Brighton Ski Vacation Guide

Visitors to Brighton will have the distinct pleasure of skiing atop more than 42 feet of world-famous, bone dry, Utah powder fluff.

Ski Levels

In order to dodge and weave through trees, expert and advanced skiers would be wise to head directly to Scree Slope, Lone Pine, Spaghetti, and Captain Hook. Other amazing expert-only runs include Hard Coin (off the Snake Creek Express), Sawbuck, Endless Winter, Doyle's Dive, Pacific Highway, Rein's Run, Clark's Roost, True Grit, and Tantamount. Intermediates will love Pioneer, Golden Needle, Scout and Hawkeye, while beginners will be able to choose from easy, safe runs like Main Street, Lost Maid, and Mary Back.

In addition to great skiing, there is a myriad of other activities to enjoy around the area. Intermountain Guide Service provides absolutely memorable guided tours deep into the backcountry on horseback or snowmobile. Motorized exploration on your own can be arranged through Homestead Snowmobiling and Snowmobile Adventures at Thousand Peaks. All Seasons Adventures are happy to arrange rock and ice climbing adventures throughout the season. The friendly resort staff is happy to help plan and book your vacation and activities and also offer great ski and stay deals throughout the season.
The resort, while remaining fairly low-key offers all the amenities found at other larger resorts. A ski and snowboard school, full-service repair and rental shops, lockers, daycare, and shopping are just a few of the great services offered at the resort. In addition, the resort offers a plethora of great deals and discounts throughout the season, including great prices on half-day, night ski and multi-day lift tickets.

Après Ski

Dining options right by the slopes are plenty and have the extra added attraction of also being quite affordable. The Brighton Chalet is a great place for a quick bite. Molly Green's is a members-only club that features superb food at very reasonable prices. However, the place to go for an enormous breakfast is Alpine Rose. The Silver Fork Lodge also has marvelous breakfasts and lunches at very reasonable prices, but its dinner menu is a bit more formal and costly.

Brighton Snowboard Vacation Guide

Rider’s Guide

This is truly a memorable and wonderful resort complete with five high-speed quads, more than 66 trails, over 500 inches of annual snowfall, and massive fun. Riders and freestyle skiers of all ability levels will find suitable trails and terrain, 21 percent of the runs are rated for beginners, 40 percent for intermediates, and 39 percent for advanced. With such a wide variety of terrain, this is a veritable winter haven. Skiers and boarders have nearly unlimited access to some of the most excellent backcountry in the state. Lifts, via the open boundary policy, provide a unique opportunity for alpine enthusiasts to enjoy the backcountry of two great mountains.

Parks and Pipes

Years before most resorts would even allow a snowboard onto their property, Brighton was developing terrain parks packed with great features to encourage an entire generation of snowboarders to take up the sport. In this case, the resort proudly touts itself as a terrain park pioneer and to this day their parks remain some of the most impressive in the country. Big Bertha is a 30- to 50-foot tabletop! The superpipe is a complete monster, 500 feet long with walls up to 14 feet. There are also dozens of other natural and man-made features on the run including some extremely challenging jumps, kickers, rails, and tabletops. Head to the My-Oh-My section where you’ll find three tabletops in a row, all with three different-sized lips. Candyland houses another dozen or so rails and boxes to play on perfect for intermediate boarders and freestyle skiers. After Candyland, traverse through the trees to Upper Majestic for intermediate to advanced ability levels. There is also a beginner’s park, Pee-Wee Park, —where neophytes can develop their skills on jumps, boxes, tabletops and rails suitable to their skill level—located at the bottom of the Snow Drift run.

Out of Bounds

Guests who want to speed through the Utah powder backed by some amazing horsepower, arrange a tour with Homestead Snowmobiling and Snowmobile Adventures at Thousand Peaks. Intermountain Guide Service takes guests into the backcountry on horseback or snowmobile. All Seasons Adventures organizes fantastic ice and rock climbing expeditions. In addition to these thrill-seeking options, Brighton and the area offers other adventures and exciting outdoor sports such as snow cat rides, sledding, hot air ballooning, ice skating, four-wheeling and off-road driving, rock and ice climbing, and cross-country skiing. Also, remember that Solitude Resort is nearby and offers its own unique brand of snowboarding thrills, chills, and spills.

Hangout & Hookup

The closest big city to this resort is Salt Lake City and don’t let anyone tell you this city doesn’t rock. There is an incredible amount of choices for nightlife destinations, there are live music venues, nightclubs, lounges, bars, pubs, and dives. The after hours entertainment is typical of what can be found in any major city. Kristauf’s Social Club serves up over 100 varieties of Martinis and long-time favorite, Red Rocks Brewery offers up a delicious menu and impressive selection of in-house brewed ales and lagers.