12601 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Brighton , UT (Driving Directions to Brighton)
Last Updated: 10/24/2016 10:30 PM

Brighton Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 13 Beginner
  • 26 Intermediate
  • 27 Advanced
For more than 70 years Brighton has set the bar high providing a quality mountain experience at a great value. Brighton is Utah’s only resort that can boast that 100% of its terrain is accessible by high speed quads. Our five quads, one triple and magic carpet service 1,050 acres and 1,875 vertical feet of incredible Utah skiing. Other ... amenities include The New Millicent Chalet, three additional day lodges, high quality rentals, top notch ski and snowboard school, lockers, cafeterias, a pub, frequent public bus transportation from many points in downtown Salt Lake City and park & ride lots around the valley. What’s more, kids 7 and under ski and ride free.

The mountain averages 500 inches of snow a winter. The snow is traditionally light, fluffy and dry making it a paradise for riders and skiers. Brighton is located directly in the path of winter storms and it is also at the very top of Big Cottonwood Canyon so it gets the very best of the “greatest snow on earth,” and lots of it.
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Brighton Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Brighton Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 7

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 66

Weekend Hours


Brighton Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

8,755 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

1,745 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

10,500 ft

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Brighton Reviews & Tips (53)

This was my second trip to Brighton this year and I love the mountain. Im an intermediate boarder and love long wide trails. Brighton doesnt disappoint, the mountain is very laid back, everyone is super friendly and it doesnt get busy. The conditions were a little icy/hard packed in places as it hadn't snowed for a few days, but the groomed runs were great.
Brighton review written Mar 06 2016 - 02:13 PM
AC Intermediate Snowboarder
I was skiing there on 1 of December this year. Excellent place. Pretty good snow. Sunny. Fantastic. High amplitude trails. But Majestic lift is rather slooooow though! I will come back for the next time
Brighton review written Dec 03 2015 - 08:52 PM
Sergey Sergeev Advanced Skier
One of my favorite mts in SLC area. Love skiing Golden Needle, gets you out of the heavy traffic on the other side of the mt.
Brighton review written Mar 29 2015 - 02:24 PM
Mr and Mrs JAS Intermediate Skier
Brighton was a great experience. Late season/spring break trip. The grooming and snow was the best of all of the places we skied on this trip. We had a free day and decided to go back to Brighton over all of the rest! Week days are a snap there. No lines, Great, friendly staff. Everything a great ski resort should be. The trails could use some more clear signage, but that is the only improvement needed feedback. Very relaxing atmosphere all-around.
Brighton review written Mar 27 2015 - 09:47 AM
Brian Intermediate Skier
Love the mountain, don't like the lift lines on the weekends. They don't manage the crowds well. I'll go back during the week next time.
Brighton review written Mar 15 2015 - 12:04 PM
bzipperer Intermediate Skier
If you like natural terrain and beautiful views, this place is for you! It looks like they didn't "cut" a single trail and it's all natural flowing through the woods and bowls. Plus the views are stunning! Got a little crowded on Saturday but overall not too bad. Snow was better here than over by the PC area. Highly recommend this place.
Brighton review written Mar 09 2015 - 07:17 PM
Rosey Advanced Skier
Brighton was very good, great snow and wide runs. We like Brighton & Park City best as it is big, wide runs and lots of option. Park city also a very nice resorts and with great food. I like how it is commercialized. Brighton was very good too and had great snow conditions. I would highly recommend to check out Solitude, Park City (2 days) and Brighton. Those are the best for snowboarders :). Brighton have very good food & reasonable priced.
Brighton review written Feb 22 2015 - 11:05 PM
Yen Intermediate Snowboarder
Great snow, lifts, and terrain. Terrible ski instruction. Been skiing for 25 years and he spent 20 minutes talking about how to stand on the side of the mountain. We did very little skiing in our 2 hour ski lesson. Was a total waste of $50.00.
Brighton review written Feb 20 2015 - 07:35 PM
Cindy Queen Intermediate Skier
Loved Brighton. very local, family style place. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. Good variety of trails, from easy greens to more challenging blacks. No double diamonds for me! The only drawback we found, was that there is only 1 restaurant servicing Brighton and Solitude. If you are staying up the mountain be SURE and bring food and drinks. It's a 30 -40 minute ride to the grocery store. Absolutely would go back!
Brighton review written Feb 16 2015 - 05:57 PM
Jerry P Advanced Skier
Tickets from liftopia are only available at the main ticket office and cannot be fulfilled at the Millicent lodge. Other than that I love this place.
Brighton review written Jan 26 2015 - 04:22 PM
Austin Advanced Snowboarder
On a recent trip to Utah, our group skied at 5 resorts. Brighton was our favorite! The snow was fabulous and each chair offered a variety of terrain for different levels. We will definitely come back!
Brighton review written Jan 20 2015 - 06:34 PM
Linda Intermediate Skier
This was our second visit to Brighton and we absolutely love the friendliness of the staff. We met Michael last year and he gave us recommendations on trails to try our first time and even followed up with us later in the day to see if we were enjoying our trip. This year we met Lee and he was just as accommodating as Michael! Brighton has great hills and trails - we will visit again next year on our visit to Utah!
Brighton review written Dec 26 2014 - 08:48 AM
Bob & Laura Advanced Skier
Don't eat at Molly's Restaurant with children. The new family section. It took over one and half hours to get our food. Poor service. Gave us someone elses order.
Brighton review written Dec 23 2014 - 05:04 PM
michele Advanced Skier
Just returned from a 5 day ski trip to Utah. Started at Snowbird and hated it. Next up was Solitude which was very nice. And THEN we found Brighton. We spent the last two days here and loved eveything about it. Most of our group were boarders and they were happy to be at a place that embraces boarders. We skiers didn't feel out of place at all, though. Great terrain, great variety of runs, and very nice staff. The ONLY complaint we had (and it is very minor) is that the Majestic lift kept having glitches all day and we had to wait at times to get on it. We are already planning a return visit to Utah and plan to ONLY ski Brighton next time.
Brighton review written Dec 16 2014 - 04:50 PM
Barbi Intermediate Skier
I know Brighton is considered the locals mountain, and where the snowboarders go, but seriously if you're avoiding it because you're a skier, you're missing out! I've skied all the major resorts in the SLC area, and Brighton is one of my top choices. There is lots of terrain variety (and usually a nice variety from each lift, which is great if you're skiing with friends of varying abilities). The views are amazing. And the prices are even more amazing. This is a mountain I'll keep coming back to.
Brighton review written Nov 13 2014 - 12:46 PM
Lucy Intermediate Skier
Brighton has a lot of really fun, small to medium sized jumps dispersed throughout the park (mostly on the black diamond runs). They are crazy fun to go over, and make for good practice.
Brighton review written Feb 04 2014 - 02:23 PM
Johan Intermediate Skier
I bought the late season 2 day ticket Sunday evening for Tuesday and Wednesday. It was $86, and with my $10 off I got from Dogfunk and after taxes, and fees it came out to about $78. Lots of easily accessible back country here and plenty of open runs. park is small but that's not what you come here for.
Brighton review written Mar 29 2013 - 11:56 AM
Matthew Pipes Advanced Snowboarder
Brighton is excellent if you want a mountain with good intermediate terrain and a magnificent view off the top. If you want a more challenging mountain, go to Alta or Snowbird.
Brighton review written Mar 04 2013 - 01:05 PM
John H Intermediate Skier
Be careful about the trails you want to ski as I ended up on more advanced trails than I wanted. The signage wasn't that great
Brighton review written Feb 24 2013 - 06:42 PM
Lori Intermediate Skier
After skiing Snowbird the day prior, I was not impressed at all with Brighton. The snow was not as good and the terrain is average. I could see it being a good family resort with big groomed open runs and short lift lines, it's priced well. Not a place I'd suggest for the more avid skiier. Maybe I just hit the wrong day?
Brighton review written Feb 24 2013 - 04:59 PM
John R Advanced Snowboarder
My Husband and I arrived to the slopes realizing we had forgotten the contirmation paper.... they were very nice and said that it was more important that we had our drivers license and all was well!!! The slopes were waiting. Margery Cleary
Brighton review written Feb 24 2013 - 02:42 PM
Margery Cleary Intermediate Skier
Great place for practicing tree skiing. plenty of wide spaced trees along most runs. Most of the black diamonds are accessible to advanced intermediates. the facilities are not the nicest of Utah's resorts (bathrooms a a bit neglected), but there are plenty of good trails. It can get overrun by adolescent snowboarders though.
Brighton review written Feb 05 2013 - 02:26 PM
Jeremy Intermediate Skier
Went for the first time here Jan 26. Really liked it a lot. Told my wife who had never skied before. Was pleasantly surprised by the "Magic Carpet". Made her learning experience so much easier than a rope tow. It was more for her but I was the teacher (bad idea I know) but it went well and she wants to go back. Kudos for great experienced terrain as well as beginner experience. Lovin' Brighton.
Brighton review written Feb 04 2013 - 02:55 PM
Chris Fisher Advanced Skier
Went night skiing with my two adult kids. Was windy and snowing but still a lot of fun. Get there right at 4pm to access gladed areas and unlit runs before it is dark.
Brighton review written Feb 01 2013 - 07:53 PM
Jimbo Advanced Skier
Out of all the Salt Lake ski resorts we really enjoyed Brighton the most because of its friendly atmosphere, great variety of terrain and a lot of lighted night skiing, we had a really fun week out there. All of the staff who helped us throughout our visit were very knowledgeable and happy to go out of their way to make our visit amazing. Thanks Brighton!
Brighton review written Jan 27 2013 - 01:51 AM
Wolfgang Intermediate Skier
I had a great day at Brighton. There was more snow then expected and I was stoked to park right at the base of the lift. Everyone there was pretty laid back and friendly. I really enjoyed skiing the Milly Lift and then kicking back to have in a few beers in the Milly Chalet. It was fun to chill after ridding and watch the NFL playoffs. I was stoked they had the game on. I will be back and look forward to bringing some friends.
Brighton review written Jan 25 2013 - 12:36 PM
Bruce Advanced Snowboarder
If your planning on night skiing after a day of riding, it's cheaper to tack it on at the end of the day with the mountain! But Liftopia is awesome and I'm never using anything else ever again! Great service, great deals! We had 70+ people out for our group and we all went through Liftopia. It put a big smile on everyones face- Thank you Liftopia!
Brighton review written Jan 22 2013 - 10:15 AM
Kaya Rader Advanced Snowboarder
We were there on Friday December 21 and could not find a single host anywhere on the mountain during the day to help us find the best runs for us. We like the easier to intermediate runs and avoid the bumps, but could get no guidance. Signage on the mountain is poor compared to other areas we have visited so it is difficult to know if you are on the right run. Conditions were good, but this place is not inviting to first time visitors -- poorest service of any ski resort we visited. No one was guiding at the bottom of lifts so most quads only held two riders, making it much slower even though is was not crowded.
Brighton review written Dec 23 2012 - 06:58 PM
Sandy Intermediate Skier
Out of the four Cottonwood Canyon resorts, we enjoyed Brighton the best. It is an older resort but has a great atmosphere, a good variiety of terrain, a lift system that gets you around without traversing. The facilities are basic but good. It helped that we went there after a 16 inch dump! We would pick Brighton over the larger over commercialized Alta/Snowbird anyday. Plus it gets the most snow in Utah, enough said.
Brighton review written Dec 20 2012 - 04:37 PM
BadWolf Intermediate Skier
I went the first time with my beginner skiing wife and tried to stay on green runs with her but found that certain trails were poorly marked compared to other resorts. We would start on a green run and then come to a fork where there were 3 or 4 different options and no signs. It led to her wanting to quit when we ended up getting over her head. If you're higher skilled, it won't make a difference, but as a beginner, it would be nice to have the trails clearly marked at every intersection.
Brighton review written Apr 05 2012 - 09:05 AM
Brian Intermediate Snowboarder
Mainly a hill for beginners and intermediate skiers. Some interesting terrain for advanced but not much snow left, was icy and lots of bare spots coming through. Staff is indifferent and most didn't look like they wanted to be there. Worst lifties of the six resorts I visited.
Brighton review written Mar 14 2012 - 03:43 PM
DAD Advanced Skier
Get there early to enjoy the full day! We had one beginner/intermediate, one intermediate, and two Advanced Skiiers. The Greens are fun and the Blues are just enough difficulty to make the Advanced Skiiers happy to hang with the intermediates. This was our first day of three and it was the best skiing of our trip in SLC!!!!! Suggest skiing the full day and night. We didn't know they had night skiing :-(
Brighton review written Mar 12 2012 - 04:35 PM
Susie Intermediate Skier
Beautiful early spring day with lots of sun and good snow. Spent a few runs in the Great Western area with a little fresh snow still out there. Agree some flat spots but the overall value is great. We have been here on powder days and as others have stated it is wonderful. Make Brighton one of your stops while visiting BCC and LCC.
Brighton review written Mar 11 2012 - 08:39 PM
Dennis Advanced Skier
We came back to Brighton for a 2nd time this season (from NJ). Although the volume of snow is not comparable to the 2010-11 season, Brighton has the best in the SLC area. Also, there are enough levels to challenge the advanced skiier/ride,r as well as allow the beginner to feel comfortable. Their school/lessons are great and help you take it to the next level or just build confidence. Ride Brighton!!
Brighton review written Feb 21 2012 - 09:15 AM
Karen Beginner Skier
Love Brighton--it snowed during our stay, which was awesome! The ski/ride instructors are the best and everyone is so friendly. Even though we were there on a weekend, the lifts never had real long lines. Our boys were fine and felt comfortable riding is all areas of the resort. They especially loved the tree trails and parks. Would definitely recommend to others.
Brighton review written Jan 13 2012 - 03:30 PM
Karen Beginner Skier
We found Brighton to have the best snow in the Salt Lake City area, although it is starting to get a little icy by mid-day.
Brighton review written Jan 12 2012 - 02:22 PM
Renee Intermediate Skier
The Crest Express and my 8 and 11 year old beginners, sixth time, are a great combination. We went Saturday night for the last night of the season and had fantastic snow! From run to run you could see the skills and the confidence improve. The terrain, the high speed lift, almost no lines, friendly crowd and the rental shop all combined to give us a lot of skiing. Thanks Brighton! A great family memory.
Brighton review written Apr 12 2011 - 12:44 AM
Bill Intermediate Skier
Utah AWESOME yesterday!!! Steep and deep. We felt like we were in a Utah Ski Commercial All Day long. Fresh Tracks all day long as the snow just kept falling. We were waist deep in the real stuff Utah Pow Pow!!! Yeoooh! Make sure and try the steeps to the right off the top of the Snake!!!
Brighton review written Mar 29 2011 - 02:42 PM
Tin Woody Advanced Skier
Loads of fun for all levels. Incredible powder off the Milly lift runs & if you like the trees there are plenty to board around.
Brighton review written Mar 23 2011 - 04:53 PM
Thomas d. Intermediate Snowboarder
Of the four resorts in LCC and BCC Brighton is probably the best overall for a beginner or intermediate. For an advaced skiier you will find great skiing on powder days in the trees or nearby slack country. This hill is most visted by the bright outfitted park crew, leaving the steeps and pow to the others! However, if you want good steeps Brighton is the worst choice of the 4 nearby resorts.
Brighton review written Mar 21 2011 - 02:40 AM
Jon D Advanced Skier
I use this resort exclusively. It's simplicity makes it the most attractive of the resorts. I cant get enough of the place. It's a problem.
Brighton review written Mar 11 2011 - 10:54 AM
Torgny Advanced Skier
Great resort. Enjoyed the runs. Something for everyone. Family friendly.
Brighton review written Mar 06 2011 - 03:29 PM
John H Advanced Skier
brighton is a good park. i only run green and blues, but the tracks are very wide so even when it is packed you dont run over little kids. its a good mix of downhill and semi flat land.
Brighton review written Feb 20 2011 - 10:03 PM
David Intermediate Snowboarder
I really liked Brighton. It has nice powder, trees and groomed runs. The only drawback is some spots are flat.
Brighton review written Feb 09 2011 - 02:50 PM
Denis Intermediate Snowboarder
If you want to ride a mountain that you can feel like you are by yourself om the mountain then go mid-week.
Brighton review written Jan 27 2011 - 07:16 AM
Scott "CHAOS" Moore Advanced Snowboarder
Brighton is sick! Super fun terrain and pow turns a day and a half after it snowed. The place was empty compared to my home resorts in Cali. I can't wait to get back.
Brighton review written Dec 25 2010 - 08:14 PM
Corey C Advanced Snowboarder
Brought the whole fam up for two days. Everyone from advanced ti intermediate boarders skiers had an epic time. Plenty of powder and great elevation drops on most runs. Thanks
Brighton review written Dec 20 2010 - 12:28 PM
Jonsey Intermediate Snowboarder
Fantastic! Best powder in the canyon. 10" new with more on the way!
Brighton review written Dec 15 2010 - 01:41 PM
Heather Advanced Snowboarder
Thank you for finding & returning my car keys. I had a wonderful time and great skiing. I am from Obey and check your snow conditions daily.
Brighton review written Dec 15 2010 - 04:20 AM
steve Hammond Intermediate Skier
Doesn't get the love that some of the other Utah resorts get from the national pubs, but is really family friendly and easy to get around. Oh yeah, and it's in Utah and in the Big Cottonwood Canyon which means 13 bottomless powder days a year (no place in Colorado has more than 3).
Brighton review written Dec 13 2010 - 10:40 AM
Murphy Advanced Skier
Check out the terrain on the Wren Hallow run. It's not too steep but it's full of little rollers and natural jumps/drops. Definitely fun.
Brighton review written Dec 07 2010 - 08:12 AM
Brett Advanced Snowboarder
Great resort if you like powder and trees... There are however some dead spots if your not familiar with the resort. What it lacks in elevation it makes up for with trees and powder.
Brighton review written Dec 03 2010 - 11:52 PM
Drew G Intermediate Snowboarder
Brighton was sick. The Great Western Express was the best and had the most powder. The Black Diamonds and the Sunset runs (green) were the best
Brighton review written Dec 01 2010 - 04:18 PM
Gary S Intermediate Snowboarder

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