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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Homewood Suites Brighton


Upscale, all-suite hotel with full kitchen offering complimentary breakfast and Internet access, indoor pool and fitness center. 

Extra person charges may apply

$119 and up 

Holiday Inn Express Brighton, MI


Located a half mile from Brighton ski area.  This hotel offers traditional rooms and suites with a pool and fitness center. 

Extra person charges may apply

$94 and up 

Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Brighton 

Hotel has 90 rooms and suites with microwave and refrigerator, offering complimentary Internet access, indoor pool and fitness center. 

Extra person charges may apply

$79 and up 









  • Additional hotels available in Brighton, Michigan.



The Bauery Bar and Grille


Yum Yum Tree


Panera Bread


Stillwater Grill


    There are many chain and family owned restaurants in Brighton, Michigan. 



2010 - 2011 Rental Equipment Rates


2010 - 2011 Lesson Rates


Mt. Brighton

Mt. Brighton has twenty-six trails serviced by 17 lifts provide skiers with terrain for every ability level. Snowboarders are welcome, and there is night skiing. Mt. Brighton has 100 percent snowmaking coverage, covering all 130 skiable acres. The Ski School offers private and group lessons in alpine skiing and snowboarding. Children's programs include Mogul Mouse for kids ages 4 to 7 and Bump Busters for ages 8 to 12. Pre-registration is necessary for these classes. Racing lessons, including snowboard, are available upon request. Race clinics for adults and juniors are held throughout the season. There is Adult League Racing every Wednesday starting in January. Skier services include a ski shop, rentals, two cafeterias, a pizza parlor and bar lounge. Although Mt. Brighton has no overnight lodging at the ski area, they do cooperate with local motels to offer very attractive overnight packages. On 12/17/2012, Mt. Brighton was acquired by Vail Resorts; according to a press release the purchase is "part of a new strategy for Vail Resorts to drive season pass sales and build broader guest loyalty by looking at premier smaller ski areas located near major urban markets." On 3/6/2013, Vail issued a press release that said, in part: "Vail Resorts intends to significantly improve snowmaking to open the ski resort earlier, extend the season and provide a more consistent and high-quality snow surface; make lift upgrades including a new quad chairlift; create state-of-the-art terrain parks with extensive new features and rope tows; energize and modernize the base area facilities; and add Vail Resorts' signature EpicMix and EpicMix Racing technology to personalize the guest experience."

Snow making percent100%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow11
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Total number of lifts18
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park2
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run1500'
General-Base elevation
General-Vertical drop230'
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds130 acres
General-Snow making coverage130 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Hey, it's five minutes from my house, and I learned to ski there. I'm on the patrol, and I like the place.

My friends who turn their noses up at the local hills because they go out west a couple of times a year, I think that's stupid.


The latest news from the inside is that Vail plans this year to:

  • Completely retro and/or overhaul the Red, Black and Yellow lifts.
  • Green and Blue will be replaced with a single quad.
  • Silver will be slightly moved and shortened to utilize more of that hill.
  • Bunny will have a re-grade and magic carpet or two.
  • Intermediate may have magic carpet in place of one of the ropes, for more advanced beginner lessons.
  • The handle bar tow in the terrain park will be gone, along with fence running along the side of it, widening the park. The Orange chair will be removed, and that area will be enlarged with fill. The terrain park will be on the front where it is, with an additional park on the back where the orange chair is. This is being built and designed by Chris "Gunny" Gunnarson, the owner of Snow Park Technologies. They’re looking for about 40,000 yards of fill for various places around the hill.
  • Part of the pond will be filled in below yellow for longer race lanes which will make it legal length for some of the bigger races.
  • Enhanced lighting will be put in the terrain park and on the race hills.
  • Top of the line snow making systems will be put it.
  • The current snack bar location will become the brown bag area. The current brown bag area will be the new snack bar area with new kitchens, flooring, lighting etc. Starbucks will be onsite.
  • The stairs leading to the hill will all be re-done.
  • The current locker area/Shumakers (they will be gone) will be the new "kids Program" area.
  • The current restaurant will be re-fitted with a new kitchen, making it an open kitchen that the public can see.
  • Season pass holders will no longer go to the window for tickets, will just be scanned as they enter the ski area.
  • And then a lot of stuff about replacing the rental skis and all snowboards.


A lot of welcome changes. I'm already pleased about how much more snow they blew this past season. They're bringing in a winch cat so they can groom Challenge. And it looks like the blanket rule against inverts is going away (a rule that I HATED having to enforce on those people who were obviously good enough to do them).


Pros: its close to home, it has some decent runs

Cons: the lodge is old and not very clean or attractive, the runs aren't very long

Mt. Brighton is my "home hill" its where i race for high school because it is closest to my house. The runs aren't very long or very steep but it is ok for lower MI. I definately would not say that you should go out of your way to visit here but its ok if thats all you got. Has family friendly runs which is nice. The hs race league is a lot of fun. :)


Pros: Steeps on the east hill, area's best bump run on the back.

Cons: small manmade hill. kinda dumpy

Mt Brighton (or Mt Trashmore, as many locals call it) is perhaps the weakest of the four manmade hills in the greater Detroit area.  It has the least vertical drop and the oldest lifts.  It's the closest hill to my house, and I almost always opt to drive twice as far to go to Holly.

Some positive things about Mt Brighton:
  • it's close
  • it has steeper terrain than the other local hills
  • there's plenty of easy terrain too, so it's a great place to learn how to ski (it's where I took my first lessons)
  • The backside of the east hill is considered by some to be the best bump run in the midwest - it's steep, and faces south so the moguls soften up on sunny days.
  • It's rarely crowded
  • There's a pretty strong beer-league racing scene, plus HS racing teams on weeknights. (this doesn't make it crowded, though because all these people are waiting to run gates)
  • It's not actually built on a landfill, as the local rumors would have it
  • It's been in the Movies!  The first scene of "Aspen Extreme" was filmed at Brighton.
So, Brighton does have some things going for it.  If you live in the area and ski, it's worth a trip to see if it's for you.  It's not for me, although I do make an appearance there once or twice a year.