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Brighton Utah (US)

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Brighton Resort Summary:

Base: 8,755 ft
Summit: 10,500 ft
Vertical: 1,745 ft
Ski area: 1,050 acres
Trails: 66
Lifts: 6
Terrain parks: 4
Snowfall: 500"

Runs/trails:

Beginner: 21%
Intermediate: 39%
Advanced: 20%
Expert: 19%

Trail Map:

Video Tour of Brighton:

Brighton Weather:

Discounted passes are available through the "Visit Salt Lake" industry consortium website:

Salt Lake Connect & Super Pass

Brighton Ski Resort Description:
Brighton Base Lodge

Brighton Ski Resort in Utah is your quintessential family resort with enough terrain to cover the needs of most families. Kids under seven ski for free making Brighton a financially friendly resort as well. The resort also embraces boarders which accounts for their high numbers.


A video tour of the Brighton Utah ski resort

Brighton is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah down the road from Solitude Mountain Resort.

Brighton Resort Terrain:

Beginners and Intermediates:

This mountain has plenty of terrain for the beginners and intermediates. All lifts serve at least one intermediate or beginner run so there is no warning which has to be issued about any of the lifts nor will you be trapped at the top in a state of panic.

Beginner green ski run
Back Door and Main Street (off of Milly Express lift)

Beginner green ski run
Lost Maid (off of Crest Express lift)

Intermediate blue ski run
Pioneer (off of Snake Creek Express lift)

Magic Carpet kids lift
Brighton has a "magic carpet" lift for young children to simplify their learning experience.

Advanced:

Wren Hollow, black diamond ski run
Wren Hollow (off of Crest Express lift)

Desperado, black diamond ski run
Desperado (off of Great Western Express lift)

Chutes:

Mary Chutes
Mary Chutes (out of bounds between Crest Express and Milly Express lifts)

Chute-2 off of Milly Express
Chute-2 (in bounds off of Milly Express)

Moguls:

There appears to be no "signature mogul run". Moguls certainly exist on the more advanced runs but the ubiquity of boarders tends to adversely affect their formation.

Out of Bounds:

Brighton Resorts has six easily accessible "off piste", "out of bounds" gates which will provide for you access to any level of thrill that you may seek. This of course is not patrolled, groomed or avalanche controlled. Out of bounds areas are skied at your own risk. That said, Brighton has a variety of bowls and chutes and it is most wonderful that the access is allowed.

Salt Lake Avalanche Advisory

Milly Bowl
Milly Bowl

Pioneer Ridge
Pioneer Ridge (will dump you back at the resort or down to Herber)

Brighton Terrain Parks:

Brighton lists four terrain parks and one half pipe:
  • My-O-My
  • Candyland
  • Upper Majestic
  • Lower Majestic (with halfpipe on the other side of the lift)
As one enters Candyland they are greeted by multiple park features. The rails increase in difficulty as one continues through the park thus making the greeting sufficiently gentle and at the same time making the park sufficiently challenging as well. Majestic continues with this trend finally leading you to the Brighton half pipe.

At night the boarder park and half pipe are illuminated well.

Skier riding rails

Terrain park

Terrain park

The four terrain parks can be regarded as two terrain park areas, Candyland and Majestic.

Brighton Apres Ski:

Yup, that's it for the "Apres Ski" scene, Molly Greens.

Apres Ski at Molly Greens at Brighton Mountain
Molly Greens

If it is early, another option is to head down the road for Apres ski at Solitude.

Where To Eat:
Milly Lodge Cafeteria

Base Village: Alpine Rose and Molly Greens.

Base of Milly Express lift: Milly Chalet

For a full list of local Brighton Options, see Brighton Resort's dinning guide.

Village & Shopping:

Brighton does not have a town or village and is not a shopping mecca nor is Salt Lake City but Park City certainly is. Brighton Mountain Sports at the base of the mountain will fulfill your alpine needs including rentals.

Brighton Night Life:

Brighton offers night skiing off of the lifts Crest and Majestic as an option to nightlife (if temperatures stay above 0 degrees Fahrenheit). If this is not an option for you, Salt Lake City is a short drive away and clearly your best option if you are seeking nightlife. As a resort which caters primarily to families, Brighton has is not focused of glitz and glamor (see Deer Valley) nor bars and nightlife.

During the summer, Park City is a short drive but the short connecting road over the mountain is closed during the winter months. In order to reach Park City during winter, one must drive out of Cottonwood Canyon to Salt Lake City and then up around to I-80 and over to Park City.

If it is early, another option is to head down the road to Solitude.

Directions to Brighton Mountain:

One must first get to the Salt Lake City area which is a Delta Airlines hub with service nationwide and thus easily accessible by air. Brighton ski area is located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon about 35 minutes southeast of downtown Salt Lake City.

  • From Salt Lake City:
    Directions:
    • Take Interstate 80 East to I-215 South
    • Take interstate 215 to exit 6 / 6200 South
    • Turn right. This will eventually turn into Wasatch Blvd.
    • Turn left into Big Cottonwood Canyon (190) (follow signs)
      (7-Eleven on the corner)
    • Take Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (190) to Brighton at the top of the canyon.
If traveling from the Salt Lake City International Airport, you will be starting your journey from interstate 215 South.

Road conditions:

Other transportation options:

  • Utah Transit Authority (UTA): 1-888-RIDE-UTA (1-888-743-1882)
    UTA ski buses are available from downtown Salt Lake City hotels and 15 other hotels in the greater metropolitan area as well as "park and ride" areas along the way. Correct change is required.
  • Canyon Transportation: 1-800-255-1841
  • All Resort Express, limousine 1-800-457-9457
  • Lewis Brothers Stages: (vans/buses) 1-800-826-5844
  • Le Bus groups: 1-800-366-0288
  • Canyon Hop Transportation: (Park City)
    • 1-801-860-7544 from Salt Lake City
    • 1-435-513-7544 from Park City

Map of Brighton Resort Ski Area:

Google Map

Brighton (mountain base):
Utah United States
Latitude: 40.599519
Longitude: -111.586246

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Brighton Mountain Lodging and Accommodations:

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