The doors to the 1988-89 ski season were officially unlocked Wednesday morning with the opening of Brighton Ski Bowl. Powder Mountain became the second area to start up lifts just hours later when it opened for night skiing.
Brighton opened its Majestic and Mary's lifts. Powder Mountain opened its Sundown lift. Powder Mountain will be open from 4:30 to 10 p.m. for night skiing.Alta, Park City and Solitude plan to open Friday if the storm scheduled to hit Utah Thursday delivers its predicted package of snow. Eleven of the 15 resorts in Utah plan to be open by Thanksgiving Day.
Brighton was able to open because of a new snowmaking system put in over the summer. According to Mike Doyle, co-manager at the area, most of the snowmaking is on the Majestic run. Snow depths there, he said, range from over 6 feet to around 21/2 in most areas. The new snowmaking system will allow Brighton to make snow on 50 acres of runs. Lift passes at Brighton are $11 on weekdays, $17 on weekends and holidays.