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Brighton Ski Resort Review

Written by Andrew Mitchell   
Thursday, 12 February 2009
  

Introduction

Boarders may be excused for thinking they’ve died and gone to heaven on a big powder day at Brighton.  This skier was wondering if it got any better than this after a 12 inch dump of fresh dry stuff.  On that visit there was not a groomed trail in sight (or had been covered by a foot of fluffy white stuff) and fresh tracks were in abundance.

On first glance the Brighton village doesn’t inspire.  However the short walk from the plentiful parking at the base of the Crest Express chair is adequate compensation.  Local accommodation is in short supply – most visitors will drive or stay in private lodges close by.  

Advanced skiers and boarders won’t be able to wipe the grin from their face on the way down the numerous chutes and gladed runs off the Great Western Express chair.  Intermediates and beginners, however, will likely curse upon venturing that way and are well advised to stick to the Crest Express or the Milly Express.  This skier found Little Milly full of surprises and punching well above her weight covered in 12-18 inches of powder.

Terrain park fans will find plenty to do as well as they extend the entire length of the Crest Express. A word of warning – pick your trails to the base of the lifts, some of the green tracks are hard going on a board if you don’t keep your speed up.

All in all a trip to Brighton is well worth it – particularly on big powder days.  If tooling around terrain parks are your thing then you should definitely pay it a visit.

On the Snow

Younger children and absolute beginners will appreciate the Explorer area which offers a couple of short easy runs. Other than that, the easy runs are spread about the about the mountain in a manner that seems random, but actually allows a beginner to ski down from most lifted points without too much difficulty. The exception to this is the Great Western Express which should be ridden by only advanced skiers and boarders since the runs are mostly blacks and double blacks.

Lifts

Although Brighton does have a number of fixed grip lifts, 100% of their terrain is accessible by high speed quads.

Terrain Parks and Pipe

The Brighton terrain park crew make changes to the terrain parks each night to give skiers and boarders something fresh each day.

Depending on how you look at it, Brighton has either four terrain parks or two terrain parks each with an exit/entry point half way along.

The Majestic terrain park is immediately above the resort base and directly serviced by the Majestic high speed quad. Right beside it is Brighton’s half pipe.

The My O My and Candyline terrain parks run end on end above Majestic. You can catch the Crest Express high speed quad and ski or board all four terrain parks in one go.

Brighton have a separate web site dedicated to its four terrain parks - http://www.brightonterrainparks.com.

Family Friendly

Children 6 years and younger ski and ride free at Brighton.

Dining

There are potentially five dining choices at the heart of Brighton Resort, although, three of them are at or slightly above the base of the lifts. New for this season is the Milly Chalet offering a good range of food at the bottom of Mt Millicent and the Milly Express chairlift. On our visit we noticed there was no place to put your gloves when visiting the bathroom at Milly Chalet - maybe just a simple oversight for the new facilities that will hopefully be fixed soon.

The restaurant just above the Brighton Center had signs on the doors prohibiting any outside food to be taken into the restaurant. This was the first time we had noticed this kind of restriction on our recent ski trips.

Rental

The Brighton Mountain Sports Rental shop has a good range of standard and high performance skis, boards and boots. The shop doesn’t offer clothing rentals (jackets, goggles, etc).

Lodging

Brighton village offers a small variety of lodging options such as ski vacation homes, cabins and condos. Some of the lodging is ski in ski out whilst other options require a little walking to the lifts. If you are keen to do a lot of skiing or snowboarding, try the Brighton Lodge as it provides ski in ski out accommodation for both day and night skiing and snowboarding.

Getting to Brighton

Brighton is located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, just 35 minutes southeast of downtown Salt Lake City and Salt Lake International Airport.

Public buses run 7 days a week from various locations in downtown Salt Lake City and park-and-ride points along the way to Brighton. The buses are equipped with ski and board racks. For further information, call the Utah Transit Authority on 888-RIDE-UTA.

A number of other transportation companies also connect Brighton to Salt Lake City, Park City and other nearby areas.

Skiers and boarders who commute from outside the resort will appreciate Brighton’s car park being at the same level as the bottom of the main lifts.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2009 )
 

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