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THE CANYONS , UTAH , USA

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

The American Ski Company purchased THE CANYONS UTAH in 1997 and quickly established a terrain improvement program which has seen a steady growth in the size of the resort every winter season since.  Today The Canyons is the largest ski and snowboard resort in Utah.

The Canyons Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The Canyons ski and snowboard terrain is spread across eight mountain peaks with double black diamond powder bowls, moguls, wide groomed trails and easy beginner trails. The Canyons is an all round family resort.  The terrain layout enables groups of different skiing and snowboarding abilities to catch chairlifts together then take different trails down meeting up again at the lift base.

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Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at The Canyons

The most advanced terrain in The Canyons is accessed via the Ninety Nine 90 Express Chairlift with themade up of steep and narrow powder chutes winding through thick trees.

A hike up the ridge from the top of the Condor Express Chairlift takes skiers and snowboarders into the open almost treeless steep Murdock Bowl where great deep powder turns can be had.

The Super Condor Express Chairlift has double black diamond steep ungroomed mogul runs on the left hand side and the Condor Woods on the right hand side which are excellent for tree skiing and snowboarding.

For morning warm up runs advanced skiers and snowboarders go to the Diamond Ridge and Quantum Leap trails leading down to the recently replaced high speed Tombstone Express Chairlift, the groomed Cloud 9 trail also leading down to the chairlift is excellent for giant fast GS turns.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at The Canyons

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders are free to explore the entire resort on tree lined corduroy groomed trails. Every chairlift, except the advanced Ninety Nine 90 Chairlift accesses intermediate trails.

From the top of Dream Peak ski or snowboard the curved and steep Pipe Dream trail back to the bottom of the Dreamcatcher Chairlift.  The Dreamcatcher Chairlift was introduced in the 2006/2007 winter season opening an extra 200+ acres of intermediate trails and heavily treed terrain.  A fun intermediate option from the top of Dream Peak is to take the very long Twilight trail leading all the way down to the base of the Tombstone Express Chairlift.

The steepest intermediate trails are the Aplande and Kestrel trails located on the right hand side of the Super Condor Express Chairlift; they are narrow and fast and on a crowded day become moguled very quickly.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at The Canyons

The majority of the gentle beginner terrain at The Canyons is at the top of the Flight of The Canyons Gondola. The trails under the High Meadow Chairlift are protected flat and wide.

Once confidence grows beginners should be able to happily access the Kokopelli trail leading down from the Saddleback Express Chairlift. In the early afternoon before the main crowds start heading back to the Village the long groomed intermediate home trail leading down from the Flight of The Canyons Gondola, Doc’s Run can also be easily negotiated by confident beginners.

The Ski and Snowboard School at The Canyons has lesson packages for first time skiers and snowboarders, they get a full day lesson, rental equipment and lift ticket for $99. The lessons meet at the Red Pine Lodge at the top of the Flight of The Canyons Gondola.

The Canyons Terrain Park

There are three terrain parks at The Canyons, one for each rider ability level.

The Progression Park, located off the Kokopelli trail is a beginner to intermediate park with small jumps and boxes and two mini quarter pipes.

Upper Respect Terrain Park located on the left hand side of the Sun Peak Express Chairlift is an intermediate to advanced park with sixteen large jump and rail features.

Lower Respect Terrain Park located downhill from Upper Respect is the advanced park with huge jumps and big street rails.

First Tracks at The Canyons

Every Wednesday and Saturday mornings skiers and snowboarders have the opportunity to make early morning first tracks, watch the sun rise while you have breakfast at Red Pine Lodge before carving it up.

The Canyons Snowcat and Heli Skiing / Snowboarding

Snowcat and heli skiing and snowboarding are operated by Park City Powder Cats & Heli Ski in the nearby Thousand Peaks Ranch. The Ranch is spread over 40,000 acres of privately owned land.

A typical heli skiing and snowboarding day consists of six runs between 8,000 and 12,000 vertical feet with one experience guide per three guests.

A typical snowcat skiing and snowboarding day consists of 8 to 12 runs between 8,000 and 12,000 feet with two experienced guides per group.

Gourmet picnic lunches and avalanche transceivers are provided.

Other Activities at The Canyons

Other activities at The Canyons include snowshoeing, balloon rides, cross country skiing and lift served snow tubing at Gorgoza Park. Bob sledding is available at Olympic Park 3 miles from The Canyons where a professional driver will take you down the ice track at breakneck speeds.

Shopping at The Canyons

There are not a lot of shops in the Village; Canyon Mountain Sports provides rental equipment and One Sweet Ride Snowboard Shop has all the latest snowboarding gear and clothing.

There is a Solid Edge Tuning and Repair Shop, a Surefoot store specialising in ski boot fittings, a Canyons Signature Collection Store selling logo appeal and souvenirs and a small general store.

For the latest in ski and snowboard equipment, fashion boutiques, factory outlet stores, art galleries, souvenir stores, jewellers and grocery and food markets go to Park City.

The Canyons Restaurants

On the mountain Lookout Cabin at the top of Lookout Peak has amazing views of the surrounding mountains serving sit down gourmet lunches and an extensive wine list.

In The Canyons Village The Cabin at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving only the freshest seasonal ingredients in beautiful surrounds.

The Westgate Grill has a great atmosphere and serving hearty meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For those who don’t want to move or simply can’t move after a long day on the slopes get a Canyons Pizza Company  pizza delivered to your hotel room.

For an unforgettable experience catch a snowcat drawn sleigh from the Village up to the Viking Yurt restaurant located just above the Red Pine Lodge. They serve five course delicious meals accompanied by lovely music.

For more restaurants go to Park City; it has more than one hundred restaurants and bars. The restaurants range from fine dining to take away fast food with European, American, Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican and seafood cuisine.

Nightlife at The Canyons

The most popular après ski bar in the small Canyons village is Smokie’s Bar and Grill, it’s a lively sports bar with big screen TVs, pool tables, a full bar and a large outdoor deck.

Those who want to party catch the free shuttle bus to Park City where the historic Main Street comes alive after dark.

The most popular night spot in Park City is The Sidecar located in Main Street, they are open late every night with dancing, DJs and live bands and have theme nights throughout the season and serve food until late.

The Hungry Moose Pub is a sports bar in Main Street with huge satellite and cable TVs broadcasting the latest sporting news and events and a full service bar.

The Bacchus Wine Bar in Main Street has over 100 wines available by the glass and is open until midnight every night and 1am on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Wasatch Brew Pub in Main Street has 7 home brews and a hearty dinner menu to suit all tastes.

Utah and Park City Liquor Laws

July 1st 2009 saw Utah’s strict and outdated liquor laws amended.  Bars no longer operate as ‘private clubs’ that require paid memberships for entry instead any patron under the age of 35 has their ID scanned and saved on file for 7 days.

Low strength beer can be purchased at grocery stores in Park City but only State Liquor Stores can sell full strength beer, wine and spirits. There are three State Liquor Stores in the town of Park City, no membership is required to purchase liquor from these stores.

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J. Downers, KY. The Canyons is the most perfect place for a family getaway. We stayed at the Grand Summit Hotel and every morning stepped out the door directly onto the gondola. The kids went to the ski school next to the Red Pine Lodge, it was all so easy, we would drop them off then go for a ski ourselves. I loved the ease of getting around the mountain, everything is so well linked and laid out perfectly. My husband is a boarder and he enjoyed it as much as I did on skis but our favorite part of the day was taking the children down Doc's Run in the afternoon and watching their confidence grow.

S. Walter, CA. I thought The Canyons was an alright resort but I would not recommend it. My general impression is a very beginner/intermediate resort that's well run but overrated. The hike across from the Ninety Nine 90 Express gives you some nice drop ins but that's about the only exciting terrain of the entire resort and the short chutes to the right hand side of the Super Condor Express claim to be double black diamond but should be changed to single diamond. I did love the gondola from the car park taking you to the ticket box, a small touch of class!

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
9,900
3,045
Base
6,800
2,073
Average Snowfall
355 inches
Lifts
17
Trails - view maps
163
3,500 acres
Terrain %
advanced
42
intermediate
44
beginner
14
Halfpipe
no
Terrain Park
2
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