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The Canyons

The Canyons Ski Resort Guide

The Canyons, United States

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift3,050m
Resort Height2,070m
 Nearest AirportSalt Lake City
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The Canyons

The Canyons is Utah’s largest ski and snowboard resort and one of the five biggest in the U.S. with 18 lifts covering 8 mountains and 3,700 acres.


The American ski resort of The Canyons is at an altitude of 2,070m.

The Canyons has direct access to 134 marked pistes, served by a total of 18 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 2,070m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,050m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in The Canyons?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for The Canyons.

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Ski Area Stats

The Canyons Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Number of runs
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


The Canyons Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,050m
Lowest Piste2,070m
Resort Altitude (The Canyons)2,070m
Max Vertical980m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for The Canyons
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Intermediate Skiers

The Canyons Overview

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in The Canyons is 4km long and the most difficult run is the 'Ninety Nine 90'.


The terrain is very diverse from the “all green” High Meadow lift servicing only beginners’ runs to the “all black” Ninety-Nine-Ninety lift servicing only advanced and expert runs.

Most people like a nice long groomed run, and The Canyons has one of the longest - Harmony is a whopping 2.84 miles long winding its way through forests and under bridges. If tree skiing is your passion, you will find extensive forests of both pine and aspen. You can spend a week at The Canyons and not be able to ski all the runs.

Ninety-Nine 90's peak, the highest terrain in the resort, is one of the few sectors above the treeline - the vast majority of terrain being on forested slopes. If you like tree skiing then for thinly gladed terrain try The Pines on the north-side of Saddleback. For steep and deep the north-side trees off Tombstone is the best option. There are many other areas to attract advanced and expert skiers; most notable being the chutes on the south side of Murdock Peak with the powder slopes above accessible with a short hike.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


The Canyons' trail map includes the location of more than half a dozen natural half pipes, including one in the double black diamond terrain below Murdock Peak and another in the gladed terrain of Escape Woods, also rated double-black.

Location and Map

Where is The Canyons?

This ski resort is in Summit, Utah, United States.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to The Canyons is Salt Lake City, 39 minutes drive away.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 18 ski lifts are able to uplift 38,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 40 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is The Canyons open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in The Canyons, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the The Canyons Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about The Canyons

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Aprés Ski

Most guests will head for Park City when the lifts close. Here there are some 20 or so bars and clubs to enjoy if you don't want to make a night of it in one of the restaurants. Favourites include Italian Cisero's Ristorante and Night Club and Mulligan's Irish Pub and Restaurant. Other evening activities include a choice of three cinemas, the Egyptian theatre - one of Utah's oldest working theatres , the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts and the Kimball Art Centre - a local network for visual artists.

It's easy to get in to Salt Lake for big city attractions and facilities, including NBA basketball, Utah's Symphony orchestra, Opera and Ballet companies and the Mormon's Temple Square and famous Tabernacle Choir. Trips to the casinos in nearby Nevada are also organised from here.

History and Development

The most remarkable North American resort development of the late 1990s, The Canyons evolved pretty much from scratch into a world class destination resort in less than two years. Everything changed at this ski area in July 1997 when the American Skiing Company acquired it. Formerly Park West and, for a brief period, Wolf Mountain, it was the poor relation to neighbouring 2002 Olympic destinations Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley.

The Canyons had $20 million lavished on it within a few months of the American Skiing Company take-over to create the biggest ever single-season expansion in Utah and North America's largest resort growth for that season. Five new quad chairs and Utah's first gondola, an eight seater, were installed as well as the Red Pine Mid-Mountain Lodge. By the following season The Canyons was the largest resort in Utah and the potential is for it to overtake the long standard US giants of Colorado and California to become the largest ski area in the US.

The opening of Ninety-Nine 90 peak added a further 800 acres for 1998 - 99 with a plan to reach 6000 acres by 2002, served by 20 high speed detachable quad lifts. These figures give The Canyons the biggest ski area in the US, second only to Whistler-Blackcomb in North America.

If a lift link was ever made to Park City Mountain Resort and/or Deer Valley - a relatively easy operation physically, if not politically - then the area would certainly be North America's and one of the world's largest ski areas.

The phemonenal on-mountain development has been matched by development at the base of the mountain where The Canyons Resort Village Center has been constructed. Centred on the 360 room four-star slopeside Grand Summit Resort Hotel, the village has been skillfully designed to give easy pedestrian access to all amenities. The village is designed using indigenous materials like Utah red rock and Wasatch pines. Native Utah designs like petroglyphs and pictographs will be featured prominantly.

The Canyons