In the summer of 2010, Canyons initiated sweeping upgrades designed to 'transform' the resort. The base terminal of Red Pine Gondola was relocated to create a new gathering area called Ski Beach. Two new high speed quads were installed, including Orange Bubble Express, the first chairlift in North America with heated seats. The addition of Iron Mountain Express opened 300 acres of new terrain. A dozen dining venues were added or upgraded, including The Farm at Canyons which was named Best New Restaurant in Utah in 2012. A 20-million-US-gallon (76,000 m3) snowmaking pond was installed, significantly enhancing the resort's snowmaking capacity and allowing for opening-day skiing to the resort village for the first time in 2011.
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 Co. (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 sale to Talisker Corp. was finalized in 2008. The "the" was dropped in 2010 and the official name is now Canyons Resort. On May 29, 2013, it was announced that Vail Resorts would operate Canyons under a 50-year lease, with six 50-year renewal options.
Orange Bubble Express (Hi-Speed Quad) (the only chairlift in North America with heated seats; has orange fiberglass "bubble" that is pulled down and over the skier(s) while riding on the chairlift; replaced Golden Eagle double.)
Iron Mountain Express (Hi-Speed Quad)
Dreamscape Chair (Quad)
Dreamcatcher Chair (Quad)
High Meadow Chair (Quad)
Timberline Chair (Quad) (two-way access lift between Tombstone and Iron Mountain lifts)
Peak 5 Chair (Quad)
Short Cut Chair (Triple)
Day Break Chair (Triple)
Sunrise Chair (Double)
Flat Iron Chair (Double)
Sweet Pea (carpet)
Rip Cord(Tow Rope)(Little Rubber Grippers on Rope)
Largest single ski and snowboard resort in Utah.
Beginner: 10% (Green Circle and Double Green Circle)
Intermediate: 44% (Blue Square and Double Blue Square)
Expert: 46% (Black Diamond and Double Black Diamond)
Bistro at Canyons opened in December 2011. Inspired by Parisian neighborhood restaurants, Bistro serves modern American cuisine prepared to kosher standards. Bistro is the only restaurant at an American ski resort that prepares kosher food.
Slopes opened in December 2011 at Waldorf Astoria Park City. Fine dining.
Umbrella Bar offers burgers, beers and people-watching in the heart of the village.
Red Tail Grill features southwestern food and has a popular outdoor deck.
Sprint Grand Prix; Canyons hosts the Grand Prix of Skicross and Snowboardcross. USA's Faye Gulini and Trevor Jacob won the snowboardcross gold medals in 2013. Canada's Dominique Maltais and Austria's Markus Schairer won the snowboardcross gold medals in 2012. The top American finishers were Faye Gulini and Nate Holland. Canada's Marielle Thompson and Chris Del Bosco won gold medals in skicross in 2012. The top American finishers were Langely McNeal and Joe Swensson.
Spring Gruv; Ten days of concerts and special events including Pond-Skimming and Schlittentag.
Mountain Biking: The Summer of 2011 marked the first phase of a new mountain bike park. Accessed off the High Meadow chair lift located at the Red Pine Mid-Mountain Adventure Area, the new park offers three wide trails with smooth, gravity-focused riding for all abilities that complement the existing network of cross-country trails throughout the resort.
Hiking: Canyons offers comprehensive hiking experiences with trained naturalists as guides.
Zip Tour: Another high-speed adventure new to Canyons is the unique zip line circuit. This one-of-a-kind family experience features two thrilling zip lines, gondola and chair lift rides, and short hikes for a wide-ranging mountain adventure. One zip line cruises 800 feet with an 8 percent grade. The other stretches more than 2,100 feet - from Lookout Cabin to Red Pine Lodge area - with a 10 percent grade. Zip Tour is also open during winter, conditions permitting.
Boating: Beneath the Orange Bubble Express is an alpine lake for paddle boating, fishing, picnics.
Miniature Golf: The Resort Village area has a fun-filled miniature golf course. This 18-hole mountain-themed course is located near Ski Beach between Red Tail Grill and The Farm restaurants.
There is access to National Forest Service backcountry from the top of the Ninety-Nine 90 and Peak 5 lifts. Posted signs advise backcountry travelers to carry proper equipment including a beacon, a probe and a shovel. Once travelers go through the designated gates heading into the backcountry, Canyons Resort is no longer responsible for their safety. It is also advised to check the current avalanche conditions for the area: Utah Avalanche Center Accessing the backcountry by ducking ropes, or any way other than through the designated gates, will result in loss of ride privileges at Canyons Resort.