Mountain Guide

Brighton Trail Guides



For Salt Lakers, Brighton is often the favored place to teach new skiers or snowboarders. The Explorer chairlift and a magic carpet are ideal for true beginners. The Majestic chairlift whisks guests to higher elevations but services green terrain via the Mary Back and Lost Maid trails. One excellent feature of Brighton resort: all chairlifts access at least one green or blue run so gentle slopes can be located from all lift-serviced terrain. Green trails encompass 21% of the terrain.


Intermediates will love the rolling, playful terrain of Brighton Resort. With over 40% of the terrain featuring blue runs, there are plenty of trails to explore. The Crest Express chairlift offers winding groomers with access points to several terrain parks. The Majestic area of the mountain contains fun tree skiing and plenty of intermediate terrain. Pioneer is one of the longer blue-rated runs off the Snake Creek Express chairlift. The Milly Express has a few longer, swooping groomers.


Expert and advanced riders will spend their time near the Great Western and Milly chairlifts. Mt. Millicent features open bowls, bracing hikes, powder-filled chutes, and cliffs to huck. Locals often refer to it as the “mini golf” zone thanks to its playful terrain and varying pitches. The Great Western Express offers steeps and tree runs. There are six boundary gates to access incredible backcountry terrain. Do not exit these gates without proper training, equipment and a current avalanche forecast.

  • Brighton is spread across 3 peaks. Blue or green rated terrain is accessible from every chairlift, so intermediate skiers can explore the entire mountain while advanced skiers venture further off-piste

  • All of Brighton's dining options are located at the base area so plan to head down to dine

Top Trail Picks

Trail Name
Area / Getting There

Starting Out


A learning zone for those just starting out; young children or ultra-beginners can use the magin carpet or take laps on the Explorer Chairlift

Located near the Brighton Center, face the mountain and veer to the left of the base area. Access via the magic carpet or the Explorer Chairlift

Just Learning

Mary Back

When ready to move beyond Explorer, this gentle groomer winds down a longer pitch between stands of conifers

Exit the Majestic Chairlift to the right

Warming up


Start your day with this long, winding groomer; this tree-lined groomer is perfect to get the lay of the land 

Turn left off the Snake Creek Chairlift

Easy Scenic

Backdoor to Main Street

This long, winding groomer offers fantastic cross-canyon views (some of the best) and is a longer run at Brighton

Turn right off Milly Express for Backdoor (rated blue) then merge into Main Street via the left fork (green)


Backbone to Easy Out

Backbone to Easy Out offers a lengthy and sustained blue-rated groomer with excellent scenery and mellow rollers

Exit Milly Express to the right and look for Backbone which briefly merges with Main Street before breaking off into Easy Out

Steep & Scary

Thunder Road

While Thunder Road is not technically a very scary run, try it out during night skiing hours for a real thrill

From the Crest Express, turn left and head down the lane to find Thunder Road

Showing Off


Try the Candyland Terrain Park, or any one of the other 4 terrain parks found along the Majestic and Crest Lifts

Take either Majestic or Crest Express Chairlifts and look for orange flagging to signify it's a playful terrain parks


Silver Spur

Perfectly spaced trees off the Great Western Express; takes some laps here, or head for Silver Spur or neighboring runs Desperado and Rockin' R

Exit Great Western and take Elk Park Ridge to the left, follow the ridge and look for Silver Spur to the left

Burner (Advanced)

Scree Slope

Start with a short traverse and find yourself in a proper bowl perfect for big lines, steep skiing, and shredding; watch out for cliffs and enjoy the tree skiing at the bottom 

Grab Milly Express and turn left; Scree Slope is the ski run to the far skier's right when facing downhill

Short & Steep

Clark's Roost

Nicely spaced trees, a steep pitch, and lurking powder create an alluring trifecta for expert skiers 

Top of Great Western Express; Exit right and cruise along the Western Trail to reach Clark's Roost

Fresh Powder

Lone Pine

Little Milly

On a powder day, head straight for Milly Express and lap as fast as you can before the powder disappears; Lone Pine and its neighbor Little Milly collect great powder and offer sustained pitch

Lone Pine is to the looker's left of Milly Express

Steep & Deep

Pioneer's Ridge

Pass through an avalanche control gate and begin hiking along the ridge; you’ll have the option to drop early into some trees, or continue on for chutes, cliffs, and powder that funnel you to the ski area

From the top of the Crest Express chairlift, pass through the backcountry gate (only if you have proper equipment and knowledge) to bootpack up Pioneer Ridge


Rein's Run

Great fun in smooth powder with a steep and sustained pitch; moguls can build up making this a thigh burner for those who want to test their mettle

Exit right from Great Western Express and follow the Western Trail to reach Rein's Run

On Mountain Dining Recommendations

Brighton does not have any on-mountain dining options; all eateries will be found around the base area. The food is both delicious and affordable and Brighton also offers an ample brown bag area for those who bring their own food. For more options see our Solitude Dining Guide. Our top picks are below:

Alpine Rose

At the base of the mountain near the Brighton Center Lodge, The Alpine Rose is Brighton’s main cafeteria. Here you can find breakfast specials, warm lunches, and even dinner during night skiing hours. This no-frills cafeteria offers great food and snacks at reasonable prices. The large sun deck is lovely in warm weather and Brighton often fires up the barbeques in springtime.

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Milly Chalet

The newest of Brighton’s dining options, the Milly Chalet, provides scenic views and savory food in a casual atmosphere. Just steps from the Milly Express lift, this is the perfect spot for an early morning breakfast burrito or a quick lunch between laps. The new smokehouse and BBQ menu includes racks of ribs, brisket, and delicious sandwiches. You can grab a beer here too!

Chicken Sandwich

The Blind Miner

Find the Blind Miner on the main floor of the rustic Brighton Center. Here you will find snacks, pastries, and treats to warm up between runs or during the earlier hours of night skiing. Enjoy coffee, espresso drinks, and more.

Size / Elevation
  • Peak: 10,500 ft | 3,200m

  • Vertical Drop: 1,745 ft | 532m

  • Base: 8,755 ft | 2,669m

  • Total Area: 1,050 acres | 4 sq km 

Terrain Overview

​Mountain Range: Wasatch

  • 66 Trails   

  • All terrain is accessible by high speed lifts

  • 5 Terrain Parks

  • Mt. Millicent (10,452 ft)

  • Preston Peak (10,315 ft)

  • Brighton Center (Main Base)

On Mountain Dining

  • 4 options at Brighton Center
    (see our guide)

Lift Stats

Uphill Capacity: 9,950 ppl / hr

7 Total Lifts

  • 5 High Speed Quads

  • 1 Triple

  • 1 Tows

  • 1  Minimum lift to access             peak from base

Terrain Mix
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Brighton Stats

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