Took a whole week off of work to meet up with our friends from Texas to go skiing/snowboarding at the Brighton Resort. Zane and I drove about 8 hours to Midvale, Utah where we decided to stay for the week. The navigation took us through Fort Collins and Wyoming. The scenery through Wyoming was decent and the drive was pretty easy — barely any hills/turns. Plus the speed limit was 80 so we zoom through it pretty easily!
Once we hit Utah, the mountains were breathtaking! Everywhere you look, you are surrounded by the beautiful view of the mountains.
Brighton Ski Resort is located less than an hour from Salt Lake City in Big Cottonwood Canyon. You can fly into Salt Lake City International Airport, and then drive 40 minutes to the resort. You should rent a car with 4-wheel drive capabilities since it’s rough getting into Big Cottonwood Canyon during this time with all the snow.
Being the resort where most Salt Lakers learn to ride and ski, Bright Ski Resort is a great destination for families, beginners and intermediate skiers.
Also, it offers the most night terrain in Utah. From 4-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday, you can enjoy skiing/snowboarding on lighted runs. The resort is a great combination of terrain and snow quality making it one of Utah’s favorites.
Sharing a snippet of their resort information and prices down below:
In general, the resort’s main base area is surrounded by mellow, beginner-friendly terrain. If you’re like Zane and likes a challenge, you don’t have to go far. The whole southerly side of the Brighton Bowl is served by the Millicent lift, and it’s a veritable playground of rocky drops, interesting terrain features, and steep sections.
Sharing a video of the slopes:
Granted we did not eat at the resort but I can at least share all the places we did eat around Midvale! 🙂
- Red Maple Chinese Restaurant: pretty decent dim sum and Chinese food
- Sizzler: good burgers and steak
- Captain’s Boil: pretty good seafood
- Legends Pub & Grill: great comfort foods
- Bohemia Brewery: great cheesecake and okay food
- Hook & Reel: great oysters and crawfish boil
- R&R BBQ: great bbq and affordable
We ended up staying in Midvale and the drive to the resort was about 40 minutes max. In my opinion, I think this is the closest and cheapest option when it comes to picking places to stay while you are skiing.
Luckily, we had points to use with the hotel so the stay was free. We did end up extending our stay to Saturday and that was approximately $120 for the extra night. We stayed at the Staybridge Suites in a king suite. Having Asap, it was nice to have the extra room. It was basically a mini apartment with a separate room for the bedroom part and a kitchen with stove, full fridge, microwave, and a full living room. The views are amazing, everywhere you look and there are mountains!
However, there are plenty of places to stay in the resort and around the Salt Lake area. Listing a few recommendation based on my research if we did not end up using our points.
- Tru by Hilton Salt Lake City Midvale
- Embassy Suites by Hilton South Jordan Salt Lake City
- TownePlace Suites Salt Lake City Murray
- The Snowpine Lodge
- Sundial Lodge by All Seasons Resort Lodging
- YOTEL PAD Park City Utah
Like any place during this pandemic, there will be some restrictions and limitations to traveling and being in at the resort. Here are a few that I know is currently active, always remember to check their website before heading there!
- Rentals and lessons must be reserved online in advance.
- Face masks are always required EVERYWHERE!
- Ski buses will be limited to 20 riders per bus.
- Groups that drove/rode up together will ride lifts together.
- Single riders might be paired with one other single rider on a quad chair.
- Lift tickets for single days must be purchased online for a specific day in advance.
- Ikon Passes: Yes, make reservations through the Ikon reservation system
- Season Pass Holder: No. Go card holders also do not need reservations.
- Molly Greens will served food in the A-frame.
- Downstairs is open to families with children, upstairs is 21+, with extra space between tables.
- Credit card payment is required.
- Grab-and-go food can be ordered from other Brighton eateries through their website and eaten at the provided slope-side seating.
- For those that bring their own lunch, they encourage you to eat in your car.
If you have never been to Utah, I decided advise you to add it to your bucket list — especially skiing at Brighton Resort! I definitely wish I could’ve stayed longer and explore Salt Lake City but I know I will be back someday! Comment down below if you have been here and have any recommendations to share with everyone. 🙂