Canyons Resort entrance sign
|Location||Park City, Utah|
|Nearest city||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Coordinates||40° 41′ 9.8329″ N, 111° 33′ 23.3449″ W|
|Vertical||3,190 ft (970 m)|
|Top elevation||9,990 ft (3,040 m)|
|Base elevation||6,800 ft (2,100 m)|
|Skiable area||4,000 acres (1,600 ha)|
- 10% beginner
- 44% intermediate
- 46% advanced
|Lift system||21 (19 Skiable)|
|Snowfall||355 inches (900 cm)|
Canyons Resort is one of three alpine ski resorts located in Park City, Utah. With 19 chairlifts, 4,000 acres (1,600 ha) of skiable terrain and an average of 355 inches (9,000 mm) of snow each winter, Canyons is the largest ski and snowboard resort in Utah. The base area is located 32 miles (51 km) from the Salt Lake City International Airport, accessed via Interstate 80, and is four miles (7 km) from Main Street in Park City, along State Route 224.
In the summer of 2010, Canyons was significantly upgraded by Talisker Corporation in order to compete with the other nearby resorts. As of the 2013-2014 season Vail Resorts is running resort operations.
The ski area opened as Park City West in 1968, a sister resort to the nearby Park City Mountain Resort, opened five years earlier. It was renamed ParkWest in 1975 after a change in ownership, and the name was changed again in 1995 to Wolf Mountain for two seasons, then became The Canyons in 1997, after the acquisition by American Skiing Company (The small ski area currently known as Wolf Mountain (since June 2005) is the former Nordic Valley near Ogden.) In 2007, American Skiing Company sold all of its assets and dissolved as an active corporation. The Canyons sale to Talisker Corporation was finalized in 2008.
In 2010, Talisker finished significant upgrades to the resort and officially changed the name to Canyons Resort. The upgrades included relocating the base terminal of Red Pine Gondola to a new gathering area called Ski Beach, installing two high speed quads (including Orange Bubble Express, the first chairlift in North America with heated seats), opening Iron Mountain and 300 acres of new terrain, and many new dining and retail outlets.
The Canyons under Vail Resorts
Vail Resort announced a plan to combine Canyons Resort with Park City Mountain Resort through an interconnect gondola in 2015. The combined areas will be called Park City Mountain Resort, but the Canyons section will be renamed Canyons at Park City. In addition, Vail will improve snowmaking and the mid-mountain chalet, Red Pine Lodge.
Canyons Resort covers nine mountain peaks with maximum elevation of 9,990 ft (3,040 m) on Peak 9990. The large amount of terrain has 182 trails, five bowls, six natural halfpipes, and three terrain parks. Side mountain and backcountry skiing on the surrounding National Forest land can be accessed through gates found on some of the peaks. Since 2010 Canyons has hosted an annual race as part of the Sprint Grand Prix of Skicross and Snowboardcross.
In the summer Canyons Resort has an extensive trail system open for mountain biking or hiking. The resort also operates two zip lines and a miniature golf course.
As with most four-season resorts, Canyons Resort has numerous upscale dining, shopping, and lodging options. The village also hosts many concerts throughout the year at its outdoor amphitheater.
- "Canyons Resort History". Canyons Resort. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- "Vail Resorts to operate Canyons Resort in Park City". Salt Lake Tribune. May 29, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- "2015 Resort Improvement Project." Canyons Resort. Vail Resorts, n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2015. <http://www.canyonsresort.com/mountain/resort-master-plan.aspx>.
- "Mountain Statistics". Canyons Resort. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- "Sprint Grand Prix Comes to Canyons". Canyons Resort. November 8, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- Canyons Resort - official site