The lifts have almost stopped spinning (Snowbird the lone wolf still open) and the season’s melting snow is filling countless small streams. Soon, Utah’s mountainous ski resorts will pop with wildflowers, offering a scenic escape from the heat in the valleys.
Ski-town locals know resorts are a great place in both winter and summer. The high elevation and rugged terrain combine to provide not only great skiing, but lots of summer activities as well.
We researched summer activities, concerts and events at Utah’s ski areas and found so much it wouldn’t all fit in this post. However, I’m going to try to share as much as I can! If you’re ready to summer like a ski-town local, keep reading.
First of all, the resorts normally close during the early snowmelt, we sometimes call this the shoulder, or mud season, so make sure to check summer opening days before making plans:
Alta Ski Area: Lifts closed for summer (Alta Lodge - June 4 – October 1)
Beaver Mountain – May through October
Brian Head - Open Friday–Sunday (June 23 - September 10) and then re-opening on September 16 for Rocktober Fest.
Brighton - Lifts closed for summer
Cherry Peak – June 17
Deer Valley - June 16 – September 4 (Plus weekends until September 17)
Eagle Point - June 17
Nordic Valley - June 17
Park City Mountain - Park City Base: May 26 - October 1 | Canyons Village: June 16 – September 4 Daily, September 5-October 1 Weekends
Powder Mountain - TBD (due to snowpack)
Snowbasin Resort - June 10 – October 8 (Weekends)
Snowbird - June 10 - October 15
Solitude Resort - June 16 – October 1
Sundance - May 19 – October 8
For example, if you have children, you may want to pick a resort offering child-centric fun. From zip-lines to roller coasters, you’ll have various adventure-filled activities to select from. If a romantic getaway, or even a destination wedding, is more your style, check out the fine dining and spa packages offered at several properties. Suffice to say, there is something for everyone.
Alta includes the Albion Basin, a prime wildflower hotspot in the Wasatch Range. Visit during July and August for the best display. For an extra special treat, camp at the Albion Basin Campground open July 21st to September 3rd. Cecret Lake is tucked into the base of the mountains and makes a perfect picnic destination. After a morning hike, check out the Albion Grill for lunch.
Alta Lodge opens for summer season June 4th with Sunday Brunch. The brunch is a favorite for many locals and features a rich variety of entrées, salads, baked goods and desserts, as well as made to order Belgian waffles and Eggs Benedict. Brunch is served from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Prices are $27.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids ages 7-12 and $6.95 for those under age 6. Beer, wine, and cocktails are served beginning at 10:30 am. Saturday lunch begins on June 17, and is served from 11 am to 2 pm. No Saturday brunch on July 29th or August 5th due to private events.
Alta Lodge is open seven days a week during the summer season from June through mid-October, for weddings, conferences, retreats, private parties, and individual lodging. Continental breakfast is included with overnight lodging.
Mark you calendars for the multi-day 2017 Beaver Mountain Music Festival featuring up and coming bands, kids activities, and vendors, August 18th and 19th, 2017. Beaver Mountain also offers tent and RV sites, plus lodge and yurt rentals for larger events.
Summer is almost here, and the warm weather doesn’t mean high altitude excitement stops. Escape the heat this summer at Southern Utah’s, Brian Head Resort. Entertain your inner adrenaline junkie with their zipline or bungee trampoline. If you are up for a physical challenge, spend the day at the climbing wall and then ride your cares away at the alpine tubing attractions.
If you want to raise your game, ride the Giant Steps Express or Navajo Chairlift 4 onto improved mountain bike trails, disc golf, scenic hiking and lift rides. Summer lift operations run from June 23 - September 11, Fridays: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. And don't miss Rocktober Fest on September 16.
Don’t forget that Brian Head Resort and the surrounding areas have some of the best mountain biking in the country! Whether it be the exciting trails of the lift serviced Brian Head Mountain Bike Park or the hundreds of miles of world-class trails twisting and diving through the forests and red rocks of the surrounding area or along the edge of Cedar Breaks National Monument—there is enough riding to fill the whole summer.
Brian Head is a great access point to some of Utah's famed redrock sites like Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. Read more.
Brighton Resort may not spin its lifts during the summer, but it’s still a worthy destination! The hikes are spectacular, including a pair of lake destinations. The Brighton Lakes and Silver Lake Trailheads lead to over a dozen destinations, and there is a TON of parking so no need to arrive early. For more hikes in Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon, read Salt Lake’s Top Hiking Trails.
Brighton is also one of four resorts hosting the 2017 Wasatch Wildflower Festival this year. On July 22nd guests can enjoy guided walks and activities designed to be fun, family-friendly, non-commercial, free of charge, and open to all interests and ability levels.
On the heels of a great winter season, Cherry Peak has announced their 2017 Cherry Peak Summer Concert Series! Check out their events calendar for the full lineup. Additionally, Cherry Peak is offering a boatload of summer activities including: mountain biking, disc golf, water slides, hiking, horseback riding, X4 Ultimate Bungie, and much more. For details and pricing click here.
Deer Valley Resort is filled with nonstop activity such as lift-served mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides, Summer Adventure Camp for children and music-filled evenings at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.
Deer Valley Resort is continuing its largest-ever summer investment to modernize and update its existing mountain biking/hiking trail inventory with the creation of Tsunami, an expert-level flow trail. For the third summer in a row, Deer Valley has enlisted world-renowned bike park development company, Gravity Logic, to help deliver the highly successful trail updates.
The Tsunami trail will contain large 10-foot berms and jumps and 25-foot table tops and step downs. The trail begins in the meadow behind Bald Mountain at 9,000 feet and will end at Silver Lake Village at 8,100 feet. One and a half miles and 900 vertical feet of the trail will open in sections throughout the course of the summer season. Adding to the resort’s new trail offering, each Wednesday in July and August, Deer Valley Resort will extend its mountain biking playground hours to host the Twilight Ride Series with SCOTT Sports. The SCOTT Twilight Ride Series takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Silver Lake Express and Sterling Express chairlifts.
The resort offers award-winning cuisine served on the outdoor decks of Royal Street Café and Deer Valley Grocery Café, or enjoy Deer Valley-inspired brick oven cuisine at their newest restaurant, The Brass Tag. Grab a custom Gourmet Picnic Baskets or Bags for one of the many evening concerts and don’t miss the Silver Lake Snack Shack for a quick bite on the hill.
Eagle Point is an authentic mountain getaway especially for guests living in the surrounding desert heat of Las Vegas, Arizona, southern Utah and southern California. Plan your next summer time event at Eagle Point Resort. Weddings, reunions, team-building events or even a romantic getaway are some of the many occasions to spend at this beautiful location.
This summer, there are three noteworthy events that Eagle Point Resort will host:
Lunar Transit Festival 2017
Back again, and this time for three full days and nights, Lunar Transit is a music and art festival taking place from June 30 to July 3. Tickets are $75. Visit www.LunarTransit.com for more information on the music lineup, camping, and to purchase tickets.
Crusher in the Tushar
On Saturday, July 8 this uniquely-formatted cycling race begins in historic downtown Beaver, and finishes at Eagle Point Resort. Featuring a near even split of tarmac and dirt/gravel sectors, it affords riders the opportunity to explore the stunning backcountry of Utah’s Tushar Mountains and Fishlake National Forest. The race is capped at 600 riders. Visit www.tusharcrusher.com to learn more, and register.
Ultra Adventures offers environmentally sustainable, destination trail races in unforgettable locations. Trailrunners will compete on one of the most challenging courses in the “Great Circle Trail Series”, all above 10,000 feet. The 100K, marathon and half marathon begin and end at Eagle Point Resort on Saturday, July 29. Event information can be found at www.grandcircletrails.com, and lodging at www.EaglePointResort.com.
New this year, Nordic Valley is offering weekend summer activities. Bring the family to challenge a 400-foot slip-n-slide, or spend the day enjoying lift-served mountain biking or playing disk golf. More events will likely be added, so visit the Nordic Valley website for more summer beta. Summer season passes are currently on sale for $59.00 which includes lift service for hiking, disk golf, and more.
This summer, Park City is adding three new activities for small children, a ropes course, zip-line, and tubing. Opening day for the Park City Base Area is May 26th, while the Canyons Village area will open June 16th. You can also hike, mountain bike, zip-line, and the list goes on and on.
Family Fun at the Park City Base Area
Beginning May 26, Park City Mountain will offer a variety of outdoor summer activities for families and adventure-seekers at the Park City Base Area including:
- One of the world’s longest alpine slides
- 4,000 ft alpine coaster
- The ZipRider and Flying Eagle Zip Lines
- Three attractions for children weighing between 30 – 100lbs. including a small kids’ zipline, kids’ tubing and a kids’ challenge course.
- NEW: Kids’ Gem Panning
- Scenic lift rides
- Hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking terrain serviced by three lifts
- Miniature golf
- Kids’ Adventure Zone and climbing wall
Mountain Adventures at Canyons Village
The Canyons Village Base Area will begin operations on Friday, June 16. Activities include:
Looking for lodging options?
- Zip Tour Adventures
- Park City Bike Park at Canyons Village
- Canyons Golf (opens May 26)
- Scenic gondola rides
- Canyons Village Putting Course and disc golf
- Miles of lift-serviced hiking and biking trails
Park City Mountain offers unrivaled scenery and convenient mountainside lodging at the base of the largest ski resort in the United States. Summer lodging packages at Park City Mountain are available for booking now. Visitors can take advantage of special rates on mountainside lodging with the Great Summer Break package, or enjoy 30% off of lodging when they book nine or 18 holes at Canyons Golf with the Stay and Play golf package. For a full list of summer lodging packages at Park City Mountain, click here.
The Best of Summer Events at Park City
Park City Mountain will host a series of outdoor events this summer for all ages to enjoy. The fun kicks off on June 16 with the Kids Adventure Games, an adventure challenge course designed and run especially for kids ages six through 14. On June 24, Park City Mountain’s Summer Concert Series returns to Canyons Village with the first of five free summer concerts held on select Saturdays through September 2. It’s the perfect venue to enjoy Park City’s gorgeous mountain views and warm summer evenings.
Guests can also enjoy the weekly Park City Farmers’ Market which is held in the Cabriolet Parking Lot at Canyons Village every Wednesday beginning May 24. The full schedule of free summer concerts and events at Park City Mountain will be announced shortly. For more information visit http://www.parkcitymountain.com/events.
Summer is a great time for hiking around and near Powder Mountain! Here area few options: Ogden's Top Trails
As I discover new PowMow events I’ll add them here, so check back!
Snowbasin Resort will be open for operations Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer starting June 10th. Enjoy scenic Gondola rides to Needles Lodge, mountain bike and hike on 26 miles of trails or attend one of the free Saturday guided tours. Play frisbee golf on the 9-hole course. Explore your cravings at a themed mountain top dinner or mountain Sunday brunch one of the free outdoor concerts starting June 11th. They also have family oriented activities this summer including a playground, euro bungee, and a climbing wall for the kids.
Attention foodies! Watch Snowbasin's site for their "Dining Discovery" events beginning with a Summer Kick-Off Soiree, June 17th from 6:30PM - 9:30PM, The culinary team will take you and your tasting spectrum through a labyrinth of flavors touching on: Sweet, Sour, Spicy, Bitter, Umami, and Salty while indulging on Moët champagne to enhance the flavors and cleanse the palate. There will also be live music. This will be a ‘social’ event with food stations adorning the patio of Earl’s Lodge.
This year Snowbasin Resort releases an elevated line-up of national and regional touring artists and bands that will fill the mountain air with music every Sunday afternoon this summer for the fifth anniversary of their Blues, Brews & BBQ Free Summer Concert Series. Check out a Spotify playlist for a preview of artists performing at Snowbasin by visiting www.goo.gl/AXG5Hd.
Snowbird is a killer location to bring the family during summer! Their summer offerings are extensive with mountain biking, gemstone mining, Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, Mountain Flyer, Vertical Drop, Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampoline, Aerial Tram and Peruvian Chairlift. For a fall escape, time your visit around Oktoberfest which runs every Saturday and Sunday from Aug. 12 through Oct. 15, 2017, including Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 4.
Snowbird also features barrier free trails and a partnership with Wasatch Adaptive Sports to offer:
Summer at Solitude means that our slopes have transformed to bring you lift-served mountain biking and hiking with stunning views, scenic chairlift rides, a beautiful 18-hole disc golf course and more. In August, Utah’s premiere culinary event, Taste of the Wasatch, will feature food tastings presented by chefs from over 50 top Utah restaurants and resorts.
The resort offers a variety of delicious dining options served on the outdoor deck of Honeycomb Grill and at Stone Haus Pizzeria & Creamery with unbeatable mountain views or stop by Thirsty Squirrel for après enjoyment.
Attending the Taste of the Wasatch event? Book now and receive a $99 hotel room rate or 20% off condominium-style accommodations. Guests attending the Taste of the Wasatch event can receive a $99 hotel room rate at The Inn at Solitude or 20% off condominium-style accommodations at select Solitude Resort Lodging managed properties. Valid August 4-6, 2017; for new reservations only; not retroactive. Promotion not valid towards luxury homes.
Summer at Sundance is a busy season which includes adventure, culture, and romance. Take a nearly 2-mile long scenic zip-line tour, and then finish the evening with a mountaintop gourmet dinner at the Bearclaw Supper Club or a full-moon lift ride (offered monthly during the…you guessed it…full moon.) Wow, it sounds like a great date night! Also check out their teen and kid’s camps, concert series, theater schedule and fly fishing excursions.
A mainstay of the season is the Summer Theatre. This year’s show is Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, presented in partnership with Utah Valley University. Local artists, educators and actors come together to create an unforgettable experience that Fodor’s Travel has named one of the 10 best outdoor theaters in the nation. July 20-August 12.
Sundance Resort provides year-round guided fly-fishing trips on the Provo River, Weber River and other local streams and private waters. Just five minutes from Sundance Mountain Resort you’ll find one of the best Blue Ribbon trout fisheries in the world: the Provo River. The Provo River is known for its large German Brown Trout, easy wading access, prolific hatches and stunning beauty. These features combine to create a world-class fishing experience any time of the year. Sundance guides are knowledgeable, skilled, personable, and they are prepared to work with all levels of experience. Each guided fly-fishing trip includes one guide for every two guests to maximize the attention each guest receives.
Although Utah's resorts have fully embraced the vibe of summer, here are a few summery fun events outside of the resorts worth checking into:
Park City Food and Wine Classic: July 6 - 9
Brian Head's Annual Car Show: July 23
Moab Music Festival: August 31-September 11
Now that you know about all the fun to be had at Utah’s ski resorts in the summer, the next question is where to start. What sounds like the most fun to you? Personally, I like a high picnic spot or outdoor dining. If there is yummy food with a view, look for me!