Big news for Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort for 2015/16: expansion plans will merge the two resorts to become the largest single ski area in the United States, connected by a new high-speed gondola.
Huge terrain, huge powder and huge investment – Canyons is becoming epic. Canyons is a relatively new ski area and has seen a great deal of investment since it was renamed in 1997. Its brand new base area, modern lifts and vast terrain make if a firm favourite amongst the Utah ski resorts.
As the name suggests, the resort extends across tree-clad canyons and eight mountain peaks, with two gondolas and multiple high-speed quads spanning the gaps between them. The glade skiing is fantastic and the resort is so vast that you can nearly always find untracked powder, even well into the afternoon. The runs are biased towards intermediates and above with advanced skiers and boarders being offered a huge amount of easily accessible off-piste terrain. There is an excellent ski school and a well set up beginner area but runs for those just off the nursery slopes can be a bit limited. Canyons is also particularly good for snowboarding with 6 natural half-pipes, gullies and two superb terrain parks.
Off the Slopes
The resort base at Canyons is compact and modern. Many of the amenities are located in the large hotel and condo properties. There is a reasonable selection of shops and some great restaurants with the renowned Farm being foremost among them. Non-skiing options such as sleigh rides are available locally but many of the activities are based out of nearby Park City. However the Canyons has a lively event calendar and the newly remodeled Ski Beach at the base is a great place to relax with a beer and people watch. There isn’t really a big bar scene here so if you are looking for a serious party you will need to head into Park City.
There is a small pedestrianised village dominated by the Grand Summit Resort Hotel which offers extremely comfortable rooms and many amenities. The accommodation in all the properties is of a high standard and there is a good range of hotel rooms or studios and larger condos. Families will love it as it is one of the few truly ski in/out resorts in Utah and there are always some excellent early booking offers.
Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort are both within 15 minutes drive of Canyons, so being able to experience three excellent resorts in one holiday is effortless. They are all covered by the Three Resort International Pass. In addition there are four other resorts just 45 minutes way on the other side of the Wasatch range. For more details please see the Utah resort map.
If you are looking for even more adventure why not add on a few days in the stunning National Parks of Utah? Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park are the closest and offer some mind-blowing scenery. If you have more time you can also take in Moab, Arches and even the Grand Canyon finishing it all off with a night or two in Las Vegas. For more details please see our Utah and Las Vegas Ski Safari.