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Brighton Ski Resort


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Brighton Ski Resort


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Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

35

Rank in
Region

25

Rank in
State

6

Best time for snow at
Brighton Ski Resort
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Brighton Ski Resort

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Monday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Tuesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Wednesday
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0"
Night
0"
Thursday
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0"
Night
0"
Friday
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True Snow: 430" per year
Snow Quality Rank

5

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

8

Brighton Ski Resort is ranked No. 8 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

16.4%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

30.8%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

6.8%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

8

Brighton Ski Resort is ranked No. 8 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

5

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

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Core Strengths of Brighton Ski Resort

Core Strengths
Snow Quality
rank
5
score
87.9
Travel Ease
rank
7
score
97.1
Snow Volume
rank
8
score
82.3

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

1750 ft

10500 ft
Base Elevation: 8750 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Brighton Ski Resort

At Brighton 17.8% of winter days see 6 inches or more of snow, 33% of winter months see 90 inches or more, and only 6% of months see less than 30 inches. This is top tier snow frequency, exceeded only by Alta, Snowbird and Grand Targhee in the Rocky Mountain states. Brighton is as renowned for its quality as quantity of snow. Utah professor Jim Steenburgh has analyzed decades of Cottonwood Canyon snowfall and determined that most storms deliver the ideal “right side up” snowpack that powder skiers crave. The surface layer is usually blower powder over a soft but supportable layer of denser snow that initiated the storm.

Accumulation and Preservation

Brighton has the highest base elevation in Utah and moderate terrain, so it is often the first area in the state to open. Brighton averages about 90% open at Christmas and is less than half open by Christmas in less than 10% of seasons. Brighton has high altitude but average exposure among US ski areas. Snow preservation is good, but below neighbors Alta, Snowbird and Solitude. Overall snow reliability is among the “elite six” of the Rocky Mountain states.