Unlike most other resorts, such as Park City, there is no glamour at Brighton. The vibe is laid back and fun, with mountain hosts and ski patrol always willing to give advice and help you snowride a little better. No one cares what you are wearing.
There are three separate mountains at Brighton: Brighton itself, Millicent, and Great Western. Brighton has several terrain parks, with a variety of features that will satisfy both experts and beginners. Millicent has steep faces and long meandering trails. There is also a restaurant just feet from the base of the Milly lift which serves incredible hamburgers made from fresh patties. Great Western has some of the most beautiful mountain views, and a very wide intermediate run called Golden Needle that’s over a mile long, where snowriders can get some serious speed.
This year, there’s a new attraction at the top of Great Western — Telisha, the avalanche dog. Just two years old, she has made friends with many folks who come to the top of Great Western just to see if she’s around. She loves chasing twigs, and her fans climb into the snowbanks to dig out little sticks and toss them to her. She always brings them back to the thrower. Telisha has become a main attraction for snowriders who need a little rest after hours of hard skiing or snowboarding.
With the incoming storms, the incredible snow coverage, and the $175 Spring Pass, Brighton is definitely worth a snow vacation, or even more than one. In fact, if you can find 10 days to go there before the April 22 closing date, you’ll be snowriding for $17.50 a day!
Wina Sturgeon is the editor of the online magazine Adventure Sports Weekly