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Brighton Ski Resort
Brighton Ski Resort
Base Elevation 8,730'
Resort Location 40.5983° / -111.5837°
Road Mileage 14.4 miles
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Brighton Ski Resort is located 14.4 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Hidden Canyon is observer's left of Brighton, the Dog Lake and Lake Catherine areas are located behind the ski area between the Crest and Milly chairlifts, and the Twin Lakes area is down-canyon between Brighton and Solitude. There is also great skiing on the backside of Brighton in Wasatch County including Lackawaxen, Caribou Basin, The Other Runs, Nondairy Creamer, and Green Slope. And Brighton provides easy access to numerous landmark mountains including 10420, Clayton Peak, Preston Peak, 10321, Sunset Peak, Mount Tuscarora, Mount Wolverine, and Mount Millicent.

Brighton Trail Map

Brighton's high base elevation of 8,730 feet makes it a popular location for early- and late-season turns. Keep in mind that ski areas do not perform avalanche mitigation when they are closed—it's almost inevitable that the first avalanche accidents of the year occur within ski area boundaries before avalanche control work has begun. Also, know that Brighton has an uphill policy, albeit restrictive.


Brighton was the first ski resort in Utah. It started operations in 1936 when the Alpine Ski Club built a rope tow using wire and a motor from an old elevator. The ski area was named after Catherine and William Brighton who opened the Brighton Hotel in 1874. Learn more about the development of Brighton.