We thought we were going to LOVE Canyons, and instead we almost ditched at lunch to go back to one of the other ski areas.
Here are my list of cons: Note that we are a family with two teenaged boys. 2 of us are very high level skiers (but enjoy variety) and two are intermediate skiers.
Grooming was poor. This was crucial as there hadn't been snow for over a week when we arrived. This was the only place in Park City that we encountered ice, and it was really ALL ice.
This terrain is a one trick pony. "Steep and moguls with very narrow runs". If you love steep and love moguls, then you might like it. Intermediate skiers won't find a whole lot here for you. Skiers that aren't confident will be shaken by this place.
The entire set-up is simply poorly designed. The lifts are haphazard at best, and seem very patched together. Before and after every run, you end up having to study the map earnestly. Nothing is intuitive. Getting from Point A to Point B is very complicated.
We were struck by how NARROW most of the runs are. A huge percentage of them feel like "connector" runs. When you have long, narrow, steep, winding runs, and then add in skiers of all levels and snowboarders, we ended up feeling like we were dodging people all day. Literally, my whole day felt like I was working to avoid collisions. A lot of this problem is self-made on their part because they sold real estate on a large portion of the resort, so the runs are narrow and winding and chopped up because they're having to dodge around houses and roads. Skiing comes second to real estate.
Because of the choppy layout, we lost each other all day, ending up at separate lifts in frustration. This could be a HUGE problem for families with younger kids.
There are a LOT of steep dropoffs on the edge of runs. Combine this with the narrow, steep, possibly icy nature of the runs, and it's easy to go off an edge and end up 20+ feet down in the woods. I helped 2 different kids that had gone off the edge, and saw a group helping a lady, and one of my own teenagers went off an edge (ending up with a bloody mess on his back) after he caught an edge on an icy rut.
Just not much variety to the runs. Steep and moguls. That's about it.
We thought the woods were going to be really fun, and some were, but a lot were very hampered by the houses and roads that divide up a large portion of the resort. You couldn't explore without worrying about ending up stuck. We finally found a fun area, but it was really very STEEP hillsides in the trees that after awhile took their toll (OK, I'm getting old). If that's you're kind of thing, great, but again, the lack of variety grew tiresome.
Employees: A big difference from other resorts that tend toward the older employees. Missed that maturity here. Most employees seemed to be youngish skiers that were busy thinking how they were really too hip to be working with the masses. Just no joy here.
TIP: I got 25% off discount for the tickets in advance on Liftopia.com, which made this slightly more palatable.
Felt like we wasted a day here.
Absolutely not a place for families or intermediate or below skiers, no matter what they try to say. This is the sort of place that makes beginning skiers hate skiing. Go to PCMR or DV instead.
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