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Friday, July 14, 2006

Mountain Bike the Park City Area

The snow is completely gone, the trails have dried out and now mountain bikers have taken over the mountains surrounding Park City, Utah.

The popular ski resort town is a hub for summer adventure, with hundreds of miles of biking and hiking trails stretching in all directions. Nearby Jordanelle and Deer Creek reservoirs offer excellent opportunity for boating and water sports and the fabled Provo River is a top destination for fly fishermen looking for trophy trout.

Deer Valley is becoming a major destination for mountain bikers. The resort offers lift-served access to over 50 miles of excellent, panoramic trails. Bikers are whisked up the mountain on the Silver Lake Express chairlift from Snow Park Lodge, or this summer they can also ride the Wasatch Express chairlift, located mid-mountain.

Silver Lake Express operates daily from 10 am to 5:30 pm (with last chair downloading at 5 pm). Wasatch Express operates daily from 10 am to 5 pm (with last chair downloading at 4:30 pm). An all-day bike pass is $22; a single-ride bike pass is $14; a season pass is $250 and an interchangeable hospitality pass is $500.

Deer Valley's Mountain Bike Rental Shop and Mountain Bike School are open daily and offer scheduled clinics and tours for all abilities. Deer Valley offers and exceptional line of high-quality, full-suspension mountain bikes and helmets for rent.

Deer Valley also offers chairlift rides for sightseers and hikers. You can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Wasatch and Uinta mountains from a comfortable, padded chairlift ride at the resort. Once at the top, you can walk down one of the main hiking trails or hike the Scenic overlook trail (a 1/4 mile route offering beautiful views down the mountain and over Jordanelle Reservoir). Those who do not want to hike down the mountain can simply reboard the left and descend.

Chairlift rides are available on both the Silver Lake Express and Wasatch Express. And adult scenic ride pass is $12; seniors 60 and over and children 6-12 years old can ride for $9. A single ride is only $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children. Children 5 years and under ride free.

For further info about these Deer Valley adventures, call 435-649-1000 or 800-424-DEER.


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