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Mountain Facts - History

Brighton Ski Resort is one of the oldest skiing/boarding resorts in the country, creating unforgettable memories for families and friends for over 70 years. But old doesn't mean outdated; Brighton is one of the most diverse and modern areas in all of Utah! Fantastic conditions, huge powder, superb grooming, family friendly atmosphere, incredible tree skiing, chutes and cliffs for those who like white knuckle terrain, and three awesome terrain parks are all reasons to include Brighton in your vacation plans. Utah Family magazine ranks Brighton #1 for family affordability and terrain. Kids 7 and under ski and ride free. With 1,745 feet of vertical rise, a base elevation of 8,755 feet, over 500" of average snowfall, and unparalleled backcountry access, Brighton truly gets its share of "The Greatest Snow on Earth", offering a truly unique winter experience.

brighton historyThe Brighton night ticket is considered by many to be one of the best values in skiing or snowboarding. Brighton continues to offer the most night terrain in the Wasatch. From 4-9 pm every Monday through Saturday, visitors can enjoy skiing or snowboarding on 20 lighted runs-over 200 acres-served by 3 lifts, including the high-speed Crest and the Majestic quads. Night tickets are offered in mid-December and continuing until early April. Additional night access options are the Twilight lift pass, valid from 12:30-9 pm, or the Brighton Superday ticket good from 9 am-9 pm.The Brighton night ticket has been considered to be one of the best local skiing and snowboarding options in town. And with the ski rental delivery services of Skis on the Run, you can’t lose! While several other resorts offer night skiing, Brighton offers the most night terrain people can ski in the Wasatch Front from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday through Saturday. Better yet, Skis on the Run can accommodate these hours with their ski and snowboard rental services. Bright offers 20 lighted runs over 200 acres of land and served by 3 lifts, including Crest and Majestic quads. You can purchase night tickets from mid-December to early April. Other ski and snowboarding options include the Twilight lift pass from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Superday ticket from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Whatever lift ticket you choose, Skis on the Run can accommodate your ski and snowboard rental needs.

Brighton is located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, only 35 minutes southeast of downtown Salt Lake City (35 miles from Salt Lake International Airport.)

Brighton History

The "first family" of Brighton was William Stewart Brighton, his wife, Catherine, and their children, Dan and Will, who emigrated from Scotland to Salt Lake City and homesteaded an 80 acre plot at Brighton.

Meanwhile, mining booms in Park City and Alta resulted in frequent travelers between the two towns, and Brighton lay in between. The shortest route was a one day trip over the ridge tops and through Brighton. Otherwise, it took about three days to go from Park City down the canyon to Salt Lake City to then up another canyon to Alta.

Catherine was a great cook and soon travelers discovered that Brighton was a great place to get a meal for Catherine always had a supply of mutton, beef, and fresh trout that she caught herself, as well as butter, butter milk, and biscuits on hand. The Brighton's soon opened a large store and later built and operated the Brighton Hotel.

Brighton has been a popular summer destination since the 1850s when Salt Lake City residents came to get out of the city heat and enjoy refreshing activities, but they didn't stay for the snowy winters. In the late 1800s Dan and Will Brighton made crude skis so they could move around on the snow.

About 40 years later, in the 1920s the Wasatch Mountain Club began skiing at Brighton because of its sumptuous snow. But there were no lifts in those days. Instead, groups would travel to Park City, climb up over the ridge tops just as the early travelers had done, and ski down into Brighton where they would spend a few days skiing, eating, drinking, dancing, playing bridge and getting very little sleep according to the accounts. Routes from Park City to Brighton became so popular that the club marked them with signposts displaying the club's insignia.

In the early years, lifts were all privately owned. In 1936, the Wasatch Mountain Club built the first rope tow at Brighton. The Alpine Ski Club built a J-bar, but it was a complicated contraption that didn't work very well. In 1938, K Smith, an avid skier with the Wasatch Mountain Club, built a 1,440 foot long T-bar lift that was very successful. Smith then went to Sun Valley to learn about a new fangled invention - chair lifts.

However, when WWII erupted, men were called to duty and that nearly put an end to recreational skiing. Zane Doyle, a meat cutter for nearby bustling Hill Air Force Base, disliked the meat business. With a vision and after much haggling, he bought Smith's idle lift and went into the ski business. However, the first time Doyle turned on the power, a lift tower collapsed. It didn't dampen his spirit. Over the years he continued to install other lifts. In the winter of 1947-48 a 4,000 foot long, 1,100 foot high Millicent chair lift was erected. It was lauded by the Intermountain Ski Association as one of the best constructed in the United States.

Then in 1955, Doyle and his father-in-law, Willard Jensen, formed a partnership to operate Brighton and the first double chair lift in the Intermountain region, the Majestic double chair lift. But it wasn't one big happy ski area, for there were a variety of lifts, equipment and services at Brighton that were operated by a variety of different companies and people. In 1963, Doyle and Jensen consolidated all of it under their ownership, and Brighton continued to grow and become a favorite resort along the Wasatch Front.

In 1987, Boyne USA , a family owned corporation established in 1947 by Everett Kircher, purchased the resort. Everett's son John continues to guide the resort today. The Doyle family continues to operate Brighton.

Location Salt Lake County, Utah
Vertical 1,745 ft / 530 m
Top Elevation 10,750 ft / 3,280 m
Base Elevation 8,755 ft / 2,669 m
Total skiable acreage 1,050 acres / 4.2 km²
Runs 66 total
Beginner 21%
Intermediate 40%
Expert/Advanced 39%
Longest run Olympic - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
High-speed quads 4
Attached Quad 1
Triples 1
Snowfall 500 in/year / 12.7 m/year

Lifts, Trails & Lodges

With a wide range of terrain, Brighton is a winter haven of fun. Skiers and boarders virtually have unlimited access to some of the best backcountry in Utah. Lifts, via an open boundary policy, provide this unique opportunity to alpine enthusiasts throughout two mountains. Affordable lodging is available at the Brighton Lodge, and at the Brighton Center. A reasonably priced cafeteria style dining is available at The Alpine Rose. Molly Green's, a private club for members, offers delicious table service lunches, dinners, and lively apres activity.

Ski Conditions

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Pristine powder, immaculately groomed trails, incredible tree skiing, chutes and cliffs for those who like white knuckle terrain, and three awesome terrain parks are all within the bounds of Brighton. With 1,745 feet of vertical rise, a base elevation of 8,755 feet, over 500" of average snowfall, and unparalleled backcountry access, Brighton truly gets its share of The Greatest Snow on Earth®, offering a truly unique winter experience.

Other Amenities

Brighton is famous for its Ski and Snowboard School. It is known as "The place where Utah learns to ski and ride and keeps on learning." It has earned that reputation because of its consistent dedication to the students. Brighton's Ski and Snowboard School has private lessons, daily group classes for every ability level of skiers and riders, and specialty series for kids, women, seniors, and much more.

Ski Rentals

vanYou can have your equipment delivered to you in the comfort of your lodging and leave it at the Canyons in the overnight ski check. Just call Skis on the Run and you can have equipment from - Volkl, Nordica, K2, Salomon, Rossignol, Blizzard, Atomic or Dynastar. They also provide rental clothing, helmets, radios and other accessories in case your luggage was lost or you forgot anything. Prices are comparable to a traditional rental shop and everything is brought to you. If you have any problems Skis on the Run will meet you at the base of the mountain or where ever is most convenient for you, usually within 30 minutes. When you are done skiing simply call Skis on the Run and a ski technician will come pick up the equipment either at your lodging or where ever is most convenient for you.

Prices – Lift Tickets & Ski School

Lift Ticket Prices
Lift Tickets Rate per Person
Adult Day (9 am - 4 pm) $68
Adult Half Day AM (9 am - 12:30 pm) $61
Adult Half Day PM (12:30 - 4 pm) $61
Adult Twilight (12:30 - 9 pm) $68
Adult Night (4 pm - 9 pm) $36
Adult Super Day (9 am - 9 pm) $75
Adult Learner (9 am - 4 pm) $37
Single Ride $15
Youth (Ages 8 - 12) $35
Youth (half day) $28
Youth night (4 pm -9 pm) $20
Child (Age 7 and under) Free
Senior (Age 70 and over) $41
Ski School
Just for Kids is designed for skiers and boarders ages 4 to 12. A learner lift pass is included!* Classes are divided by ability and age groups 4 to 7 and 8 to 12. Class are limited to 6 per instructor for ages 4 to 7 and 8 per instructor for ages 8 to 12. Child must be 4 to particpate in group lessons. For 3 year olds we offer a preski lessons or a private parent/child.
Childrens Lessons Lesson Times Rate
2 hour lesson 10:15 am - 12:30 pm or 1:15 to 3:30 pm $49
4 hour lesson 10:15 am - 12:30 pm Break 1:15 to 3:30pm $89
Half day with lunch Noon - 3:30 pm $64
All day with lunch 10:15 am - 3:30 pm $104
Adult Group Lessons Lesson Times Rate*
Group Lesson (beginner to advanced) 10:15 - 12:30 pm or 1:15 - 3:30 pm $45
Intro Package (Includes morning or afternoon lesson and all day learner lift pass) 10:15 - 12:30 pm or 1:15 - 3:30 pm $95
Works Package (Includes lesson, all day rentals, and all day, all area lift pass) 10:15 - 12:30 pm or 1:15 - 3:30 pm $118
Night pass and lesson 6 pm Thursdays $45

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