Mountain steepness for a once-a-year, barely intermediate skier: A
On-mountain food: NA
Lack of Crowds: A
Brighton, south of Salt Lake City and just a ways down the road from Solitude, is one ski resort we’ve been to multiple times. Why? Because lift tickets were free for kids 10 and under for the longest time. Today they are free for ages 7 and under. They also have an inexpensive beginner lift ticket for the two easiest lifts, which was all I could do for the longest time. So Brighton was an economical choice for both families.
Now that I can actually ski blue runs, I’ve purchased a full lift ticket at Brighton and still like it! A lot of the runs on the upper mountain are between tall evergreens, so it has a beautiful forested look, which I love. Snowboarders love Brighton, but they tend to concentrate at the terrain park on one side of the mountain. If you buy a full lift ticket and get away from the terrain park, it’s not that crowded at all.
Lone Star Taqueria is a hole-in-the-wall place worth stopping at on the way back from Brighton or Solitude. It’s right on Fort Union Blvd, the same road that takes you up and back from Brighton. Their specialty is fish tacos, which are unbelievably fresh, but they also offer pork burritos, etc. Check it out!