Each year, Utah skiing fans go through the annual ritual of dusting off their skis and boards and prepping for those first runs of the season. And when your backyard winter playground is the Wasatch Mountains, you usually take that first run while Eastern resorts are still shooing the leaf-peepers off their trails.
Utah’s 2011ski season is no exception. The past weekend’s storm dropped more than 7 inches of “The Greatest Snow on Earth” on the ski resorts in Big Cottonwood Canyon. As a result of this winter bounty, Brighton Ski Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort are already priming their slopes in anticipation of Opening Day on November 10, 2011.
It’s still too early to have the full mountain open at either resort. However, skiers who just can’t wait to satisfy their early-season cravings for the white stuff can at least get a satisfying hint of good things to come.
At Brighton Ski Resort, they are expecting to have Majestic, Explorer, and Crest runs open, as well as a mini-terrain park. Lifts open at 9 a.m, and close at 4 p.m. (Night skiing is expected to begin in December).
As usual, Brighton lives up to its reputation for the lowest ticket prices in the area. Opening Day lift ticket prices will be just $38 for adults, or bring a friend and score a sweet deal on a double: $75 for two full-day tickets.
On Friday, November 11, 2011, Veterans Day, Brighton will also be showing their gratitude to all military veterans and active military by offering them free lift tickets. Eligible military just have to show their military ID at the ticket window to receive their free ticket.
Just down the road, at Solitude Mountain Resort, slope crews are working furiously to get as many runs as possible ready for Opening Day on Thursday. Lift ticket prices may vary, depending on how much terrain is open, but as of today’s date, tickets are projected to be around $49 for a full-day adult lift ticket, and $38 for lift tickets for children ages 7 – 13.
As if the early opening announcements weren’t enough to distract you from your day job, Salt Lake City ski resorts are expecting another winter storm this coming weekend. So, don’t hunker over your computer, sneaking peeks at the snow piling up on the resorts’ webcams. Get those boards waxed, shake out those powder pants, and get ready to rip and ride.
Stay tuned to this column for more openings at all of Utah’s ski resorts, as well as local coverage of ski and mountain conditions.