Brighton, UT: 12/13/18

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Brighton, UT: 12/13/18

Postby jamesdeluxe » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:31 pm

I took the morning flight from Newark and was able to get in more than 2.5 hours at what's become my traditional arrival-day stop in the Cottonwoods: Brighton. The day before, a blustery and cold storm dropped seven or eight inches (allegedly almost double that in LCC), which freshened up things nicely. Props to Brighton for allowing you to buy same-day discounted lift tix online ($55).

We started out on the Crest and Snake Creek lifts in the middle. I know that I'm in the definite minority on FTO, especially amongst the hardcore Utards; however, I always have fun at Brighton. I like the twisty, rolling EC-esque trails through the trees in the middle, Great Western's steeper trees toward the top, and Milly's grab bag of terrain including a fun rock garden (reminds me a bit of the one at Lake Louise) toward the bottom. Bright sunshine but looong shadows due to the time of year. By the time we made it over to the Millicent lift at 2:45, most of that sector was in the shade.

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Thunder Road

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Pioneer

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Golden Needle


Ducked into the woods a few times:
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Boarders are still Brighton's major demographic

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Looking off the backside with Timp in the distance:

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Solitude's Fantasy in the background:

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Snake Creek Lift

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Santa at Molly Green's


In short: a really pleasant day with the only downside that the Great Western lift (most people's preferred terrain at Brighton) wasn't working. At baggage claim, another skier from EWR with a 1970s subway graffiti bag -- mine's on the left:

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Re: Brighton, UT: 12/13/18

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:44 pm

The steep fall lines on Great Western face south. My guess is that they are not adequately covered yet. I have only skied Brighton maybe 3 days since that lift was built, but those runs have never been any good when I was there.

Millicent faces east, fun terrain. I know James got there midday, but that's where he should have started for best visibility in December.
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Re: Brighton, UT: 12/13/18

Postby Marc_C » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:44 am

Tony Crocker wrote:The steep fall lines on Great Western face south.

Nope. More like WNW.
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Re: Brighton, UT: 12/13/18

Postby jamesdeluxe » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:52 am

Tony Crocker wrote:The steep fall lines on Great Western face south.
Marc_C wrote:Nope. More like WNW.

From what I could see, the Great Western steeps were mostly covered, however, the recent snow had set up a bit/wasn't worth attempting.
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Re: Brighton, UT: 12/13/18

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:54 am

Marc_C wrote:
Tony Crocker wrote:The steep fall lines on Great Western face south.

Nope. More like WNW.

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North is to the right, see compass in upper right corner. Great Western chair line is in red, roughly WNW. Blue line is the intermediate run along the ridgeline. Steep fall lines in black drop off that blue run to the SW.
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