Brighton Resort is nestled up in Big Cottonwood Canyon, about a 40 minute drive outside of Salt Lake City. One of the 9 resorts within one hour of Salt Lake City, it stole the show for me. Being a snowboarder, I can’t ride at Alta resort or Deer Valley as they still ban snowboarders (crazy huh?), but Brighton Resort seems to be all about the snowboarders. They even have a extensive collection of old school snowboards on display in the lodge, a trip down memory lane for any of you that pined over Terje, Craig or Noah in old the old Standard Films movies.
Brighton has six chairs that pop you on top of 66 runs over 1,050 acres of terrain (highest point is 10,500ft or 3,200m). Bearing down above the resort is relatively easily accessible backcountry terrain. There are several backcountry gates perched along the ridge lines reminding you that you are leaving the resort and should have all your backcountry gear and know how to use it (the fun gates, I call them!). Although we didn’t venture into the backcountry, it didn’t stop us from mind riding many of the chutes and faces. Lot’s of options and great skiing. Classic Wasatch terrain.
The tree riding inbounds at Brighton resort is awesome. There are tight chutes into fields of trees high skier’s right off the Milly express chair (a double black called Scree Slope, watch the cliffs). Or check out the the ‘rock garden’ off Crest Express chair (when you stay high skiers left, as if you are heading to Milly Express chair). A little more snow and that rock garden would be pillow paradise. The spot of many a local shredder photoshoot so I’m told. We accessed it by dropping a few cliffs above it from Milly’s… you’ll figure it out :-) Dropping off the Western Trail from the Great Western Express Chair also provided loads of glade skiing taking you right back to the chair.
Brighton has that small mom and pop resort feel. A great family spot with fun, fast, rolling groomers that you can carve down at top speed (my favorite was off Snake Creek Express chair). It’s also the perfect snowboard resort. Most runs were banked with side hits, rollers and pillow-like-features to jump off and play with. You could get really creative with transitions from slope to slope, tail bonking, slashing or airing feature after feature. On the days that we visited, the snow was fast and the slopes crowd-free. There were only 50 cars in the parking lot, perfect!
It’s always fun rocking up at a new terrain park. I enjoy being a girl and now I’m a bit older, I enjoy being the 31 year old girl! Brighton has an awesome terrain park (three of them when in full swing). We rode the terrain park under the Majestic chair which consisted of 3x 150m sections of rails, fun boxes, wall rides and other playful features (early season). There were several local crews sessioning, all sharing that stoke that I know so well (and miss so much). There was a solid crew of girls too (local riders include Jill Perkins, Sierra Marley, Laura Rogoski and more). The park had a great vibe. Everyone said hi and was stoked I was visiting their slope from overseas. That’s definitely a terrain park and vibe conducive to your freestyle progression. I had a blast on my four end-of-day park laps. On random Sundays they also run a Brighton Ladies Ride Day, hosted by a different brand each week. A great environment for girls that want to shred together and progress.
Brighton seems to be the Salt Lake City local’s mountain. It’s affordable (day passes are $75 or $67 if you reload online, season passes are $899 or cheaper if brought early bird). It has that low-key, chill, no ego, friendly vibe that other resorts like Park City could do with a taste of. If you’re planning a trip to Utah, hitting up the resorts of Salt Lake City make sure you visit this spot. It has so much to offer. The gem of Big Cottonwood Canyon.
For more details on Brighton Resort, check out their website brightonresort.com or follow their Instagram account or Facebook. They post great shots on both platforms.
Thanks for having us Brighton, I’ll definitely be back. We had an absolute blast!