Brighton opens today with free skiing
Published: November 7, 2013 10:01AM
Updated: November 7, 2013 01:37PM
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Chris Detrick | Tribune file photo A snowboarder rides at Brighton in 2012. Salt Lake City is now marketing itself as Ski City USA because of its proximity to Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird and Alta.

Brighton Resort is edging out Solitude Mountain Resort for the earliest opening in the 2013-14 ski season — offering free skiing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Like Solitude, its Big Cottonwood Canyon neighbor, Brighton had previously announced plans to open Friday.

But with a series of good snowmaking nights and some natural snow, Brighton decided to invite skiers up early, said Jared Winkler, marketing director.

“We’ve got three good runs and it should be a lot of fun,” he said.

On Friday, an opening day lift ticket price for Brighton will be $37.

Scheduled 2013-14 openings for Utah ski resorts

Alta Ski Area » Nov. 22

Beaver Mountain » TBA (mid-December)

Brian Head » Nov. 15

Brighton Resort » Nov. 7 informally, officially Nov. 8

Canyons Resort » Nov. 29

Deer Valley Resort » Dec. 7

Eagle Point » Dec. 30

Park City Mountain Resort » Nov. 23

Powder Mountain » Nov. 27

Snowbasin » Nov. 28

Snowbird » Nov. 20

Solitude Mountain Resort » Nov. 8

Sundance Resort » Dec. 6

Wolf Mountain » Dec. 5

Source: Ski Utah