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Brighton Ski Resort

Brighton Ski ResortBrighton, Utah

  • Published Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Updated on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Brighton claims to be a "no-frills" resort whose sole business is to provide skiers and snowboarders with top-notch trails. While it does provide lodging, dining and shopping, the extent of the facilities does not make Brighton what is typically seen as a destination ski resort. Most Brighton skiers and riders are Utah locals. Most visitors do not stay at Brighton-run lodging; many visitors stay in the greater Salt Lake area, many of whom also plan trips to other area ski resorts.Brighton is also known for its extensive backcountry access, visitors can purchase single ride lift tickets to reach the backcountry access gates at the top of the resort. Although the terrain inbounds at Brighton can rival that of the backcountry, Brighton is known for its cliffs, chutes, bowls and natural features. Brighton was voted to have the 2nd best snow in North America, losing the top spot to its neighbor Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort.

Brighton has some of the most extensive night skiing in the Western U.S., with over 200 acres (0.81 km2), three lifts, and its main mountain Terrain park. Night-skiing occurs from 4 to 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, from early December through early April. Brighton is closed for night skiing on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

FACTS:

Trails & Terrain:
•Terrain: 1,050 acres
•66 marked trails; 5 quads; 1 triple; 1 Magic Carpet
•Terrain Difficulty: 21% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 39% Advanced
•Longest Run: 5.5 miles  (Olympic)
•Terrain Parks: 5 Parks & Halfpipe

Snowfall & Temperatures:
•Average Snowfall: 500 inches annually
Elevation:
•Summit Elevation: 10,500 ft
•Base Elevation: 8,755 ft
•Vertical Drop: 1,7445 ft


HOW TO GET THERE:

Planes:
A short 40-minute drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport
Automobiles:
Car Rental services can be provided in the SLC Airport.

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