Brighton Resort

Ski resorts in USA
Not only was Brighton Resort the first ski resort in the state of Utah, but it was also one of the earliest in the United States. Starting in 1936, skiers enjoyed their favorite pastime 30 miles from downtown Salt Lake City.

Vacationers coming by plane can use Salt Lake International Airport. Interstate 15 and 80 bring vehicle traffic into the Salt Lake region. From there, several US routes and state highways provide access to the ski area. Big Cottonwood Canyon is a watershed canyon that receives a lot of snow dumps during the winter, but the roads are maintained to provide access to the ski resorts in the area.

"No Frills" With Top-Notch Trails

Boyne Resorts operates and manages the ski area that advertises itself as a top-tier destination for plankers who want great skiing more than the frills associated with resorts. While visitors can dine, shop, and find lodging at Brighton Resort ski area, it is not to the level that other venues in the region might offer.

What the resort does offer in abundance is access to off-piste skiing and boarding. A single lift ride places visitors at access gates for inbound skiing that provides backcountry results. Brighton Resort has a reputation built around its bowls, cliffs, chutes, and other natural features that challenge experienced rippers and shredders.

The base elevation at Brighton Resort is 8,755 feet, and the highest serviced point hovers at 10,500 feet. Rippers and shredders have 1,745 feet of lift-serviced vertical drop with lots of carving and bombing potential down the mountain. Guests live their powder dreams in the alpine biome that sucks for plants but registers high on the fun scale.

Visitors enjoy stunning views across the resort, with a multitude of peaks standing in the background. Access to the ski area is by the Big Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Byway, which provides access to the Wasatch Mountains. Disney has used the ski resort for filming more than one movie, and the destination was home to many of the top snowboarders in the 1990's and 2000s.

Fun In the Sun and Under the Stars

Brighton Resort offers 200 acres of nighttime skiing for those who did not get enough during the day. It has 1,050 acres accessible when the sun is up, with well-groomed terrain and lots of backcountry skiing added to that.

The Brighton Resort maintains well over 60 runs. Just over 20-percent is rated green for the beginner, with the rest divided between blue intermediate trails and black diamond advanced terrain. Its longest run comes in at about 1.2 miles in length.

There are seven lifts at Brighton Resort if the magic carpet counts with the total. The resort has roughly 175 instructors to provide brush-ups and full classes or workshops.

Brighton Resort has several lodging options, including locations at the base area and slopeside. Five dining locales and other food areas keep guests filled and refreshed, and those needing equipment or repairs and adjustments will find services also.

Brighton Resort Snow forecast

  • Friday
    0.28 in rain
    Sol och regn
    6 mph
  • Saturday
    0 ft
    Sun/clear sky
    8 mph
  • Sunday
    0 ft
    Sun/clear sky
    10 mph

Facts about Brighton Resort

Number of slopes:66
Easiest Green slopes:14
Intermediate Blue slopes:26
Advanced Black slopes:25
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:23
Evening skiing:3 number of slopes
Total length of pistes:2.5 miles

Lifts (Total: 7)
Chair lifts:5
Platter lift:2
Lift capacity:  10950 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Brighton Resort Vertical drop
Highest Point: 10499 ft
Vertical drop: 1745 ft
Base Point: 8753 ft

Childrens area:1
Country: USA
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Nice facility comparable to Hundfjället / Tandådalen maybe, with alternating rides, and a bit more hilly. When I was there, it had been dumped for two... Read more (155 words)

Trail map

Trail map Brighton Resort

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