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 Post subject: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:55 pm 
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I skinned up Brighton for the first time post season this AM. Very fun. I don't think I'll ever use a treadmill in the winter again!

But, it's very early, and I'm alone, so I stick to groomers. Are there any other Wasatch resorts that allow uphill traffic early in the AM (in bounds)? Snowbird would be a much shorter drive.


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 Post subject: Re: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:13 pm 
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Location: SLC, Wasatch front.
I do a PM lap at brighton almost every weeknight... super fun, laid back way to get some exercise...

I have a personal connection to Snowbird's staff and they are pretty strict about their uphill policy, although I have seen some randonee style guys skiing up there on sundays...I would uess no uphill though :?

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 Post subject: Re: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:35 pm 
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At the top of Little, the very top all the way to the end there is a cat track Alta uses for Cat Skiing I call it Highway to Heaven. It takes you to the top of Honeycomb peak about 1800-2000 vert of climbing and allows a few safe descents from pow to riding the groomer cat back down. That's one option and a good one that is trying to be developed by Alta. I was told a story where a guy skinning Alta was harrased by the ski patrol up there for skinning, it's forrest service land they lease, your land so I'm not sure they have the right to do that. Brighton is and always has been the coolest resort for most everything from Snowboarding to use of their mountain. They also lease your land so I don't think there much they can do but work with you/us. In my opinion the best option is Highway to Heaven. Take care.


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 Post subject: Re: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:43 pm 
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UTAH wrote:
At the top of Little, the very top all the way to the end there is a cat track Alta uses for Cat Skiing I call it Highway to Heaven.


Highway to Heaven was the ticket yesterday. Took it over to easy does it --> jaws --> toledo. Such a fun tour, my buddy was super pumped on the lines. So I gotta pass along the good vibes-thanks for the beta at the splitfest!

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 Post subject: Re: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:55 am 
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Where are those runs? (Easy Does It, Jaws, and Toledo) I can't find them on Alta or Grizzly Gulch maps.

Also, does Grizzly Gulch dump back into Alta somewhere, or do you get stuck and have to hike out?


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 Post subject: Re: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:07 am 
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CodeMonkey wrote:
Where are those runs? (Easy Does It, Jaws, and Toledo) I can't find them on Alta or Grizzly Gulch maps.

Also, does Grizzly Gulch dump back into Alta somewhere, or do you get stuck and have to hike out?


This is a really good resource for planning trips and getting a feel for where you went/are going. I'll let you discover the lines and think of your own variations that match the terrain you like to ride. It's all fun stuff.. a lot comes down to personal preference and ability.

http://wasatchbackcountryskiing.com/

Grizzly spills out at the beacon checkpoint at the top of LCC road. The terrain in Grizzly is quite fun too, lots of little drops and rollers mixed in with spaced out trees. I'd recommend checking that area out before dropping into the back bowls.

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 Post subject: Re: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:28 pm 
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Thanks! While that *looks* awesome, I'm not sure I have the skills for that yet . . . that's why I'm hiking up the groomers, and staying in bounds, mostly.


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 Post subject: Re: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:56 pm 
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Although I live in the east, I head out west every year and find myself at Brighton 2 or 3 times in the week that I am in SLC. My first out of bounds experience was off the Great Western Chair almost 10 years ago and from then on I have been hooked and for the past 2 years I have brought a splitboard with me. My backcountry training is very limited so I do not wander to far but each year I have pushed a little further on paths that I have already taken. Here is something you might find interesting. Head out the gate at the top of the Crest Chair up Pioneer Ridge. It is a short skin up if you are in good shape and about 30 minutes if your not (I am not). You can drop in there through several steep treed sections and wind up coming back out to Wren Hollow or you can traverse Pioneer Ridge and drop in off of that which will drop you into Dog Lake and then again to Wren Hollow or you can run the ridge all the way to False Pioneer Peak. I ran the ridge all the way to False Pioneer this year but did not drop into the main chute because conditions were not great plus I did not know the best route to run so I rode the ridge from False Pioneer towards Dog Lake Chutes and dropped in and ran out over Dog Lake and out to Wren Hollow. I was able to skin all the way to False Peak from the backcountry gate. The ridge was a bit wind blown so some Mr. Chomps would have made it a little easier in one or two places closest to the top of False Pioneer Peak. All in all it is a pretty short loop and very tame by most people's standards but new and exciting for me because I had never done it before. On the ride down I was like this :headbang: and when I got back to the lodge for lunch I did some of this :guinness: and if I did not have to under go random testing at work I would have done a little of this :doobie:


On a side note from that trip when I reached Dog Lake I met a group of backcountry skiers on a guided tour. I am not sure what operation that they were from but the one thing I am sure of is that it was like pulling teeth just to get them to say hello. I swear it was almost like they could not be bothered to even talk to me. I asked one guy where they had started from and he told me they came from Snowbird that morning. Maybe it was me but I got the weirdest vibe from the entire group. Has anyone else ever had something like that happen? I thought maybe I ran into David "the Douche" Gottorff :bow:


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 Post subject: Re: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:55 am 
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Train at snowbird a lot. Have never been bothered by any patrol. Always early sessions.
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 Post subject: Re: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:11 pm 
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gary begley wrote:
Train at snowbird a lot. Have never been bothered by any patrol. Always early sessions.
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Early, as in, before they open? Where do you usually go? I'm thinking hiking up big emma -> lunch run may be kind of fun. Or, maybe go up chips . . . .

What's your poison?


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 Post subject: Re: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:48 am 
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Always between 8 and 11 during week. It's all good just stay on roads and side of runs. Most important part is play in the backcountry! : )
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 Post subject: Re: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:01 am 
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gary begley wrote:
Always between 8 and 11 during week. It's all good just stay on roads and side of runs. Most important part is play in the backcountry! : )
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I'll be skinning up solo, so no backcountry for me . . . . unless a buddy tags along . . I'll give it a shot tomorrow morning. They got 1" last night, should get 1-3" today, and probably another 1" over night . . . may soften things up a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: Skinning Up Brighton
PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:09 am 
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Hit snowbird this AM. Had a nice pow run down Big Emma . . . . wish I had gone higher, but ran out of time.


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