Deer Valley to open Friday |

Deer Valley to open Friday

A couple of mountain bikers enjoy a ride on one of Deer Valley s many trails. Photo courtesy of Deer Valley

As the last of the snow melts from the tops of the mountains, the final Park City resort will open up for the summer season.

Deer Valley’s summer activities kick off on Friday, June 13, featuring mountain biking, hiking, summer camp, many different concerts and fine dining.

While things will be mostly business-as-usual, according to communications manager Emily Summers, there are a couple new things worth highlighting in the food area.

"The biggest thing for us is there’s going to be a new restaurant down at The Lodges, which is one of our properties," she said. "It’s going to be called The Brass Tag. That’s a mining reference for how they tracked miners via a number. When they went down [into the mines], they would hang their tag and if they didn’t take it at the end of the day, that’s how the others knew they were missing.

"It’s going to be mostly wood-fire, comfort cuisine. That menu and construction and everything are still being worked on, but they’re hoping to have that done by mid-July."

In other Deer Valley food news, the resort recently started making its own cheese.

"This winter, we started artisan cheese at Deer Valley," Summers said. "We have five different kinds now, so the cheese that’s in the picnic bags and stuff right now is Deer Valley."

Other than that, not much has changed at the resort. Summers said Deer Valley will continue operating the amenities guests have come to enjoy over the years.

"We’ll run three lifts again one from each of the base areas (Snow Park, Empire and Silver Lake)," she said. "We’ll still operate the 60 miles of trails people are used to. We’ll have our bike school and bike rentals as well we have a full Giant fleet."

But, she added, watch for big changes in the trail system coming soon.

"We’re kind of looking at an overall biking plan and bringing in some developers," she said. "So visitors might see a lot of changes to the trail system in the next year."

Summer Adventure Camp will also return this summer for parents looking for a place to send their kids during the day.

"That will be run out of the Snow Park Lodge and follows the Park City school schedule," Summers said. "We run June 9 through Aug. 20. People can sign kids up for the day, the week or the whole season."

Then there are the several concert series hosted at Deer Valley, which Summers said are back and better than ever.

"It’s a big schedule this year," she said. "Those start with the Wednesday night community concerts put on by Mountain Town Music on June 18. They hold a free show every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and those are community bands that were actually voted on by the community.

"We hold two additional lineups as well one is the Deer Valley Music Festival with the Utah Symphony. They hold shows Friday and Saturday nights from mid-July to mid-August. Then there’s Big Stars, Bright Nights, which is put on by the Park City Institute. They have big artists throughout the summer Martina McBride to Trampled by Turtles to Dierks Bentley. Those are throughout the summer June, July, August I think they go until Labor Day."

For more information about Deer Valley’s summer schedule, visit

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