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“Earns an "F" unless you really love moguls.”

Canyons Village at Park City
Ranked #8 of 96 things to do in Park City
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Owner description: This area, formerly known as Park West, is the closest to Park City and the former site of the Olympic Games.
Reviewed February 21, 2013

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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Reviewed February 20, 2013

We visited Canyons as our fourth ski resort during a week's vacation in Salt Lake City. I am an expert skier with bad knees who now uses intermediate-low expert trails; my wife is an intermediate, and my 17-yr old son is an expert who also likes park skiing. Canyons setup is weird, with the parking lot a half mile from the resort entrance. An overhead cabriolet carries you to the resort, but that means you put your boots on at your car, leave everything behind, and carry your skis to the first lift via the cabriolet. A gondola takes you to the Red Pine Lodge area, which has a cafeteria, and which is very crowded with all types of skiers and two other lifts. The mountains are very spread out, and we spent a lot of time looking at maps trying to figure out where to go. Service was excellent, with guides located at the big maps on top of lifts telling you how to get to where you wanted to go. But....you need to be very careful that you can get back to where you started if you want to avoid black trails. Terrain varried from very broad, crowded intermediate runs to narrow paths through the woods with few people on them. We recommend the area between the peak 5 lift and the daybreak lift which was interesting and uncrowded. Definitely look at the trail map on their website to scope out where you want to go. Favorite runs were from the top of Peak 5 all the way down to Tombstone express, then back up again. However, the route from the top of Tombstone down to Peak 5 was like a demolition derby, with lots of unskilled skiers mingled with snowboarders and skiers going way too fast. We had lunch at Red Pine Lodge, and it was crowded, pricey, and mediocre. One slice of pizza was $7 (making a $42 pizza), beer was also $7 for a 12-ounce can. Too noisy to eat indoors, we were fortunate to have a sunny day to sit outside on the patio.
At the end of the day, getting back to the base is a hassle. You need to get back to Red Pine Lodge, then either ride the gondola down (boring), or else ski down to the Shortcut lift which takes you across a ridge to Lookout Cabin, where you ski down. The easy route ends with a long walk back to the Cabriolet. The more intermediate route (Doc's run) was closed for an event, so we took a somewhat more advanced way back, which my wife was very nervous about, being tired at the end of the day. Weird that they make it so hard to get off the mountain.
Resort fee is $102, but discount lift tickets can be purchased at Canyon Sports in Salt Lake City for $82. One huge advantage of the resort is the ease of getting there from the city....Interstate 80 takes you up the mountain, and the resort is 5 minutes off the highway. Our family ranked this resort in 4th place, after Park city, Alta, and Brighton. Brighton is a bargain, with discount lift tickets for $59 by comparison.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is very nice mountain place, great food, beautiful, beautiful view!! Very nice, friendly staff. Most of the shops weren't open at the time, just a couple.

Thank dlb620
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We have experienced the Canyons on multiple family ski trips. Each time we are greeted with friendly and helpful staff. There is a lot of terrain to cover on this ski resort. Staff are happy to assist you with planning out your runs and getting to see the entire resort. We also encountered the urgent care staff as one family member had an "incident". Even with the medical emergency we were treated exceptionally well.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Great place to ski if you are a more advanced skier. Not many beginnner slopes and there is a lot of "flat land" between runs to traverse. So your inexperienced skiers may struggle a bit getting from lift to lift. Multiple lodges for food etc. without having to go back to the main lower lodge area.

Thank TBarr212
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