Located in southwest Michigan, Mt. Brighton is an entirely man-made series of slopes on 130 acres of terrain.
The resort was bought by Vail Resorts in 2012 and the following year underwent $10 million in improvements, including new base area facilities, terrain parks, a children’s ski and ride school and a powerful snowmaking system.
Mt. Brighton Ski Area has a summit elevation of 1,330 feet with a vertical drop of 230 feet. There are five chairlifts and seven surface lifts accessing 25 runs (the longest stretching 1,350 feet) with an uphill capacity of 17,200 people an hour. The average snowfall here is about 60 inches annually, and snowmaking is used on 100 percent of Mt Brighton Ski Area’s terrain. There are three terrain parks on the frontside of the resort, catering to most skill levels, as well as the Burton Riglet park for beginner snowboarders, age 5 and under. There is night skiing available, and ice skating is offered in nearby Brighton.
The Mt. Brighton Ski Area is generally open by late November and closes at the end of March. The best time to ski is often around mid-February when there is deep, fresh powder and fewer people on the slopes (especially if you can avoid the holidays and weekends).
For the 2020/21 ski season Mt. Brighton lift tickets must be purchased online. The resort is operating at a limited capacity, and planning ahead will ensure that you are able to buy tickets before they sell out. Mt. Brighton offers full-day tickets and 3 pm lift tickets.
Adult (13–64) Full-day lift ticket prices vary slightly by day, but they generally hover around $64 on weekends and $49 during the week. Adult 3 pm lift tickets range from $54 on weekends and $39 during the week.
Child (5–12) Full-day lift tickets for children cost $59 on weekends and $44 during the week. The 3 pm lift tickets are $49 on weekends and $34 on weekdays.
Senior tickets are priced similarly to child tickets.
Mt Brighton Ski Area has a Ski & Snowboard School that offers private and group lessons for all ages, including multi-week clinics and the resort also has an adaptive winter sports program. Mt Brighton has a “Ski Girls Rock” program for girls age 7 and up, as well as the Mt. Brighton Women’s Ski and Snowboard Academy every Wednesday from 11a.m. to 1p.m., for ages 18 and up. The school also has an Alpine racing program for young racers ages 7 to 17. There is an on-site ski and snowboard rental shop that offers both day and seasonal rental packages.
There is slopeside dining at the resort, and lodging can be found in the nearby town of Brighton.
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Mt. Brighton Ski Area is a short drive from the town of Brighton, Michigan, where you can find lodging, including several hotels with ski-and-stay packages. These include The Homewood Suites by Hilton is near the Brighton Town Square, the Courtyard by Marriott and The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brighton Downtown.
The Mt. Brighton Ski Area has a few dining options on the slopes, though a greater variety is found off the ski hill in Brighton. For a quick bite, the Ski Hill Grill features a large fireplace where guests can enjoy a hot chocolate and a bowl of soup. Also on the mountain, the Ore Creek Mountain Grill offers American contemporary fare with locally sourced ingredients and Michigan craft beers.
The Detroit Metropolitan Airport is only 40 minutes from the Mt. Brighton Ski Area, and shuttles and car rentals available from there.
By car, Mt. Brighton Ski Area is 26 minutes from Ann Arbor and 45 minutes from Lansing. Sourced Adventures runs a regular ski bus from Detroit and Ann Arbor that includes a lift package. However, there is limited ski transport once at Mt. Brighton Ski Area – you will have more flexibility if you have your own vehicle, especially if you’re planning to stay overnight.