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Resort guide to The Canyons - USA

Modern, high quality ski village with premium lodging options and large ski area

Overview

The Canyons resort guide - a general overview

Since the turn of the century The Canyons has under gone something of a transformation with new lifts making the ski area really pretty large (4,000 acres) and a modern lift base lodgings complex. There are regular shuttle buses that connect The Canyons with Park City and the Tri resorts Internation Lift Ticket also includes Deer Valley. This makes the Park City resorts the largest ski area in one Valley in North America, although the 3 resorts are not all connected by lift.

At 9,390 acres, the combined area is 1,200 acres larger than Whistler-Blackcomb (8,170 acres). This fact is very little recognised in the UK. Ski holidays in The Canyons offer 4,000 acres of terrain which puts it alone at 4th or 5th place in the USA before the addition of the Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley acreages.

The skiing is mainly intermediate in nature but there are plenty of steeper North facing pitches also which gives plenty to do for the expert. There are nursery slopes both at village and mid mountain with excellent progression opportunities for beginners onto both mid-length and very long greens. Lifts are modern and fast, the signage is good but as with any large resort.

Since 2010 The Canyons has made considerable effort to develop a 'ski beach' which is situated next to the village square by the foot of the main Red Pine Gondola. The village square itself has outdoor performance space and is now much livelier from mid afternoon until early evening. Iron Mountain opened in 2010 on the south east edge of the resort and this offers mostly intermediate slopes.

9390 acres

2,075m - 3,045m

Airports

SALT LAKE CITY
(30 minutes)

Resort statistics

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • International lift pass includes Park City (3,300 acres) and Deer Valley (2,026 acres)
  • Great snow record with an average 350 inches a year
  • Modern lift system and a modern base resort with high quality lodging properties
  • Most accommodation is ski-in and ski-out and very close to the main lift stations

Cons

  • Few runs of more than a mile in length other than greens
  • Some of the ridges have runs which face south although this can be a bonus in midwinter
  • The village although modest and of good quality can be quiet at night.

The Canyons Resort Map