Brighton Resort Ski Resort

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Bright Ski Resort is a great destination for families, beginners and intermediate skiers. Averaging 500 inches of snow a season, the resort’s 66 trails are covered in light, fluffy snow creating a winter paradise for visitors.

The resort is known for its famous ski and snowboard school with group and private lessons for every ability level. Brighton also offers night skiing with over 200 illuminated acres. The resort is a great combination of terrain and snow quality making it one of Utah’s favorites.

Where Is Brighton Ski Resort Located?

It is located less than an hour from Salt Lake City in Big Cottonwood Canyon. You can fly into Salt Lake City International Airport, and then drive 40 minutes (35 miles) to the resort. You should rent a car with 4-wheel drive capabilities since it’s rough getting into Big Cottonwood Canyon during the winter.

Other options for getting to the resort include airport transfers via coaches or by taking the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Ski Bus. The park and ride for the bus is located near the entrance to the Big Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy, Utah.

The Brighton Lodge at the base offers 20 rooms, and there is a second lodge three miles away accessed via courtesy car. UTA bus services come up the canyon daily. Camper parking available, but no hookups.


Top-Rated Breakfast Places

  • Blind Miner Coffee is perfect for a cup of joe, chai tea or waffle before you hit the mountain. Located in the Brighton Center, it’s an easy stop on your way to the lift. 12601 S Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121


  • Milly Chalet has a BBQ-inspired menu with an expansive beer selection. Whether it’s the summer or winter, the Chalet is a good place for family and friends to gather. 8183 S Brighton Loop Road, Brighton, UT 84121


  • Serving the Brighton area since 1947, the Sliver Fork Lodge & Restaurant provides a unique mountain dining experience. The menu offers a variety of options from steak to BBQ to fresh fish along with a full-service bar. Be sure to check online before going as there are seasonal hours. 11332 E Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Brighton, UT 84121


  • A favorite spot at the end of the day, Molly Green’s Tavern, which is located in an old A-frame lodge. Grab some nachos and a drink, and relax after a long day. 8302 S Brighton Loop Road, Brighton, UT 84121


Located at the top of Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton Resort averages 500 inches of The Greatest Snow on Earth® that blankets 1,050 skier and rider accessible acres. Brighton ski area boasts a lift-serviced vertical of 1,745 feet with 66 named trails and many additional off-piste runs. The breakout is as follows: beginner runs 21%, intermediate 40% and advanced 39%. Six lifts service all the trails. Base elevation is 8,755 feet, and summit elevation is 10,500 feet.

Brighton Resort’s multiple levels of terrain can all be accessed by high-speed quad lifts. Friends and families can share a lift ride and then take different trails – beginner, intermediate or expert – and all meet at the bottom to ride the lift together again. Freestyle skiers and riders will find four evolving terrain parks and a half-pipe to practice their progressions. You should also try your hand at the 15-foot-deep, 350-foot-long superpipe, which attracts boarders of all levels.

Inside Scoop

Other amenities of Brighton Resort include The New Millicent Chalet, resort lodging and public bus transportation from Salt Lake City. If downhill skiing is not for you, visitors can find cross-country rentals and repairs at the Brighton Touring Center.

The well-known Brighton Resort Ski and Snowboard School provides classes and lessons for all levels of skiers, snowboarders and children.

Brighton is known for its laid-back atmosphere so it’s definitely a lot more friendly than other, more popular resorts like nearby Park City. Kids 10 and under ski free. The resort also sometimes offers “ski in three or it’s free” at the ski school, which means that it promises beginners will learn how to ski in three lessons or less or the classes are free.

Don’t miss the 15-mile scenic byway that ends at the resort. The views will be well-worth the detour through Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Plan Your Trip

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Terrain Overview

Runs in Total
1.2 mi
Longest Run
1050 ac
Skiable Terrain
200 ac
Night Skiing
200 ac
Snow Making

Total Lifts: 7

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Important Dates

November 11, 20222022/11/11
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April 23, 20232023/04/23
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