Summertime at Utah’s Ski Resorts
During July and August, Alta’s Albion Basin is bursting with wildflowers, and the Albion Basin Campground will be open from July 21 to Sept 3.
Beaver’s big summer event is the Beaver Mountain Music Festival from August 18-19, featuring 13 bands, a live DJ lounge, and a children’s village with instruments for the kids to play.
Brian Head will be open Fridays through Sundays starting June 23. A full day activities pass is $49 for adults, $39 for kids, and includes hiking, archery, zip lining, tubing, and climbing walls, while the mountain biking passes are sold separately.
The lifts won’t be running this summer, but there are still dozens of great hikes along the Brighton and Silver Lakes (with free parking). Brighton is also hosting the free Wasatch Wildflower Festival on July 22, with plenty of family-friendly activities and guided walks.
Opening for summer activities June 17, Cherry Peak will also be hosting the Cherry Peak Summer Concert Series, one of the most popular summer concert series in the state.
Opening June 16, Deer Valley will host multiple outdoor concerts per week, featuring world-renowned artists, local bands, and the Utah Symphony. The Deer Valley bike park will soon include a new expert level trail named “Tsunami,” as well as extended hours for its Twilight Rides Series select Wednesdays. Its newest restaurant, The Brass Tag, features award winning cuisine, and custom gourmet Picnic Baskets are available at the concerts.
Eagle Point’s hundreds of miles of trails will be open for hiking, mountain biking and ATV riding starting June 17. Competitive types can check out its two racing events: Crusher in the Tushar, a 600 rider cycling race, and Tushar’s Ultra, a series of sustainable trail races including a 100K, marathon and ½ marathon. For music lovers, the Lunar Transit music and art festival will be held June 30-July 3.
Park City opened for summer on May 26, offering alpine slides and coasters, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, and an adventure challenge course designed specially for kids ages six through 14. A weekly Farmer’s Market will be held at Canyons Village every Wednesday, along with Park City Mountain’s Summer Concert Series on select Saturdays.
Nordic Valley opens for the summer on June 17, and will be offering weekend activities including a 400-foot inflatable slip-n-slide, mountain biking, and disk golf. The Spartan Race will also be held here this summer, as well as free music every Saturday night.
Powder Mountain lived up to its name this season—its summertime trails are still buried after a record snow year. Once it announces its summer opening date, we can start looking forward to 15 miles of (free) biking and hiking trails.
Opening June 10, Snowbasin is offering a plethora of family-centered activities, such as a Solar Eclipse Viewing and a Family Movie Night. For the foodies, Needles Lodge will be hosting themed dinners made with local ingredients. Then there’s Blues, Brews and BBQ every Sunday until Sept 24, arguably one of the most popular free concert series in Utah.
Opening June 16, Solitude will offer biking and hiking as well as “dynamic, contemporary American cuisine” with mountain views. The resort will also host Taste of the Wasatch, one of Utah’s premier culinary events, which features food tastings from more than 50 of the state’s top restaurant and resort chefs.
Snowbird opens June 10 this year, with mountain biking, climbing walls, Alpine Slides, vertical drops, ropes courses and more, as well as Camp Snowbird for kids ages 5-12. Snowbird also partners with Wasatch Adaptive sports to provide full accessibility for several of its attractions.
Sundance, which opened on May 19, offers guided fly-fishing trips, a Summer Theatre, and the Bluebird Café Concert Series (a partnership with the original Bluebird Café in Nashville). Sundance’s restaurant the Tree Room boasts a Forbes 4 star rating and seasonal mountain cuisine.