Brighton Ski Resort is not only Utah's oldest ski resort—it's also one of the oldest in the entire United States. Brighton has been focused on offering high quality skiing since it opened in 1936—it's not trying to appeal to visitors who want a luxury spa resort experience with their skiing—and remains a favorite ski resorts in the state. It has been highly ranked for affordability (children under the age of seven always ride and ski for free) and being family-friendly. There are 62 runs at Brighton, a ski and snowboard school, and plenty of opportunities for night skiing.
Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Brighton Ski Resort is actually entirely on public land. Tickets are required in order to use the resort's ski lifts, of course, but the land itself is open to the public year-round.
Brighton has a partnership with an adjacent ski resort, Solitude, offering a combined day pass and a chairlift that serves both resorts.
Brighton is 30 miles from Salt Lake City, and the ski season typically runs from late November through mid-April. Day passes start at $68 for adults and $35 for children ages 8-12, and there also half-day passes available. A combined “Sol/Bright” pass good at both Solitude and Brighton is $84.