- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Bars & Entertainment
- 8 Ride Guide
- 9 Other
- 10 Resources
The Canyons has some of the best inbounds tree-skiing you'll find anywhere. The resort is uniquely spread over a number of hills, so there are plenty of secret spots.
The Canyons is a 10-15 minute drive to Main Street of Park City where there are many restaurants, bars, shops, and one or two clubs. It is also a 5-10 minute drive to Redstone Shopping center, which has a few restaurants, stores, and coffee shops such as The Spotted Frog.
The layout of the resort means that it can take a while to get from one side to the other, which for some may be a plus. There are very few well-groomed pistes for intermediates.
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Phone: +1 435-649-5400
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Postal: 4000 The Canyons Resort Dr. Park City, Utah 84098
Salt Lake City International Airport is about 35 minutes away.
There are shuttle services at about USD$40 one-way from the airport to the Park City local area.
To drive take I-80 from Salt Lake City to exit 145 (note that the exits in this area are based on mile markers) and turn right off the exit onto 224 (a large McDonalds sign will let you know you are in the right place). After turning right it is roughly five minutes to the resort entrance, depending on traffic. The entrance is marked by a fairly large dark green sign which has "The Canyons" written in gold letters. In addition, you can see several runs from the main road, including Silverado Bowl, which is awesome.
There are two parking lots, an upper lot and a lower lot. The lower parking lot is the largest, and has a gondola called the Cabriolet which will take you to the bottom of the mountain. If you have to park in the back of the lower lot there is a bus, van, or wagon that goes around and takes you to the Cabriolet. The upper parking lot is more convenient, but often fills up quickly.
A free bus service runs within the Park City local area. Coming from the main transit terminal on Main Street in Park City takes half an hour.
There are plenty of hotels and condominiums in Park City.
The Canyons has a ski school which offers the usual array of packages, from 1-hour to full day private, half and full day group lessons, and clinics such as Park and Pipe, Women's, and others. There is also a full day childrens program.
Equipment can rented in the circular shopping area at the top of the Cabriolet, in the same complex as the Sundial Lodge. Equipment can also be purchased and repaired there.
Ample parking in two main lots. The bottom lot requires a cabriolet ride to the resort.
Pond Skimming is held each Spring
Just off the cabriolet is a convenience store and a coffee shop. At the bottom of the gondola which takes you to the main ski area ("The Flight of the Canyons") is a bar/restaurant. At the top of The Flight of the Canyons (which is the base of The Canyons as far as skiing is concerned) is Red Pine Lodge, the main dining area.
Red Pine Lodge
There are three levels to Red Pine Lodge. The bottom level is where the restrooms and Children's Ski School Lunch Room is. The ground level is the main floor where the main cafeteria is, and the second floor is mostly a bar. The cafeteria serves traditional ski area fare, including chili bowls, burgers, pizza, and hot chocolate. The bar on the second floor serves local brews, provides extra seating, and has a decent sized sundeck.
Beer is available in the cafeteria. Good beer is available at the bar upstairs.
There is a more formal, classy restaurant experience to be had at Lookout Lodge, atop the Short Cut and Golden Eagle lifts.
At the bottom the Daybreak and Dreamscape lifts is a hut-like dining establishment, which serves coffee, hot chocolate, and basic food. This hut does not serve full meals.
Bars & Entertainment
Go into Park City.
In the Spring, The Canyons hosts live acts outside.
Smokeys is an apres ski bar at the base of The Canyons, not far from where you load onto The Flight of the Canyons. Smokeys has standard bar food, as well as medium sized assortment of beers on tap and in bottle/can. Smokeys has a deck, TV's for watching things, and a lively atmosphere.
Redstone is a large shopping and residential area, containing some restaurants and various kinds of stores. Across the street is much smaller shopping center with a Mexican restaurant, pizza parlor, and one of the fine state liquor stores.
The Spotted Frog
The Spotted Frog is a combination of a bookstore, coffee/tea shop, and wine and cheese bar. There are many different kinds of tea, wine, and cheese, of which the staff is often very knowledgeable. There are also board games for your amusement, as well as a fair sized book store for perusing.
A restaurant that serves mostly American food and brews their own beer.
The first line in this section, "Go into Park City," refers to the Main Street of Park City. This is the equivalent of the Aspen Main Street you saw in Dumb and Dumber or the South Park episode about skiing. There are many restaurants, art stores, ski stores, a bookstore, and a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Store. And bars. Most of the bars in the Park City area are on this street.
The Canyons beginner area is accessed from the High Meadow chair, the base of which is at the Red Pine base area. The three runs in the High Meadow area are all greens, The Meadows, Meadow Way, and Alley Cat. The three runs quickly merge into a very wide and flat area (somewhat meadow-like) and lead back to the Red Pine base area.
Runs through the trees off Peak Five, Tombstone and Saddleback are excellent in good snow. 9990 has the steepest and most extreme terrain.
The aforementioned 9990 is the name of both the peak and the lift which brings one to the top of said peak. 9990 is thus named because it is peak is 9990 feet above sea level. A sign at the bottom of the 9990 lift warns that only advanced and expert skiers should board the chair, and that others have been warned. Many locals agree with the sign, and at least one vacationing father has been led down a double diamond chute by his teenage children, assuring passers-by that he was just enjoying the view. All of the runs on the 9990 peak are single or double diamond.
Out of Bounds
A number of gates from The Canyons lead to fantastic backcountry skiing in the Wasatch.
Parks & Pipes
The runs off the Shortcut and Golden Eagle chairs have good bumps.
The Canyons gets an average of 355 inches of snow a year. It tends to get a little more snow and lower temperatures than nearby Deer Valley and Park City, but less snow than the resorts of Big and Little Cottonwood canyons, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird, and Alta.