By Yeti \ June 11 2012 \ 2 Comments
The snow has officially melted from most of Utah’s high peaks. Early summer does indeed pose quite a predicament for snow loving bipeds. In the winter we identify ourselves as skiers and snowboarders, but in the summer? Recently, we went social and asked you to identify your summer alias. The responses varied from commercial fisherman to hang glider pilot to wannabe rock star, however, mountain biker/cyclist won out as the most common summer alias. Fortunately, Utah’s summer biking opportunities are nearly as prolific as winter’s skiing options. The days are long so get out there and enjoy some legendary singletrack, lift served flow riding parks or a relaxed bike path cruise with friends. Utah resorts from Odgen to southern Utah have worked hard to transform ski hills into a bike hills. Here’s a complete list that should satisfy every bikers’ need to pedal.
Brian Head - Lift-serve mountain biking is open on the weekends. The Brian Head Resort Mountain Bike Park's terrain parks include: jumps, drops, walls, ladders, and other wooden elements. These areas require varied degrees of skill level. Start small, ride smart, and work your way up.
Canyons Resort - Building on the rave reviews of its inaugural season, Canyons Bike Park expands this summer to offer new flow and downhill trails offering a variety of dirt and wood features for riders of all abilities. Utah’s only lift serviced flow riding park is accessed off the High Meadow chair lift located at the Red Pine Mid-mountain Adventure Area.
Deer Valley - Experience the thrill of biking at Deer Valley Resort, rated by Mountain Bike Action magazine as one of the ten best mountain bike destinations. Bikers and bikes are whisked up the mountain on the Silver Lake Express, Sterling Express, and Ruby Express chairlifts to an array of exciting options, including 60 miles of panoramic trails.
Park City Mountain Resort - Park City's abundant selection of mountain biking trails are great for all skill levels. Get a head start uphill by Town Lift from the heart of Main Street or PayDay lift out of the Resort Base Area. Mountain bike rentals are available.
Snowbasin - Snowbasin's single track trails are well maintained and wind through scenic aspen groves and gladded pines. All levels of riding are available from the base including gondola accessed trails. More than 26 miles of trails connect to additional Forest Service trails for nearly 50 miles of fun.
Snowbird - Snowbird's famed trams will whisk mountain bikers 3,000 feet to the top of Hidden Peak where an extensive network of trails awaits the downhill journey.
Solitude - Starting June 22nd, lift-serve mountain biking is open Friday-Sunday. However, Solitude's beautiful single track is open seven days a week for anyone ready to tackle the uphill.
Sundance - Sundance offers 25+ miles of lift serviced single track mountain biking, with challenging terrain and breathtaking vistas.
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