety, much less crowded and touristy, but is significantly smaller. Solitude is down the road from Brighton. I've heard great things about the terrain in 'Tude.

They are on opposite sides of a mountain ridge, so relatively equi-distant from SLC.

Brighton is 1800 Vert and 1000 acres, Bird is 3200 Vert and 2500 acres.
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This is what I was talking about. If you don't know where to go Brighton might not be very fun. Your loss for sure though.
I knew I was going to stir someone up. I never played in the Sol-Bright area, but I've ducked into the area under Pioneer a few times. I've been to Brighton twice and I swear it has been tracked-out, everywhere (aside from Pioneer). Actually, Milly, wasn't bad. Surely, weather was not cooperating with me (Once late January, once Early March), but I just can't see sending someone across the nation to spend his time at Brighton. But that is just me. I'm not saying Brighton is bad or not fun, I'm just providing suggestions for a all-around experience.

That being said, I've been to Snowbird 4 different times and I've never had a worse time than Brighton. Just like Brighton....if you know where to go, you can avoid the crowds and still find pow!
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You're not stirring me up I just always find it humorous how some people have an incredible time at Brighton while others loath it.

Solitude is generally steeper than Brighton, but not as steep as snowbird.
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neednsnow nailed it. Snowbird is much bigger and badder, that said on weekends it kind of blows. Honestly I have never been to UT when the snow has not been great, I know that neednsnow has been, that's what he gets for going on trips that are not with me!

I really liked the mountain at Brighton better than Solitude. Solitude is fun, and I have a hookup there with a buddy who has worked their for years but I just didn't really like it as much as Brighton.

So other suggestions...

Whistler is a blast. Huge mountain, tons of different terrain, snow could be great at new years or horrible. Mom will have tons to do in the village. The bad is the price and the crowds.

Jesus, I could write a book about all the places I've been and just don't feel like typing that much. Check out the interior BC resorts, they are fun and low key. Tahoe could be good at that time, I'd basically watch the snow for the next month and book at the last min. and go wherever you can find the best snow conditions.
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Good point, I thought Aspen was all full of yuppies lol and kids on leashes? jk Even if it is It's not gonna bother me.
If you have family(mom sister whatever) to keep busy and entertain maybe staying in Park City would be your best option for Utah, more shopping\spa\restaurants\theatres than your family will know what to do with and all walking distance or free mini-shuttle from everything.

If you want to ride the SLC resorts instead of Park City resorts you can take a ski bus from Park City to the Little\Big cottonwood canyon resorts.

I rate the major Utah resorts are as follows but most people would rank Snowbird at the top, it's uber steep and can be crowded on weekend which to me is a deal breaker.

Powder Mountain
Brighton
Solitude
Snowbird
Park City
The Canyons

Have not been to Snowbasin yet but I hear it's pretty nice will be doing a 3 dayer there in Feb\March.
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Good God, Guys! While Brighton is a good spot and the locals have their sure love for it, we're talking about a kid from Flat-a$$ Ohio who is looking to blow his mind on a trip. C'mon, man! Brighton isn't going to do it! Brighton is all well and good, but for 4 days of riding?!?

If you're taking mom on a vacation (or she's taking you, whatever) you'll need to consider her in the mix. You'll need a place where she can enjoy her time while you enjoy yours. Unfortunately, you're going at a rough time as New Years is still pretty early in the Season and the bases can, sometimes, be limited.

If you want walk-out to the lifts, then you may want to look at Vail, Breckenridge, Big Sky. All are going to be very very pricey because you're looking at a Peak time, for sure! If you go to vail, you can catch a shuttle to Beaver Creek for a day or two, thus giving you a little variety in your experience. You could probably spend all 4 days at Vail and have a blast, but the variety is nice. Actually, you may want to try the flip....stay at Beaver Creek and Shuttle to Vail for a day or two. If you went to Breck, you could shuttle to A-Basin...a Colorado equivalent to Brighton.


If you go to Utah, then you'll have to consider what you want. Park City will be good for mom and would provide your walk-out options, but I wouldn't suggest you spend 4 days riding PC. I Guess you could ride the Canyons which is a short shuttle/cab from PC, but the snowfall PC and Canyons get is significantly less than Snowbird/Brighton/Solitude. If you stayed in SLC and rented a car, you could hit Snowbird (no doubt, a North American Must-see!)and Brighton with a 30 minute drive to each resort. When I go to Utah, that's usually how I hit it. 2-3 Days at Bird, and a day at Brighton. Find the Cotton Bottom bar and grab a Garlic Burger.....sooo good! You could also take the scenic drive to Snowbasin (Corporate place, so many don't like the place) or Powder Mountain (Big Local Spot)

Another thing that is nice about Utah is that the SLC airport is 40 mins (MAX) from Bird to the Airport. I've been able to ride Snowbird till 2:30, catch my 5:00 Flight and be back to Philadelphia and in my bed by midnight. If you go to CO, the drive from the Airport to Summit Co is about 2 hours (give or take/depending on traffic)

I really can't speak about Big Sky.

If this guys never ridden anywhere besides the midwest Brighton will blow his mind(I came from Minnesota), I think somewhere like Snowbird, Jackson hole or Big Sky is gonna be a bit much for his first trip out west, those resorts are huge and steep with greens that will make runs in Ohio look like a golf course and honestly that can get annoying(for me it did) if your by yourself just trying to acclimate to a huge mountain, soft snow and drastic altitude changes. I'd personally stick with Solitude\Brighton type resorts for starters and then move onto your Beaver Creek, Snowbasin, Winter Park, Park City size\type resorts.

Just my .02$ take it for what it's worth
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Depends on how hard he goes in the @#$# paint! I learned how to snowboard at Jackson. 3 days. Didn't break anything. Was it scary? Hell yes, but I'll remember that trip and that place forever
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