Description - What started with one rope tow in 1936 now has become a world-class mountain resort offering a wide variety of terrain covered by an incredible amount of snow. Since its beginning in 1936, Brighton has stood for family fun in a traditional relaxed atmosphere. Although many changes have taken place, the tradition of family fun and relaxing atmosphere has endured.
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- Brighton receives over 500 inches of snow each season and offers over 66 runs on two mountains. The installation of the Snake Creek Express lift represents the third high-speed quad on the mountains of Brighton. Brighton's three high-speed quad, one triple, and three double chair lifts provide access to this fun and diverse mountain for all types of skiers and snowboarders. Brighton boasts 21% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 39% advanced runs. For more adventurous skiers and snowboarders, Brighton's lifts provide virtually unlimited access to some of the best backcountry in Utah. From 4-9pm every Monday through Saturday, mid-December through mid-April, visitors can enjoy skiing or snowboarding on 20 lighted runs, a halfpipe and terrain park.
Recreation - Brighton offers 850 acres of ski and snowboard terrain.
Climate - Several weather effects combine to bring Utah its famous powder snow. Prevailing winter winds winds push clouds full of moisture east from the Pacific Ocean, across California and Nevada and to Utah. When the clouds meet Utah's Rocky Mountains, the remaining moisture rises, cools and condenses, and precipitation hits the Utah ski resorts with deep powder snow that is particularly light and dry. Another weather element that feeds Utah's "snow making machine" is the Great Salt Lake Effect. The lake releases water into the air that then rises into clouds of snow, producing squalls on the lake's eastern flanks. These squalls contain some of the lightest, fluffiest snow in the country which falls in feet - not inches- in the Wasatch Mountains.
Brighton is situated at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, only 30 minutes southeast of downtown Salt Lake City. Convenient UTA bus shuttles service Brighton from a number of locations in the Salt Lake area and at the bottom of Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Directions from Salt Lake City: Travel east up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Brighton. Brighton is only 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. Convenient UTA buses service Brighton from a number of Salt Lake area locations and from the parking area at the bottom of Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Normal Ski Season:
Early November through Late April.