With Snowbird closing on Memorial Day, this officially marks the end of ski season. The Ski Utah Yeti can't help but reflect on what an amazing winter it was, but now it's time for him to transition into the summer. Everyone thinks the Yeti hibernates for the summer, but that's not true - he puts storage wax on his skis and board, gets a haircut to stay cool, and enjoys the longer days. The fun never stops for him here in Utah, and he's stoked to share 2016 Summer bucket list with you.
First things first, wildflower season doesn’t last all summer. That’s why the Yeti put this as number one on his list. The height of wildflower season in Utah is in June with over one hundred different types of flowers in bloom. With that being said, get outside to take in the full-color spectrum provided by mother nature before July. Utah has limitless trails to explore, but Yeti recommends adventuring out to Albion Basin near Alta.
Ever wonder what it’s like to walk on water? Well, the closest you can get to that mission is on Stansbury Island. Head out there just before sunset with some pals and picnic supplies. There’s nothing better than ending the day with some good laughs, food and salty adventures.
Even though the Yeti has way more hair than we all do, he isn’t being dramatic when he says to hit the water this summer. It gets hot in Utah, and you have multiple options to escape the summer heat. The Yeti recommends tubing the Weber River with a fun crew or heading out to Deer Creek State Park in Heber Valley where you can swim, boat, fish, windsurf, kiteboard and standup paddle board. What sets Deer Creek Reservoir apart from other areas is the stellar view of Mount Timpanogos.
If you’re up for a drive, the Yeti’s favorite weekend getaway is Bear Lake which is considered the Caribbean of the Rockies due to its very blue waters. It’s about two hours from Salt Lake City and definitely worth the distance.
Did you know that there is live music every day this summer in Utah? The Yeti created a list of all the concerts, which you can view here.
The Yeti loves camping, music and art, and that's why he's counting down the days till Bonanza Campout June 10 through June 12. This music festival is located just outside Park City at Rivers Edge and artists like Louis The Child, Emancipator, JR JR, Savoy, and Cold War Kids will be performing. It has a pretty solid line-up, and you'll be able to snag some cold local brews and eats while you're there.
If you're looking for entertainment that's a little bit more affordable and accessible the Yeti is especially excited for the Twilight Concert series in both Ogden and Salt Lake City. Every Thursday night Twilight has a different well-known artist scheduled. The first part of the summer the shows are being held in Ogden at the Ogden Amphitheater, while the second part of the summer they will be held in Salt Lake City at Pioneer Park.
After trying out a few local craft brews, the Yeti was blown away by Epic Brewing’s new beer — The Tart n’ Juicy Sour IPA. It’s one of the summer beers you’ll catch him sipping on after a long day in the Wasatch and the tasting notes will tell you why: “A combination of the clean, puckering tartness of kettle souring with an abundance of juicy, citrus-driven hops to create a beer that’s the best of both worlds — Tart n’ Juicy Sour IPA.”
Besides adventuring through the Wasatch Mountains, another great way to spend your weekend mornings during the summer are at the Salt Lake City and Park City Farmers Markets. This is your chance to score the freshest local produce and ingredients with zucchinis the size of your arm and the best-baked goods around. Heirloom season is around the corner, baby!
Summer means outside seating at restaurants. After the Yeti adventures outdoors all day, one of his favorite patios to enjoy a meal outside is East Liberty Taphouse on 9th and 9th in Salt Lake City. From its lentil salad to its the Taphouse burger, you can’t go wrong with anything on this menu. Cure your post-meal sweet tooth and walk down the block to grab a delicious frozen treat at Dolcetti Gelato.
Here’s a full list of other restaurants with awesome patios you can hit up this summer.
Even though the ski season has come to an end, Ski Utah still wants to see what you're up to this summer. Be sure to share your summer adventures via social and connect with us using #SkiUtah!