The Canyons Ski Resort is one of three mountain resorts in Park City Utah. Canyons is a super mega-resort and a fabulous all-rounder with nine mountain peaks, loads and loads of varied terrain, great lift infrastructure, and of course the fabulous snow that Utah is famous for.
Canyons Resort Utah has been known under plenty of other guises in former years such as “Park City West”, “Park West” and “The Canyons”. And resort upgrades occur much more frequently than name changes, such that the Canyons Ski Resort has undergone amazing transformation over recent decades with nearly every lift, building and amenity replaced or improved. And now that the Canyons Resort Park City has been acquired by Vail Resorts, the development will definitely continue.
For the 2015-16 season, Park City Mountain Resort
and Canyons will be interconnected via a new gondola, smashing the resorts to uber status as the largest in the USA. The combined areas will be called Park City Mountain Resort, but the Canyons zone will be called “Canyons at Park City”. Yet another new name as part of its ongoing reinvention!
Canyons at Park City Ski and Snowboard Terrain
The Canyons Ski Resort side is rather large in its own right with 182 trails and 4,000 acres (1,619 hectares) of skiable terrain. Canyons’ claim to fame is that they are the largest Utah ski resort. The only problem is that Powder Mountain
also claims to be the biggest with 4,700 acres (1,900 ha) of inbounds terrain, and it all comes down to whether bus serviced terrain should be counted in the statistic. Of course when you look at the combined Canyons and Park City ski area of 7,300 (2,954ha) acres, it blows any debate right out of the water!
Canyons at Park City has 21 lifts (19 for skiing and snowboarding), which includes gondolas and lots of fast speed quad chairs and a 6-pack chairlift.
The Canyons skiing
terrain provides plenty of diversity for all ability levels, but it has an abundance of intermediate runs and a bias towards the advanced rider. Canyons Resort has easily accessed sidecountry (out-of-bounds) skiing, but there’s enough in-bounds terrain such that you don’t need to ski the same run twice.
Highlights of the terrain include the great fall-line cruisers of varying pitch, and the impressive tree skiing in the well gladed areas. And unlike at Deer Valley, snowboarders are definitely welcome at Canyons, and with many natural half-pipes and three terrain parks, there’s plenty on offer for shredders.
Whilst not quite the extraordinary snow volumes found in the Cottonwood Canyons, an average of 355 inches (9 metres) per season at the Canyons ski resort is still pretty impressive. And like the other Utah ski resorts
, the powder is generally of superb quality.
Where is Canyons Resort Park City?
The Canyons Ski Resort is only 4.6 miles from downtown Park City Utah, 4 miles from the main base of Park City Mountain Resort
, and only 5.7 miles from Deer Valley Resort
. All three of the Park City ski resorts are readily interconnected by a free bus system.
Canyons Resort is only 33 miles west of the Salt Lake City International Airport. There are lots of transfer options between the airport and Canyons, and these can be provided as part of a Canyons ski package
Canyons Resort Lodging and Village
The village is growing and there are various Canyons hotels and condo properties. The Canyons lodging options generally range from deluxe to luxurious, and many of the accommodations are ski-in ski-out, or very close to it. See our Canyons Resort lodging page for more information.
Canyons Accommodations Listings
Another option is to stay in Park City lodging
which can provide easy access to a greater range of restaurants, bars and shops than at Canyons. Park City accommodations are also typically upscale, but for those travelling on a budget, there are some inexpensive lodging options a little off the main drag.
Park City Accommodations Listings
The Canyons village and resort provide all the required amenities for skiers and snowboarders including equipment rental shops, a handful of retail shops, a large ski school, and child care. There are several Canyons restaurants
, bars and eateries that range from casual to upmarket. The nightlife can be very vibrant during specific events; otherwise the nightlife is typically more on the subdued side.
The ultimate Canyons activity is heli skiing or heli boarding with Powderbird
, a superb way to score fresh powder and enjoy the amazing scenery of the Wasatch Range. And conveniently, the helicopter leaves from near the top of the Red Pine gondola. A little further afield, another powder hound activity is to go cat skiing with Park City Powder Cats
Other activities at or near the resort include sleigh rides, zip lining, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and day spa treatments.
Pros and Cons of Canyons Resort Park City
- The size of the terrain makes this a great stand-alone destination resort, as most riders are not likely to get bored too quickly, and the other Park City ski resorts are also easily accessible.
- Like the other Park City resorts, Canyons caters incredibly well to intermediates. The difference is that it is has better upper end intermediate slopes. The variety of advanced terrain is also impressive.
- Unlike at PCMR and Deer Valley, Canyons has gated access to great sidecountry and backcountry.
- Heli skiing with Powderbird is available at the resort.
- Canyons Resort is very popular with families; in part due to the convenient location of the accommodations and great ski school and child care.
- It’s very close to a major international airport.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
- Canyons Resort doesn’t receive as much snowfall as the Cottonwood resorts, although the volume is about average for a major western USA resort.
- This is a high profile resort that attracts lots of people for very good reason. For powder hounds, this means that in-bounds freshies don’t tend to last long.
- There are no economical lodging options and ski school and ski rentals are pretty expensive.
Tours That Include the Canyons Ski Resort
- A lift pass is outrageously expensive if you rock up to the ticket window or if you only ride for a few days, but if you purchase an Epic pass it offers great value for money if you want to go for a week plus (and especially if you want to visit other Vail resorts).
- Canyons has something on offer for everyone, although the resort is progressively marketing itself mostly to a luxury market.