Making plans for a trip to Utah this summer? Be sure to set aside time to check out all the warm-weather offerings from the state's ski and snowboard resorts.
Thirteen of the Beehive State's resorts have a menu of activities this summer. Eight of them crank up a lift or two to get visitors up into the hills for mountain biking, hiking or just plain sightseeing. And a few open up lodges for on-mountain overnights.
Many keep restaurants open for summer dining and host regular music concert series, beer fests, and special events and races.
If a “pure” mountain experience is desired, head to the following resorts that don't crank up the lifts during the summer but make hiking and mountain biking accessible: Alta and Brighton (hiking only); Powder Mountain Mountain, Eagle Point, and Beaver Mountain. Once up in the alpine basins, the wildflowers, snowy crests, and long vistas make the effort more than worthwhile.
For others, Park City Mountain reigns summer supreme for outdoor activities. An all-in-one Adventure Pass covers rides on one of longest Alpine slides around; 4,000-ft. Alpine Coaster; zip lines and lift rides; and, access for hiking and biking. Epic Pass holders get free chair or gondola rides all summer, discounted bike rentals, plus multiple retail deals in both Park City Mountain and Canyons villages.
Once Snowbird finally shuts down winter operations, staff shifts quickly to the plethora of summer to-dos. The summit Tram runs all season, plus the lengthy Mountain Coaster, Woodward Wrecktangle, Peruvian chair, and alpine slide.
Deer Valley and Solitude have expanded mountain biking trails this summer (Ikon Pass works at both), Utah's newby Cherry Peak horseback riding and the Redneck Waterslide, and Brian Head fires up its chairlift for mountain biking. Sundance features mountaintop classes in yoga and fly fishing down below.