Summer fun at Utah’s ski resorts

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 6, 2010 7:21 am

Salt Lake City, UT – Once the ski season winds down at Snowbird at the end of this month, Utahans can escape the summer heat with a full range of summer activities for all ages and energy levels at the state’s ski and snowboard resorts.


Alta Ski Area is open to the public all summer long for hiking and biking. Enjoy a brunch on weekends at the Alta Lodge. The famous Wasatch Wildflower Festival will also take place July 16-18, 2010.


Beaver Mountain, located in Logan Canyon en route to the stunning azure waters of nearby Bear Lake, rents their ski lodge, yurt and four 10-person tents for visitors, youth groups and family reunions all summer long. In addition, Beaver Mountain has a campground with tent sites and RV hook-ups that they rent all summer.

Travel north to Beaver Mountain this summer for a pair of music festivals, to be held on Saturday, Jul. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 14. Each festival will feature several bands and runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit


Brian Head Resort offers hiking, biking, ATV rides and dining daily throughout the summer. Weekend visitors can also enjoy scenic chairlift rides, lift-accessed mountain biking, mountain disc golf, concerts and various special events.


Brighton Resort will show its summer colors with a variety of flora and fauna. Enjoy flowers, fresh air and wildlife in beautiful Big Cottonwood Canyon.


Enjoy gondola rides, lunch at Red Pine Café, mountain biking, disc golf, hiking and free concerts throughout the summer at The Canyons.


Deer Valley Resort will open daily for the 2010 summer season on June 18, and continue through Labor Day before reopening for an additional weekend on Sept. 11 and 12, conditions permitting.

Those visiting Deer Valley this summer will enjoy over 55 miles of lift-served mountain biking and hiking as well as scenic chairlift rides. Ride the Silver Lake Express chairlift or drive to the Royal Street Café for a mid-mountain meal on the deck. Royal Street Café will be open June 18 through Labor Day, serving lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu features appetizers, salads, paninis, Deer Valley’s famous Turkey Chili, specialty entrées and cocktails.


Park City Mountain Resort’s family activities include the Alpine Slide, with four lanes available to ensure a new thrilling experience each ride; ZipRider; Utah’s only Alpine Coaster; lift-served mountain biking and hiking via both PayDay and the Town Lift; scenic chairlift rides; climbing wall; the Legacy Launcher; Little Miner’s Park; horseback riding and more.


The inaugural Monster Energy Powder Mountain Motocross in 2009 was one of the largest motocross events ever held in Utah. This year’s competition on August 19-22 will be by a day longer than last year in order to give racers and spectators more time to join in the excitement.

Powder Mountain will begin Summer Safari 4 X 4 Adventure Tours in mid-June. Guided tours in an oversized four wheel drive vehicle will take guests to spectacular sites over the 10,000 acres within the resort that would otherwise be inaccessible to the public by vehicle.

The 2nd Annual Powder Mountain Hill Climb will be held on June 12. The bicycle race starts at Wolf Creek Resort and climbs 3,300 vertical feet in six miles. Last year’s winner made the trek in just over 41 minutes.


Snowbasin will open for summer adventure on June 26th. Needles gondola will be in operation on Saturday and Sunday through October 2nd, for scenic gondola rides and access to hiking, mountain biking and award-winning cuisine. Snowbasin’s single-track trails are well maintained and wind through scenic aspen groves and gladed pines. All levels of riding and available from the base with more than 26 miles of trails that connect to additional Forest Service trails for nearly 50 miles of adventure. Enjoy lower trails with shuttle service back to the base on the weekends.

Snowbasin also offers a 9-hole disc golf course utilizing natural terrain features for the hazards. There are no green fees. Disc golf equipment rentals and score cards are available in the Grizzly Center, where a rental fleet of full-suspension bikes with hydraulic disc brakes are are also available.

Mountain top dining with panoramic views is served at Needles Lodge on Saturday and Sunday, and lunch is available in Earl’s Lodge on Saturday. Don’t miss the BBQ with live music and cool mountain air in Wildflower Meadow every Sunday afternoon.

Special events at Snowbasin this summer include an endurance mountain bike race on August 28th, the Mt. Ogden 50/100k at Snowbasin. Returning this summer is the XTERRA USA Championships on September 24th and 25th. This extreme off-road triathlon attracts top notch athletes from around the world. Throughout the summer, bike enthusiasts participate in the mid-week race series which alternates between a crit and mountain course each week. For a full schedule of activities and events, visit


Snowbird summer activities will begin June 19, including a new Ropes Course next to Chickadee, Wasatch Mining Company Gemstone Mine, Aerial Tram, Peruvian Chairlift and Tunnel, Alpine Slide, four-station climbing wall, ZipRider, Bungy Trampoline, Mechanical Bull and Inflatables.


This summer, Solitude Mountain Resort will offer lift served biking, hiking and disc golf Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning in early July. Scenic chairlift rides and uplift for hiking and mountain biking takes place on Solitude’s Sunrise triple chair. From there, visitors may explore miles of single track on Diggler Scooters or mountain bikes, or explore some of the most geologically diverse terrain in the state by foot. Solitude’s high alpine course also offers 18 holes of disc golf.

On Saturdays and Sundays, brunch and dinner will be served throughout the summer at Kimi’s Mountainside Bistro, or follow a guide on a short alpine hike to the Yurt at Solitude, where a chef prepares a four-course meal while guests watch the sun set on the Wasatch. For lighter fare, the Stone Haus Pizzeria & Creamery is open Wednesdays through Sundays for lunch or dinner, serving hand crafted pizzas, barbeque, Starbucks Coffee, Spotted Dog Ice Cream, salads, snacks and more.


Nestled within thousands of acres of Rocky Mountain wilderness, Sundance offers some of the most spectacular hiking terrain in the West. From the rugged peaks of Mt. Timpanogos to lush waterfalls and deep canyon valleys, the terrain is sure to please all types of hikers. And with an incredible array of wildflowers and wildlife, explorers of all ages will find adventure at every turn. Visitors are free to explore on their own or join in on a guided hike.

Bikers will enjoy the same terrain that makes skiing and snowboarding at Sundance so amazing in winter. Ride the lift up, along with your bike and then experience some remarkable trails. Day passes, twilight passes and season passes are available. Sundance also offers scenic lift rides, including full moon lift rides, horse backing riding and fly fishing. Visit for more information and a calendar of events.


Utah Olympic Park’s Freestyle Training Pool in Park City is home to several multi-day Freestyle and Freeride Camps throughout the summer season. These camps and programs offered by FLY, AXIS and others provide progressive instruction for those interested in pursuing freestyle or freeride.

FLY Freestyle is a year-round aerial, mogul, and freeride program dedicated to providing a progressive fun training program in a safe environment. FLY is the resident freestyle program of Utah Olympic Park and a Community Olympic Development Program. Private lessons are coached by some of the top freestyle skiers in the country. All ability levels are welcome for ages 7 and up. For more information visit or call Tim Preston at (435) 658-4220 or John Lobsenz at (435) 694-3528.

Youth Development programs are also offered at Utah Olympic Park this summer in Bobsled, Skeleton, Luge and Ski Jumping. For full information and a program calendar visit


Guests will never run out of things to do with Wolf Creek Adventures. Summer adventures include horseback riding, guided hikes, geo-cache hikes, hot air balloon rides, mountain and road bike tours, tennis lessons, white water rafting, flat water kayaking, Chuck Wagon Dinners and Wild West Games, lift-accessible bike rides, scenic rides, fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and golf.