Ski Lift of the Week • Snake Creek Express at Brighton Resort


Published: February 3, 2014 11:54AM
Updated: January 29, 2014 04:53PM
Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune The ski lifts are full on opening day at Brighton Ski Resort, Tuesday November 13, 2012 in Brighton.

Type • High-speed quad

Vertical rise • 1,040 feet

Number of runs • 15

Difficulty rating • Beginner to advanced

Why try it • Fun skiing through the woods

The ride • The terrain beneath Brighton’s 10,315-foot Preston Peak is accessed by this high-speed quad, whose base is nestled in a mid-mountain meadow reachable from either the Great Western or Majestic lifts. There’s something for everyone off Snake Creek, particularly for intermediates and improving beginners. A handful of trails that weave through the woods off the flanks of Pioneer run appeal to youngsters. Experts can get some thrills on steep slopes beneath and on both sides of the lift.

Runs to try

Sunshine • The pitch is a pleasant one for beginners, and the run is wide enough for sweeping turns, although the ridge run can be crowded.

Pioneer • Intermediates will like its extra pitch, good for going fast. And if making quick turns is your fancy, the trails through the woods are good for that.

Doyle’s Dive • This is the place to go, along with Hard Coin and Sawbuck, on powder days for hitting openings between trees on steeper pitches.

The Salt Lake Tribune