Summer on the Mountain: 10 Things to do at Canyons

Summer at Canyons ResortWhen the snow melts, Canyons’ 4,000 acres become a warm weather playground. A well-worn saying among the Park City’s largely transplanted population goes something like this, “I came for a winter, but stayed on for the summer.” After spending a few days in the cool, clean, mountain air you’ll see why it may be the snow that hooks ‘em, but the summer that converts visitors into locals.

Canyons Resort opens for the 2014 summer season on Thursday, June 12 with a range of activities and events. Mid-mountain adventures include Zip ToursBike Parkhikingpedal boating and fishing in the Alpine Reservoir, 18-hole disc golf course, and lunch Red Pine Lodge all accessed with a quick gondola ride. The Resort Village is home to an 18-hole putting course, Free Saturday Concert Series, shopping, spas, and dining.

Here are our top 10 favorite things to do during the warmer months.

1. Canyons Mountain Bike Park

Lift-served mountain biking at its finest. The park features downhill gravity trails with a variety of dirt and wood features, a hand-built freeride trail, Split Decision, littered with ladders and bridges, two skills parks, and four skill-level trails all accessed from High Meadow and Short Cut chairlifts. Season Pass information, including the NEW Ultimate Free-ride 5-Resort Bike Park Pass, is available online.Canyons Bike Park

Canyons Bike Park complements an existing network of 20+ miles of single track throughout the resort.  All day and half day clinics are available through the Canyons Mountain Bike Academy.  Mountain Bike 101 offers Canyons’ most complete introductory package (ages 8-adult) including instruction, lift ticket and bike rental.  Bike Park 201 offers instruction for experienced riders on flow and downhill trails.  Customized half- or full-day private lessons are also available.

2. Epic Zip Tour Adventure

Zip Tour AdventureExperience the thrill of soaring high above the ground on our mid-mountain Zip Tour. The Red Pine Zip Line will take you on an 800 foot long tree top ride through the Red Pine Lodge area. The Lookout Zip Line flies you across the canyon between Lookout Peak and Red Pine Lodge spanning over 2,111 feet. Our Zip Tours are fully guided tours and can take from 1 hour (Zip Tour) to 1.5 hours (Epic Zip Tour) long. Stop by the Activities Center in the Resort Village prior to any on-mountain activity for tickets, equipment, and information.

3. Pedal Boat or Fish in Alpine Reservoir

In summertime the 20-million gallon snowmaking reservoir transforms into a recreational pond stocked with Tiger Trout, one of Utah’s most popular species. Fish from the shore using your own tackle or rent a pole at the Red Pine Kiosk. Or rent a pedal boat for a relaxing cruise around the reservoir.  The reservoir is a refreshing short walk from the top of the High Meadow lift.Pedal Boating

Families can experience a wide variety of Canyons’ summer activity on one Family Adventure Pass.  For only $69 for adults and $59 for juniors ages 5-12, the Family Adventure Pass includes a gondola ticket, Putting Course access, 1 hour fishing rod rental, 1/2 hour boat rental and a ride on the Epic Zip Tour.

4. 18-Hole Alpine Disc Golf

Public access to our mid-mountain 18-hole alpine disc golf course is free with a valid lift pass. The front-nine holes are accessed by riding the High Meadow lift and playing downhill to the back-nine that surround Red Pine Lodge.

5. Free Saturday Night Concerts

Saturday Free Concert Series

Grab your picnic baskets and get your dancing shoes as the Resort Village comes alive with admission-free concerts representing musical genres from rock to funk to retro. July 5th kicks off the Summer Concert Series with a performance  every Saturday at 6 p.m. through Labor Day.

6. Dining

Designed to enliven all the senses, an unrivaled collection of distinctive mountain cuisine awaits you at Canyons Resort. Under the direction of Executive Chef Zeke Wray, this extraordinary group of restaurants offers the utmost in culinary excellence. The Farm’s commitment to local cuisine, exceptional service, and a refined wine list bring it to the top of discriminating diners’ lists in Park City. Meantime, Red Tail Grill rolls out a summer version of its Southwest influenced menu, with signature margaritas and more than 30 tequilas.

7. Hot Air Balloon Rides

Early morning hot air balloon rides give you access to the most breathtaking views of the surrounding Wasatch Mountains and the valleys below.

8. Farmer’s Market

Each Wednesday, into the fall, Canyons will once again host Park City’s Farmers’ Market from 12:00 pm – 6:00 p m in the Cabriolet parking lot. Stop by for fresh produce, fresh baked bread and arts and crafts from local vendors.

9. Visit the Utah Olympic Park

Utah Olympic Park, a venue  or 2002 Winter Olympic bobsled, skeleton, luge and nordic ski-jumping events, boasts a 750,000 gallon freestyle training pool into which skiers and snowboarders hurl themselves all summer long.  Public activities include guided tours, two award-winning museums, Saturday freestyle pool shows, two different zip lines, the Quick Silver alpine slide, and the heart pounding “Comet” bobsled ride.

10. Horseback Riding

Experience the beauty of the mountains in Park City on horseback. Rides depart throughout the day from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Choose the hour long, hour and a half or four hour lunch tour. Children must be at least 8 years old.

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