The Canyons at Park City Stats:
Vertical: 3,200', Summit Elevation: 10,000'
Ski Acres: 7,300-acres including 14 bowls on 17 peaks
Lifts: 41, 300+ Trails
Average Snowfall: 355"
The Canyons in Utah is part of Park City, the largest
ski area in the US with 7,300 acres. One of the things we love about
skiing Park City is you can fly from the West or East Coast, and make tracks in deep Utah powder by
noon. Its not just a skiers dream, that's the dreamy reality of a Park City ski trip.
can be skiing and riding fresh Utah powder at Deer Valley,
The Canyons and
Park City Mountain (these two are interconnected) on
We hopped an early Delta flight out of Logan, and by 12:30pm Utah time we had
ridden two high speed lifts to 9,400-feet and we were floating on a foot of
fresh powder. With a direct flight to
Salt Lake City airport, Park City’s major ski resort is just a 30-minute
drive, so you can be clicking into your skis by noon. We had our ski boots and
ski clothing handy for a quick change, and rented skis and poles from
of lugging our own across the country). Ski Butlers met us at our Lodge, and in five swift minutes, we were dialed in for six days of skiing. To
say things were clicking would be an understatement.
In our six day Utah ski vacation, we skied
Deer Valley for two days
of soft snow and sublime service and then
Park City Mountain
Resort. In fact, Deer Valley abuts Park City and The Canyons which are now both owned
by Vail Resorts. Park City is connected by gondolas to The Canyons to make it
the largest ski resort in the US. And if the proposed Utah Interconnect - One Wasatch - passes
you will be able to ski between all Deer Valley and Park City, plus Alta, Snowbird,
Solitude, and Brighton.
Lodging at the Canyons at Park City, you can board the Red pine Gondola from the Grand Summit Hotel before 9am to mid-mountain where you have
nine peaks to explore, 4,000 acres, plus all the terrain of Park City. We inscribed our skis on Tombstone’s cruisers before
heading up to experts-only Peak 9990, named for the summit elevation. Here you
can hike to backcountry bowls or point ‘em down Magic Lines and Red Pine chutes.
No joke, this is avalanche prone territory so heed signage and patrollers.
5 and Dream Peak to the East offer up gorgeous glades, gentle winding trails and
more of those “real estate runs.” As you ski through The Colony, the largest ski
in ski out lots for sale in North America, you see one magnificent mansion after
another. Clearly this once sleepy ski area called Park West, and Wolf Mountain, is transforming into
a mega-mountain for millionaires.
Vail Resorts bought Park
City for $185 mil after a long legal battle - good news for skiers - you have
one ticket for 7,300 acres of skiing at 41 lifts including the new transfer gondola between the two Utah ski resorts. Park City
is part of
Vail Resorts Epic Pass,
which is good at 15 ski resorts.
The Utah Link - also called One Wasatch - has been proposed by Ski Utah
for public and state permit,
which would also connect The Canyons to Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird and Alta - making
for a European style ski experience of seven Utah ski
resorts. Keep in mind, Deer
Valley and Alta do not allow snowboarders.
Lodging at the Canyons we recommend The Grand Summit Hotel or The Silverado Lodge
for condo style
suites and hotels rooms plus nice outdoor pools and hot tubs. Other Canyons lodging
includes Hyatt, Westin and Waldorf Astoria, which are further from the Canyons
ski village- we have not yet reviewed - but
we plan to. You can walk to
restaurants in The Canyons convenient village like The Farm, or take a shuttle to the fun frontier town of Park City, home to the annual Sundance Film Festival,
western boutiques and the best Utah restaurants like High West Distillery, Fin at the Sky Lodge and Robert Redford's Zoom.
A Canyon’s must for lunch is Lookout Cabin, take the Short Cut lift from Red Pine
or the Orange Bubble chair from the base.
This mountaintop chalet has panoramic Wasatch Mountain views and table service
dining. Refueled, you are ready to explore the Canyon’s original ski terrain, in
Silverado, Rendezvous and Murdock Bowl. The Super Condor quad accesses chutes
like Yard Sale, groomed ridge runs with sweeping views, big bump runs or the
tight twisty Canis Lupis – one of six “natural halfpipes” on the mountain that
are banked, bumpy, loaded with turns and trees, offering an amusing alpine
descent (fun for kids and adults on short skis). To conclude our 3-mountain
6-day ski tour, we spotted a moose and her baby in the middle of the ski trail –
a sign it was time to return to Maine.
Skiers that want to ski waist-deep Utah biggest ski resort, and enjoy Utah's trademarked “greatest
snow earth,” should book a luxury ski vacation to Park City - one great
après ski town, the country's biggest ski resort plus
Deer Valley, all within a half hour airplane touchdown so you can be skiing on
your arrival and departure day. See our review of Park
City and our Park City ski photos.