The Canyons Ski Resort in Utah is a large destination resort with terrain to satisfy all skiers and boarders. It is the first resort one reaches when traveling from Salt Lake City to Park City and a short drive to other area resorts (Park City or Deer Valley).
The Canyons is in the top five largest resorts in the US with access to eight mountain peaks and access to two out of bounds areas if the in-bound terrain is not enough for you.
Heli skiing is an option too.
The most treacherous terrain is gated so you will not accidentally end up going down a double black diamond chute. You will have been warned.
A video tour of The Canyons Utah ski resort
A panoramic view of Sundial Lodge and shopping village area at the base of Canyons.
(best viewed in full screen mode)
The Canyons Resort Terrain:
Beginners and Intermediates:
This mountain has plenty of terrain for the beginners and
All lifts serve at least one intermediate or beginner run so there is no warning which has to be issued about any of the lifts nor will you be trapped at the top in a state of panic.
Alpenglow intermediate blue run (off of Dreamscape lift)
Docs Run - the last stretch before the base area (off of Orange Bubble lift)
The Orange Bubble lift is appropriately named for the futuristic looking orange bubble enclosure with heated seats.
Dutch Hollow (off of Ninety-nine Ninetylift)
Paradise Chutes (off of Tombstone Express lifts)
The Canyons is a tree skiing paradise with plenty of open skiable tree groves off of Peak 5, Ninety-nine Ninety Express, Super Condor and Saddleback Express lifts.
Many go there to seek untouched powder and are not disappointed.
The Aspen Grove (off of Ninety-nine Ninety Express lift)
Silver Horse (off of Saddleback Express lift)
There appears to be no "signature mogul run" although moguls certainly exist on the more advanced runs.
Out of Bounds:
The Canyons Resorts has two accessible "off piste", "out of bounds" gates:
Top of Ninety-nine Ninety lift - take a left
Top of Peak 5 lift - go straight
There is a ski patrol hut at both and it would be wise to talk to them first.
This is not patrolled, groomed or avalanche controlled.
Out of bounds areas are skied at your own risk.
The Canyons lists one terrain park, "Respect", which contains features and jumps for all.
There are also six natural half pipes: (all are marked on the trail map)
Canis Lupus (black): Take a right at the top of Super Condor Express lift to "Upper Boa" and Canis Lupus.
STH (black): one can get there from either the Sun Peak Express or Super Condor Express and is accessible from the run "Ez Street".
The Tube (black): at the top of Short Cut lift or the midway exit for Orange Bubble lift, next to the run "Grizzly".
Hurricane Alley (blue): take Saddleback Express lift to "Kokopelli" to "Pine Draw".
Tunnel of Fun (blue): take Saddleback Express lift to "Kokopelli" to just after "Painted Horse".
Pinball Alley (black): take a right at the top of Tombstone Express lift to "Red Pine Road"
The Canyons Apres Ski:
Check out Red Tail Grill, the Umbrella Bar and Alpine House all at The Canyons.
The town of Park City is also an option.
Where To Eat:
There are plenty of mountain lodges which serve food:
Red Pine Lodge
Lookout Cabin (gourmet)
Base of Tombstone
Base of Dreamscape and Daybreak
Lookout Cabin gourmet dining (mid mountain exit on Orange Bubble/top of Shortcut)
Red Pine Lodge (mid mountain at the top of Red Pine Gondola)
Waffle House (breakfast waffles on the mountain)
A panoramic mid-mountain view from the base of "Saddleback Express" and "High Meadow" Lifts (top of Red Pine Gondola).
(best viewed in full screen mode)
Village & Shopping:
The Canyons is a Park City area resort and Park City is a shopping and shop viewing dream for those so inclined.
The Park City art galleries, shops and stores are open late to catch those on an evening stroll.
That said, there is "Canyon Mountain Sports", a snowboard shop and a ski repair and tuning shop at the Canyons Resort Village at the base to suit your alpine needs as well as lots of shops around Sundial Lodge.
The Canyons Night Life:
As a Park City area resort we really have to talk about night life in Park City.
The town of Park City is close, its a walking friendly town (almost everything is on one street) and it has the best nightlife in Utah.
Directions to The Canyons resort:
One must first get to the Salt Lake City area which is a Delta Airlines hub with service nationwide and thus easily accessible by air.
The Canyons ski area is located 35 minutes from Salt Lake City airport on your way to the town of Park City.
From Salt Lake City:
Take Interstate 80 East (merges with I-15) through Salt Lake City to exit 145 (Park City)
Take SR-224 for two miles to Canyons Resort Drive and turn right into the resort
Utah Transit Authority (UTA): 1-888-RIDE-UTA (1-888-743-1882)
UTA ski buses are available from downtown Salt Lake City hotels and 15 other hotels in the greater metropolitan area as well as "park and ride" areas along the way.
Correct change is required.