Skiing the Powder at Brighton
camera_alt Andrew Strain


Brighton is arguably Salt Lake’s most laidback ski hill. Unpretentious and friendly, its sprawling runs attract a young crowd, a large contingent of which are snowboarders. Brighton has a well-deserved distinction of being the resort where most Salt Lakers learn to ride and ski. A combination of lower lift-ticket prices, free skiing for kids ages 10 and under, an appealing mix of beginner and expert terrain, wide, forgiving runs, and a mellow attitude make Brighton a great option for beginners and casual skiers and boarders. 

Free tickets for the younger kids mean generations of Salt Lakers have grown up bombing down Brighton’s tree-lined runs. The resort offers snow sports lessons, so kids can learn to ski or snowboard. Parents and big kids can tackle the expert terrain off of Clayton Peak while the little ones hone their skills on the greens and blues below the Majestic and Milly Express lifts. As another bonus, Brighton shares a boundary with Solitude and offers a pass that allows you to access both resorts.

Brighton also features night skiing with more than 200 acres of lighted runs to extend your day on mountain.

Brighton’s laidback vibe is most evident in its base area, with no-frills family cabins in full-on alpine A-frame style and its friendly watering hole, Molly Green’s Tavern. Brighton keeps it simple—burger, beer, nachos on a sunny patio for your midday reprieve. Because, after all, you came to Ski City to ski, board, and have fun.

Number of Runs 66 Adult Day (9AM-4PM) $89 Ski School Yes
Beginner Terrain 21% Adult Night (4PM-9PM) $47 Retail/Rental Yes
Intermediate Terrain 40% Adult Half Day (12:30PM - 4PM) $70    
Advanced Terrain 39% 9AM-9PM Adult Super Day $92    
Lifts 6 9AM-4PM Youth (Ages 8-12) $55    
Average Snowfall 500in Sol-Bright $129    
Base Elevation 8,755ftt 9AM-4PM Senior (65+) $65    
Summit Elevation 10,500ft        
Vertical Drop 1,745ft        
Miles to Major Airport 35        



Brighton Trail Map

Download a PDF version of the trail map to view before you come. 


A stunning alpine bowl at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton’s inbounds terrain includes gentle rolling groomers as well as dramatic upper steeps and ridgelines. This variety of terrain is part of what makes the place so engaging—and why it’s developed a reputation for delivering a great time to those who love to jump, spin, and play off of natural features. In general, the resort’s main base area is surrounded by mellow, beginner-friendly terrain. (You can actually buy a beginner lift ticket just to access a couple of lower lifts right there. They’ll get any newbie started on the right track.) If you’re looking for a rowdier time, you don’t have to go far. The whole southerly side of the Brighton Bowl is served by the Millicent lift, and it’s a veritable playground of rocky drops, interesting terrain features, and steep sections. Try traversing out under Millicent peak from the top of its namesake lift and drop down where the gettin’ looks good.

Two Skiers at Brighton cruising the side of the mountain


When you ski and stay in Salt Lake, you have wide-open options. There is some lodging up Big Cottonwood Canyon, but if you want easy access to any of the Cottonwoods’ resorts, stay in the Cottonwood Heights or Holladay suburbs near the bottom of the canyon. There are two nice, relatively new Hyatt Place and Residence Inn hotels within a couple of blocks of the canyon.

If you want to set yourself up for a little more in-town nightlife, you could stay in the funky Sugarhouse neighborhood, which sits halfway between the canyons and the city center. There are tons of homes and apartments for rent online in this walkable neighborhood, where you can have a local brew, a bite worth savoring, and then turn in for the night.

And if you really want to explore the city’s best food and nightlife, set yourself up right downtown in the middle of the action, at one of the city center’s many hotels. This puts you within striking distance of public transit to access anything you can’t easily walk to.

Brighton Ski Resort wooden sign in front of a snowy mountain and snow-covered building


You may have an après beer and nacho platter at Molly Green’s, Brighton’s little pub on the top of an old A-frame base area lodge. The atmosphere here is so quintessentially Brighton that you kind of have to stop in.

After your journey down the canyon, you might want to check out one of Cottonwood Heights’ most prized eateries, Lone Star Taqueria. It’s a small, simple establishment with tacos and burritos that are about as authentic as it gets. Prepare for long lines both inside and in the drive-through lane, but there’s nothing more satisfying than a pie tin full of hot tacos washed down with a cerveza. You’ll be sharing the restaurant with lots of other people in ski pants, because this place is generally known to be the perfect après plan. If you head all the way downtown, treat yourself to a proper feast, because you can. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana is a trusted standby for some of the nicest wood-fired pizzas you’ve ever tried, made with ingredients imported from Napoli, Italy. Or, for some of the best sushi you’ve ever had, head to Takashi, a stunning sushi bar that’s also located downtown. They fly in extremely fresh seafood, although the raw-fish sushi is just the beginning of their draw. Their sake list is impeccable, and the hip atmosphere’s tough to beat.

Then, for breakfast before you head back up to the hill, stop at a local favorite like Oasis Café or Eggs in the City for a big, satisfying scramble. When you ski hard, you’ve earned the right to eat hard too.

Comfort Food in Brighton - nachos, chili, cheese bread


Sliding Academy
Passionate about sharing the love of snow sports, Brighton is continuously recognized as "the place where Utah learns to ski and snowboard." Professional instructors provide the highest quality lessons for all levels, beginner to expert.

Night Skiing & Snowboarding
Only 40 minutes from Salt Lake City, Brighton offers the most night terrain in Utah. From 4-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday, visitors can enjoy skiing or snowboarding on 22 lighted runs and more than 200 acres.

Group Programs 
Special group rates are available for 25 or more. Brighton can help arrange tickets, rentals, lessons, and catering. For more information, call 800-873-5512, ext 268.

Terrain Parks & Features 
Brighton’s top-to-bottom terrain park and superpipe are great for both spectator and participant. The terrain park includes 40 rails and boxes, a sound system, and a new Zaugg pipe-cutter for the 15-foot-deep, 350-foot-long superpipe. 

Skier participating in the Ski City Shootout Night Skiing event in Brighton


The Brighton Lodge maintains a tradition of quality the entire family can enjoy at affordable prices. At slopeside, the 20-room lodge provides guests with ski-in/ski-out access—day and night. Guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, large outdoor Jacuzzi, fireplace, big-screen TV, and après-ski activities at nearby Molly Green's restaurant.


Alta's mountain dining options range from a white tablecloth dining experience with cuisine featuring organic lamb, duck, rabbit, seafood, hearty soups, salads, creme brulee, and truffle-filled chocolate cupcakes to outdoor deck dining offering hamburgers, delicious deli sandwiches and salads, pizzas, soups, cookies, brownies, and fresh fruit. Guests may choose from three restaurants at mid-mountain and several base area cafeterias. Four of the lodges also offer lunch for non-lodging guests. 

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Winter Activities

The pace here is laid-back. The cuisine is un-fussy. Scrappy shredder kids entertain themselves doing tricks off every possible surface. The terrain's varied, with plenty for beginner locals and tourists alike, and some true steep stuff too for those who fancy a challenge. Check out resort info, trail maps and more at Ski City's Brighton Resort.

Jay Dash

Winter Activities

The pace here is laid-back. The cuisine is un-fussy. Scrappy shredder kids entertain themselves doing tricks off every possible surface. The terrain's varied, with plenty for beginner locals and tourists alike, and some true steep stuff too for those who fancy a challenge. Check out resort info, trail maps and more at Ski City's Brighton Resort.

Explore Brighton

Located up Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton is Utah's only resort that can boast that 100% of its terrain is accessible by high speed quads. 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.