Hometown Mountain Shoutout: Brighton Ski Resort, UT

Lauren Hash | | Industry NewsIndustry News
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Brighton Ski Resort, Credit: The Big Ski Family

Brighton Resort has the hometown feel that so many commercial resorts are missing. It is a great choice whether you are a skier or a boarder, beginner, or a pro. There are multiple levels of terrain park so you can work your way up from the small boxes and rails to the big stuff. If you’re looking for family deals, the kids’ ski lessons are amazing so you don’t have to feel guilty about hitting the slopes with your significant other and leaving the kids for a few hours.


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The special thing about Brighton is the tree runs. You can find fresh pow well into the afternoon right next to the groomers. This is what keeps me coming back years later. There is nothing quite like the pure joy of skiing a powder run, especially between the beautiful pine trees.

Resort Statistics

  • 500″ Annual Snowfall
  • Peak Elevation 10,500′
  • 1875′ Vertical Feet
  • 21% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 39% Advanced Terrain
  • 1050+ Skiable Acres


A ski jump at Brighton, Credit: Visit Utah

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2 thoughts on “Hometown Mountain Shoutout: Brighton Ski Resort, UT

  1. Disagree on the shoutout. Brighton is mismanaged and has become a park focused mountain and is no longer family friendly nor viable for enjoyment by people that don’t want to drink beer and smoke weed on lifts. I’ve skied there a lot and now no longer take the kids with me when I do. Maybe if you spend all your days on the Milly and GW you can be among a nature loving ski crowd who are kind but beware the swearing, aggressive vibes and general rudeness on Snake and Crest.

    Also the least experienced and most detached lift crews I’ve ever seen, had to throw my pole at the lift booth at the top of Crest twice last year after people ahead of me fell and the lift needed to be stopped, the lifty was busy staring at their phone instead of doing their job.

    1. This hasn’t been my experience skiing a half dozen Utah days for the last 20+ years. Recently I’ve been getting my nephews into skiing, Alta if they’re just with me, or Brighton if their snowboarding dad is coming along, or they are getting their first lessons.

      Millys has had the occasional cigarette smoker at the base for the last ten years, which I find offensive. But you will not be taking your kids over to Millys right away.

      Brighton has the worst parking problem of all the Utah ski resorts, with no good solution available. Take the ski bus if you can during non-pandemic years. They run every 15 minutes now and are free to Ikon pass holders.

      Because so many children learn at Brighton, they seem really good at teaching the youngest children unlike some resorts where the age range is too big; an eight year-old is 60% older than a five year-old. However, it can easily be a 45 minute wait to get equipment for your kids on a busy day as part of a lesson package. You could save a lot of frustration for your kids by renting equipment for them in town.

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