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 vertical descent of 1,875 feet. Brighton's 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. 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).
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 (theres a 7-Eleven on the corner).
Overall, Brighton Resort is the 6th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in Utah.