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The Canyons Ski Resort

The Canyons Resort Guide

The Canyons, United States

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

The Canyons Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift3,050m10,007ft
Resort Height2,070m6,791ft
 Nearest AirportSalt Lake City
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The Canyons at a glance

The Canyons is Utah’s largest ski and snowboard resort and one of the five biggest in the U.S. with 18 lifts covering 8 mountains and 3,700 acres.

 When will it snow in The Canyons?

The next notable snow forecast for The Canyons is 5cm2in, expected on 20 November, with around 9cm4in forecast over the next 7 days.

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The Canyons Facts, Stats and Ratings

The Canyons Rated

Ratings for The Canyons
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is The Canyons?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for The Canyons
Highest Lift3,050m10,007ft
Lowest Piste2,070m6,791ft
Resort Altitude (The Canyons)2,070m6,791ft
Max Vertical980m3,215ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

The Canyons Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for The Canyons
Pistes
Number of runs
134
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
18
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The Canyons Summary

The American Ski Resort of The Canyons has direct access to 134 marked pistes, served by a total of 18 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 2,070m6,791ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,050m10,007ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in The Canyons is 4km2 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Ninety Nine 90'.

Skiing in The Canyons

The terrain is very diverse from the “all green” High Meadow lift servicing only beginners’ runs to the “all black” Ninety-Nine-Ninety lift servicing only advanced and expert runs.

Most people like a nice long groomed run, and The Canyons has one of the longest - Harmony is a whopping 2.84 miles long winding its way through forests and under bridges. If tree skiing is your passion, you will find extensive forests of both pine and aspen. You can spend a week at The Canyons and not be able to ski all the runs.

Ninety-Nine 90's peak, the highest terrain in the resort, is one of the few sectors above the treeline - the vast majority of terrain being on forested slopes. If you like tree skiing then for thinly gladed terrain try The Pines on the north-side of Saddleback. For steep and deep the north-side trees off Tombstone is the best option. There are many other areas to attract advanced and expert skiers; most notable being the chutes on the south side of Murdock Peak with the powder slopes above accessible with a short hike.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in The Canyons

The Canyons' trail map includes the location of more than half a dozen natural half pipes, including one in the double black diamond terrain below Murdock Peak and another in the gladed terrain of Escape Woods, also rated double-black.

When is The Canyons open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for The Canyons.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in The Canyons.

Snow Making

The Canyons is able to make snow, with 40 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 18 ski lifts of The Canyons are able to uplift 38,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is The Canyons?

The Canyons is in Summit, Utah, United States.

How can I get to The Canyons?

 By Air

The nearest airport to The Canyons is Salt Lake City which is 39 minutes drive away.

Off the Mountain

The Canyons Aprés Ski

Most guests will head for Park City when the lifts close. Here there are some 20 or so bars and clubs to enjoy if you don't want to make a night of it in one of the restaurants. Favourites include Italian Cisero's Ristorante and Night Club and Mulligan's Irish Pub and Restaurant. Other evening activities include a choice of three cinemas, the Egyptian theatre - one of Utah's oldest working theatres , the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts and the Kimball Art Centre - a local network for visual artists.

It's easy to get in to Salt Lake for big city attractions and facilities, including NBA basketball, Utah's Symphony orchestra, Opera and Ballet companies and the Mormon's Temple Square and famous Tabernacle Choir. Trips to the casinos in nearby Nevada are also organised from here.

History and Development

The most remarkable North American resort development of the late 1990s, The Canyons evolved pretty much from scratch into a world class destination resort in less than two years. Everything changed at this ski area in July 1997 when the American Skiing Company acquired it. Formerly Park West and, for a brief period, Wolf Mountain, it was the poor relation to neighbouring 2002 Olympic destinations Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley.

The Canyons had $20 million lavished on it within a few months of the American Skiing Company take-over to create the biggest ever single-season expansion in Utah and North America's largest resort growth for that season. Five new quad chairs and Utah's first gondola, an eight seater, were installed as well as the Red Pine Mid-Mountain Lodge. By the following season The Canyons was the largest resort in Utah and the potential is for it to overtake the long standard US giants of Colorado and California to become the largest ski area in the US.

The opening of Ninety-Nine 90 peak added a further 800 acres for 1998 - 99 with a plan to reach 6000 acres by 2002, served by 20 high speed detachable quad lifts. These figures give The Canyons the biggest ski area in the US, second only to Whistler-Blackcomb in North America.

If a lift link was ever made to Park City Mountain Resort and/or Deer Valley - a relatively easy operation physically, if not politically - then the area would certainly be North America's and one of the world's largest ski areas.

The phemonenal on-mountain development has been matched by development at the base of the mountain where The Canyons Resort Village Center has been constructed. Centred on the 360 room four-star slopeside Grand Summit Resort Hotel, the village has been skillfully designed to give easy pedestrian access to all amenities. The village is designed using indigenous materials like Utah red rock and Wasatch pines. Native Utah designs like petroglyphs and pictographs will be featured prominantly.

The Canyons
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