HUNTSVILLE — As busy as Snowbasin Resort gets in the winter, summers are becoming increasingly popular at the Northern Utah ski area.
And this summer, things are expected to really heat up as the resort adds a number of additional activities to its summer season.
“A lot of these changes have been based off of our successful summers,” Snowbasin spokeswoman Megan Collins said. “We don’t have lodging, so we wanted to figure a way to benefit everyone — hence we’re open weekends when people want to come up here and get out of the heat of the city, bring their dogs and ride the gondola.”
Back again this summer are several popular activities and events. Summer 2018 will be the sixth year for the resort’s Blues, Brews & BBQ, which offers free live music — as well as barbecue and beer for purchase — Sunday afternoons between June 10 and Sept. 30. Again, as in past years, the gondola will run on Saturdays and Sundays for hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing and more; and the returning kid’s activity zone features a climbing wall, bungee jump and adventure course.
Thanks to the popularity of these events, the resort is planning additional activities for this summer and next.
Snowbasin is adding a mountain mini golf course as well as a kid’s adventure course — both of which are slated to open mid-summer. In addition, an adventure trekking tower and aerial adventure course are set to open in the summer of 2019.
The adventure trekking tower will be about 50 feet high and located near the Women’s Finish next to John Paul Lift. It will include a jump/rappel zone and an observation deck and will connect via zip line to the aerial adventure course north of the old tubing hill.
The aerial course will feature three levels of adventure: a kid’s play zone, an adventure challenge zone, and observation decks, according to information provided by the resort. A dual racing zip line returns guests to the base area.
Collins said the resort focuses on corporate events on weekdays during the summer, reserving the weekends for the general public.
“We pride ourselves on being a locals resort, and on Saturdays and Sundays our locals drive up here to get out of the heat and enjoy themselves,” she said.
Those who avail themselves of the free nine-hole disc golf course at Snowbasin will see a few changes, according to Collins.
“We’ll offer that course again, but we’re working on re-routing it because a lot of the holes start where the mini-golf construction will be,” she said.
Also again this summer, Snowbasin will offer seven free family movie nights on Mondays, beginning June 25. New this year, the kid’s zone will open at 4:30 p.m. Mondays leading up to movie nights.
The John Paul Chairlift will run select Saturdays this summer — twice in July and once in September — offering open-air rides and lunch at John Paul Lodge.
Snowbasin will also offer Dining Discovery events — featuring tastings, dinners, brunches, cooking classes and more — on half a dozen days this summer, as well as a mountain bike racing series on 10 Wednesday evenings.
Snowbasin Resort opens for summer operations on June 9.
Collins points out that Snowbasin is dog-friendly in the summer — dogs are welcome on the gondola, and the resort’s chef even makes gourmet dog treats.
“Summer is definitely fun here, and we fit a lot into Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday evenings,” Collins said.