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  • 355 in of annual snowfall
  • 4000 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 9990 ft, base 6801 ft
  • 10% beginner, 44% intermediate, 46% advanced, 0% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/28/2014
  • Projected closing: 04/12/2015

Canyons Beginner Skiing

As one the largest resorts in Utah, and the top five largest in North America, novice skiers can bet they have plenty of Canyons beginner terrain options. Plus, beginners on a Canyons ski vacation have their pick of terrain and experiences with two other Park City ski resorts down the road:  Deer Valley and Park City.

Canyons Beginner Terrain

While the Canyons beginner skiing accounts for only 10-percent of the resorts’ 4,000 skiable acres, there are two beginner “learn to ski” areas that are perfect for progressing to intermediate and expert runs. One of the beginner zones is found at the base village, which features a short chairlift, Sunrise and two great beginner trails: Raptor Way and Hideout. Beginners will appreciate the skiing off of the Sunrise Lift, and the fact that they can enjoy rolling, gentle green circle trails−and views− high up on the mountain.

Canyons Ski School

Beginner skiers and snowboards will truly enjoy picking up a new sport at Canyons Resort. Not only does the ski school provide world-class instruction and a variety of half-day, private and group lesson options, but the ski school’s beginner area is located at the top of the Red Pine Gondola, so they too, can enjoy the spectacular Wasatch views. Once beginners have progressed they can make quick, fun laps on the Sunrise chair lift.  Canyons Ski School provides two clinics that will have skiers or riders sliding around and enjoying the mountains in no time. Canyons is an official Burton “Learn to Ride” [Link?] partner, so those looking to pick some snowboarding skills are certainly in the right place. The Burton program includes customized easy to learn on snowboards and a specific teaching method. First timers looking to ski will experience a similar level of attention to both equipment and theory.

To learn more about Canyons beginner skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Canyons Expert Skiing

Canyons expert skiing is seemingly endless. As the dominant type of terrain over the resort’s expansive 4,000 acres, expert skiing at Canyons is standout. With everything from trees to bowls, to chutes, to steep moguls and fall away groomed runs spread over Canyons nine peaks the most challenging part isn’t necessarily the leg-burning skiing, but deciding where to go. With all that world-class expert skiing to be had, and especially if you’re taking a short Canyons ski vacation, it’s important to have particular priority zones in mind, or you might end up in terrain or on long chairlifts lines you didn’t intend for.

Canyons Expert Terrain

All skiers have a preferred style or type of terrain, finding something that meets your expert skiing pursuits is easy at Canyons, but here are some of the best of the best . For those who are a little more daring, Murdock Bowl and Red Pine Bowl should be high on the list. Murdock Bowl is inbounds hike-to terrain from the top of Super Condor Express chairlift, and it’s sure to get your heart pumping in more than one way. Murdock is a series of long, wide, steep double black chutes; the further down the ridgeline you traverse the longer and steeper the chutes get. So to get ultra-radical you’ll want to head to One Hundred Turns. Red Pine Bowl, off of Ninety-Nine 90 Express chairlift, also features chutes, but they are much narrower and lined with trees. Red Pine Bowl also accesses don’t miss double black runs like Lower East Face and the expert glades of Fantasy Ridge. If there’s one area that you want to spend a lot of time in, it’s probably the terrain off the Ninety-Nine 90 Express chairlift. The Ninety-Nine 90 area is an expert skier’s slice of heaven with groomed and sometimes ungroomed cruisers, like Aspen Grove, 94 Turns and Talus Garden, plus all the steep glades on skiers right off the top of the lift. Expert skiers will never want to leave.

To learn more about Canyons expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Canyons Intermediate Skiing

With nearly half of Canyons’ 4,000 acres designated as intermediate, blue square skiers have an overwhelming amount of terrain to choose from.  Canyons recent base area and chairlift facelift−in 2010− also meant an upgrade in grooming equipment; the resort now boasts some of the best and largest grooming machines on the market. There are few resorts that can offer intermediate skiers what Canyons can.  State-of the-art grooming capabilities, combined with its expansive terrain, spread over nine peaks, allow skiers to full enjoy the whole mountain. The difficult part is trying to ski it all, since there’s just so darn much.

Canyons Intermediate Terrain

With the exception of Ninety-nine 90 chairlift, intermediate skiers can access incredible terrain from every lift. Intermediates can do quick laps on the trails surrounding Golden Eagle, Sun Peak Express and Saddleback Express lifts. Those in search of sustained cruisers should test out runs like Chicane and Sidewinder off the Tombstone Express lift. Upper Boa and Lower Boa off of the Super Condor Express lift is another long, meandering don’t miss Canyons intermediate run. But for more never-ending, gentle runs, head to the Dreamscape or Dreamcatcher lifts, from the top head skier’s left off the lift and ski Twilight to Harmony, which will drop you off at the bottom of Chicane lift. And even longer still, is Pipe Dream to Cascade, which brings skiers to the Timberline lift. 


Canyons is huge, spread out and tends to be challenging to navigate for people who have never skied there. A full or at least, half-day lesson may be well worth the money, so you can acclimate yourself right away, and enjoy your vacation skiing and not be glued to trail maps. Plus you’ll probably pick up some ski tips along the way.

To learn more about Canyons intermediate skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Canyons Lodging

Canyons offers a lodging experience for every ski vacationer, from a luxury experience at the Waldorf Historia to family friendly options with great views, pools and dining. Plus, nearby Park City lends itself to even more options, especially for someone on a budget. 

To learn more about Canyons lodging call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Things to Do in the Canyons

Canyons attracts people from all over the world, so you can find an activity to suit your interests.

  • One of the most popular things to do in Canyons is the Zip Tour Adventure. Based out of mid-mountain Red Pine Lodge area, the Canyons Zip Tour provides the adventurous at heart with an 800-foot-long tree top ride.
  • If you've ever dreamed of experiencing winter on the back of a dog-powered sled, it’s time make that dream a reality on a Canyons ski vacation and sign up for a dog sledding experience.
  • The whole family will love riding on one of Canyons horse-drawn sleighs. This 30-minute ride takes guests through Willow Draw, a beautiful winter wonderland.
  • Canyons also offers a network of snowshoe trails nestled within the ski resort terrain. Guided snowshoe tours are provided everyday from 10 a.m. to 2  p.m.
  • Get your cardio on and head out on a Canyons cross-country skiing excursion.

To learn more about things to do in the Canyons call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Canyons Restaurants

Choices, choices, choices. While Canyons hotels and its base village have some great dining options the nearby town of Park City is the culinary game changer. The pickiest eater all the way to a worldly foodie will thoroughly enjoy what Park City restaurants have to offer.  Hop on the free Park City shuttle, or take a taxi, and you’re minutes away from world-class contemporary American cuisine, steakhouses, fine-dining establishments, Asian-fusion and sushi joints and Southwestern restaurants.

The short bus ride to Park City is well worth the effort. Diners have their pick of upscale restaurants in Park City. One of the most popular and acclaimed Park City fine dining restaurants is Riverhorse on Main. This award-winning contemporary American restaurant has menu items to please every discerning palate from buffalo carpaccio to tuna tare tare to crusted Alaskan halibut and Colorado lamb rack. The wine list will also impress. 

Those under the Asian persuasion must visit Shabu on Main Street. The menu features classic sushi, sashimi and rolls plus some great fusion dishes that combine different Asian techniques and ingredients. Be sure to order the Wagyu Beef Hot Rocks and any of the signature sushi rolls, which are creative and extremely tasty. 

To learn more about Canyons restaurants call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Canyons Nightlife

With all of Park City bars, restaurants, night clubs and concert venues just a short bus ride away, you can bet that the late night scene is sure to please evening entertainment seekers. The actual Canyons nightlife scene is quite mellow since the base village typically shuts down right after dinner. That’s when party-goers jump on the free Town Lift to Park City. Park City has several live music venues, like Park City Live and the Eccles Center, which feature varied world-class performances that will delight every musical preference. You can also catch local live music at the Egyptian Theater, The Spur Bar and Riverhorse on Main.

Canyons Bars

Most Canyons bars are strictly après-ski hot spots or restaurants, so late night adventures are left to Park City, specifically Main Street. There, you’ll find historic saloons like No Name, local favorite like Utah’s first brewery, the Wasatch Brew Pub, or High West Distillery,which features locally handcrafted whiskey. For live music don’t miss The Spur or Flannagan’s and for nightclub visit the Sidecar, or Downstairs, a dark little spot that bumps pop/electronic mixes late into the night.

Canyons Après

The newly renovated base village, as of 2010, has vamped up Canyons après ski scene. While it’s certainly not on par with say, Aspen , Squaw, or Jackson Hole, the Ski Beach area lends itself to lounging crowds on sunny afternoons.  If you want to get the party started while the lifts are still spinning, head to Lookout Cabin. Located at the top of Golden Eagle and Short Cut lift, you’ll find a more traditional European style on-mountain après-ski experience at Lookout. To mingle with locals or watch a sports game, head to Drafts. For an upscale après hour pop in to the Grand Summit’s Cabin restaurant and lounge. 

To learn more about Canyons night life call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Canyons Luxury Ski Vacation

If your preferences swing towards upscale experience and amenities, then a Canyons ski vacation is right up your alley. From high-end ski in, ski out hotels, to fine dining options both in the base village and at nearby Park City, to world-class spas and detail-oriented services, a Canyons luxury ski vacation will exceed your expectations.

Canyons Luxury Hotels

Skiers and snowboarders who have high-end tastes will find several choice lodging options to choose from on a Canyons luxury ski vacation. 

  • A mere 30 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, the Waldorf Astoria Park City's location, private gondola access and signature world-class service and amenities makes it a Canyons list topper for luxury-seekers.
  • Located in the base village, the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Sunrise Lodge is surrounded by the stunning Wasatch Mountain range and is conveniently right next to the Sunrise Lift. Units range in size from studios to spacious suites with up to four bedrooms, providing all of the comforts of home for your family or group.
  • Enjoy the pleasures and comfort of home as well as the excitement of shopping, dining and nightlife just steps outside your door when you stay at the Vintage on the Strand. Truly a ski in, ski out location, the Vintage on the Strand is a thoughtfully planned out accommodation designed by some of Utah’s finest craftsman and features rustic European Alpine architecture that compliments its natural surroundings.

To learn more about a Canyons luxury ski vacation call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Canyons Budget Ski Vacation

With Salt Lake City International Airport under 40 miles away, getting to and from Canyons is very affordable. Pre-purchasing lift tickets through Ski.com will also help you save money. The convenience and wide variety of affordable condo options in Park City make a Canyons budget ski vacation quite doable. Once you’re there, it’s all about budgeting. Consider staying in a condo, splitting the costs with a group of friends or family members and then utilizing the kitchen to make a couple meals back at the unit. The task is quite difficult though with so many world-class Park City restaurants down the road.  If you do opt to dine out there are plenty of affordable options in Park City.

Canyons Budget Hotels

Located slopeside within the mountainside village of Canyons Resort, Hyatt Escala Lodge, is where convenience meets luxury for your next mountain getaway. This AAA Four Diamond resort features deluxe guest rooms, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites with full kitchens and spacious dining and living areas, most of which offer spectacular views of the Wasatch Mountain Range.

Just steps from the Red Pine Gondola, in the heart of Canyons Resort Village, the Sundial Lodge provides its guests with an exceptional and convenient ski in, ski out experience. It’s located within easy walking distance of ski school registration, Ski Beach, Alpine House restaurant, the Resort childcare center as well as many resort shops.

Westgate Resort and Spa offers the perfect winter destination for your next vacation, with ski in, ski out accommodations, a ski valet service and 146 ski runs ranging from beginner to professional. Villas ranging from studio to four bedrooms, feature full kitchens or kitchenette, whirlpool, fireplace and more amenities based on accommodations. This resort is located just 150 yards to the Canyons ski lift and five minutes to Park City. You’ll hardly know you’re staying at one of Canyons most affordable properties with balconies and patio, a basketball and tennis court, game room, activities program, playground, marketplace and deli, ping pong tables, scenic waterfall and underground parking.

Affordable Canyons Restaurants

If and when you do decide to go out for a nice meal, you want to get your money’s worth. Canyons restaurants trends toward the pricey end, so it’d be wise to head into Park City where there are more options. Locals’ favorite sushi joint Shabu offers Asian entrees sub $30, and you can get a couple rolls for that same price tag. If you’re looking for a heartier meal, head to Ghidotti’s for classic Italian fare. For a reasonably priced menu that speaks to every palate, Zoom is a great option. While there are a couple entrees slightly over $30, there are plenty of entrees and options sub $20. Zoom is owned by Robert Redford and features American bistro food with what they call a “Utah flare.” You can expect menu items ranging from burgers to pasta to ribs, fish or steak.

To learn more about Canyons budget ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Canyons Family Ski Vacation

No one will complain about being bored on a Canyons family ski vacation. The convenience of having three resorts (Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City), with different types of terrain and experiences, all centered around a world-class ski town, Park City, makes Canyons an ideal family ski destination. The duality of a Canyons family ski vacation is part of the appeal. Canyons especially caters to low-key, “family time,” with family friendly restaurants, and a relaxed evening experience. While families in search of a little more excitement can head into Park City, which is brimming with shopping, restaurants and family-friendly activities.

Canyons Family Skiing

Canyons terrain is best reserved for families who have a couple years of skiing under their belt, as the terrain trends towards intermediate to expert. The resort is massive, so nearly everyone in the family can find trails right for them. There are beginner trails scattered throughout the resort. But, “never evers,” or first time skiers, may want to opt for sister resort, Park City, but that’s the beauty of a Canyons family ski vacation.

Canyons Family Hotels

Great for families due to its convenient location, the Grand Summit Hotel—a AAA Four-Diamond resort—is an exceptional ski in, ski out facility. Just steps from the Orange Bubble Express and the vibrant Village, the Grand Summit Hotel puts families in the middle of all of the action. Its amenities and services combined with its assortment of residences are sure to help create lasting memories. Guests can choose from guest rooms, spacious studios or one- or two-bedroom residences complete with full kitchens featuring stainless appliances and coffee makers.

Canyons Family Restaurants

Canyons family restaurants offer dining experiences ranging from casual to upscale, all with menu items that will please both young, picky eaters to adults with a refined palate.  For a “stay-in” evening, families can order a pie from Canyons Pizza Company to their condo or hotel room, or grab lunch or dinner at Red Tail Grill, which features great salads, burgers and Mexican, sure to please every family member. The whole family will enjoy Drafts Sports Bar and Grill with their gourmet bar food menu. Their acclaimed burgers and stone-hearthed pizza, will delight parents and children alike. Throw in their 50 draft beers on tap, and beer-loving parents won’t want to go anywhere else.

Canyons Terrain Parks

Canyons is a great place for young groms to progress their terrain park skills. Young snowboarders or aspiring snowboarders−age three to six− will thrive at the Burton Riglet Park, located near the Red Pine lodge. This mini park features seven small features specifically designed to introduce small children to park “jibbing.” Youngsters and beginner terrain park riders and skiers, should also head to the Painted Horse Progression Park, off of Saddleback Express lift. The park offers small and medium features, allowing the whole family to try it out.

To learn more about Canyons family ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

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