10:53 pm, July 6, 2011



Summer is in full swing here in Park City. Here is a run down of what each resort offers:

Canyons is another mountain-biking and hiking paradise. You can bring your bike up on the gondola and find trails ranging from easy beginner level to advanced single track. If you’re lucky, you’ll find one of the herds of sheep that graze on non-resort property, with an actual vaquero or two keeping watch; they’re right out of a Western. Or, take a paddle-boat ride in the resort reservoir that supplies water for snowmaking in winter. The now-legendary farmers market returns to the Cabriolet parking lot every Wednesday.

Deer Valley is still the queen of lift-served mountain biking, with well-maintained trails, guided ride tours and clinics and even bike rental available. The resort will have three lifts operating, but as of this writing, there’s still so much snow that riding is somewhat limited. Who cares? When it only costs $34 for an all-day lift ticket for you and your bike, even the most rabid rider will find enough single-track to be satisfied. Of course, there are also Deer Valley’s famous summer concerts and gourmet restaurants; definitely worth a couple of visits.

Park City Mountain Resort has a phenomenal base area, with the Alpine Slide (you can race someone); the new “ZipRider,” which is like a zip line; kiddie rides; and a new children’s section called the “Adventure Zone,” plus miniature golf. Of course, the killer ride is the alpine coaster, the only one like it in Utah. “There’s great lift-served hiking and mountain biking on both Payday and Town lift,” says new PCMR communications manager Andy Miller. He suggests biking to Main Street, then loading yourself and your bike on the Town lift. The lift lets you off near the top of the mountain, and you can choose your trail for the bike ride down.

Every local resort offers something for summer, from Powder Mountain’s Aug. 20 Monster Energy PM Motocross (which will feature the world’s top riders, plus the resort’s “Powzilla,” a motorized scenic tour of PowMow’s more than 10,000 acres) to Snowbird’s great-for-schmoozing Plaza (with concerts every Saturday until Aug. 13, surrounded by attractions like the zip line, the alpine slide, the bungee jump and more). There are world-class triathlons at Snowbasin; where you can watch or participate; elegant dining at Sundance and much more that there’s no space left to include. Just remember:

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