Brighton Resort, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Brighton Resort in Utah and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging, adaptive programs and webcams. The Resort is located in the Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Getting to the resort is easy, follow the Big Cottonwood Canyon Road and when the road ends, you have […]

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Brighton Resort in Utah and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging, adaptive programs and webcams. The Resort is located in the Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Getting to the resort is easy, follow the Big Cottonwood Canyon Road and when the road ends, you have reached the Brighton Resort. It appears that the Brighton area was named after William Stuart Brighton, a native of Scotland who in 1871 acquired 80 acres of land at the top of the Big Cottonwood Canyon. The land sat dormant until 1936 when members of the Alpine Ski Club opened Brighton and introduced the sport of skiing to Utah. From simple beginnings with only a single rope tow, Brighton has grown into what we know today as Brighton Resort. Over the years, Brighton Resort has added new runs, additional chairs lifts and expanded their terrain. However, one familiar theme still holds true, Brighton Resort prides itself on offering a family-friendly atmosphere and maintaining a traditional mountain sports experience where skiers and snowboarders can simply meet and have a good time. Although the resort draws most of its visitors from the local Utah area, it has earned a reputation that far exceeds these boundaries and is a recommended stop when planning a visiting to Utah.

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On the Slopes

  • When you make the decision to spend time on the slopes at Brighton Resort, know that you will be treated to an all mountain experience. Even if you are new to skiing or snowboarding, the layout of Brighton Resort allows easy access to the entire mountain. The Main Street, Canyon and Sunshine trails are a great way to warm up or to just enjoy a leisurely day on the slopes. Looking for a more significant challenge, get ready for an adrenaline rush when you discover the advanced terrain of Lone Pine, Devil’s Dip and Clark’s Roost. Hike-to-terrain is available and will add an additional 130ft/40m of vertical drop to your adventure.
  • Brighton Resort has earned a reputation among its peers for their Terrain Parks experience. There is a total of five Terrain Parks at the resort, which includes a half-pipe for all to enjoy. The popularity of the terrain parks is not restricted to just the local level of skier and snowboarder. The word is out. Brighton Terrain Parks are filled with rails, jumps, boxes, and the opportunity to gain some big air. There is something for all ability levels, just remember to know your limits.
  • Unable to make it to Brighton Resort during the day or prefer the feeling of skiing or snowboarding under the stars, well you’re in luck. On select nights, Brighton Resort has 200 acres – 22 runs plus the main Terrain Park available under the lights.
  • The Snow Sports School at Brighton Resort has a dedicated team of instructors who are there to make your experience on the snow the best it can be. Whether you are a first-timer or just need help with your technique, the many programs and lessons available for children, adults, women only and those with adaptive requirements will certainly improve your skills. There are group, private and even senior workshops.

Off the Slopes

  • Keeping with the family-friendly theme, Brighton Resort does offer the convenience of on-mountain ski-in/ski-out lodging at the 20-room Brighton Lodge. The Lodge features affordable dorm, queen and suite (2 queen beds) type rooms that include a continental breakfast. This rustic, alpine retreat is a chance to leave the electronics behind and focus on a true family or individual getaway. As an alternative, if you prefer to stay in bed & breakfast type accommodations, the Silver Fork Lodge is located only three miles away and free shuttle service to the mountain is available.
  • If you are planning a multi-mountain trip and want to stay somewhere central then Sandy, Utah is only a short distance away at the end of the Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. In Sandy, you will find a countless number of lodging, dining and shopping choices. The public bus service will take you to the resort if you do not have a vehicle.
  • Parents if you are looking to getaway for the day, the Brighton Child Care facility can help you make your getaway a reality. The licensed facility can accommodate children as young as six weeks old and provides lots of activities to keep the little ones busy. Call 435-649-9156 for more information and the exact location at the resort. Reservations are highly recommended.
  • When it comes to food and beverage Brighton Resort has got your covered. The resort features Alpine Rose Cafeteria, Molly Green’s Bar & Grill, the Milly Chalet and Blind Miner Coffee, all conveniently located throughout the base area for a quick snack, a relaxing meal or lounging on the outdoor patio when the weather permits.
  • Brighton Mountain Sports is your one stop for gloves, pins, goggles, hats, logo wear, stickers, postcards and anything else you may require to make your day on the mountain more comfortable. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Brighton Center.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1745 ft / 532 m

Base Elevation:
8755 ft / 2668 m

Summit Elevation:
10500 ft / 3200 m

Skiable Area:
1050 acres

Average Snowfall:
500 in / 1270 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 66

Beginner: 14 (21%)

Intermediate: 26 (40%)

Advanced: 16 (24%)

Expert: 10 (15%)

Terrain Parks: 5

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half / Mini Pipe: Yes

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Salt Lake City UT, 36mi / 58km

Nearest Major City:
Salt Lake City UT, 32mi / 52km

Nearest Town/City:
Sandy UT, 22mi / 36km

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-855-201-7669

Direct Phone: 801-532-4731

Snow Phone: 801-532-4731 option 2

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 22 to Apr 15

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Days Operating: Everyday

Operating Hours:
9:00am to 9:00pm : Sun 9:00am to 4:00pm : See website for any updates

Night Skiing: Select Nights

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 7

Trams: 0

Gondolas: 0

Chondolas: 0


Express Six: 0

Express Quads: 4

Express Triples: 0

Quads: 1

Triples: 1

Doubles: 0

Surface Lifts: 1


Mountainside: Yes

Within 30mi / 48km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

Airport Convenience Ranking™

Salt Lake City Intl Airport  (SLC)
Distance: 36 mi / 58 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Helpful Links

Ski Resort Website

Mountainside Lodging

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service

Local Transit Map

Airport Transportation

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