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Canyons, Utah Snowboard Resort Profile

Utah's biggest and swankiest resort for snowboarders



Your author getting the goods at Canyons.

Photo © Matt Gibson

Every winter skiers and riders from around the world head to Park City to experience Utah’s largest (depending on how you measure them) ski and snowboard resort. Canyons Resort is also the closest ski and snowboard resort to Salt Lake City’s international airport, making it one of the most desirable snow-sport destinations in the country for weekend warriors and season pass holders alike.

Canyons is generally open for riding from the tail end of November to mid April and has an average snowfall of 355 inches. With a base elevation of 6,800 feet and a summit elevation towering at 9,990 feet, Canyons is massive and has ample terrain to keep the most advanced riders entertained, but that doesn’t mean Canyons is for expert skiers and riders only; the resort is composed of 10-percent beginner terrain, 44-percent intermediate and 46-percent expert, black diamond trails.

Three gondolas and 18 other lifts service 182 trails and 4,000 skiable acres across nine different peaks. Canyons also maintains three terrain parks and has five natural bowls and six natural halfpipes where advanced riders can get their adrenaline fix.

Canyons Area Location and Parking

Canyons is just four miles from downtown Park City and a 35-minute drive from the Salt Lake International Airport, which receives direct flights from more than 70 cities each day. Canyons visitors often visit partly for the world-renowned nightlife, shopping, and dining in Park City. Visitors to Canyons visitors never have to sacrifice days on the slopes for days in the car.

Canyons has underground parking for guests at the Sundial Lodge or Grand Summit Resort, but day visitors need to park a bit farther away in the Canyons Cabriolet lot at the tail end of Canyons Resort Drive. The Cabriolet takes riders from the parking lot to the center of the Resort Village for easy access to rentals, the ticket booth, dining options, and Canyons’s 4,000 acres of snow-covered terrain.

Canyons Resort Statistics

Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

Half Day: 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Average Snowfall: 355 inches

Base Elevation: 6,800 ft (2,073 m)

Summit Elevation: 9,990 ft (3,045 m)

Vertical Drop: 3,190 ft (972 m)

Total Mountain Peaks: 9

Bowls: 5

Natural halfpipes: 6

Terrain parks: 3

Acres: 4,000

Lifts:  21 (19 Skiable)

Trails: 182

Dining Options at Canyons

When skiers and riders need to give their legs a rest, they head to one of Canyons’ multiple dining areas. For a casual lunch, Lookout Cabin offers breathtaking views of the Wasatch Mountain Range views, sit-down dining and easy access on and off the mountain. After a long day of riding, The Farm restaurant — across from the Red Pine Gondola — offers five-star, sustainable meals sourced from local Utah growers.

There’s nearly 20 restaurants in the Resort Village ranging from high-end bistros to cafes to bars and barbecue joints. When it comes to dining outside of the resort area, riders have access to over 100 bars and restaurants just a few minutes from the mountain in Park City.

Canyons Lift Tickets

Canyons visitors can get better deals on lift tickets by buying them ahead of time online rather than at the Cabriolet ticket booth. Half-day, single-day and multi-day tickets are available, and vacationers can get even better deals by combining their lift tickets and lodging into discounted packages.

CanyonsResort.com website offers Canyons lift tickets for the guaranteed lowest price on the Web as well as a variety of package deals.

Canyons Area Lodging

Canyons Resort has five slope-side hotels that are guaranteed to make an impression on even the pickiest ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Riders can choose from the Canyons Grand Summit Hotel (one of few AAA Four Diamond resorts in Utah), the more intimate setting of the Sundial Lodge, the ski-in and ski-out convenience of Vintage on the Strand, the Silverado Lodge, or the prestigious Waldorf Astoria Park City. Reservations at any of the five Canyons Resort hotels can be made at (866)-604-4171.

Vacation Planning at Canyons

Canyons Resort makes it easy to book your winter vacation with the one-stop Canyons Central Reservations service. Resort staff at Canyons Central Reservations at (866) 604-4171 help visitors to book everything from airfare and lodging to ski schools, equipment rentals, lift tickets, rental cars, and activities in and around the Canyons Resort and Park City area.

Canyons Ski School and Daycare

Canyons offers a variety of options for skiers and riders who plan to bring their kids along for a mountain adventure. The certified instructors at Canyons’ Perfect Kids ski school will help your kids improve their skiing or riding skills while you spend some time out on the steeper terrain. The Perfect Kids schools can be contacted at (435) 615-3449 for more information and scheduling.

Daycare services are also available at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel for riders who want to leave their children in the caring hands of a fully licensed — and super fun — daycare center. Reservations are required for the daycare program, and the Grand Summit Resort Hotel Daycare Center can be reached at (435) 615-8036.

Activities at Canyons

Canyons Resort is known for throwing a variety of special events throughout the season from skiing and riding competitions to live music, festivals and more. Riders often visit Canyons in the spring months to catch their favorite artists at the Spring Concert Series and enjoy the warmer late season temperatures. There’s also no shortage of activity at the over 100 bars and restaurants in Park City, and Salt Lake City offers an even wider spectrum of events just 35 minutes from Canyons.

Useful Planning Links

Canyons Snow Report

Park City Road Report

Salt Lake City International Airport

Park City Free Shuttle Service

Canyons Shuttle Service


Airport Car Rentals

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