I hate to turn on the masses to this place, I love Brighton.
Brighton is a secret locals area; we want you to go to Park City
and Deer Valley! Stay away from Brighton…. I see you are still
here. If you will bear with me, I’ll give you a tour of the
I am somewhat biased towards Brighton as it was the first resort
I was able to drag my wife to. My wife is from Illinois and the
idea of skiing on a mountain was somewhat foreign to her. At
Brighton you can buy a beginner lift pass which lets you on the
Explorer and Majestic lifts. The Explorer lift is a triple lift
serving easy green runs, this lift runs very slow to allow
beginners to load and unload easily. This is a good lift to
teach beginners on, my wife rode this lift with confidence. Once
the beginner feels some confidence they can move up to the
Majestic lift. The Mary, Lost Maid and Majestic trails allow the
beginner to have a long fun ride.
intermediate skier can ride any lift in the resort. One of the
best intermediate trails is the Western Trail. This trail is
accessed off the Great Western lift. This trail is 1700
vertical feet of great views. The Snake Creek chair also
offers good intermediate skiing, usually the Snake Creek chair
will offer better snow just by its virtue of a higher
elevation. Brighton has the highest base elevation of any
Although I keep referring to skiing Brighton I should be
saying riding Brighton. Brighton is one of the boarding
capitals of the US. Brighton has embraced Snowboarding since
its inception. Brighton is one of the few resorts where I have
seen more boarders then skiers. They have an awesome pipe and
great boarding terrain. There are a number of boulders on the
trails which lend themselves to great jumps.
For the funnest (read rowdiest) terrain at Brighton you should
be on the Millicent lift. Milli, as its know to the locals, is
a double chairlift which brings you up on the shoulder of Mt.
Millicent. If you traverse to skiers right you will find some
rather exciting chutes through the rocks and trees. It does
not get any easier the further you traverse, no matter which
way you go down you will have to negotiate hop turns down ski
length wide tracks through the rocks or trees. The Great
Western lift also offers some great steeps. Take the Western
Trail about 100 yards, dive into the fall line there. You will
funnel down into an aspen lined and rock filled gulley, this
is a steep run which will get your blood pumping.
Although there isn't an abundance of base lodging, there are a few condos to be found. The Brighton Chalets are a nice place to spend a resort weekend.
Although the food at the lodge is great, my favorite place to eat at Brighton is Molly Green’s. Molly’s
is a private club located adjacent to the Crest lift. Utah’s
drinking laws are kind of strange.
We have what you call private clubs. Anyone can enter a
private club but you must buy a membership or temporary
membership. One loophole in the law is that you can be
“sponsored” into a bar. If you play your cards right you
can find a member to sponsor you. They are not real strict on
the sponsorship deal here, pretty much walk in and someone
will sponsor you. Buying a drink for the local who sponsored
you is always a good idea, especially if it is me!
Brighton has received permission from the Forest Service to
replace the Millicent chairlift. They are supposed to replace
Milli and Evergreen with a high speed quad. This should make
Brighton an even better place to ride.
Brighton is a place to ski for cheap the first two Wednesday’s of
December. Brighton offers Quad Wednesday’s the first two
weeks of December. This allows four people to ski for the
price of one. These days seem to be the day every person in
Salt Lake picks to play hooky or call in sick.
Although some will complain about the number of snowboarders
here, I think you will find some of the best boarders in Salt
lake tearing up the terrain here. Although I am a die-hard
skier I enjoy watching a boarder rip through the powder!
All in all I think you should stay in Park City, never come to
Brighton!! Leave this to us.
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