An avid skier since his childhood in Vermont, Brigham became fascinated by a mention of the generation of artificial snow in a 1959 Reader's Digest article. He immediately began plans to bring skiing to the Southern Appalachians. He served as the first president of the Birmingham Ski Club in 1961. Beginning in 1966 he created the Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain resorts in North Carolina and Snowshoe Mountain resort in West Virginia.
Brigham and his wife, Marye had two sons (Tommy and Peter) and a daughter (Anne) and eleven grandchildren. His oldest son, Tommy, founded Brigham-Williams Realtors and served as Chairman and CEO of RealtySouth.
Brigham was a member of St Peter's Anglican Church.
- Calhoun, Sam (December 11, 2008) "Saying Goodbye to the Father of Southern Skiing" High Country Press
- Stock, Erin (January 4, 2009) "He gave skiing its Southern exposure." Birmingham News