We rented directly from the owner using WWW.VRBO.com. The unit was not fancy. It was a bit small for the family of 4. It had a kitchen, a washer, and the price was right, so we comprimised and booked it. I would say it was for the Budget conscious traveler. Our friends stayed at the Grand Summit, and they would not have like our meager unit.
-There is an up hill walk to get to the ski lift or Gondola from the Red Pine Conodminiums. This is too far with ski's, boots and poles. If you stay here, walk down to the Cabriolet. This is an open air Gondola that will take you up to the resort. Or, rent a car using priceline and drive to the parking lot and take the Cabriolet. You will appreciate the car after a hard day of skiing for the ride back to the condo.
-If you rent ski's, rent them at Aloha at the base of the mountain. Then you don't have to bring your ski's in the car each day. They will store them for you each night, you take your boots home. They will let you keep your snow boots there during the day so you don't have to wear the Ski boots home. See tip below on Tickets and Rentals.
-Getting there in the dark. This was not easy. The snow was so high, you could not see the sign "Red Pine Condominium" once you enterred The Canyons area. If you are in units N-T, turn left on the first street after the Cabriolet -Chalet Drive, the turn left on the second entrance. There is a sign that says "Canyon Condominiums". This was not covered in snow, but we kept driving by it since it did not say "Red Pine Condominiums". Bring a flashlight as well to read the key holder and press the numbers.
-Bring your suite, the club house does have a great pool and hot tube.
-Ther is Internet access as the clubhouse.
-If staying late at one of the resort restaurants, you can park in front of the Silver King and walk a little. The Cabriolet closes at 5:30 pm. We drove up to visit our friends for dinner and parked at that lot.
-Rentals: Aloha sports is at the base of the mountain on the resort property. Rent 2 weeks in advance on line. You get 20% discount. Plus, you cannot walk in and request skis. I saw people everyday getting turned away while picking up my skis.
-Lift Tickets: Buy at Sports Authority or Cosco. Better yet, you can get 2 days for $100 in Salt Lake City at Sports Authority versus 3 days for $152 in Park City. Also, Pepsi had a coupon on the can for $20 off a day lift ticket as well.
-Kids Lift Tickets: The only discount I found for kids was On Line at the Canyons web site. Again- 2 weeks in advance. Local places do not offer Kids Discounted Lift Tickets. You pick up your tickets at the resort ticket window.
-Rent a car. If you want to leave the area, you are limited unless you get a car. Name your own price on Priceline - very economical. We rent for $19 a day usually. There are tubing hills that are worth visiting and you need a car, Gorgoza Park and Soldier Hollow. You have to have a car to get to Soldier Hollow ( see review). Plus, if you want to travel a little, you can go to Salt Lake and tour the Capital or the Mormon Tabunacle.
-Visit Red Stone Shopping for dinner. There are 2 places that are much cheaper than eating in Park City- Ghidotti's and Red Stone.
-Breakfast - first day in, eat at Westgate Grill at the base of the mountain. Take the Cabriolet, make a left off of the Cabriolet, go to the end of the strip. They stop serving at 11:00.
-Bring your lunch. The only complaint about The Canyons are the Lockers and price of lunch. We made lunch but had a hard time finding where to store it. Bring it in a bag (not one you are attached to in case it gets taken), take it up the Gondola with you. Go into the Red Pine Lodge (not to be confused with Red Pine Codo's) at the top of the Gondola. Go to the Bottom floor where the bathrooms are. There are lockers there, but they are expensive-$5/day. I stored my lunch under the benches across from the lockers. This is well worth it considering the price of food. Most skiers have everything they need there and are not interested in a poor man's lunch.
-Groceries: the Walmart does not have a full grocery store. You have to go to Albertson's.
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