Rising gas prices and economic constraints are causing
many Utahns to cancel their summer vacation plans. Fortunately, many Utah
ski resorts offer a plethora of summer fun close to home, perfect for day
trips and weekend getaways. This summer, escape the city heat and head to
the mountains for a summer vacation in your own backyard.
Alta Ski Area
Alta Ski Area is open to the public all summer long for hiking and biking. Enjoy a fabulous lunch or brunch on weekends at the Alta Lodge or Rustler Lodge. Alta’s famous Wildflower Festival will take place on Saturday, July 19.
Beaver Mountain rents its facilities to groups, great for company parties or family reunions. Facilities include the lodge, a yurt, 10-man tents, tent sites and RV hook-ups.
Brian Head Resort
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 golf, concerts and more.
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. New this year, Brighton will host the Brighton Bliss Festival, July 11 from 6-10 p.m. in conjunction with the annual Porcupine Hill Climb cycling race, July 12.
The Canyons Resort
The Canyons Resort will be open each Wednesday-Sunday through Labor Day. After Labor Day, the resort will be open on Saturdays and Sundays through September, weather permitting. Enjoy gondola rides, lunch at Red Pine Lodge, disc golf, hiking and mountain biking. Each Wednesday, join The Canyons in the Cabriolet parking lot for the weekly Park City Farmers Market. Purchase local fruits and vegetables, enjoy live music, and visit the newly added beer garden. Finally, don’t miss the free Saturday Evening Concert Series, weekly July 19- Aug. 23.
Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley Resort will offer lift-accessed mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides seven days a week throughout the summer. Hikers and bikers will have access to over 55 miles of trails and can fuel up with scrumptious lunches at the Royal Street Café. Deer Valley will also host a series of evening concerts in the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.
Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Resort’s family activities include: Utah’s only Alpine Coaster, four Alpine Slides, the ZipRider, lift-served mountain biking and hiking, scenic chairlift rides, a climbing wall, the Legacy Launcher, Little Miner’s Park, horseback riding and much more. Legends Bar & Grill, open seven days a week, features casual fare with mountain views from both the indoor and outdoor seating.
Snowbasin Resort will offer scenic gondola rides, gondola-accessed mountain biking, hiking and disc golf throughout the summer. The resort will also delight audiences with its summer concert series and BBQ. Enjoy a twilight gondola ride and tantalize your taste-buds with a Seafood Buffet at the Needles Lodge on Friday nights. Saturday evenings enjoy the Around the World Chef Series themed dinners with live entertainment, and you won’t want to miss brunch on Sundays also at the Needles Lodge. New this season, is Snowbasin Summer for Kids, Guided Naturalist Excursions and Beyond Trails, offering mountaineering classes and more.
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort offers Aerial Tram rides, a dual-track Alpine Slide, ZipRider, a new four-station climbing wall, Peruvian Chairlift and Tunnel rides, Bungy Trampoline, mechanical bull, hiking, biking, fishing, camps and free concerts. Popular favorites are the 20th Founders Title Company Folk & Bluegrass Festival July 11-13 and the Rock & Blues Festival Aug. 1-2.
Solitude Mountain Resort
Solitude Mountain Resort has what you’re looking for, be it a peaceful alpine hike, a heart racing mountain bike descent or a quiet weekend brunch. Adventurous diners can enjoy the woodsy ambiance of the Yurt over a four-course gourmet meal. Summers always cover Big Cottonwood Canyon in blankets of vibrant wildflowers and lush foliage, providing the perfect backdrop for any outing. Stay tuned for info on special culinary weekends, which will offer a mix of dining and cooking classes with expert chefs.
Sundance Resort offers unique summer experiences including art classes, full-moon lift rides, signature dining in the Tree Room and Foundry Grill and a variety of hiking and biking opportunities. Sundance Resort will also feature events such as the Bluebird Cafe Series, Sundance Under the Stars Jazz concerts and a presentation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," all on Sundance's Outdoor Eccles stage.
Wolf Mountain plays host to Music in the Mountains again this summer. The concert event will feature the sounds of everything from country to symphony, complemented by never-ending views. Wolf Mountain also offers lift-served hiking and mountain biking on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.
Utah Olympic Park
The Utah Olympic Park appreciates your need for speed and will have you feeling like a champ with bobsled rides, the Quicksilver Alpine Slide and zip-lines. Watch Olympians and national team members soar up to 60 feet in the air, performing acrobatic feats at the Flying Ace All-Stars shows. Open daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Introductory Olympic sports camps offered for all ages and abilities.
For a complete listing of summer events at Utah resorts, log on to SkiUtah.com.