It’s time to buy a tube of sunscreen and floppy hat, tune up the mountain bike and dig out the Birkenstocks: Summer in the Utah mountains is just around the corner.
Eight of Utah’s 15 winter resorts will restart lifts and turn into centers for summertime fun in the next few couple of months. Here’s a list of those resorts and some highlights for warm-weather activities:
Sundance Resort turns on the Ray’s Summit and Arrowhead lifts May 20 to bring folks to the very summit. From there, a four-span zipline system that runs nearly two miles and drops 2,100 vertical feet awaits for the trip all the way down.
Home to a 3,000-foot alpine slide, one of the longest in the world, Park City Mountain will open the Payday Lift May 27. The venerable Town Lift starts turning June 3, and the Crescent Lift June 17. All three provide access to ziplines, hiking and mountain biking trails.
Snowbasin’s summer kicks into gear June 11. The bottom-to-summit Needles Express drops off at the Needles Lodge, and open up a plethora of mountain biking trails – both uphill and down – plus hiking trails to the top of the ridgeline cirques.
The Canyons side of Park City Mountain opens June 7 with rides on the Red Pine Gondola, and both Short Cut and High Meadows lifts. They serve ziplines and disc golf, among other activities.
At Deer Valley, the Silver Lake Express and Sterling Express chairs open June 17. The upper mountain suits the advanced downhill mountain biker, while the lower half accommodates the more sedate, intermediate rider. The Children’s Summer Adventure Camp runs daily through Aug. 19.
Solitude also opens summer operations June 17. It’s all about disc golf at the Big Cottonwood Canyon resort. A ride up the Sunrise chair brings Frisbee enthusiasts to the first hole of what has become a favorite for both professionals and occasional disc golfers.
Brian Head will crank up the Giants Steps quad June 25 for scenic rides to the top. The southern Utah resort also has an archery range, climbing wall and summer tubing course set up.
Snowbird, which will remain open for skiing and snowboarding into late May, has yet to announce its summer opening date. When it does, the Aerial Tram awaits for a speedy ride to the top of Hidden Peak. Down below, the 3,100-foot mountain coaster and two-seater Mountain Flyer zipline promise thrills and chills for all who dare.
Photos: Top - Mountain biking begins at Snowbasin June 11 (Snowbasin/Facebook); Below - Ziplines, like this at Sundance, abound at Utah resorts (Sundance/Facebook)