by: John T - 13th January 2014

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 2Nightlife
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Value
Close to urban areas, completely renovated
Hills not very large or long but not bad for urban area hill.

Full review

Mt. Brighton has long been the target for jokes about small hills and lack of updates. Not anymore. Vail purchased Mt. Brighton last year and has implemented millions $$$ in improvements. They are not done yet. New chair lifts, new snow guns, new lodge interiors, new venues, MUCH better expanded snowboarding terrain parks. Vail is bringing their professional experience in running ski resorts and the result is and incredible improvement. Mt. Brighton had been stagnant form the 70's but now appears to be hip and upscale casual. Very cool and what a great asset to have in suburban Detroit. If you are looking to hit the slopes for some fun, Mt. Brighton is a new and fun place to do so. You will not get long runs or woodsy tree covered areas but you can get out and experience basically a new resort for quick ski fix. Snowboarders should benefit greatly as the terrain parks are really the largest improvement at Brighton. Good place for families. Hope Vail keep the local employees in line as I had a flashback to the OLD Mt.. Brighton days when I walked into their better restaurant the other day to use the restrooms and there were hand written signs on both the Men's and Women's bathroom doors saying "Out Of Order - STAY OUT!" - Not a good message to customers "STAY OUT"... hope this attitude is being fixed (or not even allowed at the new Mt. Brighton). To me that is a note that belongs at the DMV not a resort type atmosphere. Then again, I have not experienced Vail out West - maybe this is the norm? If so, I think I will head to Park City instead. Vail needs to really keep a close eye on the customer experience at Mt. Brighton, anything akin to the crotchety people that used to run some things there will result in a bad reputation for Mt. Brighton and more importantly Vail Resorts. Lots of competition in Mt. Holly, Pine Knob, Alpine Valley and many very well run resorts up north. Vail needs to do this right and treat people like they want them there and not like they are a nuisance.
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