Mountain Thrills at Snowbird in the Summer

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Located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort sits among some of Utah’s finest mountains. Best known for skiing, don’t overlook the summer adventures here. From the Mountain Coaster to the Mountain Flyer, to the ropes course and bungee trampoline, Snowbird’s summer activities will help tame the need for some extreme sport fun. Best of all, there’s something for everyone in the family.

The Mountain Flyer does just what it implies. It flies down the mountain. The ride is accessed from the Plaza Deck and takes riders up to the launch point 1,000 linear feet above. Riders then brace themselves once released, as gravity takes over as they soar down to base. The minimum height requirement for this ride is 42 inches. Kids between 42 and 48 inches tall must be accompanied by an adult.

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The Mountain Coaster is 3,120 feet of twists and turns guaranteed to deliver some screaming and shouting from the riders as they take the exhilarating ride down the track. A driver controls the speed down 160 vertical feet that includes two horizontal loops, a tree-lined straightaway and swooping turns back to the base station. Passengers board near the base of the Peruvian chair lift (up to 2 people per cart) outside the Snowbird Center and are pulled to the top of the track where they will begin their descent. Riders must be 54” tall to ride alone.

Haven’t had enough of the speed adrenaline? Head to the Alpine Slide that winds down Chickadee Run through twists, turns and tunnels. The ride starts near the top of Snowbird Entry 4 and finishes 1,300 linear feet later near the Snowbird Center. No special skills are needed for this ride, and the driver controls the speed. Riders that are 2-6 years old must ride with an adult. Ages 2 and under are not allowed to ride.

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If you want to really challenge your sense of balance and fear of heights, take on the Ropes Course located near the Chickadee Bowl. Participants are fastened into a harness and take a walk high above ground on the Ropes Course. Wear some good sturdy, athletic shoes for this one. Open-toed shoes and sandals are not allowed. Minimum height requirement is 48 inches.

Jumping on the trampoline is fun, but what about being attached to a bungee while jumping so you can go higher and perform some even cooler airborne tricks? The Bungee Trampoline in the Plaza Deck area allows you to do just that. Since you are harnessed, you don’t need to worry about flying off the trampoline. The Bungee Trampoline is for all ages and you must meet weight requirements (35-230 lbs.) in order to jump.

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Other summer activities include the Four-Station Climbing Wall to test your climbing skills (minimum weight of 40 lbs. and a max of 250 lbs.), Kids Inflatables for the little ones, aerial tram rides and gold panning. It’s never a dull moment at Snowbird for the summer.

The weekends will most likely be more packed than the weekdays, so go on a weekday if you can. It’s usually a few degrees cooler up in the mountains, so check out the weather forecast before going and pack a light jacket if you get cold easily. If you get hungry, there are several restaurants to grab a bite to eat at the resort. Prices vary depending on the activity you’re doing and whether or not you purchase an All-Day Activities Pass. Coupons can be found at Papa Murphy’s or if you buy a ‘One Buck Cup’ at any Wasatch Front Holiday Oil location, you can redeem a coupon for savings for the summer activities at Snowbird.

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Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is about 20 minutes from Salt Lake City. If you’re coming from downtown Salt Lake to Snowbird, go west on 500 South to I-15 and head south. Exit at I-215 heading east. Get off at Exit 6 (6200 South) and go east on 6200 South toward the mountains. The road will lead you straight to UT-210 and up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird. Check the Snowbird website for hours and more info, etc.

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