Brighton Ski Resort Utah
Brighton was the first Utah ski resort and is one of the oldest in America. Brighton Ski Resort might be old, but it’s far from old-fashioned. It was the first Utah resort to allow snowboarders, and it continues to be popular with funky snowboarders who make the most of the terrain parks, natural freestyle hits and the abundance of powder. Brighton Utah doesn’t have any of the trimmings, but the atmosphere is incredibly family-friendly, and it offers good value skiing and snowboarding so it’s very popular with local families and teens on the weekends.
Unlike high profile resorts such as Snowbird
and those around Park City
, Brighton Ski Resort doesn’t get much attention from out-of-towners. With very limited lodging on-mountain, Brighton UT isn’t really a destination resort, but rather a great spot to visit for a day trip from neighbouring Solitude
or Salt Lake City
Ski Brighton Utah - Terrain
There are two main sides to the Brighton Resort
. The Majestic side consists of forested areas with plenty of opportunities for tree skiing along with beginner and intermediate trails, whilst the Millicent side has more open spaces, bowls and drop-offs for advanced and expert riders.
The spread of terrain for ability levels makes it attractive for families and others learning to ride, and all of the terrain is accessible via high speed chair lifts. For many shredders, the multiple terrain parks are the highlight of Brighton Utah. You can also ski Brighton at night, which includes illumination of the park and pipe areas.
The Brighton Ski Resort is reasonably compact with only 66 trails and 1,050 acres (425 hectares) of ski and snowboard terrain. However with an open-boundary policy there is also plenty of accessible sidecountry and backcountry terrain, and Brighton is interconnected with Solitude ski resort
which provides another 486 hectares (1,200 acres).
The locals are happy that very few out-of-towners know about Brighton, so they can have all the abundant dry Utah powders for themselves. Brighton Ski Resort scores a massive 500 inches (12.7 metres) of snow on average per season.
Where is Brighton Ski Resort?
Brighton Utah is located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, just next to Solitude Ski Resort
(2 miles away by road) and only 45 minutes southeast of Salt Lake City
and 36 miles from the SLC airport.
Brighton Lodging and Facilities
Whilst Brighton has reasonable facilities such as a few eateries, ski school, child care, equipment rental and a retail shop, Brighton can generally be described as a no-frills resort.
In regards to Brighton lodging
, there are some very affordable accommodations at the slopeside Brighton Lodge, nearby Brighton Chalets, and private vacation rentals, but that’s about it. You can stay in Solitude hotels and ski Brighton via the inter-connection (or catch a bus between the two resorts). Alternatively you can stay in Salt Lake City hotels
and commute via the UTA buses.
Ski Brighton: Pros and Cons
- Brighton Ski Resort often gets dumped on with quality Utah dry snow, and it has the second highest base elevation of the Utah ski resorts.
- For strong intermediates and up, the resort is connected with the fantastic Solitude.
- The lift tickets and ski rentals are inexpensive compared to the high profile UT ski resorts.
- There is very good sidecountry and backcountry accessible from the resort.
- There is very limited lodging on-mountain and no village with evening restaurants, bars and shops.
- Brighton activities are pretty much limited to skiing and snowboarding.
- The terrain size is rather small compared to some of the other resorts around SLC.
- In comparison to the other Cottonwood Canyon resorts, there is only a small amount of in-bounds terrain for experts.
- The resort is somewhat crowded on weekends, especially compared to Solitude (but it’s reasonably quiet on weekdays).
Tours That Include Brighton