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Ski areas offer fun — sans snow

Resorts have made a strong push for year-round use

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Ski areas offer a great getaway in the winter, but they shouldn't be forsaken in the summer.

Over the past few years, Utah resorts have made a strong push toward year-round use.

There are some unique, fun and exciting summertime adventures available. Such as:

Alpine Slide — Summer in Park City just wouldn't be the same without Park City Mountain Resort's Alpine Slide. People ride up a chairlift, pick up a special sled and then, on cue, make their way down a windy, turny downhill track. The slide is open seven days a week between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Art Classes — Sundance's Art Shack Studios offer a wide range of workshop sessions throughout the year in Fine Art — painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, jewelry, pottery, printmaking and papermaking. Open to both adults and children.

Concerts — Deer Valley Resort hosts outdoor Utah symphony shows as well as modern music concerts and large events like a bluegrass festival and jazz festival. Park City hosts free Wednesday night concerts in the park as well as a chamber music festival and free outdoor music at various locations around town through Mountain Town Stages. Snowbird offers a jazz and blues festival, weekly Jazz at the Bird in the Cliff Lodge, as well as Utah Symphony performances. Sundance offers free Sunday afternoon concerts as well as specialty concerts throughout the season.

Disc Golf — Solitude Mountain Resort is offering disc golf for the first time this summer. Players will ride the Sunrise Lift and play a 9-hole Frisbee "golf course." There is no course fee to play. Disc rentals are $7 per game plus a $10 refundable deposit. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Horseback Riding — The Canyons, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Sundance offer guided horseback riding tours.

Little Miner's Park — Kiddie rides are back in action at Park City Mountain Resort this summer, with tickets at $2.50 for a single ride or $15 for a book of 10 tickets. It also has an 18-hole miniature golf course at the resort base. Admission is $5 per person, per round.

Mountain biking and hiking — Brian Head Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort and Sundance all offer lift-served mountain biking and hiking. The Canyons offers guided hiking and mountain biking tours. Snowbird offers tram-served mountain biking and hiking as well as guided tours on foot and wheels. Elk Meadows offers an extensive mountain biking program as well. Alta and Brighton welcome visitors to explore their scenic locations at their own pace via bike or on foot. Brighton has hiking on popular trails to Mary Lake, Twin Lakes and over Catherine's Pass to Alta. Also, the Great Western trail is popular for both hiking and mountain biking. Brian Head's proximity to Cedar Breaks National Monument provides spectacular easy to moderate red rock hiking terrain.

Olympic Inspiration — Visitors can view the Utah Olympic Park, its lodge and its educational displays and catch the Big Air Shows Saturdays at noon. Watch tomorrow's Olympians practice their quadruple twisting back somersaults — flipping 60 feet in the air before landing in the 750,000-gallon training pool.

Scenic Chairlift, Gondola and Tram Rides — Snowbird offers scenic tram rides. The Canyons offers scenic rides from its Flight of The Canyons gondola. Brian Head Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort and Sundance offer scenic chairlift rides, too.

Theater — Snowbird hosts Murder Mystery dinner theaters throughout the summer. Sundance offers a special children's summer theater program as well as summer theater for adults. The town of Park City runs a full summer schedule at its Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre. The Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Festival, located near Brian Head Resort, features various performances through October.