Skiing in Brighton

Brighton Ski Area

All of Brighton’s easy-to-navigate terrain is serviced by high-speed lifts to maximize daily runs and fun.

While not the biggest mountain by acreage of all the options near Salt Lake City, Brighton is often not crowded and can give skiers and riders the best bang for their buck. Lift tickets are extremely affordable, and the mountain often runs weekly specials to help guests save even more money. Combine that with high-speed lifts all over the resort to maximize daily run totals and you can understand why so many locals call this place home.

Brighton is generally split into three main areas, with terrain ranging from beginner runs in the center to expert runs on the peripheral parts of the layout. At looker’s left, the Great Western Lift serves intermediate and advanced terrain off of a ridge extending down from Mt. Clayton. At looker’s right, the Millicent lift leaves the edge of the parking lot to give excellent backcountry access and a quick ride to more intermediate and advanced runs. The center of the resort offers terrain for all ability levels off of the Majestic, Crest Express, and Snake Creek Express lifts.

For those looking to air it out, the center of the resort is where you will find most of the six terrain parks typically set up at Brighton. On good snow years, there is also a massive half pipe set up under the Majestic lift. Besides the various terrain park offerings, natural rock jumps and cliffs abound throughout the advanced and expert runs all over the resort that playful skiers and riders are sure to enjoy.

Brighton is one of the more picturesque ski resorts around, as each lift brings resort guests to lookouts with jetliner views of the surrounding Utah peaks. Another often-overlooked feature of Brighton is its proximity to Solitude Resort. There is a connector trail off the Millicent lift that allows skiers and riders direct access to the slopes of the other mountain, and passes typically allow lift access at both resorts. What’s not to love about skiing excellent terrain surrounded by breathtaking views and direct access to another world-class resort?

Brighton Beginner Skiing

Beginners should stick to the center mountain lifts but will be pleasantly surprised at the scope of accessible terrain.

Beginners may be delighted to know that Brighton does not restrict their trail access to lower mountain areas. Green-rated trails exists off both the Majestic and Snake Creek Express lifts, providing beginner skiers and riders access to runs above 10,000ft of elevation and the views that come with it. Sunshine is the main run off the Snake Creek Express, while Majestic provides access to beginner terrain park areas. All green rated trails also exist within the night-skiing zone, so beginners can ski late into the evening to improve their skills!

Brighton Intermediate Skiing

Intermediate skiers have the run of the mountain at Brighton, as long runs snake off each lift providing excellent views of the Utah backcountry.

Intermediate skiers at Brighton are sure to have a wonderful day. Unlike beginners, intermediates have access to blue-rated runs off all five major lifts at the resort that wind around steep bowls and gladed runs in case pushing the skill level is in the cards.

Western Trail, Pioneer, and Thor are great runs off the Great Western and Snake Creek Express lifts that intermediates can lap all day without boredom. Western Trail in particular grants skiers and riders ample opportunity to stop and enjoy their surroundings, as photograph-worthy views are seemingly in every direction as you descend. On the other side of the mountain, Backbone and Easy Out are a great run down from the top of the Milly lift that look straight down Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Brighton Expert Skiing

Experts wishing to remain in-bounds at Brighton may lose interest after a day or two, as the truluy best skiing lies outside the resort boundary

Brighton does offer plenty of black- and double black-diamond rated terrain to keep experts busy. Terrain off both the Great Western and Millicent high-speed quad lifts can be lapped all day with little traversing or effort into steep chutes and tree runs. One cool part of most advanced terrain at Brighton is the abundance of natural features presented by huge boulders covered in snow that can be playful for those looking to catch some air.

The slight shortcoming in expert terrain comes when high-level skiers are looking to ski other parts of the mountain. These areas can get tracked out quickly on crowded powder days due to their proximity to main lifts, and the center of the resort simply doesn’t provide the steep, challenging runs that the peripheral areas do.

True expert skiing lies just beyond the resort boundaries in a world renown part of the Wasatch National Forest. Backcountry access gates near the top of both the Great Western and Millicent lifts can put experts into extremely challenging zones in a hurry. Still, if you are looking to stay inside the ropes, a little traversing can go a long way to find an in-bounds backcountry experience. Traversing skiers’ right from the Milly lift will present a large zone filled with skinny chutes and big cliffs.

Brighton On Mountain Restaurants

Brighton’s on-mountain cafés and dining options provide standard ski area fare at refreshingly low, wallet-friendly prices.

While the on-mountain restaurant food is nothing groundbreaking, cooked-to-order food that doesn’t break the bank is a refreshing change in today’s ski resort scene. In an activity that is expensive in its own right that often pits resort guests against the prospect of $15-$20 burgers, resort guests’ wallets will be pleased to know that you can eat a solid meal for under $10. Dining options exist at the base lodge and in the Millicent base area building, and each offers a select number of local Utah beers to wash down your lunch.



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