The ski area opened as Park City West in 1968, a sister resort to the nearby Park City Mountain Resort that 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; however the sale of The Canyons to the Talisker Corporation went on hold due to litigation. The sale to Talisker Corp. was finalized in 2008. The "the" was dropped in 2010 and the official name is now Canyons Resort.
Wasatch Powederbird Guides will offer heli-ski trips into the Wasatch backcountry from Canyons Resort. Since 1973, WPG has been leading adventurous travelers on heli-ski turns in Utah’s majestic Wasatch Mountains and providing powderhounds with the addictive thrill of skiing acres of untracked Utah powder.
What’s behind Canyons’ slow but steady rise in our polls—from No. 18 in 2010 and No. 16 in 2011 to its breakthrough into this year’s top 10? It could be the fact that nearly every reader comment includes the word “upgrades,” “changes,” or “improvements.” Needless to say, skiers have enjoyed Canyons’ aggressive capital-improvement plan, which has included a new terrain pod, four chairlifts (one heated) and several dining upgrades,both on-mountain (No. 9) and in the village (No. 11) since Talisker Corp. bought the place in 2008. Readers criticize the mountain for a lack of challenging terrain but praise the variety offered across its 4,000 acres. And amenity upgrades, while a boon to the destination skier, tend to sap a resort’s character (No. 42). But Canyons is moving in the right direction, and praise for family programs, lodging and off-hill activities tells us the resort wants to be a family destination. Rumbles about a rather lackluster après scene confirm it. But hey, that’s what downtown Park City, four miles away, is for. —Samantha Berman
OFF-THE-MAP TRAIL >> Hike Murdock Bowl, off Super Condor, for short, steep lines of pure joy.
WHAT’S NEW >> Ultimate Mountain Experience camps take place in January and March, led by Olympians Kaylin Richardson, Erik Schlopy, Graham Watanabe and others.
FAMILY EXPERIENCE >> Ride the two ziplines in the Zip Tour Adventure. Warm up on the 800-foot-long Red Pine Zip, and then ride Utah’s longest, the 2,111-foot Lookout Zip, soaring 200 feet above the canyon floor.Provided by SkiNet.com (recentely featured in SKI Magazine)
Dates of Season:
11/23/2012 – 4/14/2013
9:00am – 4:00pm
Trails & Terrain:
- Terrain: 4000 acres
- Lifts- 21 (19 skiable) 182 marked trails; 5 Bowls; 9 Peaks
- Terrain Difficulty: 10% Beginner, 44% Intermediate, 46% Advanced, 10% Expert
- Longest Run: 3.3 miles (Hellfire)
- Terrain Parks: 3 Parks; 6 Natural Halfpipes
Snowfall & Temperatures:
- Average Snowfall: 355 inches annually
- Summit Elevation: 9990 ft
- Base Elevation: 6800 ft
- Vertical Drop: 3190 ft
HOW TO GET THERE:
Canyons Resort is an easy 35-minute Interstate drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport. The airport more than 700
flights a day from locations all over North America. Salt Lake City Airport Facts:
- First in the nation in on-time performance
- There are over 840 scheduled daily flights from the facility serving more than 90 cities with non-stop flights.
- Has non-stop flights to Paris and Tokyo
- From the airport take I-80 East through Salt Lake City. (I-80 merges with I-15)
- You will now follow I-80 East through Parley’s Canyon for about 15-20 minutes.
- Take Exit #145 Kimball Junction / Park City.
- This exit is the main road that enters Park City and Canyons Resort. You will be on SR-224.
- Follow 224 for two miles from the exit and take a right at the stop light on to Canyons Resort Drive.
- Continue a short distance up to Canyons Resort.
Car Rental services can be provided in the SLC Airport.
Park City offers free public transportation to recreational areas, historic Main Street and Kimball Junction. PC-SLC connect provides bus
services to and from Park City for a small cost of $5.50 for a one way ticket.