Solitude, pre-powder, is still pretty great. Photo Courtesy of Solitude Mountain Resort.
Hiking, biking, fishing and lift rides are all great ways to experience fall, but getting outside doesn't require being in the middle of nowhere. There's plenty of autumn air in our resort towns to go around, so breathe deep at some of these open-air venues and enjoy.
Park City Farmers Market:
June 5–0ct. 9. Wednesdays, 11a.m.–6 p.m.
Local. Fresh. Organic. If these buzzwords don't get you excited for Park City Farmers Market, hosted at Canyons Resort, then the live music, art, crafts and homemade bread won't either.
Park Silly Sunday Market:
June 9–Sept. 11, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The autumnal equinox is your last chance to enjoy Park City's weekly open-air market. This bizarre bazaar sprawls down historic Main Street offering live music, local wares and dozens of dining opportunities.
Aug.17–0ct. 13. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Currently luring over 60,000 visitors a season, Snowbird's first Oktoberfest began in 1973 with two leather-clad Germans playing accordions. Today the festival includes a more distinguished blend of national German bands, yodelers and (of course) a slew of Bavarian brews.
Despite a lifetime in the outdoors, Steve Duke never planned on being "the god of snow and dirt." as a Facebook fan worshipfully dubbed him. In fact, before he became the terra-sculpting deity of Transitions terrain park every winter and the Bike Park each summer, Duke was majoring in business.
Now his board meetings consist of hitting the slopes beneath Super Condor or updating his favorite trails in the Bike Park—an amenity at Canyons he sees as his greatest professional achievement.
When asked which changes he's particularly proud of this year, Duke settles on Insurgent, a hard-charging expert trail that's been transformed "into more of a downhill, race-style singletrack. It's going to be fun!"
When he's not perfecting his magnum opus [or shredding its jumps, drops, and berms to pieces], Duke rides Wasatch classics like the Little Cottonwood Canyon downhill and Canyon Hollow to Rush—each trail reflecting his downhill addiction. As an unabashed gravity geek, Duke has only one piece of advice for the Bike Park's newcomers: "Lower your seat."
Thus saith The Duke.