The Ski Mountain
With 4,000 skiable acres and more than 180 trails, Canyons Resort is Utah’s largest resort. Located in Park City, Utah, it’s a short 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. The nine peaks that comprise Canyons make it an intermediate and advanced skier’s playground, though its sheer size offers a variety of terrain for every skier. Getting from peak to peak can take time, so the resort loves to call attention to the first heated chairlift in North America – Orange Bubble Express. If you plan to visit Canyons, know it’s not possible to explore all of the terrain in one day.
The Mountain Experience
Canyons Resort mixes a friendly vibe and extensive terrain with great amenities and a touch of luxury for an experience all its own. Intermediate skiers will find more than ample room to play. High-end service and well-maintained trails are the norm. As one of Utah’s most popular resorts visitors are incredibly diverse coming from all over the world and ranging from first timers to seasoned experts.
Canyon Resort Ski Terrain
• Beginner: Approximately 10 percent of the resort’s terrain is designated for beginners. It may seem minimal, but that’s 400 acres! Much of the intermediate terrain offers great stepping-stone trails for those looking for more challenge. First-timers and learners particularly like the High Meadow lift with its access to gentle trails that speed the learning curve.
Current Snow Conditions
• Intermediate: Roughly half of Canyons’ terrain is for intermediate skiers. The Saddleback Express offers a number of fun intermediate runs such as Snow Dancer and Kokopelli. Wide open and with gentle pitch these long runs are great for cautious skiers and those just getting their legs under them. The Iron Mountain Express chair accesses five intermediate runs with fewer skiers because of the distance from the base area making it a great spot to hit when the snow is fresh.
• Advanced: The Ninety-Nine 90 lift (experts only) is one of the resort’s most popular attractions soaring to the resort’s summit at 9,990 feet. From the top Red Pine Bowl, Dutch Hollow and Charlie Brown are filled with ungroomed steeps and tight trees. Lower on the mountain Super Condor Express offers shorter advanced trails.
Around the Mountain
• Terrain Park: Three terrain parks cater to all abilities. Painted Horse, a progressive park for all levels, features a wallride, jumps and jibs designed for those entering the park for the first time and those stepping up their skills. Canyons’ largest park, Transitions, features intermediate and advanced jibs and rails and an extensive line of big jumps from 30 to 50 feet. Bust out your POV camera and hit Elwoods Park for unique footage. The park highlights natural features, or as the resort puts it, “bringing freeriding back to the woods.” The Burton Riglet park is designed especially for kids ages three to six learning how to snowboard.
With such vast terrain planning is key. Review the trail map before hitting the slopes because navigating 4,000 acres can be tricky. You don’t want to find yourself at the opposite end of the resort as your condo just before the lifts stop running. If you’re lost, look for someone wearing a jacket that reads “Canyons Ambassador.” He or she will tell you give you detailed directions.
To cover the most ground in a single day, get to the base lifts early and avoid them throughout the day – you’ll be plenty satisfied with the higher elevation terrain. Also, avoid the Orange Bubble Express if you don’t want to face a long lift line.
Après skiing is synonymous with enjoying a cocktail or two after skiing, but why not relax with a massage as well? The resort’s many spas offer massages, pedicures, hot stone treatments and much more – just what you need to treat your ailing muscles. Don’t miss out on the spring concert series every Saturday. Local to nationally known names play free shows in the base village.
For great food and quality cocktails visit The Farm, an elegant Canyons favorite that offers locally and regionally sourced and inspired food. Cloud Nine (cafeteria-style innovative cooking) and the Tombstone Grill are equally delicious options with more casual settings. Canyons is located just five miles from Park City’s Main Street close enough to enjoy excellent shopping or visit one of the 100 bars and restaurants in town.
Historic mining town, now with restaurants and culture, home to three resorts offering near unlimited ski terrain.
Nine hotels are available at the resort. Places such as Grand Summit Hotel, Hyatt Escala Lodge and Westgate Resort are conveniently located steps from the Red Pine Gondola. Canyons is dotted with many ski-in ski-out condos so you can be out of your boots and hot tubbing within minutes. Use the “Explore Canyons Resort’s Best Ski Lodging Deals” box above and right to find your best Lodging choices.
Skiing with Kids
Like many Vail-operated resorts, the staff makes skiing with kids easy and enjoyable. Canyons has a well organized Ski & Ride program and efficiently runs the operation. Instructors come from all over the globe to offer top-notch lessons here. Private and group lessons are available for families and friends. A state licensed child care center is also available.
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By Crystal Zurcher