The Canyons was the largest single ski resort in Utah with 4,000 acres, now it is merged with Park City. Vail Resorts purchased the Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort, so your lift ticket is valid at both, with 7,300 acres of interconnected skiing and riding. Skiing at the Canyons is as diverse as it is close to downtown Salt Lake City – just a 30-minute drive from the airport.
Staying at the Canyons at Park City is great for ski families – loads of terrain for everyone, and a modern base village with all the services imaginable from mountainside hotels, condo, to shops, restaurants and bars, plus après ski activities for the kids – and you’re just a free shuttle or short drive to Utah Olympic Park and downtown Park City, or ride the new transport Quicksilver gondola between Canyons and Park City ski terrain.
From the Canyons base village, The Red Pine gondola from the Grand Summit Hotel brings you to mid-mountain where you have eight peaks to explore. Terrain at The Canyons ranges from groomed cruisers on Tombstone’s to experts-only Peak 9990, named for the summit elevation, where you can access backcountry bowls. The Canyons heated Orange Bubble Express from the base to Sun Peak is another great place to start your ski day.
Peak 5, Dream Peak and Iron Mountain to the East offer up gorgeous glades, gentle winding trails. To the west is the the Canyon’s original ski terrain, previously called Park West, with skiing in Silverado, Rendezvous and Murdock Bowl. The Super Condor quad accesses chutes like Yard Sale, long groomed ridge runs with sweeping views, big bump runs or the tight twisty Canis Lupis – one of six “natural halfpipes” on the mountain that are banked, bumpy, loaded with turns and trees, offering an amusing alpine descent.
The Canyons Village is a great slopeside place to stay, host to numerous condo complexes and big hotels like the Grand Summit, Westin, Waldorf Astoria, Westgate, Sundial, Hilton and Hyatt Escala – all steps from a lift. Great restaurants like The Farm, Red Tail Grill and Umbrella Bars dot the pedestrian village. On mountain, we recommend the Lookout Cabin reached by the Orange Bubble quad, for great views and great food – one of our favorite ski restaurants for ski in and ski out lunch.
The Canyons was once known as Wolf Mountain – Park West. Talisker bought The Canyons from folded ASC. Then Vail Resorts purchased Park City in fall of 2014, so Canyons is now interconnected via Quiicksilver Gondola to Park City’s terrain – and part of Vail’s Epic Pass also good at Vail’s Colorado resorts, Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar in California. Eventually, if proposed Utah legislation passes, you will be able to ski the Utah Interconnect, which would link Deer Valley and Park City which is already linked to the Canyons via the new gondola, then ride a gondola from the Canyons to Solitude – there you could ski to Alta, Snowbird, and Brighton. That would be like a European skiing experience – ski touring from town to town, one interconnected ski resort to the next. Until then, Park City is a top resort for a Utah family ski vacation – easy to get to with plenty to explore.