father's day weekend also marks closing of 2009/10 ski season


Snowbird, Utah - Summer fun officially begins at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort on Saturday, June 19, with the 11 a.m. opening of summer activities for all ages. New for 2010 is a Ropes Course, adjacent to the Chickadee Chairlift, where participants can strap into a harness and test their courage high above the ground.

"With affordable outdoor activities, a full lineup of free music and pleasant mountain temperatures, Snowbird has something for everyone this summer," said resort President Bob Bonar.

Snowbird's summer activity kickoff coincides with an exciting weekend of events, including the conclusion of the 2009/10 winter season on June 20, marking 190 days of skiing and riding on 603 inches of total snowfall. 12 Utah breweries will gather for Brewfest on June 19, pouring three ounce samples of local beer for $1 during the day alongside free live music. Father's Day features an all you can eat BBQ on the Plaza Deck or holiday brunch at the Atrium Restaurant, both with local bands and a free summer Tram ride for dining guests. 

The Snowbird All-Day Activities Pass is $36 for adults and includes unlimited daily use of the Aerial Tram, Peruvian Chairlift and Tunnel (weather permitting), Alpine Slide, Bungy Trampoline, Ropes Course, four-station Climbing Wall, ZipRider, and Mechanical Bull. A Children's All-Day Activities Pass is $19 for kids under 75 pounds and includes unlimited use of the Alpine Slide (with an adult rider), Bungy Trampoline, Aerial Tram, Inflatable Castle and Slide, Climbing Wall and Mechanical Bull. More information is available at http://www.snowbird.com/.

Scenic horseback and ATV tours in Mineral Basin and the Peruvian Chairlift and Tunnel are scheduled to begin Fourth of July weekend, conditions permitting. Summer hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and early summer season operations will be limited due to heavy snowpack. Other summer activities at Snowbird include the Wasatch Mining Company Gemstone Mine, hiking, fishing, mountain scooters and biking, Dutch oven cooking classes, geocaching GPS Instruction, the Cliff Spa and patio dining.

The Snowbird Renaissance Center is presenting free events throughout the summer, including the Cool Air Concert Series with music on the Plaza Deck every Saturday evening between June 19 and August 14. Headliners The Badly Bent, Catie Curtis, Steve Seskin and Jaime Michaels highlight a fantastic Mountain Music Festival lineup July 9-11 alongside the Utah State Instrument Contest and Snowbird Song School. A full roster of artists and an event calendar can be found at http://www.snowbirdrc.org/.

Snowbird summer Mountain Escape lodging packages start as low as $59 per person and include accommodations and an Aerial Tram foot passenger ride along with a breakfast voucher (based on double occupancy). Call (800) 453-3000 for more information or to book a reservation.