Resort Report- Summer 2016


Just because the snow has melted doesn’t mean Utah’s ski resorts are closed! Explore their summer side by hiking, mountain biking, enjoying scenic chairlift rides, and bringing the kids to summer camp sessions at resorts throughout the Beehive State! Get full details on resort websites.


The resort is closed, but Alta Lodge opens for summer season in June with their local’s favorite Sunday Brunch, which is served from 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Make it a staycation with $94 lodging rates Sunday through Friday that includes continental breakfast. Saturday night rates begin at $114 and include Sunday Brunch for two. Visit during wildflower season, which begins in June and peaks in July, with wildflower hikes to alpine lakes beginning at Alta. Free shuttle service to Albion Basin during peak season.

Brian Head

Road trip to this Southern Utah resort for affordable, exhilarating summer activities: zipline, bungee trampoline, avalanche tubing, archery, and climbing wall. Two chairlifts serve improved mountain bike trails, disc golf, scenic lift rides, and hiking trails. Summer lift operations run from June 24–September 17, Friday through Sunday only. Festival and race schedules available online.

Deer Valley

Ride challenging mountain biking trails, take a hike, or enjoy a scenic chairlift ride during summer season from June 17–September 5 with weekend openings until September 18. Ride and hike on their newly modernized mountain biking and hiking trails or simply enjoy views from scenic chairlift rides. Kids’ Summer Adventure Camp is June 6–August 23 for ages 1–12 and focuses on outdoor activities paired with games.

Park City Mountain Resort

Get an adrenaline rush on the Alpine Slide, Alpine Coaster, or climbing wall beginning May 27. Or venture into nature by taking a chairlift to gorgeous mountain biking, hiking, and running trails. Younger children will love the human maze, amusement park rides, and mini golf at the resort base. The Canyons Village base opens their 18-hole golf course on May 27 with zip tours, hiking, mountain biking, disc golf, pedal boats, fishing, and putting course open from June 17–September. Summer Adventure Camp for ages 6–12.

Powder Mountain

Explore untracked terrain on a Safari 4×4 Tour where you’ll see amazing scenery and wildlife while riding through 10,000 acres of beautiful Utah scenery. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 801-745-3772 or emailing


Summer operations begin June 11; choose from scenic gondola rides, mountain biking and hiking on 26 miles of trails, free Saturday guided tours, and Frisbee Golf on the 9-hole course. Visit on Sundays for brunch at the top of the gondola followed by their popular FREE Blues, Brews, and BBQ Sunday summer concert series. Concerts begin June 12 and continue weekly until October 9 with three bands scheduled for each show. Plus, climbing wall, playground, and bungee for kids.


Ride down 3,120 feet of turns, drops, and loops at a speed controlled by the driver on Snowbird’s Mountain Coaster. Or get an all-day pass to add on the Alpine Slide, Ropes Course, Mountain Flyer, ropes course, climbing wall, bungee trampoline, and tram. Hike in Mineral Basin or back to the base from the Aerial Tram or Peruvian Charlift. Explore five scenic mountain bike trails, including the new 7.5-mile Big Mountain Trail. Summer Camps offered for kids and teens.


Chairlift rides and lift-served hiking or mountain biking is available on the Sunrise chair Friday–Sunday beginning June 17, or play a round of disc golf on their high-alpine course! Summer events include the Vigor X Solitude Trail Run Series beginning June 4, the Midweek Mountain Bike Series starting July 12, the Wasatch Wildflower Festival (July 29), and Taste of The Wasatch (August 7).


Take in the views on a lift ride, go downhill mountain biking, hop on a horse, or lace up your boots for a hike at Sundance beginning mid-May and continuing through October. The Zip Line Tour is an adventurous way to explore the resort from above and boasts four ziplines, including one with a 2,100-foot vertical drop; more than any other U.S. zip tour. Unique to Sundance, ride the chairlift under the full moonlight on select summer and fall dates.

Utah Olympic Park

Located in Park City, the Olympic Park is a place for all-day adventures for kids and adults. Exhilarating rides like the Comet Bobsled, Extreme Zipline, Ropes Course, and Alpine Slide keep thrill seekers, but all-age activities are available too. Tour the park, ride the chairlift, or visit the Olympic museum. Plus, see the Flying Aces perform a choreographed freestyle aerial show on Sundays.


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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