Destination: Canyons

By Alex C. Pasquariello

Unmatched powder blankets 4,000 acres of wide-open bowls, gorgeous glades, steep chutes, and perfectly groomed cruisers at Canyons. 

But on-mountain indulgence is only the beginning.

EAT

Tasty Views

Hop off the heated Orange Bubble Express lift at the midway station for lunch at Lookout Cabin, where the breathtaking Wasatch panoramics complement delish dishes like mole-braised bison chili and mac 'n’ cheese with local cheddar and crispy bacon.

Dreamy Dining

Float up to 9,000-plus feet to the top of Dream Peak and power up on protein-packed salads, phenomenal flatbreads, or a Utah trout sandwich topped with Brie, spinach, and caramelized onions. 

After an energizing lunch, Dream Peak’s beckoning glades and carefree cruisers are right outside the door.

Beach Bum

Red Tail Grill’s patio above the Ski Beach is the perfect perch for friends and family to take in Canyons’ après scene over savory Southwestern fare like the all-new, extended-family-sized 4,000-acre burrito. 

Don’t skip the signature Tuña Margarita (tuña is the tangy fruit of the prickly pear cactus).

SKI

Go For Gold

Canyons Ski & Snowboard School features Olympians like Holly Flanders, whose Women’s Only Workshops inspire confidence while improving all aspects of skiing. 

With a 3:1 student to instructor ratio, plus private and specialty lessons, you’ll feel like a VIP.

Whirly Bird

Want to be whisked away to untracked terrain? 

Book a heli-ski tour with Wasatch Powderbird Guides

You’ll zip up the Red Pine Gondola to meet the chopper, then spend the day carving up the powder on 11,000-foot peaks.

Get Freshies

Sign up for Canyons’ First Tracks program to explore the mountain before the lifts open with an expert guide (who happens to be an Olympian). 

As the hill starts to fill up, you’ll refuel with a gourmet breakfast at Red Pine Lodge.

STAY

Slopeside Stunner

Rising from the heart of the resort village and a snowball’s throw from the Orange Bubble Express Lift, families are right at home in the Canyons Grand Summit Hotel’s ski-in, ski-out suites. 

They’re kitted out with a gas fireplace and a kitchenette. 

After a day on the hill, kids of all ages love splashing in the heated outdoor pool, or you can just kick back and unwind in one of three hot tubs.

Home Style 

Steps from the Red Pine Gondola, Sundial Lodge’s recently renovated suites have your discerning brood’s ski trip dialed in with a full kitchen, gas fireplace, and even a washer/dryer. 

Shared amenities include a ground-level ski locker room so your gear doesn’t get in the way, and a steamy rooftop hot tub for an après soak under the stars.

Snowy Seclusion 

For a spacious stay close to the slopes but far enough from the bustle to feel secluded, check into the suites of the Silverado Lodge

The gourmet kitchens allow your family to enjoy breakfast and dinner around the dining room table, while not one but two gas fireplaces keep the evenings cozy.

DIVERSIONS

Canyons Zip Tour Adventures

Get Some Air

Think your kids love flying down slopes on skis? 

Book a flight with Canyons Zip Tour Adventures at the top of the Red Pine Gondola and check out how much fun they have flying above the mountain. 

They’ll zoom over snowy pine stands and ravines, the widest of which is the 2,000-plus foot chasm between Lookout Peak and Red Pine Lodge.

Treatment Plan

At Canyons Resort Spa in the Grand Summit Hotel, repair sun-damaged skin with a Tranquility Facial, then soothe sore muscles with a High Meadow Hot Stone Therapy massage.

Local Potion

Discover the craft behind small-batch whiskey at High West Distillery & Saloon, then stick around: The gastro-saloon is recognized for its gourmet grub.

Jingle Bells

For the ultimate romantic outing, book a horse-drawn sleigh ride through beautiful Willow Draw. 

You’ll meet your ride at Ski Beach, then snuggle up under a pile of blankets and soak up the starlit night.

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