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Trail Map
Trail Map


Airlines operating from Salt Lake City include American Airlines, Continental, Delta Airlines, Frontier, JetBlue Airways, Skywest Airlines, Southwest, United and US Airways


From the Airport
Take Interstate I-215 South to Exit 6 / 6200 South.  Exit to the right. It becomes Wasatch Drive.  At Big Cottonwood Canyon turn left. (As a landmark, there’s a 7-Eleven on the corner of Wasatch Drive and Big Cottonwood Canyon Road.)  Take Big Cottonwood Canyon Road to Brighton at the top of the canyon.


From downtown Salt Lake City
Take either State Street or 700 East and travel south to Interstate I-80 East. Follow I-80 East to Interstate I-215 South. Take I-215 South to Exit 6 / 6200 South.  Exit to the right. It becomes Wasatch Drive.  At Big Cottonwood Canyon turn left. (As a landmark, there’s a 7-Eleven on the corner of Wasatch Drive and Big Cottonwood Canyon Road.)  Take Big Cottonwood Canyon Road to Brighton at the top of the canyon.

From areas south of Salt Lake City
Travel to 7200 South and take it east toward the mountains. When it reaches the mouth of the canyon it becomes Big Cottonwood Road.  Take Big Cottonwood Canyon Road to Brighton at the top of the canyon.


Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

The Brighton Lodge





Located on-mountain, only yards away from Molly Greens and the Crest Express lift, the Brighton Lodge offers comfortable rustic hotel-style accommodation. Kids 10 and under stay free.  The lodge has an outdoor heated pool.


Extra person charges may apply



$129 and up




Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City/Sandy



Convenient location offering complimentary Internet access, pool, hot tub and fitness center.



Extra person charges may apply


$159 and up 



Hyatt Summerfield Suites Sandy/Salt Lake City 




This upscale hotel offers complimentary full breakfast buffet; complimentary evening social (Monday - Thursday); 24-hour fitness center; year round outdoor pool; business center; 24-hour guest market and complimentary parking.


Extra person charges may apply



$143 and up




  • Additional lodging options available in Brighton and Sandy, Utah.



Silver Fork Lodge and Dining Room


Creekside Restaurant at Solitude located at 12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton, UT 84121


Roundhouse & Yurt Restaurant located at 12000 E Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Brighton, UT 84121

  • Additional dining options available in Brighton and Sandy, Utah. 



Equipment Rentals & Repairs 


Snowsports School


Child Care





What began with one rope tow in 1936, Brighton, Utah has now become a top mountain resort offering a wide variety of terrain covered by an incredible amount of snow, all at a surprisingly affordable rate. If Brighton is known for anything, it is deep powder - over 500 inches on average every season. There are plenty of fresh tracks to be had and so much snow requires meticulous grooming. As a result, Brighton features some of the best corduroy in the state. Boasting 21% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 39% advanced runs, Brighton provides a unique skiing or snowboarding experience for everyone in the family. Most lifts access all types of terrain making it easy for families to ride the lift together and still meet at the bottom. For more adventurous expert skiers and snowboarders, Brighton's lifts, via our open boundary policy, provide virtually unlimited access to some of the best back-country in Utah. http://www.brightonresort.com/

Snow making percent
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Lifts-Total number of lifts6
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park
Trails-6-Half pipe
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General-Base elevation8755'
General-Vertical drop1875'
General-OwnerBoyne Resorts
General-Mountain rangeWasatch
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds1050 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: laid-back, intimate area

Cons: no real steeps

I would agree with previous review.  I liked Brighton and would go back.  It's small, and there really aren't any inbounds steeps, but skiing is interesting and nicely intimate.  Despite markings, it's primarily an intermediate mountain, but on a nice (or fresh) day, it will provide a respite from the crowds at Alta-bird.  Staff seems to care for the mountain and conditions.


I wouldn't spend a week there, but would always be willing to ski for a day. 


Pros: Nice area, good mix of terrain

Cons: a bit small

Brighton is the ski area up Big Cottonwood Canyon just past Solitude. It is a gorgeous ride up the canyon. People told me it was crowded on weekends and there are lots of boarders. I was there on a Tuesday and had no waits at any lifts.


The key lift is Crest Express. From that you can get over to Milly, Snake Creek or Great Western. There is a new lodge at Milly. I went to the bag lunch lodge and put on my boots there. You can park near Milly and just ski that, and the cut-over to Crest is a fun little trail.


The trail map makes it look like the chairlifts near the main base lodge are far apart. The are not, they're maybe 100 meters apart in all, except for Milly  which is across the parking lot.


There is some really nice gentle glades off the Hawkeye trail. Anywhere you see tracks heading into the woods - dive in! Fun will follow!! Also, I really liked the Wren Hollow trail, over by the cliffs.  People are nice and friendly. I could hear Solitude patrollers blowing up snow a few times while I was at Brighton. Most trails seem to have fairly long, flat runouts. If you board you might be a bit frustrated, I think.   


They have night skiing/riding and a nice little terrain area.  A nice assortment of terrain and a relative bargain compared to Snowbird. I bought a Salt Lake Super Pass, so I could ski any of 4 areas for about $35 a day. If you don;t want to deal with the size of Alta or Snowbird, Brighton is a nice place to ski or board.