If you find yourself asking "The Where?" you're hardly alone. Since 1997, The Canyons has expanded so aggressively that it is now the largest ski area in Utah -- and among the five largest in the U.S. -- but for many skiers, the resort is still off the radar screen. That suits fans of The Canyons' 3,500 acres just fine. "No liftlines!" crows a reader. "Utah's best-kept secret!" says another. Located 35 minutes from Salt Lake, The Canyons sprawls across eight peaks. "Takes awhile to get around," cautions one reader. Daytrippers start by riding the Cabriolet, an open-air gondola that runs from the day lot to the center of the new base "village." From there, a gondola rises to the Red Pine midmountain staging area, where trails and lifts fan out to more trails and lifts. To the far south lie the aspen glades and rolling meadows of Dreamscape and Day Break, a haven for intermediates. Peak 5, Tombstone and Supercondor each offer dozens of long, spacious boulevards down wooded mountainsides-plus gates where experts can dive off into steeps and trees. Troubled resort parent American Skiing Co. is putting further improvements on hold, but expect a continued emphasis on the sale of real estate-and a continued push for renown. -Susan Reifer
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