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Deer Valley opens June 19

The summer season is almost here for Deer Valley Resort in Park City. Opening on June 19, the resort has a busy season planned.

In addition to activities such as lift-served mountain biking, hiking, scenic chairlift rides, adventure camps and concerts, Deer Valley is undertaking a major update of its trail system.

Partnering with Gravity Logic, a bike resort development company, the entire trail system will be improved and a new trail will be added.

"They’re known in the bike industry for their progressive trail design and downhill offerings," Deer Valley Communications Manager Emily Summers said. "They came in this spring and we’ll be working with them throughout the summer to improve our trail system."

The new downhill biking trail is named Tidal Wave, after an old mining claim.

"That will be at the top of Bald Mountain," Summers said. "We’ll open it in stages, with the final section opening sometime in August."

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Tidal Wave is a low intermediate flow trail, with berms and jumps, Summers said. The jumps are optional, based on a biker’s ability.

Though construction will be taking place throughout the summer, Summers said the impact on existing trails should be minimal.

"Right now, we have construction delays at the top of Bald Mountain, but I don’t think there will be any once we actually open," she said. "Riders will see improvements to our trails from opening day, with phases opening throughout the season."

Three lifts are bike-ready — Silver Lake Express, Sterling Express and Ruby Express. Lifts will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day during the summer.

In addition to a jam-packed mountain biking season, Deer Valley will have a full concert schedule, as well.

"We are continuing our concert series," Summers said. "The venue has gone up and our free community concerts with Mountain Town Music start next week and run from June 17 until the end of August. We also have the Deer Valley Music Festival with the Utah Symphony. Those are on Friday and Saturday nights from July 4 until mid-August. We also host the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights, a concert series throughout the summer featuring bigger artists. The first one is Toad the Wet Sprocket, Smash Mouth and Tonic on June 30."

Not much has changed with Deer Valley’s food scene, but Summers said diners will have a full season of The Brass Tag.

"It’s the first summer we’ve had The Brass Tag open for dinner every night," she said. "It opened late last summer. Until June 18, The Brass Tag is offering a spring special pre-fixe menu for $34 per person."

Finally, Summers added, the Summer Adventure Camp is back this season for its 20th year.

"We have care for children 2 months to 12 years and it’s open Monday-Friday through Aug. 19," she said. "It’s based out of Snow Park Lodge. They obviously use our whole mountain venue with the hiking trails and the lawn out here, but we also use a lot of community partners for pools and other activities. There is still availability. Call 435-645-6648 to sign up for a day or a week — it’s really flexible."

Deer Valley closes for the summer on Sept. 20. The resort will switch to a weekends-only schedule after Labor Day. For more information about the resort’s summer offerings, visit http://www.deervalley.com .

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