Deer Valley Resort Expanding Lift-Served Mountain Biking Operations This Summer



DEER VALLEY RESORT, PARK CITY, UTAH (May 3, 2011) – Deer Valley Resort has announced a significant expansion to its summer mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift operations for the summer 2011 season. Aside from running both the Silver Lake Express (from the Resort base) and Sterling Express chairlifts (from mid-mountain) as it has for years now, the Resort will also run the Ruby Express chairlift from the Empire Canyon Lodge area; build “The Road to Ruby,” a three- to four-mile connecting trail from Bald Mountain to the Flagstaff Mountain area; and add a new intermediate trail system in the Flagstaff Mountain area.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to add new trails to our already existing network of over 55 miles,” says Steve Graff, Resort mountain biking manager. “We will have a crew dedicated to building our new Flagstaff Mountain trail system working all summer long. Flagstaff offers gentler terrain than our Bald Mountain area; so we’ll be able to construct trails that have an easier flow than switchbacks, with more berms and rollers, making for a really enjoyable intermediate biking and hiking experience. As for running the Ruby Express chairlift, it gives people one more option for access to our mountain, especially for guests staying at The Montage and other Empire Canyon lodging locations. Tickets, bike rentals and guided tours will all be operated from our yurt at the base of Ruby Express next to Empire Canyon Lodge. ”

Deer Valley’s lift-served mountain biking and hiking and scenic chairlift rides will begin seven days a week starting June 17 through Labor Day. Lift-accessed mountain biking, hiking and scenic rides will continue to be offered on September 10 and 11, weather and conditions permitting. Guests have the option of starting at the Resort base on the Silver Lake Express chairlift, the Sterling Express chairlift at the Resort’s mid-mountain area, or the Ruby Express chairlift in Empire Canyon. All three chairlifts will operate seven days a week during Deer Valley’s summer season, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (conditions permitting). Free parking is available at either Snow Park or Silver Lake Lodges.

Please see the Resort website for mountain biking and hiking/scenic ride lift ticket rates. Please note that any Deer Valley guest with a 2010/2011 winter Season or Hospitality ski pass can ride the lift free all summer. Simply stop into a Deer Valley Ticket Office to validate winter passes for summer passes.

A full fleet of high-quality, full-suspension Giant brand mountain bikes are offered for rent at Mountain Bike Rentals located at Snow Park (base), Silver Lake (mid-mountain) or Empire Canyon Lodges. Mountain Bike Rentals are open seven days a week during Deer Valley’s summer season, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (conditions permitting). The Deer Valley Mountain Bike School, offering clinics and tours for all abilities, also operates seven days a week during Deer Valley’s summer season (conditions permitting).

Don’t forget that hungry hikers, bikers and scenic riders have two terrific options for re-fueling. Royal Street Café , serving gourmet salads, burgers, panini, signature cocktails, beer and wine, is located at the mid-mountain Silver Lake Lodge adjacent to Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Express chairlift and is open for lunch daily, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., June 17 through Labor Day. Deer Valley rewards guests who purchase a one-time ride lift ticket at the Snow Park Ticket Office only and ride the Silver Lake Express lift on their way to lunch at the Royal Street Café by giving them a voucher for a single scenic ride ticket any day of the summer 2011 season.  Deer Valley Grocery~Café serves on-site and to-go fresh baked pastries, specialty coffee drinks, soups, chilies, stews, salads, paninis, homemade breads and other bakery items as well as beer, liquor and wine. Enjoy the view and mountain air while dining lakeside on the outdoor deck, complete with comfortable deck seating and fly rods for casting a line. Deer Valley Grocery~Café is open daily during summer operations from 7:30 a.m. to 8: 30 p.m., and is located in the Deer Valley Plaza building in the Snow Park area at 1375 Deer Valley Drive.

For more information on Deer Valley’s summer mountain biking, hiking, scenic chairlift rides and dining operations, please contact Resort Communications Manager Erin Grady at 800-424-DEER (3337), 435-645-6522 or view the Resort website.

Source: Emily Summers, Deer Valley Resort

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