Southeast of Salt Lake City at the head of Big Cottonwood Canyon, the Brighton Resort ski area has 64 trails spread across 1,050 acres that are served by 6 lifts with a maximum descent of 1,875 feet. Its five high-speed quads and one triple chair lifts provide access to this winter wonderland of fun and diversity for all types of skiers and snowboarders. The best of Brighton Resort snowboarding is typically found annually during the months of January to March.
Spread across three peaks, the Brighton ski area is typically the first resort to open in the Salt Lake City region, and boasts the most accessible night terrain in Utah with over 200 lighted acres (18 runs). For extreme snowboarders, there are backcountry gates across the summits, but there are lots of cliff zones so you really need to know where you're going.
If you're into freestyle shredding, there are five terrain parks with a total of 60 jibs and 15 snow features. Most of the terrain parks are good go to go on opening day.
For apres ski, try Molly Greens Tavern at the Brighton Ski Area base. Brighton really doesnt have a base town so lodging and nightlift is limited. For nightlife in Salt Lake City, try Bricks Club, Twilight cafe, or Ya Buts.
Brighton is located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, only 35 minutes southeast of downtown Salt Lake City and 35 miles from Salt Lake International Airport. To get here from the Airport simply take I-215 South (it will turn East) until you reach the 6200 South exit, then turn right (it will turn into Wasatch Blvd.), then turn left at Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (SR190).
Overall, Brighton Resort is the 6th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 12 snowboarding resorts in Utah. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Brighton Resort including Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbird, Solitude Mountain Resort and Sundance Mountain Resort.
Local Contacts: Brighton Ski Resort (800) 873-5512
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: None
Luxury Loding: The Brighton Lodge
Breakfast Restaurant: Blue Plate Diner
Reference Source: click here https://brightonresort.com/
GPS: 40.6025, -111.5827
Date Published: 12/26/2015
Date Updated: 11/25/2019
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