Deer Valley to open Friday for the summer |

Deer Valley to open Friday for the summer

Resort to host annual concert series, debut new trail

Mountain bikers make their way through one of Deer Valleys many bike trails during the summer season last year. The resort is scheduled to open on Friday, June 16, with a slate of summer activities.

Having been closed since the lifts made their final rounds on April 16, Deer Valley Resort is ready to get the summer season rolling.

The local resort is set to open on Friday, June 16 with a full slate of concerts, lift-serviced hiking and biking trails and some new programs and infrastructure for its summer season.

"The summer is all kinds of things going on all at the same time," Deer Valley Resort's Senior Communications Manager Emily Summers said. "There's mountain biking races and trail series and the concert series [to name a few]."

The trail system at Deer Valley is one of its most enticing attractions. Summers said the resort is looking to open nearly its entire system on Friday, with very little to no snow expected on the trails.

"The warm temperatures that finally showed up helped a lot," Summers said. "The bike patrol and the trail crew have been working really hard."

The only trail that won't be open immediately is Tsunami, Deer Valley's new expert-level mountain biking flow trail. The trail is nearly complete, but the resort is expected to open up portions of it throughout the season, with the first opening coming by the Fourth of July weekend, Summers hopes.

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Deer Valley will also offer mountain biking lessons and clinics. In addition, the resort will extend trail hours to 8 p.m. every Wednesday for the months of July and August.

Another popular summer activity at Deer Valley takes place at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, the Deer Valley Music Festival and the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series.

The Deer Valley Music Festival is in its 14th year and will again include the Utah Symphony, who will participate in a number of creative shows, such as performing the live score from a Harry Potter film and conducting Disney hits as clips play in the background.

Other notable names scheduled to perform at the resort are Ben Folds, the Beach Boys and Leslie Odom Jr.

"It's a really, really robust series," Summers said.

The St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series, programmed by the Park City Institute, will present 10 concerts throughout the season. Some of the stars scheduled to perform are Aloe Blacc, Kellie Pickler, Smash Mouth, Five for Fighting and Josh Turner.

With so much scheduled for the season, Summers wants to make sure people are aware of, regardless of activity, is parking.

"A lot of people for summer operations at Deer Valley are used to parking in the Silver Lake area," Summers said. "One thing that we're trying to tell people this year is to start their day at Snow Park, where we have free parking and a lot of parking lots, because that lot up at Silver Lake that people are used to [has construction going on]."

Opening along with Deer Valley on Friday will be its sister resort, Solitude Mountain, which recently rebranded to show off its selection of summer activities.

The resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon will host a number of single-day or weekend-long events throughout the summer, but some of its main attractions include scenic rides on the lift, an 18-hole disc golf course and hiking and biking trails.

Solitude, like Deer Valley, has a busy summer schedule. Summers suggests those interested in participating should check the resort's calendar page on its website.

Summer Adventure Camps, along with its new programs and clinics, have already begun at Deer Valley and are limited in space. For more information on Deer Valley's summer activities, visit For info on Solitude Mountain, visit