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Grander Canyons

Grander 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.
By Carrie Sheinberg, Contributor, SKI Magazine
posted: 11/04/2009
Hiking in The Canyons

The Canyons has expanded “pod by pod,” says Barry Stout, director of the resort’s ski school. “And we’ve done a better job with each pod,” he says. By that logic, the Dreamcatcher, Dreamscape and Peak 5 areas—the ones most recently developed—should be the best-organized on the mountain, and they are. There are few intersections, and lots of fall-line terrain. All of the areas encompass an enormous on-hill real-estate development called The Colony. Beginners who want to dream big—at least when it comes to square footage—can cruise on long, gentle trails past some of this country’s most capacious ski chalets. And by the way: Families skiing with little kids will find these lifts and trails pleasantly empty.

“When I go out with my grandkids, there are so many places to go, and we have so much fun,” says Carey, the former Canyons vice president. “We go up to the top of Peak 5, and there are all those beautiful long runs, and nobody’s on them. As much as the Canyons has blossomed, you go out to the flanks and, boy, you don’t mind skiing with your 3-year-old.”

Giant log homes and Western-style castles dot the woods along the wide, groomed boulevards. These runs will relax even the greenest skiers—especially when they realize they don’t have to make the mortgage payments on any of those slopeside mansions.

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