Frequently Asked Questions
Is Brighton opening under current COVID restrictions?
Opening day for Brighton is November 23. The resort will be following precautionary measures in strict accordance with the CDC and the Utah Department of Health, including increasing sanitation and taking precautions to reduced the likelihood of transmission.Brighton's COVID-19 Updates
What's different for the 20/21 season? What do I need to know before I go?
Rentals and lessons must be reserved online in advance. Ski bus service is available and recommended by the resorts. Ski buses will be limited to 20 riders per bus, face masks are required, and windows in front and back will be opened along with filters to improve and clean air circulation. Get complete Ski Bus details. When parking lots are full at the resorts, traffic up the canyon will be restricted to employees and other non-parking entities. UDOT has provided full details on vehicle requirements and traveling in the canyons
Read more about the COVID-19 Guidelines for the Utah Ski Resorts 2020-21Brighton's COVID-19 Updates
What are the COVID policies and procedures in place at Brighton?
Facemasks are required in all indoor spaces except while seated to eat or drink, and outdoors wherever six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. Face coverings will always be required in lift lines and on the lifts. To reduce indoor interactions and lines new technology has been implemented across the resort including free high speed wireless internet, electronic ticket kiosks, and online ordering services. Lift lines will be distanced by skis and snowboards along with ghost lanes. Groups that drove/rode up together will ride lifts together. Single riders might be paired with one other single rider on a quad chair.Brighton's COVID-19 Updates
Do I need to make a reservation to ski?
- Ikon Passes: Yes, make reservations through the Ikon reservation system
- Mountain Collective: not applicable
- Season Pass Holder: No. Go card holders also do not need reservations.
- Day Tickets: Lift tickets for single days must be purchased online for a specific day in advance and picked up at the contact-free electronic kiosk.
- Super Pass Holder: Present voucher at walk up ticket windows at Brighton Center.
Do I need to wear a face covering or mask?
Guests will be required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while at the resort. Facemasks are required in all indoor spaces except while seated to eat or drink, and outdoors wherever six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. Face coverings will always be required in lift lines and on the lifts.
Will food & beverage establishments be open?
Molly Greens will served food in the A-frame. Downstairs is open to families with children, upstairs is 21+, with extra space between tables. Credit card payment is required. Grab-and-go food can be ordered from other Brighton eateries through their website and eaten at the provided slope-side seating. For those that bring their own lunch, they encourage you to eat in your car.Brighton's COVID-19 Updates
Will rental shops on premise be open?
Yes. Ski/Snowboard rentals must be reserved online 24-hours in advance. You will reserve your gear and pick-up time online and your gear will be ready when you arrive at the resort.
What can I do off the slopes? What will be open when I’m visiting?
Find out what's happening in Salt Lake during your visit, including what is open, COVID-19 travel restrictions, safety protocols, and things to do while you're here on Visit Salt LakeCOVID-19 information for visitors
Brighton is arguably Salt Lake’s most laidback ski hill. Unpretentious and friendly, its sprawling runs attract a young crowd, a large contingent of which are snowboarders. Brighton has a well-deserved distinction of being the resort where most Salt Lakers learn to ride and ski. A combination of lower lift-ticket prices, free skiing for kids ages 10 and under, an appealing mix of beginner and expert terrain, wide, forgiving runs, and a mellow attitude make Brighton a great option for beginners and casual skiers and boarders.
Free tickets for the younger kids mean generations of Salt Lakers have grown up bombing down Brighton’s tree-lined runs. The resort offers snow sports lessons, so kids can learn to ski or snowboard. Parents and big kids can tackle the expert terrain off of Clayton Peak while the little ones hone their skills on the greens and blues below the Majestic and Milly Express lifts. As another bonus, Brighton shares a boundary with Solitude and offers a pass that allows you to access both resorts.
Brighton also features night skiing with more than 200 acres of lighted runs to extend your day on mountain.
Brighton’s laidback vibe is most evident in its base area, with no-frills family cabins in full-on alpine A-frame style and its friendly watering hole, Molly Green’s Tavern. Brighton keeps it simple—burger, beer, nachos on a sunny patio for your midday reprieve. Because, after all, you came to Ski City to ski, board, and have fun.
|Number of Runs||66|
|Miles to Major Airport||35|
|Adult Day (9AM-4PM)||$89|
|Adult Night (4PM-9PM)||$47|
|Adult Half Day (12:30PM - 4PM)||$70|
|9AM-9PM Adult Super Day||$92|
|9AM-4PM Youth (Ages 8-12)||$55|
|9AM-4PM Senior (65+)||$65|
Brighton Trail Map
Download a PDF version of the trail map to view before you come.
GPS ENABLED SKI MAPS
Now you can download GeoPDF Maps and take the trail map with you on your smartphone. Get the free app and then download the maps.
Download the Android App
For optimal use after you install the app, open the app and go to preferences. There you can change the map location to your SD card if you want.
Then download and open the PDF on your phone. When prompted select PDF-Maps as the app to open the PDF.
Download the GPS enabled GeoPDF map to take the trail map with you on your smartphone.
Best Places to Ski at Brighton
A stunning alpine bowl at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton’s inbounds terrain includes gentle rolling groomers as well as dramatic upper steeps and ridgelines. This variety of terrain is part of what makes the place so engaging—and why it’s developed a reputation for delivering a great time to those who love to jump, spin, and play off of natural features. In general, the resort’s main base area is surrounded by mellow, beginner-friendly terrain. (You can actually buy a beginner lift ticket just to access a couple of lower lifts right there. They’ll get any newbie started on the right track.) If you’re looking for a rowdier time, you don’t have to go far. The whole southerly side of the Brighton Bowl is served by the Millicent lift, and it’s a veritable playground of rocky drops, interesting terrain features, and steep sections. Try traversing out under Millicent peak from the top of its namesake lift and drop down where the gettin’ looks good.
Best Places to Stay at Brighton
When you ski and stay in Salt Lake, you have wide-open options. There is some lodging up Big Cottonwood Canyon, but if you want easy access to any of the Cottonwoods’ resorts, stay in the Cottonwood Heights or Holladay suburbs near the bottom of the canyon. There are two nice, relatively new Hyatt Place and Residence Inn hotels within a couple of blocks of the canyon.
If you want to set yourself up for a little more in-town nightlife, you could stay in the funky Sugarhouse neighborhood, which sits halfway between the canyons and the city center. There are tons of homes and apartments for rent online in this walkable neighborhood, where you can have a local brew, a bite worth savoring, and then turn in for the night.
And if you really want to explore the city’s best food and nightlife, set yourself up right downtown in the middle of the action, at one of the city center’s many hotels. This puts you within striking distance of public transit to access anything you can’t easily walk to.
Best Places to Eat at Brighton
You may have an après beer and nacho platter at Molly Green’s, Brighton’s little pub on the top of an old A-frame base area lodge. The atmosphere here is so quintessentially Brighton that you kind of have to stop in.
After your journey down the canyon, you might want to check out one of Cottonwood Heights’ most prized eateries, Lone Star Taqueria. It’s a small, simple establishment with tacos and burritos that are about as authentic as it gets. Prepare for long lines both inside and in the drive-through lane, but there’s nothing more satisfying than a pie tin full of hot tacos washed down with a cerveza. You’ll be sharing the restaurant with lots of other people in ski pants, because this place is generally known to be the perfect après plan. If you head all the way downtown, treat yourself to a proper feast, because you can. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana is a trusted standby for some of the nicest wood-fired pizzas you’ve ever tried, made with ingredients imported from Napoli, Italy. Or, for some of the best sushi you’ve ever had, head to Takashi, a stunning sushi bar that’s also located downtown. They fly in extremely fresh seafood, although the raw-fish sushi is just the beginning of their draw. Their sake list is impeccable, and the hip atmosphere’s tough to beat.
Then, for breakfast before you head back up to the hill, stop at a local favorite like Oasis Café or Eggs in the City for a big, satisfying scramble. When you ski hard, you’ve earned the right to eat hard too.
Passionate about sharing the love of snow sports, Brighton is continuously recognized as "the place where Utah learns to ski and snowboard." Professional instructors provide the highest quality lessons for all levels, beginner to expert.
Night Skiing & Snowboarding
Only 40 minutes from Salt Lake City, Brighton offers the most night terrain in Utah. From 4-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday, visitors can enjoy skiing or snowboarding on 22 lighted runs and more than 200 acres.
Special group rates are available for 25 or more. Brighton can help arrange tickets, rentals, lessons, and catering. For more information, call 800-873-5512, ext 268.
Terrain Parks & Features
Brighton’s top-to-bottom terrain park and superpipe are great for both spectator and participant. The terrain park includes 40 rails and boxes, a sound system, and a new Zaugg pipe-cutter for the 15-foot-deep, 350-foot-long superpipe.
The Brighton Lodge maintains a tradition of quality the entire family can enjoy at affordable prices. At slopeside, the 20-room lodge provides guests with ski-in/ski-out access—day and night. Guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, large outdoor Jacuzzi, fireplace, big-screen TV, and après-ski activities at nearby Molly Green's restaurant.