Brighton Resort is arguably (but not really) 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. Why? A combination of lower lift-ticket prices, free skiing for kids ages 6 and under, an appealing mix of beginner and expert terrain, wide, forgiving runs, and a mellow attitude. It’s also home to Salt Lake's only night skiing with over 200 acres of lighted runs to extend your day on mountain.
Brighton’s laidback vibe is most evident in its base area, a no-frills mix of 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 Salt Lake to ski, board, and have fun. Why make it complicated?
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Parking & Transportation
Parking Reservations: Paid and Free
Parking is limited, and reservations are required between 7 am and 1 pm and include paid and free elements to help alleviate the traffic and strain on the canyon. No overnight parking is allowed.
There are various options to make your way from the city to Brighton Resort. If you are driving your vehicle needs to meet traction law requirements and you need to be ready to drive in winter conditions. If winter driving and finding a parking space sound like a bother, try UTA's Ski Bus public transportation daily during the ski season, or elevate your experience with the Cottonwood Connect Ski Shuttle (available Fri - Sun and on Monday holidays).
Before you travel up to Brighton, check out the resources from Utah Department of Transportation for road conditions, live traffic cameras, travel tips, vehicle requirements, and winter driving tips. UDOT has plenty of experience dealing with the mountains of snow and snow in the mountains, but you can do your part to help by being an informed driver. Get live canyon updates and information on:
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.
Opening and Closing Hours
Brighton offers a 12 hour lift ticket with lifts open from 9 am to 9 pm. You can start with early morning powder and enjoy all that Brighton has to offer. Hours for the amenities and restaurants at Brighton will be available soon.
Night Skiing and Riding
Brighton is unique in Salt Lake, offering the sole night skiing experience in the region. Learn all about night skiing to prepare to enjoy the magic of the star-lit slopes with fewer crowds. Night skiing is typically open from mid-December to April across 200 acres of groomed runs and terrain parks, creating an unforgettable nighttime winter playground. Night skiing is included in an all day ticket or you can get a night skiing ticket to cover the night ski time from 4 pm to 9 pm.
In coordination with Tree Utah, Brighton will be offering free tours of our resort dedicated to educating the public about the history and future of our forests. During the tour we will investigate the native species that create our favorite tree runs and learn about how these beloved trees form essential habitat for our furry neighbors.
Having spent many years working closely with the US Forest Service and Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, investing in LED lighting fixtures, reducing water usage, and participating in local advocacy, Brighton Resort has officially enhanced their contribution to a brighter future by joining all of the Boyne Resorts in the Forever Project – a commitment to reaching Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
A FAMILY SPORT. Brighton Resort is well-known as the place where Utah learns to ski and ride. Start your kids out on the slopes early with two free* 6 & under ticket per paying adult. Click to learn more.
ON MOUNTAIN LODGING: Stay at a Brighton Hotel
Rustic mountain charm. Relaxation, natural scenery and a getaway from the city is what you’ll find at Brighton Lodge that is nestled at the bottom of Crest Lift. The lodge offers a rustic mountain lodge aesthetic that embraces Brighton’s history and charm. Whether you plan to explore the Wasatch in summertime or you want to escape into the mountains to ski or snowboard, the Brighton Lodge is the best spot to rest your head all year long.
ON MOUNTAIN DINING: Brighton Restaurants & Bars
Located at the base of the mountain just beyond Brighton Center lodge and accessible by non-skiers on foot who want to join you. Alpine Rose is the main cafeteria with all the foods hungry skiers and riders crave from daily breakfast specials, to hearty lunches, and dinners for night skiers. Nothing fancy, just good chow. Lots of grab-and-go snacks too. In spring, there are cookouts on the sun deck.
Brighton's full service bar and grill, complete with a cozy fireplace, magnificent views of the mountains and full table service – the perfect place to socialize after, or during, an amazing day of skiing. Molly's is located slopeside on the upper floor of the Brighton Manor, the A-frame at the base of the mountain. Accessible by non-skiers on foot who want to join you. From hand tossed pizzas to its most famous nachos, the menu is sure to please everyone. If you want to remember your special day on the hill, pick up some Molly's merch. Ask your server for details.
New for the 2023-24 season, a mid-mountain dining option just above the Snake Creek lift. The Sidewinder will offer beers, burgers, and bathrooms—for hungry skiers and riders that want to stay near the lifts, ready for their next run.
Located on the main floor of the Brighton Center. Blind Miner Coffee serves up a variety of tasty treats to warm the spirit. Enjoy coffee and espresso drinks, snacks, pastries, and more.
Head on up for some breathtaking views and delicious food! Located right at the base of the Millicent Lift, the Milly Chalet is the perfect place to grab lunch while enjoying Milly Laps. Burgers, burritos, beer & more await you at the Chalet.