|While lifts are still turning at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, where the winter season’s final day has yet to be announced, here’s a brief peek at the summer ahead from Ski Utah in this season’s final edition of First Chair.
Deer Valley Resort Takes Mountain Biking to New Extremes
Deer Valley Resort is continuing its largest-ever summer investment to modernize and update its existing mountain biking/hiking trail inventory with the creation of Tsunami, an expert-level flow trail. For the third summer in a row, Deer Valley has enlisted world-renowned bike park development company, Gravity Logic, to help deliver the highly successful trail updates.
The Tsunami trail will contain large 10-foot berms and jumps and 25-foot table tops and step downs. The trail begins in the meadow behind Bald Mountain at 9,000 feet and will end at Silver Lake Village at 8,100 feet. One and a half miles and 900 vertical feet of the trail will open in sections throughout the course of the summer season.
The previous two summers, Deer Valley has created Tidal Wave, an intermediate flow trail, and Holy Roller, a new beginner flow trail to offer an even greater mountain biking experience for all abilities and families.
“With the addition of Tsunami, the resort’s network of updated biking trails provides the type of downhill thrill and excitement sought after by all biking levels,” said Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort.
In addition to Tsunami, Tidal Wave and Holy Roller, the start of the IMBA Epic Mid Mountain Trail is located near the base of Deer Valley’s Sterling Express chairlift and next to Silver Lake Lodge. Deer Valley has three lifts accessing more than 9,400 feet of elevation and an extensive trail network. With hiking trails, cross-country trails and technical downhill trails, Deer Valley provides a diverse web of single track in Park City.
Deer Valley Resort’s website provides detailed information on mountain biking and hiking/scenic ride lift ticket rates, as well as information on bike rentals, clinics and tours. Summer chairlifts operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (conditions permitting) and ample parking is available at Snow Park Lodge.
Adding to the resort’s new trail offering, each Wednesday in July and August, Deer Valley Resort will extend its mountain biking playground hours to host the Twilight Ride Series with SCOTT Sports. The SCOTT Twilight Ride Series takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Silver Lake Express and Sterling Express chairlifts. All Deer Valley summer operations at both Snow Park and Silver Lake Lodges will remain open for the extended Twilight Rides. Private biking lessons will be available if reserved in advance.
For more information on Deer Valley Resort’s new expert Tsunami trail, general mountain biking and hiking information and all summer operations, please visit deervalley.com or contact the resort’s Senior Communications Manager, Emily Summers, at 800-424-DEER (3337) or 435-645-6522. To follow summer happenings at the resort on social media, search #DeerValleyMoment.
Preview Snowbasin’s Blues, Brews, BBQ Summer Line Up with a Spotify Playlist
Snowbasin Resort releases an elevated line-up of national and regional touring artists and bands that will fill the mountain air with music every Sunday afternoon this summer for the fifth anniversary of their Blues, Brews & BBQ Free Summer Concert Series.
Blues, Brews & BBQ is quickly becoming the most coveted free concert series in all of Utah and this year’s line-up will not disappoint. The free, live music rocks Earl’s Lodge patio and lawn every Sunday 12:30pm – 5:30pm from June 11 – September 24. Three bands will perform each week, playing everything from blues to funk and Americana to rock and roll, offering a family-friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.
The 2017 Blues, Brews & BBQ concert series will kick off with Big Sam’s Funky Nation on June 11 and the fun will continue all summer long with crowd favorites and powerhouse bands like Los Lobos, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Turnpike Troubadors and Andy Frasco.
“This being the fifth anniversary of Blues, Brews and BBQ’s I think we put some pressure on ourselves to really take the lineup to whole a new level,” says Jason Ostler, Dining and Entertainment Manager at Snowbasin. “We took some risks we might not have in years past and basically said forget about the risk a little and focus on the possibilities. We loaded up each and every week. We have bands playing support this year that I would have no problem headlining any of our shows. We knew we had to exceed expectations and I think we have done that.”
Award-winning BBQ will also be available in Earl’s Lodge with favorites like the Blues & Brews Burger, House Smoked Beef Brisket, and Loaded Fries. A wide selection of local beer will also be on tap on Earl’s Patio. New this year, Snowbasin Resort will be offering a 32-oz. 5th Anniversary Mug as well as more food options including street vendor style tacos. Spend the morning hiking or biking and enjoy the afternoon listening to free live music in the mountains. Needles Gondola will run 10:00am until 6:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays starting June 10.
Check out a Spotifiy playlist for a preview of artists performing at Snowbasin by visiting www.goo.gl/AXG5Hd. The schedule includes:
June 11: Big Sam’s Funky Nation / Satsang / The Sextones
June 18: The Fleshtones / Penrose / Night Marcher
June 25: TBA / Dirty Revival / Pinetop Inferno
July 2: Jelly Bread / The Roomsounds / Folk Hogan
July 9: Driftwood / Useful Jenkins / The Johnny Utahs
July 16: Main Squeeze / King Cardinal / Gleewood
July 23: Andy Frasco / Kris Lager Band / Groovement / Tony Holiday / Folk Hogan
July 30: The Motet / Dead Winter Carpenters / Pixie and the Party Grass Boys / Jamie McClean Band
August 6: Old 97’s / Jeff Crosby and the Refugees / Slings and Arrows
August 13: Turnpike Troubadors / Dirty River Boys / The Battefield
August 20: Robert Randolph and the Family Band / Troubador 77 / KLB / Old Shoe
August 27: Larry and His Flask / Me Like Bees / Canyon Kids
September 3: Los Lobos/ TBA / The Whiskey Gentry / Troubador 77 / Michelle Moonshine Trio / Tom Bennet
September 10: Tony Holiday and the Velvetones / Jordan Mathew Young
September 17: The Weekenders / Penrose
September 24: Johnny Utah’s / Underground Cash
Sundance Mountain Resort – Summer 2017
Sundance, Utah – Summer is a busy season for Sundance Mountain Resort, with outdoor activities, concerts, theatre performances, world-class dining and lodging and more. Sundance is excited to announce in 2017 summer season schedule.
A mainstay of the season is the Summer Theatre. This year’s show is Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, presented in partnership with Utah Valley University. Local artists, educators and actors come together to create an unforgettable experience that Fodor’s Travel has named one of the 10 best outdoor theatres in the nation. July 20-August 12.
Music is an integral part of the Sundance experience, whether it’s the weekly concerts, or the renowned Bluebird Cafe Concert Series. Each year, Sundance partners with the original Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to bring renowned singers, songwriters and musicians to a unique mountain setting. This year’s lineup promises to continue the tradition of memorable nights enjoying some of the best artists in the business. Four shows, July-August.
For smaller settings, the Art Studio and Spa offer activities, classes and treatments to explore your creativity, heal and relax. Take a silversmithing or pottery class, watch a visiting artist, or relax with a massage and facial.
After your day visit, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants. The Tree Room is pleased to announce it has once again received a Forbes 4-star rating. Enjoy fresh, seasonal mountain cuisine unlike any other. In addition to dining in the restaurants, there will be four special Supper Club events held at Bearclaw Summit at the top of Sundance. Four dates, July-August.
For guests looking for more adventure, the mountain offers more than 25 miles of pristine mountain biking and beginner-intermediate hiking, all accessible by a relaxing chairlift. Perhaps the most thrilling way to view Sundance is by ZipTour. With more than 2 miles of zip line and over 2,100 feet of vertical drop, the ZipTour is the third longest in the country.
Summer at Sundance offer something for everyone, from fly fishing to music to biking. It’s no wonder so many guests book a room to enjoy all the Resort has to offer. This season we invite you to come visit and enjoy the spirit of Sundance.
What’s New at Eagle Point This Summer
The Tushar Mountains surrounding Eagle Point Resort offer hundreds of miles of trails for mountain biking, ATV riding and hiking, while the valleys beneath the 12,000-foot peaks provide serene backdrops for canoeing and fishing on the many lakes and streams. Guests can rent mountain bikes from the resort, and a return-shuttle assists those riding down the many single track trails on the resort property. The disc golf course will stretch across the summer slopes providing a fun outdoor challenge for all ages. Private excursions for groups, such as horseback riding and fly fishing, can be arranged by contacting the resort. And weddings at Eagle Point will be a regular occasion where the Canyonside Lodge and surrounding wilderness provide the perfect venue for saying “I do” among family and friends.
August will bring the debut of a model home at the highly anticipated Aspen Crest at Eagle Point, a private ski-in/ski- out, year-round community located in the heart of the resort. Sales are expected to be brisk for the custom homesites starting from $100,000 following a high-traffic winter that produced continued interest and several lots sold.
This summer, there are three noteworthy events that Eagle Point Resort will host:
Lunar Transit Festival 2017
Back again, and this time for three full days and nights, Lunar Transit is a music and art festival by New World Presents taking place from June 30 to July 3. Tickets purchased before April 25 are $60, and after April 25 are $75. Visit www.LunarTransit.com for more information on the music lineup, camping, and to purchase tickets. Visit www.EaglePointResort.com for lodging.
Crusher in the Tushar
On Saturday, July 8 this uniquely-formatted cycling race begins in historic downtown Beaver, and finishes at Eagle Point Resort. Featuring a near even split of tarmac and dirt/gravel sectors, it affords riders the opportunity to explore the stunning backcountry of Utah’s Tushar Mountains and Fishlake National Forest. The race is capped at 600 riders. Visit www.tusharcrusher.com to learn more, and register. Lodging is available at www.EaglePointResort.com.
Ultra Adventures offers environmentally sustainable, destination trail races in unforgettable locations. Trailrunners will compete on one of the most challenging courses in the “Great Circle Trail Series”, all above 10,000 feet. The 100K, marathon and half marathon begin and end at Eagle Point Resort on Saturday, July 29. Event information can be found at www.grandcircletrails.com, and lodging at www.EaglePointResort.com.
Getting Ready for Brian Head Resort’s Summer Activities 2017
Brian Head Resort is already looking forward to another fantastic summer of family friendly fun, exciting activities, entertaining events and just simply sharing our wonderful mountain lifestyle with our guests and friends.
Escape the heat this summer and visit us at Brian Head Resort. We have tons of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. The Ridge Runner Mini Zip Line and Avalanche Tubing as well as our Cliff Hanger Climbing Wall, and Peak Shot Bungee Trampoline are fun for all ages. Take the whole family on a mountain trail hike along our Family Adventure Trail, where the kids can find cool fossils, stones and keepsakes. Perhaps try your aim at our Crooked Arrow Archery Range and go for the Bull’s-eye.
Be sure to join us for all of this summer’s special events too. Be it the July 4th Celebration, a car show, an art festival, the Festival of Flavors beer and wine tasting event, our Rock Music Festival, our Country Music Festival (or both!) and of course, the ever popular BBQ Competition, there something for everyone, every weekend.
Don’t forget that Brian Head Resort and the surrounding areas have some of the best mountain biking in the country! Whether it be the exciting trails of the lift serviced Brian Head Mountain Bike Park or the hundreds of miles of world class trails twisting and diving through the forests and red rocks of the surrounding area or along the edge of Cedar Breaks National Monument, there is enough riding to fill the whole summer. Mountain bike racing at Brian Head Resort is a blast for the competitors as well as spectators with the “Flyin Brian” and The Intermountain Cup races taking center stage.
Starting Friday, June 23rd, Brian Head Resort will operate every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through mid August and every Saturday and Sunday after that (Sat, Sun, & Monday of Labor Day Weekend and no activities the weekend of Sept. 9&10). Wrapping up with the fall colors, superb music and the amazing food and drink of Brian Head Resort’s own ROCKOBERFEST!!
So plan to bring the family on up to the coolest place to be this summer, Brian Head Resort.
Summer at Solitude
Friday, June 16 through Sunday, October 1, 2017 (weather and conditions permitting)
Summer at Solitude means that our slopes have transformed to bring you lift-served mountain biking and hiking with stunning views, scenic chairlift rides, a beautiful 18-hole disc golf course and more.
The resort offers a variety of delicious dining options served on the outdoor deck of Honeycomb Grill and at Stone Haus Pizzeria & Creamery with unbeatable mountain views or stop by Thirsty Squirrel for après enjoyment. Join us for a summer of Solitude.
Riverhorse on Main Hosts 4th Annual ‘Chef Wars’ May 7th
Park City’s Riverhorse on Main presents the fourth annual Chef Wars! event, a benefit for Park City’s animal rescue organization, Nuzzles & Co. This event is sponsored by Salt Lake Laser Etch and Wasatch Audio and is hosted by Executive Chef Seth Adams and staff of Riverhorse on Main.
Montage Deer Valley’s Shawn Armstrong, Butcher’s Chop House’s Josh Hobson, and Waldorf Astoria Park City’s Michael Zachman will serve up some friendly competition as they face off in a culinary battle for a good cause. The palates of three celebrity judges – Boxing is for Girls owner Eliza James, KPCW President and General Manager Larry Warren, and travel writer, Devour Utah magazine editor, and Salt Lake City Weekly restaurant critic Ted Scheffler – will decide the winner, and television host and producer Jenn Hardman will emcee.
Three sous-chef, three chef assistant and two official taster roles will be auctioned off at the beginning of the competition, giving food enthusiasts an opportunity to create dishes with some of Park City’s most talented culinary professionals.
All event proceeds will benefit Nuzzles and Co., a “no-kill” animal rescue group dedicated to protecting lives and finding homes for more than 15,000 animals in need since 1990.
Tickets cost $95 and include appetizers prepared by Riverhorse and all three competition Chefs. To purchase tickets for this year’s Chef Wars! event, visit www.nuzzlesandco.org.
High West Toasts Derby Day with National Release of Yippee Ki-Yay
High West Distillery and Saloon, Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, hosts its eighth annual Derby Day Celebration on Saturday, May 6, and will unveil the latest edition of their limited release whiskey blend, Yippee Ki-Yay®.
Tickets are now on sale for High West Distillery’s celebration of the 143rd Kentucky Derby. From 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., guests will savor High West’s award-winning food and drink menus, spirited live music, and witness “the most exciting two minutes in sports” on High West’s big screen at approximately 4:20 p.m. Tickets cost $50.
A cash bar will be serving High West’s acclaimed spirits and signature cocktails, along with Yippee Ki-Yay, a distinct blend of straight rye whiskeys aged from two to 16 years, finished in wine barrels previously used to age robust wines, Syrah and Vermouth.
“Each year we host guests for Derby Day, it’s clear that race-day spectators often double as whiskey lovers,” said High West Head of Hospitality, James Dumas. “We’re thrilled to release this limited-edition blend – a robust creation of bold flavors best served at room temp, neat, or any way enthusiasts prefer to sip. The spirit’s jovial namesake, ‘Yippee Ki-Yay,’ felt like the perfect sentiment to properly toast Kentucky’s Run for the Roses.”
The remaining notes of Syrah and Vermouth, married with the straight rye whiskey blend, feature a nose of spicy cinnamon stick, dried thyme, rose petal, and fruit leather, with notes of rich cocoa nibs and brown sugar with time in the glass. The palate will savor flavors of bold cinnamon spice and orange rind, trailed by silky layers of vanilla and blackberry, with a lingering finish of clover honey, black currants, and subtle mint.
Mountain Destinations Wrap Up with Increased Revenues, Decreased Occupancy
In what is being described as a roller coaster season that started slowly, was strong mid-season, and then lost momentum in the final weeks, the 2016-17 ski season will likely record some year-over-year declines by the time a final tally is recorded through April 30 among mountain destinations in six western states, including Utah, that provide data to Denver-based DestiMetrics.
In their Monthly Market Briefing, as of March 31, aggregated occupancy for the past winter season from November through April is down 0.3 percent while overall revenue is up 6.8 percent compared to the same time last year. Four of the six winter months showed increases in occupancy while November and April were down.
“It has been an unpredictable and erratic season as both Mother Nature and geo political forces created some interesting dynamics that shaped destination visitors mountain travel behavior. This winter season marked the first time in a decade that we have seen declines in year-over-year occupancy and yet we saw gains in revenue,” observed Ralf Garrison, director of DestiMetrics. “While occupancy increases have been slowing as resorts approach practical capacity in high demand periods, the increase in rates suggests that demand remains high and that skiers continue to demonstrate their passion for mountain vacations with their tolerance for increased rates.”
Although many resort communities continued to host destination guests in April, some areas closed or ramped down operations so that lodging performance for the month will only have a modest impact on the final season tally. As of March 31, overall revenue has already reached an aggregated 102.7 percent of last year’s total revenue while room nights were at 98.3 percent.
Looking to summer, aggregated overall occupancy is up 1.6 percent as of March 31 compared to the same time last year with revenue up a strong 11.2 percent—a similar pattern to winter. May and June are currently showing slight decreases while July, August, and September are posting strong increases.
A brief review of key economic indicators revealed that there was a slight dip in the Dow Jones Industrial average of 149 points and the first monthly decline since October 2016. However, the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) jumped to its highest level since December 2000 by increasing 8.2 percent to reach 125.6 points. Employers added an anemic 98,000 jobs in March and the Unemployment Rate dipped down to 4.5 percent although much of that drop was attributed to the unemployed discontinuing their job hunt.
“Wall Street is reacting cautiously in the wake of recent national legislative and executive challenges and geopolitical turmoil that may impact the domestic economy,” explained Tom Foley, director of Business Intelligence for DestiMetrics. “While the market currently remains robust, instability and uncertainty in the Middle East and North Korea along with rising interest rates at home could impact the consumer travel market as events unfold.”