Utah is home to many amazing ski resorts. As it says on our license plates, “Greatest Snow on Earth”. Our intermountain location combines mild winters with heavy snowfall. There is always a powder stash to be found somewhere in Utah during the winter. While the most famous ski resorts in Utah include Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Alta and Snowbird, even better skiing can be found in the more local resorts like Brighton and Solitude.. The bigger resorts may have more terrain accessible by lifts and gondolas, but there are plenty of reasons to stick to Brighton Resort over the others.
Minimal Road Closures
Brighton is located up Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd. This highway is markedly less steep than Little Cottonwood Canyon, which hosts Alta and Snowbird. Because of this gentler road grade, there are fewer road closures during huge snow storms, and also fewer restrictions. Essentially, Brighton Resort is open on more powder days than Alta and Snowbird.
Skis and Snowboards Welcome
Brighton was the first ski resort to allow snowboarders as well. Ever since Brighton opened in 1936, the attitude there has been welcoming and warm. Alta fiercely restricts snowboarders from getting anywhere near their precious terrain. This is just as well. Though Alta has plenty of steep and gnarly ski terrain, it is all connected by tediously long cat tracks. Any snowboarders will tell you how unwelcome a long cat track is during a day’s ride.
Amazing Ski School
Brighton Resort advertises itself as the place where Utah learns to ski. This is most definitely true, as school programs from around the Salt Lake Valley flood the ski school on Friday afternoons for weeks on end.
The ski school at Brighton Resort is among the nation’s finest. Put together by board members of the Intermountain PSIA (Professional Ski Instructor’s Association), this ski school sets each student up for success as a rule. Safe snow fun is essential to the successful day of a Brighton Snow Sports instructor. Further more, the resort doesn’t necessarily require PSIA certification to teach lessons, but the rigorous training program for new instructors is designed in a way to ensure that anyone hired at Brighton can easily pass the Level 1 PSIA Certification Exam.
Laid Back Vibe
There are die hard powder hounds waiting for first chair by 8 am at Brighton. Any mountain will have those folks. However, these people are not going to run you over to get to their favorite stash before you, as they would at Montana Snowbowl or Alta. Safe and courteous riders are, for the most part, the bulk of Brighton’s clientele.
Everyone deserves to enjoy the fresh air of the cool mountains during the winter. Even those with 9-5 job commitments. As a result, Brighton keeps people skiing under the lights until 9 pm! This is the perfect place to get a few turns or park laps in after work. The cost is right too. Night skiing is never more than $20.
Low Cost Affordable Skiing
Brighton is one of the most low budget ski tickets you can get in Utah. It is most certainly the best deal in the Salt Lake area.
A day pass to Brighton is seldom more than $70, compared to Park City at $112, Alta at $84 and Deer Valley at $114.