Canyons Resort

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Canyons Resort
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Canyons Resort
Canyons Resort
LocationPark City, Utah
Nearest citySalt Lake City, Utah
Coordinates40° 41′ 9.8329″ N, 111° 33′ 23.3449″ W
Vertical3,190 feet (970 m)
Top elevation9,990 feet (3,040 m)
Base elevation6,800 feet (2,100 m)
Skiable area4,000 acres (6.3 sq mi; 16 km2)
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 10% beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 44% intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 46% advanced
Lift system21 (19 skiable)
Terrain parks3
Snowfall355 inches (900 cm)
Night skiingNo

Canyons Resort was one of three alpine ski resorts located in Park City, Utah. Prior to 2015, there were 19 chairlifts, 4,000 acres (6.3 sq mi; 16 km2) of skiable terrain and an average of 355 inches (9,000 mm) of snow each winter, making Canyons 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. In 2013, Talisker and Vail Resorts signed a 50-year lease for Vail to run the resort operations. One year later, Vail Resorts purchased neighboring Park City Mountain Resort and merged the two resorts via an interconnect gondola, re-branding as Park City at that time. The former Canyons base area was then renamed as Canyons Village at Park City.[1]

The resort has also been used as a major concert venue hosting artists such as Heart, Meat Loaf, Barry Manilow, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Sheryl Crow, Bon Jovi, Sting, The B-52's and The Beach Boys.[2]

Ski Beach with Orange Bubble in the background


The ski area opened as Park City West in 1968, a sister resort to the nearby Park City Mountain Resort which 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 (not to be confused with the small ski area currently known as Wolf Mountain near Ogden, Utah) for two seasons, then became The Canyons in 1997, after the acquisition by American Skiing Company. 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 (0.5 sq mi; 1.2 km2) of new terrain, and many new dining and retail outlets.[3]

On May 29, 2013, it was announced that Vail Resorts would operate Canyons under a 50-year lease, with six 50-year renewal options.[4]

Canyons under Vail Resorts[edit]

Vail Resort announced a plan to combine Canyons Resort with Park City Mountain Resort through an interconnect gondola between Iron Mountain at Canyons and the Silverlode lift at PCMR in 2015. The combined areas are operating as Park City Mountain Resort, but the former Canyons base area has been renamed Canyons Village at Park City. In addition, Vail has improved snowmaking and the mid-mountain chalet, Red Pine Lodge.[5]

Resort description[edit]

Prior to its merger with Park City Mountain, Canyons Resort covered nine mountain peaks with maximum elevation of 9,990 feet (3,040 m) on Peak 9990. The terrain had 182 trails, five bowls, six natural halfpipes, and three terrain parks.[6] Side-mountain and backcountry skiing on the surrounding National Forest land could be accessed through gates found on some of the peaks. In 2010, Canyons began hosting part of the Sprint Grand Prix of Skicross and Snowboardcross, which lasted several consecutive years.[7]

In the summer, Canyons Resort had an extensive trail and lift system open for mountain biking or hiking. The resort also operated two zip lines and a miniature golf course.

As with most four-season resorts, Canyons Resort had dining, shopping, and lodging options. The village also hosts concerts throughout the year at its outdoor amphitheater.


  1. ^ "Goodbye Canyons, hello Park City: Utah ski resort on track to be biggest in U.S." Los Angeles Times. July 29, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Park West, Park City, UT, USA Concert Setlists". Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  3. ^ "Canyons Resort History". Canyons Resort. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Vail Resorts to operate Canyons Resort in Park City". Salt Lake Tribune. May 29, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Vail Resorts to Invest an Unprecedented $50 million in Park City Mountain Resort in One Season". Vail Resorts. December 8, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Mountain Statistics". Canyons Resort. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "U.S. Sprint Grand Prix coming to Park City". Park Record. November 8, 2010. Retrieved June 16, 2018.

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