Canyons Park City Ski Resort

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Canyons Resort was one of three alpine ski resorts located in Park City, Utah. Prior to 2015, there were 19 chairlifts, 4,000 acres (1,600 ha) 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 as of 2015, the two resorts are merged via an interconnect gondola and re-branded as Park City. The former Canyons base area is now called Canyons Village at Park City.

Ski_Beach-Park-City-Ski-ResortThe 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 of new terrain, and many new dining and retail outlets.

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

Canyons Under Vail Resorts

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 Silverload 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

Resort description

Canyons Resort covered nine mountain peaks with maximum elevation of 9,990 ft (3,040 m) on Peak 9990. The large amount of terrain had 182 trails, five bowls, six natural halfpipes, and three terrain parks. Side mountain and backcountry skiing on the surrounding National Forest land can be accessed through gates found on some of the peaks. Since 2010 Canyons has hosted an annual race as part of the Sprint Grand Prix of Skicross and Snowboardcross.

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

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

Image Attribution:

Ski Beach” by SaltlakeskierOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.
Canyons Resort Park City Utah photo D Ramey Logan” by WPPilotOwn work. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Commons.

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