Canyons preps for another summer |

Canyons preps for another summer

Canyons Resort is opening for the summer season on June 13 and will feature plenty of activities for people of all activity levels.

With miles of hiking and biking trails, the difficulty levels span a wide spectrum from grueling hikes to the mountain tops to easy downhill jaunts that feature plenty of shade.

And, open for just its second summer, Canyons Bike Park will be in full swing this season after gaining a lot of momentum last summer.

Director of public relations Steve Pastorino said the bike park is great for riders of all skill levels.

"It offers some of the trickiest downhill biking with some tough obstacles and features," he said. "But we do start with some beginner trails that anyone even without any mountain bike experience can pick up pretty quickly."

Biking not your thing? There are plenty of hiking trails as well.

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"You can hike for days around here," Pastorino said. "You can also hike to some of our highest peaks. Those are some pretty grueling hikes."

Pastorino’s biggest piece of advice to newcomers is just to get out of the base area and explore the mountain.

"You can ride the gondola up to Mid Mountain at 8,000 feet," he said. "The air is cooler and you’re basically at the hub of a whole bunch of activities disc golf, hiking, the bike park, our zip tour. And then you’re less than a mile walk from our alpine lake, which has paddleboating, fishing, picnicking, etc."

Then, once visitors are worn out from the activities, there are plenty of places to eat in the base area.

"In our village, we have some great restaurants," Pastorino said. "The Farm and Red Tail most prominently. But also, Drafts Pub will be open this summer."

And there will be special events taking place all summer long as well.

"Wednesdays are the farmers markets," he said. "Fridays in August will be Sundance films, and Saturdays in just about all of July and August are our concerts."

All in all, Pastorino said, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Canyons.

"There’s just a ton going on," he said. "Summer is relatively short and compact, and before you know it, it’s gone. So just come enjoy it."