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Brighton Ski Resort

Brighton Resort   |  Jay Dash
  • Status: Resort Closed
  • Weather: Cloudy, 37F
Brighton has been delighting skiers longer than most resorts in Utah. In 1936, an alpine ski club pulled together their engineering expertise and built a rudimentary rope tow to get folks up the mountain. That basic mission remains the same today: Brighton is just looking to get folks up the mountain to enjoy great skiing and riding. The only difference now is that the full expanse of the resort’s well-balanced 1,000 plus acres is accessible from high-speed quads. Not to mention, it’s only 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Salt Lake.

Plan Your Ski Trip

Resort Highlights

Brighton lives true to its homegrown roots by being accessible and an all-around great value. Kids seven and under ski free anytime. To encourage a BYO meal environment, there are tables specifically designated for people to enjoy their sack lunches or crockpots at both the main level of Brighton Center Lodge and the main level of the A-frame.

With its laid-back environment and great local vibe, you can even ski old-school equipment without feeling old-school. Unlike other resorts where skiers dominate, Brighton attracts both skiers and boarders alike, thanks in part to four terrain parks, a half-pipe and a girls-only terrain park called Krista's Park.

Run tip: Start off on trails off Majestic, Explorer and Snake Creek Express lifts, or get going on intermediate and expert runs off the Milly Express, Crest Express and Great Western Express lifts. For scenic shots, the Great Western lift and Western Trail afford some of the best views of the resort.

Make a Note

1. Scree Slope | Black Diamond
Grab a ride on the Milly Express to start this fun adventure — way out near the majestic cliff faces that spill down from Pioneer Ridge and Pioneer Peak. Scree Slope starts as a single black diamond with a middle segment that becomes a double and eventually back to single status again. The steeper trail mixes wide-open segments with varying bumps, rolls, patches of trees and rocks, so you need to keep your wits about you and focus as you enjoy the ride.

2. Long Instruction History
Brighton has been open since 1936, which means there has been a continuous focus on ski instruction for nearly 80 years. Even the kids of past instructors are now teaching ski school basics. Whether your little ripper is just starting out, or it’s you who needs to brush up on your mountain skills, it’s hard to pass up the value of all those decades of experience helping turn novice skiers into seasoned masters.

3. Western Trail | Blue Square
Zip on up the Great Western Express near the top of Clayton Peak to take the long ride on the Western Trail. First, pause when you get off the lift to enjoy breathtaking views of Brighton, Solitude and Snowbird while you stand at the top of the mountain. If there’s an ideal place for a selfie, this is it. Toward the bottom of the mountain, veer off the Western Trail onto either Snake or Great Western. Rest your legs if necessary, then ride up and do it again.

4. Night Moves
Maybe you prefer to sleep in, to skip the early-bird pow and instead save up your energy for evening shredding. We know what that’s like. At Brighton, you’ve got more than 200 acres (22 runs) lighted just for you Monday through Saturday nights. Groms also benefit from the main mountain terrain park being part of evening entertainment. Who says late sleepers are lazy?

5. Terrain Park Fun
Freestyle riders and skiers get plenty of bang for their buck at Brighton. With a half-pipe and four terrain parks (five counting the Pee-Wee beginner park) with 100+ grind features in the ever-changing parks you'll never run out of new lines to ride.

Food spotlight: Molly Green's Tavern. A full service bar and grill, complete with a cozy fireplace, magnificent views of the mountains and full table service.

Places to Stay Near the Resort

  • Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant - Three miles down the road, shuttle-served and is Big Cottonwood Canyon's only bed and breakfast.
  • The 20-room Brighton Lodge - Children under 10 stay for free.
  • Salt Lake City - Resides just down the canyon and offers more than 150 hotels and a wide array of other lodging options, including home and condominium rentals. Basically, along the I-15 corridor of Salt Lake County there exists a continuous stream of potential accommodations with balanced access to Ski City resorts and metropolitan amenities.

Learn more about Brighton Resort or read about additional winter things to do and places to stay in Salt Lake:

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