Feb 22, 2024 - Food and Drink

New dining and amenities at Utah's low-frills Brighton ski resort

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Brighton Resort, the low-frills, hometown-y ski center of the Cottonwoods, opened its first mid-mountain lodge and restaurant in mid-February.

  • It also added a hot dog stand and fine-dining menu to its Milly Chalet.

Why it matters: Brighton is one of Utah's least-touristy ski resorts, with just 20 rooms in its one slopeside lodge and — until now — all-casual dining.

  • Any new amenities add substantially to what's available — but also could inch Brighton closer to the rest of the industry's focus on high-end travelers rather than local ski bums.

Details: The new Snake Creek Lodge and onsite Sidewinder restaurant serves comfort food at the base of the Snake Creek lift on the mountain's east side.

  • The menu includes several smash-style burgers, snacks and a signature fry sauce recipe.

What they're saying: "The new lodge offers families a warm place to stop for a break without having to go to the resort base," Brighton marketing director Jared Winkler said in a prepared statement.

At the base, Milly Chalet's new chef has created a higher-end menu this winter, with new options ranging from slow-braised pork carnitas to ahi tuna poké.

  • The restaurant also added a full bar with artisan cocktails.
  • Doyle's Dawgs is now serving brats and wieners from a walk-up window outside.
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