Brighton Ski Resort
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.
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. The coziness and warmth of the people at Brighton will make you feel right at home.
Because of its laid-back environment and great local vibe, Brighton is a top winter destination for residents and visitors of Salt Lake City. You can 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. Likewise, the terrain parks are located on the outer perimeter of the runs so Grandpa can watch little Jimmy and Jenny without having to venture into the park.
And for the skiing set, beginners can snowplow to their heart's content on Explorer before stepping up to the next level on Majestic or Milly. The advanced skier or rider can hit the Milly Express quad for a quick lift to loads of fresh powder on the double black diamond Scree Slope. Milly is a bit of a Nordic jaunt to the other side of the lot, but worth the time because of fewer tracks on Mr. Millicent and its Solitude Resort access. Furthermore, the Great Western lift and Western Trail afford some of the best views of the resort. Learn more about Brighton Resort
Big, Bold Brighton
Top 5 Ways to Spend Your Time at Brighton Resort
Big Cottonwood Canyon is home to Brighton Resort, where snow dumps average 500 inches each year. 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. A wealth of sweet groomers, trees and chutes, cliffs and natural terrain parks are all within bounds for skiers and riders who like white-knuckle terrain.
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.
Where to Stay Near Brighton Ski Resort
Base area accommodation options include cabins and vacation home rentals, the 20-room Brighton Lodge where children under 10 stay free, Molly Green's Tavern, and places to grab a burger and some nachos. Three miles down the road is the shuttle-served Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant, Big Cottonwood Canyon's only bed and breakfast. Just down the canyon, Salt Lake City 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.
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Brighton Ski Resort
8302 S Brighton Loop Rd
Brighton, UT 84121