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    Utah Downhill Mountain Biking Resorts
    Utah's light, dry powder snow has inspired the development of a major ski industry with resorts spread across the entire state. While these ski resorts are best known for their winter offerings, many of them start the lifts turning again in the summer for another high-speed gravity sport--mountain biking. There are a variety of options for resort-based downhill mountain biking in Utah.
     

    Park City

    Utah's most famous lift-served trails are located in Park City. All three of Park City's resorts--Park City Mountain Resort, The Canyons and Deer Valley--offer lift-accessed trails for downhill and cross country adventures. Park City's Town Lift and Payday Lift whisk mountain bikers to the trails. The Canyons offers its gondola to bikers and Deer Valley offers its Silver Lake Express and Sterling Express. Park City is one of Utah's most popular mountain biking destinations, and the Mid Mountain Trail, which connects PCMR and The Canyons, is one of the International Mountain Bicycling Association's epic trails. Deer Valley is home to the National Championship Series downhill course, which it ranks as an expert ride and suggests for serious downhill riders with appropriate equipment only. The Wasatch Crest Trail, rated by Utahmountainbiking.com as a "must-ride classic," is accessible from Park City.

    Park City Mountain Resort
    1310 Lowell Ave.
    Park City, UT 84060
    1-800-222-7275
    parkcitymountain.com

    Deer Valley Resort
    P.O. Box 889
    Park City, UT 84060
    800-424-3337
    deervalley.com

    The Canyons Resort
    4000 The Canyons Resort Drive
    Park City, UT 84098
    888-226-9667
    thecanyons.com

     
     

    Snowbasin

    Tucked a little farther north than Park City, near Ogden, Utah, Snowbasin is one of the more off-the-beaten-tracks resorts in Utah. However, the resort offers a world-class lift system that keeps mountain bikers busy in the summer. The resort's Needles Gondola provides mountain bikers access to 26 miles of resort trails into 50 miles of trails in the surrounding wilderness. Taking Snowbasin's downhill scene to the next level, the resort's "Top to Bottom and More" option begins with a ride up Needles Gondola. Riders can then wind down Snowbasin's trails and into adjacent national forest trails for a ride down to the Pineview Reservoir. The total ride is 14 miles and is nearly all downhill for a total of 3,800 vertical feet. Snowbasin provides a shuttle service back to the base or you can shuttle yourself.

    Snowbasin Resort
    P.O. Box 460
    3925 E. Snowbasin Rd.
    Huntsville, UT 84317
    888-437-5488
    snowbasin.com

    Brian Head Resort

    Utah's only existing ski resort in the south, Brian Head serves up some of the best downhill mountain biking in the state. The lift-served trail system provides some of the most interesting views in the world, with 11,000-foot peaks meeting the vermilion cliffs and hoodoos of Cedar Breaks National Monument across the street. Brian Head's bike park can be accessed via the Giant Steps Lift. According to Utah.com, the Brian Head area is home to more than 100 miles of chairlift- and shuttle-served downhill trails, reaching up to 5,000 feet worth of vertical drop, and another 100 miles worth of cross country trails. An advantage of its southern location is that it's close to other famed trails of the Cedar City and St. George area.

    Brian Head Resort
    329 South Highway 143
    P.O. Box 190008
    Brian Head, UT 84719
    866-930-1010
    brianhead.com

     

    Article Written By Joe Fletcher

    Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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