Summer 2021 is ON in the Wasatch Mountains

Summer 2021 is ON in the Wasatch Mountains

Yeti

By Yeti \ June 4 2021

 Words by Melissa Fields

Though a few snow ribbons remain along higher-elevation ridgelines throughout the Wasatch Mountain Range, the hillsides are splashed in a deep and verdant green, signaling the beginning of the long, sun-washed days of summer in Utah. By mid-June, most of Utah’s 15 mountain resorts will resume robust, pre-pandemic levels of summer operations—with many rolling out new improvements, activities and events. Following is a rundown of what’s happening at the Utah mountain resorts—along with a few other not-to-be-missed high-altitude destinations—for the 2021 summer season.

Summer opening dates
Alta Ski Area – June 25
Beaver Mountain – OPEN
Brian Head Resort – OPEN
Brighton – OPEN
Cherry Peak – Concerts only
Deer Valley Resort – June 18
Eagle Point Resort – June 18
Nordic Valley – TBD
Park City Mountain – OPEN
Powder Mountain – OPEN
Snowbasin – June 12
Snowbird – June 19
Solitude Mountain Resort – June 18
Sundance Mountain Resort – OPEN 
Woodward Park City – OPEN


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Alta Ski Area
Chairlifts -
no
Food & Beverage -
yes

Alta Ski Area offers 10 hiking trails covering more than 13 miles. (Download a summer trail map here.) The Alta Camp Store—offering beverages, grab-and-go food and firewood—opens at the Cecret Lake Trailhead in early-July. NEW for this summer: the Alta Wildflower Grill, a mobile restaurant serving sandwiches, burgers, beverages and Alta merch, will operate out of the Albion parking lot starting in late-June. The ski area has planned a full schedule of events for summer 2021, including guided Birding Hikes, Community Volunteer Days, the Cirque Series trail running race, Wasatch Wildflower Festival and more. Elsewhere in the town of Alta, the The Snowpine Lodge's Swen’s Restaurant, Gulch Pub, Stillwater Spa and lodging are all open throughout the summer months. The Alta Lodge is welcoming lodging guests this summer and opens its popular Sunday Brunch service on June 6. Join the FREE yoga class held on the back lawn at the Alta Peruvian Lodge on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., June 7 to August 30, presented by Alta Community Enrichment. Note: parking for Cecret Lake/Catherine’s Pass is $10 per vehicle.

 

Beaver Mountain
Chairlifts - no
Food & Beverage - 
no

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. Camping options include tent sites, the yurt, RV camping or—ideal for large groups—renting out the entire Beaver Mountain base lodge. Access is open to nearby OHV trails and Beaver Mountain’s 5-mile “Bjoor” mountain biking single track loop. On June 26, the Beav hosts the all-ages Cache Bash mountain bike race.

 

Brian Head Ski Resort
Chairlifts - yes
Food & Beverage - 
yes

All base area activities—including the 18-hole disc golf course, the zipline, archery, bungee trampoline, climbing wall, avalanche tubing and mountain bike park—are now open every Friday through Sunday through September 26. Summer dining options include the Giant Steps Café, Brews and ’Que on the patio and the Last Chair Grill. Brian Head is also hosting a full schedule of summer events, including its annual July 4th Celebration; the Classic Rock Festival and the Festival of Flavors (August 7); the Flyin’ Brian mountain bike races (August 13-15); and much more.


 

Brighton
Chairlifts - no
Food & Beverage - 
yes (Brighton Store)

Up in Big Cottonwood Canyon, the Brighton Store is open for the 2021 summer season. Brighton Resort is looking for volunteers to help with mountain cleanups on June 5 and 12. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest's Silver Lake Visitor Center will re-open for the 2021 summer season, date TBD. And the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance will host the Salt Lake Climbing Festival at Brighton, August 28 and 29.

 

Cherry Peak
Chairlifts - no
Food & Beverage - 
no

The summer concert series returns to Cherry Peak with Rodney Atkins on June 11, Granger Smith/Earl Dibbles Jr and Stephanie Quayle on July 23 and Air Supply on August 19.



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Deer Valley Resort
Chairlifts - yes
Food & Beverage - 
yes

Summer at Deer Valley gets underway on June 18 with lift-served mountain biking (including rentals and lessons), hiking and scenic rides. The popular Tuesday Night Twilight mountain biking sessions begin June 22. NEW this summer is once-a-month guided hike and yoga excursions. Other activities include Summer Adventure Camp, horseback riding and guided historical hikes. Dining options available at Deer Valley this summer include the Grocery ~ Café, Royal Street Cafe, The Brass Tag, the Goldener Hirsch and Goldener Hirsch Café and, NEW this summer, grab-and-go items from Snowshoe Tommy’s and Royal Street Express. Music returns to Deer Valley’s renowned Snow Park Amphitheater with a full schedule of concerts, from the free Wednesday night concert series to big name acts and Utah Symphony performances.   

 

Eagle Point
Chairlifts - yes
Food & Beverage - 
yes

All 11 miles of the Eagle Point’s “do-it-yourself” singletrack mountain biking and hiking trails will open, conditions permitting, on June 18. Guests can book an exciting round of paintball, by appointment only. The Don’t Trip Campout—a music, wellness and adventure festival—will be held at Eagle Point, June 11-14. And the all-ages Mountain Archery Festival returns to the resort, June 25 – 27. One of the country’s toughest—and highest—bike races, the Crusher in the Tushar, will finish at Eagle Point on July 10.   

 

Park City Mountain
Chairlifts - yes
Food & Beverage - 
yes

Summer has kicked off at Park City Mountain’s Adventure Park where activities include the alpine slide, Flying Eagle zip line, mountain coaster, scenic lift rides, lift-served hiking and mountain biking, Canyons Golf, mini golf and gem panning. At the Park City Mountain Village (in town) Legends Bar and Grill is open for seated dining. Grab-and-go items are available at the Adventure Park Snack Shack and the NEW Tombstone Taqueria food truck. Over at Canyons Village, open resort-operated restaurants include First Tracks Café and Red Tail Grill. The Resort will continue to act as a host venue for the Park City Farmer’s Market in the Silver King Parking Lot on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Upcoming events include the Xterra Trail Running Festival, August 13-15, and events as part of the Park City Wine Festival, September 30-October 3.


 

Powder Mountain
Chairlifts - no
Food & Beverage - 
yes

Powder Mountain has already opened much of its 30-plus miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Book two nights at Powder Mountain anytime this summer (blackouts apply) and get two rounds of golf at Wolf Creek Golf Course, located at the mountain’s base, with a cart for free.

 

Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant
The iconic Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant, located just 1.5 miles west of Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon, is open daily for the summer season. Dine inside the restaurant or on the lodge’s patio, or grab food to-go from the Silver Spoon Food Truck, parked in the lodge’s upper parking lot Wednesday through Sunday.


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Snowbasin Resort
Chairlifts - yes
Food & Beverage - 
yes

Snowbasin kicks off what’s sure to be a busy summer season beginning June 12 with lift-served mountain biking and hiking on 26 miles of trails; scenic lift rides; an 18-hole mini golf course; shopping in the Grizzly Center; and Saturday lunch and Sunday Mountaintop Brunch at the Needles Lodge. The Blues, Brews and BBQ concert series returns on Sundays, August 1-September 5, and SnowWiesn, Snowbasin’s weekly Oktoberfest celebration, runs on Sundays September 12-October 3. Other scheduled events include Elk Summit (June 25-27), Spartan (July 16-18) and many more. And don’t forget to bring your pooch! Dogs are allowed on all of Snowbasin’s 26 miles of trails and in the Needles Gondola.  



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Snowbird
Chairlifts - yes
Food & Beverage - 
yes

Snowbird’s ample summer activity offerings open June 19 with Aerial Tram and Peruvian chairlift rides, hiking and mountain biking, the alpine slide, mountain coaster, the Woodward WreckTangle, summer tubing, the vertical drop, ropes course and mini ropes course, bungee trampoline, climbing wall, the NEW Tree Climb and Mini Tree Climb, the NEW Spider Mountain and other kids inflatables, gemstone mining and the kids fishing pond. SeventyOne, The Aerie and The Forklift are open for sit-down dining. Or choose from a myriad of grab-and-go items at General Gritts, Baked & Brewed, Tram Car Pizza and The Summit. Stay in Little Cottonwood Canyon and take advantage of these lodging specials. Snowbird’s jammed events schedule includes the Father’s Day Brunch (June 20), Wasatch Wildflower Festival (July 17), Speedgoat 50K and 28K (July 24) and Oktoberfest (Saturdays and Sundays, August 14-October 17).



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Solitude Mountain Resort
Chairlifts - yes
Food & Beverage - yes

Summer at Solitude officially begins on June 18 with lift-served mountain biking and hiking off the Sunrise chair, open Fridays-Sundays. Solitude’s summer restaurant offerings include the Honeycomb Grill, Stone Haus Pizzeria and Creamery and the Thirsty Squirrel. Escape the valley heat by booking a Solitude lodging package. Summer and fall events include the Wasatch Trail Run Series (various dates), Wasatch Wildflower Festival (July 11) and the all-new Summer Fest (August 8), which will feature live music, delicious food, activities and a beer garden. 



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Sundance Mountain Resort
Chairlifts - yes
Food & Beverage - 
yes

Sundance’s summer operations are now underway with classes at the Art Studio, fly-fishing, lift rides, hiking, mountain biking, ZipTours and horseback riding. Available dining options include the Foundry Grill, Owl Bar, Tree Room, Deli, Creekside Cafe, mountain top Bearclaw Cabin and the Sundance Food Truck. Sundance offers multiple curated lodging packages and specials. The Sundance Theatre will present Footloose (Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; July 22-August 14). Other summer events at Sundance: the Bluebird Café Concert Series (select Fridays and Saturdays in July and August), live music at the Owl Bar (Friday and Saturday nights) and Ladies Mountain Bike Clinics (Thursdays, June 3-September 23). 

 

Utah Olympic Park
The alpine slide, extreme tubing, ziplining, bag jumps, summer bobsled experience, guided tours and the ropes courses are all open for the 2021 summer season. Guests are encouraged to purchase activity tickets or the all-access Gold Pass Session tickets 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. The Park City Film Series will host Twilight Drive-In film screenings at the UOP on select evenings all summer long. And, after a year hiatus, the Flying Ace All-star Freestyle Shows returns on Fridays and Saturdays starting June 19.


 

Woodward Park City
Chairlifts - yes
Food & Beverage - 
yes

On June 5, Woodward Park City opens for its second summer season, highlighted by a slew of enhancements to its lift-served mountain biking operations. Existing flow trails have been augmented with new progression zones, each with the ability to be ridden in a different way depending on the rider’s skill level. Other activities include the bag jumps; indoor and outdoor scooter, skateboarding and BMX parks; the indoor trampoline and parkour zone; rental, retail and lessons; and Woodward Park City’s popular summer camps. NEW events include the Woodward Park City Race Series mountain bike races for riders age 6 and up and First Fridays, a family-friendly gathering featuring food and drink, live music and local business vendors (July 2, August 6 and September 3). 

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