Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton & Solitude (which are separate mountains, though you can access them with one pass if you choose) feel a little less commercial and a little more local than their bigger counterparts in other areas of the Wasatch. It’s true that you won’t find the same masses of terrain, but you will find shorter lift lines—in fact, this can be a great place to come on a powder day, since you won’t be battling for fresh turns with the rest of Utah. Brighton’s on-mountain terrain isn’t huge, but they’ve got a great terrain park and an open-bounds policy that makes it remarkably easy to cross over into the backcountry. Solitude has historically been a locals’ secret for great powder, and a recent buyout by Deer Valley means big infrastructure upgrades are likely in the works.

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