01/11/2012 12:21 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Brighton Resort: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide

Brighton Resort in Utah is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Brighton Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.

The Basics

It's easy to get to Brighton Resort atop Utah's Big Cottonwood Canyon because it's just a 35-minute drive from the Salt Lake International Airport and downtown Salt Lake City. Buses from areas around Salt Lake City also transport guests to the resort. Skiers and boarders can take advantage of the mountain every day from mid-November through mid-April, and night skiing -- the most in Utah -- is available early December through March. Families particularly like this mountain because every level of skier or boarder can ride a high-speed quad together, select a different trail down and meet at the bottom.

The Mountain

There's no shortage of snow at Brighton Resort -- it averages 500 inches of light, fluffy powder every winter. While grooming equipment prepares runs for beginners and most intermediate skiers and snowboarders, expert skiers can enjoy runs left as nature provides them: deep with powder. Guests choose between groomed trails, tree runs, chutes, cliffs and natural terrain parks. Brighton also has four terrain parks for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. Top elevation at Brighton is 10,500 feet, and the highest vertical lift-serviced drop is 1,745 feet.

Trails And Lifts

Brighton Resort has 66 runs and many off-piste runs on its 1,050 skiable acres. Guests can access 100 percent of the terrain by one of five high-speed quads. There is also one triple chairlift and one magic carpet. Intermediate and advanced runs each comprise about 40 percent of the mountain; the other 20 percent is for beginners. The longest run spans 1.2 miles. The Milly lift, at the top of Evergreen run, allows access to Solitude Resort that has 2,250 skiable acres and 130 runs. A Sol-Bright Pass allows skiers access to both resorts.

In The News

Just because Brighton Resort doesn't host Olympic qualifiers or X Games doesn't mean that it lacks notoriety. Although Brighton is one of the country's oldest ski resorts, it manages to be one of the most modern resorts in Utah. According to, local folks regularly vote Brighton as the top resort for "Child/Family Friendly Terrain." It also receives kudos for being a "Best Value" resort.


Daily lift tickets range in price from free to $69 for a 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. pass and $78 for a Sol-Bright pass to ski Solitude Resort. A season pass costs $949 for an adult and $599 for students, military personnel and young adults. A child's pass costs $199, and a pass for children 7 and younger costs $50. A group adult lesson costs $45, and private lessons range from $85 to $450. Adults who want to rent equipment can get a ski or snowboard package for $30 a day. Helmets cost an extra $7 and wrist guards an additional $5.


There is no shortage of dining options available to guests. Alpine Rose, the main cafeteria, serves dinner as well as breakfast and lunch. For a cozier experience complete with a fireplace, skiers like Molly Green's, located slope side. Folks who want to venture off-site enjoy The Brighton Store and the Silver Fork Lodge, both serving down-home, hearty fare. Brighton Mountain Sports, an on-mountain store, sells clothes, cameras and various essentials.

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