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2017-18 Ski and Snowboard Season is Underway at Mt. Brighton and Holiday Events are Just Around the Corner
  • Area skiers catch the season’s first chairlift ride to the top of Mt. Brighton
  • Mt. Brighton welcomes the winter holiday season Saturday, Dec. 16, with Tree Lighting Celebration, Santa, holiday carolers, ice carving, hot cocoa and cookies, the Burton Riglet Launch Party and “Deck the Rails” terrain park session
BRIGHTON, Mich.,  Dec. 9, 2017 – Mt. Brighton opened for business on Saturday, Dec. 8, sending the first chairlift of skiers – Brighton’s Jim Needham and Matt Widdick – up to the top of Metro Detroit’s popular winter sports destination.

“The weather was ideal this week for Mt. Brighton to take full advantage with our state-of-the-art snowmaking system. The slopes were covered with a solid base of snow in just a couple evenings, which allowed us to open for business on Saturday,” said Mt. Brighton general manager Chris Sorensen. “Looking ahead, evening temps again forecast to be good for continued snowmaking all of next week.”

Mt. Brighton Tree Lighting Celebration
A snow-filled celebration to open the winter season at Mt. Brighton is set for Saturday, Dec.16, from 2-8 p.m. and there will be fun both on and off the slopes. Mt. Brighton’s inaugural Tree Lighting Celebration will feature Santa himself and offer winter festivities for everyone in the family.

What: Mt. Brighton Tree Lighting Celebration
When: Saturday, Dec. 16
Time: 2-8 p.m.
Cost: Free to the public (lift ticket required to ski or snowboard)
Activities: 2-6 p.m. - Ski with Santa
3-5 p.m. – Cookies & Hot Cocoa at the base area
3-5 p.m. – Burton Riglet Launch Party (for first time junior snowboarders, ages 3-7)
3-5 p.m. – Special “Live” Ice Sculpting at base area
3:30-5:30 p.m. – Holiday Carolers at base area
6 p.m. – Tree Lighting!
6-8 p.m. – “Deck the Rails” Terrain Park Session
For more information on the Tree Lighting Celebration, hours of operation at Mt. Brighton, snow conditions and specific event times and descriptions, please visit
About Mt. Brighton
Since 1960, Mt. Brighton Ski Area has been one of the most iconic family winter destinations in the Midwest as well as a summer destination for golfers and competitive mountain bike racers. Recent investments of $10 million delivered a revitalized experience throughout the resort – such as new chair lifts, base facilities and children’s ski and ride school center; enhanced learning terrain and Michigan’s most innovative terrain park.  Mt. Brighton’s new state-of-the-art snowmaking system ensures the best snow surface conditions in the region.  Its acclaimed instruction and coaching programs have converted thousands of first-time participants into lifelong skiers and riders – and with the opportunity to take that passion to Vail Resorts’ iconic western mountains, Mt. Brighton is truly the place where Epic begins. For more information, please visit
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 11 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe in Vermont; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is

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