Lexi Dowdall          September 2019

As one of the first resorts in Utah to welcome snowboarders, Brighton Resort is renowned for its close-knit community and local feel. This family-friendly resort is where many Utahans bring their children to learn the art of skiing or snowboarding. Brighton is both nostalgic and a little sleepy, lacking the glitz and glamor of many other Utah ski areas. Affordable prices, good value, and consistently awesome snow keep locals and travelers returning each winter. Tree skiing, terrain parks, playful natural terrain, excellent backcountry access, and extensive night skiing make Brighton a fun place to explore. The relaxed vibe and variety of terrain are ideal for families or guests with different ability levels. There is limited lodging at Brighton and not much in terms of a base village. Most visitors rent a vacation home nearby, stay at Solitude Mountain Resort, or find lodging down in Cottonwood Heights or Salt Lake City. The resort is very accessible, just 50 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport. Brighton’s close proximity to Salt Lake City, it’s nostalgic atmosphere, and playful terrain are what makes it a favorite amongst locals.

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 LET'S GO 
  • The most extensive night skiing scene in Utah from 4-9PM, Mon-Sat; Extra fun when it's storming!

  • Feel like a local; Brighton is where Salt Lakers love to ride

  • Start 'em young; Brighton offers ski lessons for children as young as 3

  • Expand your acreage; Brighton connects to Solitude Ski Area via the SolBright ski trail

  • You can't beat the access; 45 minutes from the SLC area and less than 5-60 minutes to Solitude, Alta, Snowbird, Park City, and Deer Valley

INSIDER TIPS
  • On weekends, head up to the hill early to beat the traffic and snag a parking space. Grab a scrumptious breakfast at the Milly Chalet while waiting for the lifts to spin.

  • If a storm rolls through in the afternoon or evening, you can score first tracks and free refills by taking advantage of Brighton's expansive night skiing on 200 acres, 3 chairlifts, and their main terrain park from 4-9 PM, Mon-Sat

  • Backcountry access from Brighton is fantastic. The terrain is fairly gnarly and consequential, so do not exit one of the 6 backcountry gates without proper equipment, a current avalanche forecast, and backcountry knowledge

  • Brighton has some fun terrain parks (5) and great tree skiing; kids love it!

  • Locals head for the open bowls of Milly Express or Snake Creek chairlifts on a pow day

HESITATIONS
  • Limited lodging is available near the base area; just one rustic, reasonably priced 20-room lodge

  • The après ski scene consists of night skiing and Molly Green's for 21+

  • Brighton has the least acreage of Utah's major resorts and less expert terrain

  • Nothing fancy; Brighton is a locals' hill with affordable eats and good snow

GETTING TO & GETTING AROUND

 
Getting To
  • Closest Major City: Salt Lake City, UT

    • Distance: ~35 miles South East 

    • Travel Time: ~ 45 minutes 

  • Closes Major Resort Area: Park City

    • Distance: ~12.5 miles, ~30 mins​

Neighboring Resorts
  • Closest Neighbor (Ikon)

    • ​Solitude (~2 miles, ~5 mins or ski between)

  • Little Cottonwood Canyon Neighbors​​​​ (Ikon & Mountain Collective)​​

    • Snowbird (~25 miles, ~40 mins)

    • Alta (~26 miles, ~42 mins)

  • Neighbors in Park City

Travel by Plane
  • Closest major commercial airport: SLC - (Salt Lake City International)

  • ~35 mi Northwest, ~45 mins​​​

Travel by Bus
  • Salt Lake City runs several Ski Bus routes with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA); cost effective (fares ~$4.50 one way)

  • Airport shuttle services is available to / from SLC

Travel by Car
  • We reccomend a car here, unless unless you are staying at the resort or near a UTA Ski Bus route

    • Pros: Parking is free

    • ​Cons: Parking can be problematic on the weekends, arrive early. There is a small Park-and-Ride lot at the base of Big Cottonwood 

  • Rideshares (Uber and Lyft) are available, but not always reliable

Brighton has limited lodging. Most travelers rent a private home in Big Cottonwood, lodge at Solitude, or find a rental in Cottonwood Heights. A car is helpful to visit neighboring resorts or Salt Lake City, but not essential if you find lodging along the UTA Ski Bus routes.

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