A Newbies Guide to Summer at Deer Valley Resort

While winter is packed with on-snow adventure, summer at Deer Valley offers an even wider array of entertainment options and fun for the whole family. Sit outside and take in a concert, go for a hike or a mountain bike ride, try your hand at fly-fishing, or practice yoga on a stand-up paddleboard. Afterwards, indulge in fine dining. There’s something for everyone at Deer Valley Resort in the summertime.

First, the basics. The resort is open for the summer June 17 to September 5 and weekends through September 18. It’s nestled in the Wasatch Mountains just 36 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport. And the views? Spectacular.

Easy Airport Access

Deer Valley is just 36 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Deer Valley is just 36 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Getting to Deer Valley is easy. It’s located just 36 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport. Take a shuttle or rent a car from the airport and hop on the interstate for a quick drive to Deer Valley.

With numerous non-stop flights to and from Salt Lake City, many visitors can be at the resort before noon, ready to enjoy mountain adventures right away. Flights from Phoenix and San Francisco take right around 90 minutes while routes from Chicago and Houston have you at the airport in just over three hours. You’ll be on your way to Deer Valley just minutes later.

Top-Notch Lodging Packages

The Lodges at Deer Valley.
The Lodges at Deer Valley.

Deer Valley’s lodging packages offer a large number of options. The Mountain Family Activities Package offers 20 percent off family condos along with a Mountain Activities Card to use exploring. Special packages are available for concerts and the Kimball Arts Festival (August 12-14), among many other options. A number of packages are available online. Others are only available by calling the reservations center at 800-558-3337.

Endless Outdoor Fun

Guided hiking tours.
Guided hiking tours.

Summer in Deer Valley is packed with events and activities, from hiking and mountain biking to art festivals, outdoor music, and more.

Hop on a downhill or all-mountain bike (rentals are available) to try out the 70 miles of lift-serviced trails available. Or connect to Park City’s internationally acclaimed network of more than 400 miles of singletrack. Brush up on the basics or up your bike game by taking a lesson at Mountain Bike School where you can learn the fundamentals of braking, cornering, and stance, or hone your expert-level tricks with skilled instructors.

Head up for a scenic chairlift ride or combine it with a hike for unforgettable views of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains. If you hike up, you get a free ride down. Guided hiking tours are also available. Join an experienced guide to learn about local history and ecology. Or enjoy the complimentary guided historical hikes offered once a month.

Commune with nature via horseback on a one-hour to one-day adventure or enjoy a chuck-wagon hayride or western barbecue dinner. Get on the water by stand-up paddleboarding on the Snow Park Ponds, a location that’s great for beginners since there aren’t any boats or waves and there’s little wind. Or sign up for fly-fishing school with Orvis. You will learn the tricks about casting, tackle selection, knot tying, and more. Activities such as rafting, kayaking, and trap shooting are also available through All Seasons Adventures.

Savor Fine Dining and Culture

Enjoy mid-mountain riding at the Royal Street Café.
Enjoy mid-mountain riding at the Royal Street Café.

Enjoy casual dining options at Deer Valley Grocery Café or head mid-mountain to enjoy American and international cuisine with a view at Royal Street Café , which also has an extensive gluten-free menu. Or indulge at The Brass Tag , which serves up mouth-watering specialties such as Miso Glazed Verlasso Salmon and Niman Ranch Bone-In Pork Chops.

Listen to live music at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater where an array of performances are sure to entertain any crowd. Several times a week, musicians take the stage, ranging from local favorites to world-renowned stars.

Each year, the Kimball Arts Festival comes to Park City to share the arts with the town. This is the festival’s 47th year and it’s jam-packed with artists and more than 30 live musical acts during the three-day event.

Get Expert Help Planning Your Vacation

You'll find Cadillac shuttle service at Deer Valley Resort.
You’ll find Cadillac shuttle service at Deer Valley Resort.

You’re not on your own when planning a Deer Valley vacation. Professional vacation planners are available to help plan a dream trip. On-site concierge services offer information, reservations, and a wide variety of other services. It’s also easy to get around with complimentary in-resort and town shuttle service available with Cadillac Escalades, and complimentary on-site parking is also available. With vacation planning so easy and help so widely available, why not plan your Deer Valley getaway today?

Originally written by RootsRated for Deer Valley.

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The Lowdown on the Deer Valley Summer Concert Series

If live music and summer picnics sound like your idea of fun, it’s time to check out one of Deer Valley’s outdoor concerts. Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, hosts dozens of summer performances at its Snow Park Outdoor amphitheater, at 2250 Deer Valley Drive South. Here’s an insider’s guide on what to see, where to eat, and what to bring.

What to See

The Utah Symphony and Opera hosts a summer concert series at Deer Valley.
The Utah Symphony and Opera hosts a summer concert series at Deer Valley.

The amphitheater hosts several evening shows a week during the summer, ranging from country stars to opera, folk singers, and pop musicians.  Four different summer series offer performances each week.

The Utah Symphony and Opera hosts the Deer Valley Music Festival , with classical performances on Friday nights and pops shows on Saturday nights. Highlights include Matthew Morrison , who starred as Will Schuester on TV’s Glee, singing Broadway hits on July 16 with the Utah Symphony. On July 23, the Utah Symphony plays tribute to David Bowie , with a full rock band.

Another music festival favorite is the August 5 Utah Symphony performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.  Be ready for the live cannons!

The Utah Symphony at Deer Valley.
The Utah Symphony at Deer Valley.

The St. Regis   Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series, hosted by the Park City Institute, brings bluegrass, big band, pop and jazz musicians to Deer Valley. The Grammy-winning duo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, dubbed “two monsters of the banjo” by NPR, will perform on July 28. Pop artist Mike Posner, whose debut single “Cooler than Me” hit No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2010 performs on Aug. 7.  Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jewel caps off the series on Sept. 3.

Mountain Town Music’s Wednesday night free concerts, the third series, features local musicians. It’s a fantastic midweek date night—ride your bike to the amphitheater, picnic, and dance on the grass. Plenty of families come, too.

The fourth series, hosted by The State Room, is two headline concerts: Brandi Carlile on Aug. 13 and Steve Miller Band on Aug. 19.

For a full concert list and prices, visit Deer Valley’s event calendar.

What to Eat

Picnic baskets are available for order, with fish, chilled beef, salads, house made cheese, lemon pound cake and more.
Picnic baskets are available for order, with fish, chilled beef, salads, house made cheese, lemon pound cake and more.

The Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater is one of the rare venues that allows guests to bring their own coolers of food and drink, including wine and beer in glass bottles.  If you’re picnicking, you can either bring your own or order a basket for pick-up from the concession stand.

Deer Valley Gourmet Picnic Baskets range from $47 to $84, depending on the size. It includes smoked salmon or chilled beef, with antipasto, housemade salami and brie, fruit, baguettes and dessert. A vegetarian tofu option is also available, as well as wines and local beers for an additional price.

It’s an easy option, since you pick it up from the concession stand, and it comes with plates, cutlery and moist towelettes. You can leave the cooler at home and just bring your blanket and chairs.

A Deer Valley Gourmet Picnic Basket.
A Deer Valley Gourmet Picnic Basket.

Deer Valley also offers picnic bags, which include wraps, salad, housemade chips and cashew caramel popcorn. A children’s picnic bag is also available. Prices range from $32 to $56. To order a picnic basket or bag, visit the picnic website or call 435-645-6613.

A concession stand also sells burgers, chili, hot dogs and salad. At the stand, you can also find a Deer Valley staple: the vanilla ice cream sandwich, with chocolate chip cookies and hot fudge. Note: The concession stand doesn’t serve alcohol, but you can exit the amphitheater and go next door to Snow Park Lodge’s Deer Valley Etc. store, which sells beer.

For some last-minute picnic items, Deer Valley Grocery~Café is also at the Snow Park Village base area and offers gourmet grocery items, takeaway entrees, and beer. Dinner and drinks are served at the café until 8:30 p.m. daily.

For pre-show dinner and drinks, check out The Brass Tag in the Lodges at Deer Valley. Nearly everything is fired in a brick oven, and the bar has won awards for its cocktails.

Other Tips

  • Bring a sweater! Once the sun sets over the ridge, Park City summer nights can get chilly. If you forget one, Deer Valley’s sundries shop in Snow Park Lodge sells clothes and hot chocolate.
  • Free parking is available at Snow Park Lodge, but allow yourself enough time to wait in line. Carpooling or taking Park City’s free transit system is recommended.
  • Concerts are held rain or shine, so check the weather and bring rain gear if necessary. In the rare event that a show is canceled due to inclement weather, picnic orders still are available for pickup after 6 p.m. next to the concession stand.
  • Coolers, glass containers and chairs are permitted. Animals are not. For ticketed shows, chairs must be less than 9 inches tall.
  • Concert tickets are available online or at Deer Valley’s Signatures stores (625 Main Street, Park City and Silver Lake Village) or Deer Valley Etc. at Snow Park Lodge.

Originally written by RootsRated for Deer Valley.

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