What’s behind Canyons’ slow but steady rise in our polls—from No. 18 in 2010 and No. 16 in 2011 to its breakthrough into this year’s top 10? It could be the fact that nearly every reader comment includes the word “upgrades,” “changes,” or “improvements.” Needless to say, skiers have enjoyed Canyons’ aggressive capital-improvement plan, which has included a new terrain pod, four chairlifts (one heated), and several dining upgrades, both on-mountain (No. 9) and in the village (No. 11) since Talisker Corp. bought the place in 2008. Readers ding the mountain for a lack of challenging terrain but praise the variety offered across its 4,000 acres. And amenity upgrades, while a boon to the destination skier, tend to sap a resort’s character (No. 42). But Canyons is moving in the right direction, and praise for family programs, lodging, and off-hill activities tells us the resort wants to be a family destination. Rumbles about a rather lackluster après scene confirm it. But hey, that’s what downtown Park City, four miles away, is for.
Off the path >> Hike Murdock Bowl, off Super Condor, for short, steep lines of pure joy.
What’s new >> Ultimate Mountain Experience camps take place in January and March, led by Olympians Kaylin Richardson, Erik Schlopy, Graham Watanabe and others.
Family Experience >> Ride the two ziplines in the Zip Tour Adventure. Warm up on the 800-foot-long Red Pine Zip, and then ride Utah’s longest, the 2,111-foot Lookout Zip, soaring 200 feet above the canyon floor.