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Brighton Resort Summary:
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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 view of the base area of Brighton
Brighton is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah down the road from Solitude Mountain Resort.
Back Door and Main Street (off of Milly Express lift)
Lost Maid (off of Crest Express lift)
Pioneer (off of Snake Creek Express lift)
Brighton has a "magic carpet" lift for young children to simplify their learning experience.
Wren Hollow (off of Crest Express lift)
Desperado (off of Great Western Express lift)
Mary Chutes (out of bounds between Crest Express and Milly Express lifts)
Chute-2 (in bounds off of Milly Express)
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.
Pioneer Ridge (will dump you back at the resort or down to Herber)
At night the boarder park and half pipe are illuminated well.
The four terrain parks can be regarded as two terrain park areas, Candyland and Majestic.
Yup, that's it for the "Apres Ski" scene, Molly Greens.
If it is early, another option is to head down the road for Apres ski at Solitude.
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.
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 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.
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.
Other transportation options:
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