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Canyons Resort

+Immense resort that's quickly adding amenities.

- Can be overwheming. Best for cruisers.

Utah's largest ski area and the United States’ third-largest somehow remains a mystery to many. Yet this 4,000-acre “hidden gem” stands in easy reach and plain sight, sprawling across nine mountaintops just north of Park City. Well funded and smartly buffed with $50 million in upgrades to date by luxury developer Talisker Corp., this master-planned resort delivers wide-open cruising, slopeside lodgings, swift lifts and delicious eats. Add easy access to all Salt Lake skiing, enough off-hill diversions to keep you fully engaged and coordinates that put the good times of downtown Park City and hip Kimball Junction a short drive away, and smart ski travelers won’t be saying “Where?” for long. Says a forward-looking reader: “Watch out, Deer Valley!” —S.R.

Après Spot » Build a cocoa creation at Chocolate Bar, located at the new Ski Beach, then kick back in a lounge chair while a band plays. Family Activity » Tenpin it at Kimball Junction’s Jupiter Bowl, with glowing bowling balls, live music and lane-side dining.

On-Hill Lunch » Reserve ahead at Lookout Cabin to savor poblano and goat-cheese rellenos, decadent Alpine Mac ’n’ Cheese and Kobe burgers—all with Wasatch views.

Grander Canyons

Grander Canyons
Hiking in The Canyons
As Utah’s Biggest resort comes of age, it’s still hard to characterize. But who cares? Because when it comes to ski terrain, multiple personality disorder isn’t a bad thing.

March 24, 7:45 a.m., Park City, Utah. The phone rings.

“Hey, it’s Jamie. I’m in the car headed over to the Cottonwoods. You guys want to join me?”

Still in bed, I peer out the window. The snow is coming down in dense sheets, piling up on a hot tub that’s looking more and more like a fresh-baked meringue.

“Nope,” I say without hesitation. “Today’s a Canyons day.”

[ Tue, 2009-10-27 07:12 ]
The Canyons Resort on a bluebird day
Resort world's big poppa no longer seeking control of Utah's biggest ski mountain

 

Skiing The Canyons

Skiing The Canyons
Canyons Map
On powder days, the steep new terrain gives experts a little more to chew on— and takes some of the pressure off old favorites. Strategy is key in getting the best—and most—of both.

Because The Canyons is so capacious, getting it right when there’s a powder day is one part knowledge, two parts intuition and three parts luck. Head up the Flight of the Canyons Gondola. On the way up, talk it over with your pals: do you want to head directly to the lower elevation and more wind-protected terrain on the Super Condor lift? Or would you rather make a beeline for the showier, more spectacular bowls up on Ninety-Nine 90 and Peak 5? Duke it out, flip a coin, whatever—just be sure you’ve decided by the time the doors open at the summit station next to the Red Pine Lodge.

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