Brighton Resort will try to beat Solitude to opening day this year. Get your ski gear ready for this Tuesday according to sources. Solitude's date is Friday, Nov. 21, Alta will also open on Friday; Snowbird and Park City Mountain Resort on Saturday. In the past, it was always a race between the two Big Cottonwood ski areas for bragging rights in Utah but with new owners, Deer Valley, at the helm of Solitude it looks like that's changed. Deer Valley is known for opening the first weekend of December and never sooner.
The fresh storm system that rolled through the Beehive State this weekend is expected to taper off by Saturday night and then nothing until Wednesday. Heading to Brighton before Friday gives everyone here bragging rights and it's worth a few runs to get the kinks out on manmade-mixed-with-real snow but the goods usually don't start piling up until the day after Thanksgiving traditionally. Later in the season you'll notice better tree skiing off Milly, Great Western and Snake Creek. Wild land forest firefighters spent time this summer clearing out dead and fallen trees. There will be new terrain park features and refurbed old ones. But first grab a hot waffle, bagel or doughnut at the new Blind Miner Coffee Cafe in the Brighton Center waiting area. For more info this season check out Brighton's new 'dynamic' website and not a season too soon!
When Solitude opens you'll have eight runs and four chairlifts (Eagle Express, Moonbeam, Link, Apex) to play on. And here's an awesome deal: Find a season pass or ticketbook holder to ski free opening weekend!
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Lift tickets will cost $49 for adults and $29 for juniors. Kids under 7 ski free.
SheJumps at Solitude
The Utah non-profit established to coax young girls into the outdoors has partnered with Solitude for International Women's Ski Day, Dudes, if you want to meet a skier chick, this is your shot. The ladies are meeting at Eagle Express at 11 a.m. to 'girlbomb' Sunshine Bowl. At 2 p.m., there's prize giveaways, mingling and avalanche beacon drills. In between, test out the latest K2 gear. It happens December 13, 2014. You'll get 50 percent off your lift ticket if you sign up in advance.