A “New Normal” Summer in the Wasatch Mountains

A “New Normal” Summer in the Wasatch Mountains

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By Yeti \ June 12 2020

Warm weather has arrived in Utah and, this month, following what turned out to be the longest shoulder season ever, the state’s mountain resorts are beginning to reopen for the summer season. The safety of both staff and guests has always been a priority at each destination, but, in light of current health concerns, that emphasis on safety has taken on new significance. Each resort has employed a long list of protocols based on CDC guidelines and local health officials including scheduling visitation and/or require reservations, installing hand sanitization stations, social distancing, mask-wearing and amped-up cleaning schedules. Currently, other than travelers from places with high community spread of COVID-19 (New York City or out of the country, for example), the state of Utah is not requiring out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine upon arrival. For detailed information about the COVID-19 preventions employed by each of the resorts listed below, please visit each’s respective websites. Ski Utah is also encouraging both visitors and locals to follow the National Park Service’s #recreateresponsibly guidelines. We also encourage you to call ahead or check resort websites for the most current information. As of June 27, 2020 face coverings/masks are required in public in both Salt Lake and Summit Counties. *Please note: this page was most recently updated on June 30, 2020.

Following is a rundown of the summertime offerings at each Utah resort. 

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Alta Ski Area

Access to more than 13 miles of hiking trails at Alta (download a summer trail map here.) will open on June 27. The Albion Basin campground opens on July 17. First-come, first-served sites and reservations can be made at recreation.gov.
 
Let the Alta Lodge or The Snowpine Lodge's do the cooking this summer. Beginning July 2, stop by the Gulch Pub from 11–8 p.m. and enjoy a spot on the patio or order food to go. Savor Saturday lunch or Sunday brunch at the Alta Lodge. Lunch is available from 12–2 p.m., with Sunday brunch served from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Curbside is also available at the Alta Lodge on the weekends. Stop in for Trainer's Pizza at Goldminer's Daughter on a Friday and Saturday before or after a hike.

Beaver Mountain

Tucked into the mountains near the top of Logan Canyon at 7,200 feet, Beaver Mountain offers a cool, laid-back escape from the Wasatch Front’s valley heat. Access is open to nearby OHV trails and Beaver Mountain’s 5-mile hiking and mountain biking single track loop. For the 2020 summer season, only the resort’s RV sites will be open (reservations required); the campground shower facilities will remain closed for the summer as well. Any further updates will be made on Beaver's website.

 

Brian Head Ski Resort

All base area activities—including the disc golf, the zipline, archery, bungee trampoline, climbing wall, avalanche tubing and mountain biking—will be open every Friday through Sunday, June 26 to September 12. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Sunday, and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. 

To ensure proper social distancing, Brian Head will be limiting the number of daily bike park lift ticket sales. Guests are encouraged to purchase online ahead of time.


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Brighton

The hiking trails to Brighton Lakes (to Dog Lake, Lake Mary, Lake Martha, and Lake Catherine) are scheduled to open this summer, snow-melt conditions allowing. The Brighton Store opens for operation on June 11 and Milly Chalet will remain closed for the summer. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest's Silver Lake Visitor Center will be closed for the 2020 summer season, however, the bathrooms there will be open and the Silver Lake perimeter trail will be staffed with rangers to assist visitors throughout the summer. The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance hosts the 8th annual Salt Lake Climbing Festival at Brighton, August 29 and 30. 

Cherry Peak

Summer operations and the Summer Concert Series at Cherry Peak are currently on hold. Updates will be available soon.

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Deer Valley Resort

Lift-served mountain biking (including rentals and lessons), hiking and scenic rides will open at Deer Valley on June 26 (conditions permitting) and will be offered 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through September 7 and then Saturdays and Sundays only through September 20. Parking will be available in the Snow Park Lodge main lots only this summer; no services will be offered from the Silver Lake area.

Food and beverage offerings open at Deer Valley for the summer include the Deer Valley Grocery ~ Café, open daily, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Royal Street Cafe, open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 26 to September 7; and the Silver Lake Snack Shack, open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 26 to September 7; Saturdays and Sundays, through September 20. Take-away only. Summer camp and the concert series are canceled for the 2020 summer season. 

Eagle Point

All 11 miles of the Eagle Point’s “do-it-yourself” singletrack mountain biking and hiking trails are open, conditions permitting. The Canyonside Lodge restaurant and bar open on June 19 (4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays). The all-ages Mountain Archery Festival will be held at Eagle Point, June 26–28. 

Nordic Valley

Summer operations at Nordic Valley are currently on hold. Updates will be available soon.

Park City Mountain

Park City Mountain will begin summer operations at the Park City town Village only on Thursday, July 2. Activities will include the alpine slide, mountain coaster, scenic lift rides, hiking and bike haul and grab ‘n go dining at Jupiter Java. Hours of operation are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Resort will continue to act as a host venue for the Park City Farmer’s Market in the Silver King Parking Lot on Wednesday afternoons, 11 a.m. to noon, seniors only; noon to 5 p.m., general public. Canyons Golf is scheduled to open at Canyons Village on Friday, June 26.

Guests are required to wear face coverings in certain areas, including in lines, when loading and unloading chairlifts, when loading and riding in gondolas and bubble chairs, on activities such as an alpine slide or mountain coaster; in indoor resort facilities, and whenever it is not possible to maintain a six-feet distance from unknown parties. Guests are strongly encouraged to bring their own face coverings, but masks will be available upon request, subject to availability. Guests who are unwilling to comply with this safety requirement will not be permitted to participate in the experience.

Powder Mountain

Powder Mountain is working toward opening for summer operations on June 19 (weather and conditions permitting). The Wolf Barn Short Track trail is currently open, but all other trails remain closed at this time


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Snowbasin Resort

Snowbasin will welcome guests back for safe summer fun in the mountains on Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 27th. With enhanced safety measures in place, activities will include the Needles Gondola for lift-served mountain biking, hiking and scenic rides; mini golf (limited to groups of 6 or fewer); shopping in the Grizzly Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Mountain-Top Yoga at the Needles Lodge on Saturdays at 9 a.m.; and outdoor grill dining at the Needles Lodge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. The Blues, Brews and BBQ concert series, Movies on the Mountain and Mountain-Top Brunch are canceled until further notice. Snowbasin management is still evaluating the Mt. Ogden Mid-Week Mountain Bike Series with the possibility of an abbreviated season later this summer. Information on other planned events, such as the popular SnowWiesn Oktoberfest, will follow as further guidance on group gatherings becomes available.


Snowbird

Snowbird will open its summer activities, most lodging, dining and The Cliff Spa on June 13. Access to the Aerial Tram, alpine slide, mountain coaster and Chickadee chairlift will be offered in designated two-hour time windows: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Aerial Tram rides to Hidden Peak will be limited to 25 passengers, all of whom will be required to wear masks, which will be available for guests prior to boarding. Once atop Hidden Peak, visitors can choose from a variety of different hiking routes down Peruvian Gulch or simply bask in the sunlit views of the surrounding Uinta-Wasatch-Cache-National Forest. The Summit will be open for restrooms only and mountain biking off the Tram on the Big Mountain Trail remains closed at this time.

The Snowbird Cliff will also open on June 13, providing access to the solarium, yoga room, rooftop pool and hot tub. A limited menu of Cliff Spa services will be available for guests starting June 20 (face masks, health screenings and reservations required).


Select food and beverage and lodging options will open at the resort on June 12, including dining at the Atrium, SeventyOne, Baked & Brewed, Tram Car Pizza and The Forklift; lodging scheduled to open the same day includes The Cliff Lodge, The Lodge at Snowbird and The Inn. The Iron Blosam will open on June 13.


Solitude Mountain Resort

Summer operations at Solitude are currently on hold, but on-mountain trails are open for public-access hiking and biking. The resort is requesting that visitors observe all posted signs and closures, and continue to be responsible and respectful of social distancing requirements when enjoying the trails. 

For people who want to escape the heat or crave an isolated staycation, a limited number of condos are available for rent via the lodging page at the Solitude website.

Please note that restaurants and other Solitude Village amenities are not open to the public at this time. However, lodging guests may use the outdoor pool, hot tubs, and gym of Club Solitude, now operating with metered capacity and additional sanitization protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Sundance Mountain Resort

Sundance’s summer operations are now open, including activities, the Sundance Spa, dining and lodging. Activities’ access—lift rides and hiking (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), mountain biking (11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), zip lines (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the stables (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)—is open (no reservations required) Monday through Thursday; reservations or a season pass is required Friday through Sunday, however.

Reservation-free dining is available at the Foundry Grill (open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 5 to 9 p.m.) and the Owl Bar (Sundays, noon to 10 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Fridays, 4 p.m. to midnight; and Saturdays, noon to midnight). An activity or lodging reservation is required to dine at the Deli (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily) and the Food Truck (Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Reservations are required at the Tree Room (Thursday through Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m.) The Bearclaw Cabin is scheduled to open on June 15.

The Sundance Spa is open daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (reservations required). And the Sundance Art Studio is open by reservation only. The Sundance Theatre’s scheduled production of Footloose has been postponed to summer 2021.



Utah Olympic Park

The alpine slide, extreme tubing, ziplining and ropes course are all open in two-hour increments, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Guests are encouraged to purchase activity tickets or the all-access Jumpside Pass online before they arrive, but purchase is also available onsite in the UOP Visitor Center. Admission to the UOP’s Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum (open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) is free but masks are required for entry. Management at the UOP hopes to open more activities later in the summer. 

Woodward Park City

Woodward’s action sports indoor and outdoor parks for wheeled sports, including scooter, skateboarding and BMX are open for a limited number of guests per 90-minute session (10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.)

Utah’s newest lift-served downhill mountain biking park will open June 14 with access to three lift-served flow trails. BMX dirt jumps will follow as conditions allow.

Several zones and services in the indoor Action Sports Hub will also open on June 14. Trampolines, parkour, gym floor and indoor airbags along with rental shop and food service.  

Summer camp at Woodward Park City will run for six weeks, July 6 – August 14. Multi-day programs for campers ages 6 and up are available in five- and 10-day increments. Campers may choose between full week and multi-week programs. Camp days run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Prior to entry, all staff and guests will be asked to complete a verbal medical screening and will be expected to wash and sanitize hands regularly. Staff will clean and disinfect the facilities throughout the day and after-hours with a focus on high-touch surfaces and high-traffic surfaces. Face coverings are required for all staff in indoor work areas and guests are expected to wear face coverings when practical. Social distancing is encouraged. 

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