Early Summer Resort Report 2013


For Utah’s resorts, melting snow doesn’t signal the end of operations. Instead, many re-open during the summer for hiking, live music, festivals, and activities for the kid in all of us. Learn more about these local summer resort adventures below.

Brian Head Resort

Brian Head

Road trip to this Southern Utah resort for mountain biking and family fun removed from crowds. You can access over 200 miles of biking trails on the weekends with the shuttle and chairlift service, or jump, drop, and ride in the Mountain Bike Park. Anyone with kids will love the Family Adventure, a self-guided activity course on scenic forest trails that boasts these free activities with a scenic lift ticket purchase: gold panning, cattle roping, pictograph painting, and rock hounding. Just $10 for adults and $5 for kids. For more information call 435-677-2035. brianhead.com

Canyons Resort


Choose your own adventure at Canyons beginning on June 13 with family-friendly activities like ziplining, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, pedal boating, put put golf, disc golf, and much more. For an extreme, but safe, adventure, try the Zip Tour where you’ll fly across the canyon between Lookout Peak and Red Pine Lodge on a zipline spanning 2,111 feet. Or learn the basics of biking on Canyons’ trails at a guided Mountain Biking 101 Clinic. End your day at the popular free Saturday Summer Concert Series, which returns on July 20 and continues weekly through August 31. thecanyons.com

Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley

Take on seasonal adventures coupled with spectacular service at Deer Valley. Choose from mountain biking, hiking, scenic chairlift rides, Summer Adventure Camp for children, and outdoor concerts beginning on June 14. Taste Deer Valley’s famed cuisine after a ride or hike at Royal Street Cafe. Summer season ends on September 2. deervalley.com

Eagle Point Resort

Eagle Point

Located 18 miles from Beaver, Utah, this resort offers many weekend activities including: hiking, horseback riding, flyfishing, mountain biking, paintball, and a nine-hole disc golf course. Lodging is also available at their cabins and condos. Call 855-324-5378 for more information. skieaglepoint.com

Park City Resort

Park City Mountain Resort

Get your kicks on the zipline, alpine slide, alpine coaster, and climbing wall. Crescent Hi-Speed Quad, Pay Day, and the Town Lift open for lift-served hiking and mountain biking. Smaller children will love base offerings like the human maze, amusement park rides, and mini golf. Opens for summer on May 24. parkcitymountain.com

Powder Mountain Resort

Powder Mountain

Explore untracked terrain on a Summer Safari 4×4 Tour where you’ll see amazing scenery and wildlife. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 801-745-3772 or emailing adventures@powdermountain.com. powdermountain.com

Snowbasin Resort


Hiking, singletrack mountain biking, disc golf, and kid’s activities are offered all summer long. Shuttle service is available for hikers and bikers on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season. Just hike or bike to the shuttle stop and they’ll drive you back to the resort. snowbasin.com

Snowbird Summer Resort


This summer is your first chance to try Snowbird’s new thrill ride—the Mountain Coaster. You’ll experience 3,120 feet of turns, drops, and loops at a speed controlled by the driver of the two-person cart. For more thrills, get tickets for the Alpine Slide, Ropes Course, Mountain Flyer, and climbing wall. Find tamer outdoor fun with a ride on the Aerial Tram or Peruvian Charlift for scenic views, then hike back down on Snowbird’s trails. Stay the evening for one of Snowbird’s many festivals held throughout summer. Summer adventures begin June 8. snowbird.com

Solitude Resort


From Friday–Sunday, visit for scenic chair lift rides and lift-served mountain biking or hiking on Solitude’s Sunrise chair. There’s also a high-alpine disc golf course with 18 holes open on weekends. Visit the Yurt to enjoy a hike at sunset followed by a four-course chef-prepared dinner away from it all. skisolitude.com

Sundance Resort


Bring your bike for lift-served downhill biking on Sundance’s trails, or just ride up for gorgeous views or hiking. Day, twilight, and season passes are available. Scenic hiking can be found around every corner with views of waterfalls, Mount Timpanogos, and forest. Hike on your own or go with a Sundance guide. Horseback riding and fly fishing are also offered. sundanceresort.com

Utah Olympic Park

UTAH Olympic Park

Summer adventures abound at the Olympic Park where you can ride the Alpine Slide that puts you in control on a stainless steel track with 18 banked turns of fun, or try the Extreme Zipline that simulates a flight similar to the K120 Olympic ski jump. Then ride the entire Olympic bobsled track on a summer Comet Bobsled Ride where a professional pilot and three passengers race down at up to 80 mph. New Adventure Courses invite you to overcome fear and challenge yourself on ropes and balance features. On Sundays, watch the Flying Aces perform a choreographed freestyle aerial show with landings in the splash pool. Last, head inside to visit the Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. Museum admission is free! utaholympiclegacy.com


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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