The Ultimate Mt. Brighton Guide

What to Wear

For 62 years, Mt Brighton has been welcoming skiers and snowboarders to the hill. We are excited to welcome you and even more excited that you are trying a new activity. 

One of the best ways to ensure a positive experience is to dress appropriately. Staying warm and dry will help keep you comfortable, safe, and having fun!

Dress in layers! You can add or remove as needed.

Pro Tip: Wear only ONE pair of socks! Extra socks will over-crowd the boot, restrict blood circulation, and won’t help keep you warm.
Pro Tip: On especially cold days, a thin beanie under your helmet will help keep you even warmer. Nothing bulky or with poms or the helmet won’t fit properly.

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Resort Language

Green Circle: The easiest trails on a mountain, denoted on trail maps and signs by a green circle. Usually groomed, wide and flat, and not a place for experienced skiers as traffic must remain slow.

Blue Square: Intermediate trail denoted on trail maps and signs by a blue square. Usually groomed and often the most popular runs.

Black Diamond: Expert trail denoted on trail maps and signs by a black diamond. The trail may or may not be groomed, and can vary from the merely tricky to insanely difficult. A double black diamond indicates the steepest, most difficult runs at a resort.

Lift Ticket: Ticket required for all on-hill ski & snowboard access. Lift tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket office and are non-transferrable.

Ticket Scanner: Employee at the base area of the hill that will scan your ticket before you access the hill.

Carpet Lift or Magic Carpet: Surface lift similar to a conveyor belt built into the ground. Walk onto this lift, stand still with skis or snowboard pointing forward while lift moves you to the top.

Rope Tow: A form of surface lift that utilizes a constantly moving rope. Point skis or snowboard straight uphill, grab rope tightly and allow rope to pull you uphill as you stand on your skis or snowboard.

Grooming, groomer or groomed terrain: The most common form of trail maintenance, done to spread new snow and to smooth over bumps, icy patches and other obstacles. To groom, tractors known as Snowcats drag giant rakes over the snow.

Snowcat: A large vehicle capable of moving on snow. Most commonly used to move snow around the hill and groom terrain. At Wilmot Mountain, we do not operate snowcats while we are open to the public.

Snow gun: A device used to make man-made snow by forcing water and pressurized air through a cannon-like machine.

NASTAR: aka National Standard Race, NASTAR is the world’s largest known recreational ski and snowboard race program. At Mt. Brighton, we offer a NASTAR course that anyone can access for a small fee. We also have an award-winning race development program called XLR8.

Terrain Park: A freestyle zone roped off from other downhill runs and filled with jumps, rails, fun boxes, and other assorted obstacles. Parks can also include a halfpipe and boardercross run.

Moguls: Bumps carved into the snow; typically they are created by the turns of skiers, but they can also be carved out for perfectly shaped mogul field. Generally for intermediate to advanced skiers.

Balaclava: A facemask worn to cover exposed skin. Helpful in colder temperatures.

Pizza/French Fries: Slang term for an elementary skiing technique where skis are tilted together like a slice of pizza to snowplow down a slope or parallel, side by side like a French fry.

Ski Patrol: Trained skiers and snowboarders responsible for slope safety, including marking dangerous obstacles on/near a trail, and assisting or even carting injured riders down a mountain.

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How To Ski Part 1
How to Put on Ski Boots | Parts of a Ski | Getting In and Out of Skis | Tips to Carry Skis
How To Ski Part 2
First Movements on Snow | Side Step & Duck Walking | How to Get Up
How To Ski Part 3
How to Turn | How to Stop | How to Load a Chairlift
How To Snowboard Part 1
How to Put on Boots | Parts of Snowboard & How to Get In | Snowboard Stance | Tips to Carry Snowboard
How to Snowboard Part 2
How to Skate & Glide | How to Stand from Sitting | How to Climb Uphill
How To Snowboard Part 3
How to Stop | How to Turn | How to Ride Chairlift