Most people would agree that waiting in lift lines is not the most fun. Luckily, Canyons lift lines are very short, if there is any line at all.
What Makes It Great
As one of the largest resorts in Utah, a day at Canyons is an adventure for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Unlike many resorts in the US, Canyons has a wide, rather than deep, design that spreads out the crowds and offers the most varied terrain of the Park City resorts. While this creates a bit of a bottleneck before 9am on a powder day, a recent re-design at the base alleviates much of the traffic problem by offering a few options for getting up higher. Once you reach the top, the crowds spreads nicely across the wide resort and lift lines vanish. Traversing from one end to the other can take the entire day.
A short hike from the top of the 9990 chair gets you to the ridgeline and accesses some of the best side-country skiing in the U.S. Be careful though as this is expert terrain and is not avalanche controlled.
If terrain parks are of interest Canyons has a great park without the chaos often experienced at other terrain parks in the area. Canyons has been expanding and improving their facilities in recent years and most would agree it gets better every year.
Most Canyons locals have a secret stash and are happy to share advice of where the best snow is that day. Canyons is basically split down the middle with the Tombstone express chair connecting the north and south sides, this chair gives access to some of the best groomed terrain at the resort. Both sides provide great powder access and groomers. On big snow days you can often find yourself alone on an untouched pitch. Go check out what’s new and discover your own secret stash.
Canyons on-hill and apres ski options rival Deer Valley in quality. Some of the best barbecue in Utah is found mid-mountain. At the base, there are many great restaurants—it's hard to go wrong. The spring concert series brings in great bands every week and the village has plenty of amenities to help unwind from a high mileage ski day or entertain the non-skier in the group.
Who is Going to Love It
Canyons Resort has a huge amount of terrain and there’s plenty for skiers of every ability level.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Canyons is easy to get to from downtown Salt Lake City. Just take I-80 east to exit 145 for Kimball Junction. This will put you on highway 224 south to Park City. Take 224 for about 3.5 miles and you’ll see the sign for Canyons on your right.