Brighton Ski Resort

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Brighton Ski Resort is a popular and new ski destination located in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City. The resort is conveniently located just 30 minutes from the city, making it an easy day trip or weekend getaway for skiers and snowboarders. Brighton is the ski resort that most Salt Lakers learn to ski at.

Brighton is known for its laid-back feel, cheaper lift prices, family-friendly atmosphere, and an impressive annual snowfall which averages over 500 inches per season. The snow at the resort typically comes down dry and powdery, which is excellent for skiing and snowboarding conditions when fresh. The ski season at Brighton typically runs from mid-November to mid-April, and the resort offers over 1,000 acres of skiable terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Brighton also has a terrain park for freestyle skiers and snowboarders, featuring a variety of jumps, rails, and other features.

In addition to its great skiing and snowboarding, Brighton also offers a variety of apres-ski amenities, including lodges, many dining options, and a lively après-ski scene.

We recently ranked all of Utah's ski resorts, so you can see where Brighton stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Season Passes

Brighton is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Brighton around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Brighton Mountain Resort Terrain Overview

Brighton has a total of 66 ski trails, which are serviced by 4 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 1,050 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 425 hectares, 2 square miles, or 4 square kilometers.

Brighton's slopes see on average 500 inches (152 m) of snowfall a year. That is almost 41 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
1,050(4 km2)
Annual Snowfall
500"(15,240 cm)

Brighton Ski Resort Elevation

Brighton Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 10,500 feet, or 3,200 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 8,755 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,745 feet (532 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 10,500 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
10,500'(3,200 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,745'(532 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
8,755'(2,668 m)

Brighton Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
53.1out of 100
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Brighton can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 79% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Brighton has 1,050 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Brighton is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 21% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 79%.
Green Circle
21%(221 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
40%(420 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
39%(410 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Brighton Ski Resort good for beginners?

Brighton can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 79% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Brighton Ski Resort Location

Brighton Ski Resort is located in the state of Utah, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Brighton, UT.

Brighton, UT 84121 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
40.60000, -111.58000

Getting to Brighton Mountain Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Brighton Ski Resort), its coordinates of 40.60000, -111.58000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Brighton, UT to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Brighton Ski Resort.

Salt Lake City International AirportSLCSalt Lake City, UT25 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Brighton.

Provo-Utah Lake International AirportPVUProvo, UT27 mi
Ogden Hinckley AirportOGDOgden, UT47 mi
Southwest Wyoming Regional AirportRKSRock Springs, WY148 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Brighton Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Brighton Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
SolitudeSalt Lake City, UT10,035 ft53%2 mi
AltaSalt Lake City, UT10,550 ft53%3 mi
SnowbirdSnowbird, UT11,000 ft83%4 mi
Deer ValleyPark City, UT9,570 ft66%4 mi
Park City MountainPark City, UT10,000 ft76%8 mi
Woodward Park CityPark City, UT6,840 ft14%11 mi
SundanceSundance, UT8,250 ft58%13 mi
Nordic Valley (Wolf Mountain)Eden, UT6,400 ft42%31 mi
Powder MountainCedar Valley, UT9,422 ft58%44 mi
Eagle PointHuntsville, UT10,600 ft53%46 mi
Cherry Peak ResortRichmond, UT7,040 ft40%92 mi
SnowbasinOrangeville, UT9,350 ft62%92 mi
Beaver MountainGarden City, UT8,860 ft43%95 mi

Brighton Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation10,500 ft
Base Elevation8,755 ft
Vertical Drop1,745 ft
(21% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  39% Expert)
Skiable Acres1,050
Avg. Annual Snowfall500 inches
Brighton Ski Resort Mountain Stats
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Chris Cagle

I love traveling the United States. I hunt down fantastic places to visit in the summer and great slopes to ski down in the winter. The first national park I ever visited was the Smokies, but since then, I've been to dozens. However, my favorite by far has been Zion.