Description - Once a small locals' mountain, The Canyons is now one of America's five largest resorts. It's always been blessed with incredibly varied terrain, breathtaking panoramas, and plenty of sweet Utah powder.
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- The Canyons now covers 3,700 acres stretching over seven peaks, including the legendary Ninety-Nine 90 and the newly opened Peak 5. The lift system has also undergone major improvements, with 13 total lifts, ten of them new, including an eight-passenger gondola and five high-speed quads, whisking skiers to the top of the Wasatch Range in the Rocky Mountains. This year will herald the opening of phase I of The Canyons Resort Village.
Recreation - The Canyons offers 3,700 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain. After dark, head to the Adventure Zone, a fun activity center at the top of the Flight of The Canyons gondola, offering Turbo Tubing in a lighted tubing park. Snowmobiling is also available. Reservations are recommended.
Climate - Several weather effects combine to bring Utah its famous powder snow. Prevailing winter winds winds push clouds full of moisture east from the Pacific Ocean, across California and Nevada and to Utah. When the clouds meet Utah's Rocky Mountains, the remaining moisture rises, cools and condenses, and precipitation hits the Utah ski resorts with deep powder snow that is particularly light and dry. Another weather element that feeds Utah's "snow making machine" is the Great Salt Lake Effect. The lake releases water into the air that then rises into clouds of snow, producing squalls on the lake's eastern flanks. These squalls contain some of the lightest, fluffiest snow in the country which falls in feet - not inches- in the Wasatch Mountains.
The Canyons is located to the east of Salt Lake City on Interstate 80, only 33 highway miles east of Salt Lake City International Airport. The Canyons is just three miles from Park City.
Directions from Salt Lake City Airport: From the airport take I-80 east across Salt Lake City. After reaching the foothills and the eastern edge of the city, continue about 15 20 minutes to Exit #145 Kimball Junction / Park City. Follow Highway 224 two miles from the exit and take a right on Canyons Resort Drive. Continue a short distance up to The Canyons .
Normal Ski Season:
Early November through May.