Summer In The Utah Wasatch: Slide, Ride, Zip, Climb
Recreation during the summer in the mountains above Salt Lake City is still within an hour’s drive of the city – and the resorts continue to add more things to do.
Visitors from near and far can hit the alpine slides and coasters, hook into super-fast ziplines, challenge their balance on a mountain bike or simply experience the old favorite: a leisurely ride up the lift for a relaxing view of the surrounding Wasatch Mountain range.
Of course, restaurants and bars reopen with summer fare, and most resorts offer equipment rentals when needed.
Things are cranking up in the mountains of the Beehive State, and here’s a rundown of some of the highlights:
Park City Mountain Resort. The 3,000-foot long Alpine Slide ($15 per adult) has four tracks to choose from, and the Alpine Coaster ($22 per run) winds 4,000 feet through aspen forests. Two ziplines ($27 for both) fly 110 feet above the slopes, and hiking and biking trails are served by three lifts.
Canyons. June 18 is opening day. New 18-hole golf course out of the main base area highlights whats-new, while 12 mountain biking trails with three lifts ($37 per day). Scenic gondola runs all summer ($20 a ride), and a pair of ziplines ($26-$49) entice thrill-seekers.
Deer Valley. Opening June 19, scenic-seekers, hikers and bikers can drive to the base of one of three lifts and get onto different parts of the mountain. Down below, there is horseback riding and paddleboarding. Prices available at opening.
Snowbird. All activities fall under a single day ticket ($44) and begin June 13. Tramway rises to 11,000-foot Summit Peak, while Peruvian Chair takes sightseers to tunnel for short walk into Mineral Basin. Around the base is an alpine slide, vertical drop, ropes course, climbing wall and bungee trampoline.
Solitude. Opening June 15, Sunrise Lift open for scenic rides ($10 per ride) and high-elevation disc golf. Mountain bikers and hikers must provide their own uphill power in order to get to other parts of the mountain. Combo Mountain Scooters ($29 for two hours) add a new type of ride, and there’s fishing around the base.
Alta. No lifts run during the summer, but the hiking makes up for it. Wildflower viewing in Albion Basin is tops in July and August, and Alta Lodge stays open for Sunday brunch beginning May 31.
Photo: Mountain biking through the wildflowers at Park City Mountain Resort is all part of the summer experience in the Wasatch (PCMR/Facebook)