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Monday, November 21, 2011 - 23:00


Newly Reinvented Resort Unveils New Village Programming, Trail Improvements, Winter ZipTour Lines, Memorable Dining Options, Increased Snowmaking, Winter Hiking, Kids Activities and Membership Opportunities

PARK CITY, UTAH (For Immediate Release) " The 2011/2012 ski season will mark the grand opening of the newly reinvented Canyons Resort as it introduces more on-mountain enhancements in 2011 than any other U.S. ski resort. Canyons will open this Friday, November 25, at 9 a.m.

Canyons unveils a new winter ZipTour circuit, trail improvements, memorable dining options, snowshoeing, increased snowmaking, kid's activities, new village programming and Canyons Club membership opportunities. The new amenities and programming complement the resort's dynamic array of offerings including the most technologically advanced chair lift in North America with heated seats and a European-style après ski area named Ski Beach.

"It's exciting to open for the ski season with the full complement of innovative new features that have been put in place over the past year," said Mike Goar, Managing Director of Canyons Resort. "Through our hard work during the off-season, we've continued to transform Canyons into the new, compelling choice for a mountain vacation in North America. We're thrilled to offer an exciting array of amenities and improvements to our guests."

The new amenities for the 2011/2012 season are an extension of the reinvention project that has been rolling out over the past year, which includes: the new Orange Bubble Express chair lift, Ski Beach gathering area, a collection of exciting dining venues and specialty food carts, a direct gondola and expanded terrain.
Also this month, Canyons proposed an 8-passenger gondola known as SkiLink that, subject to approvals, will connect Canyons and Solitude resorts in just 11 minutes and create the most unique ski network in North America. The transportation-only connection is the subject of the Wasatch Range Recreation Access Enhancement Act, proposed by four members of Utah's Congressional delegation: Rep. Rob Bishop, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Mike Lee. For more information, visit www.skilink.com.

The following are new amenities that guests can enjoy for the first time this ski season. For more information, please visit www.CanyonsResort.com or call 888.Canyons (888-226-9667).

Winter ZipTour Adventure
This high-speed adventure is a one-of-a-kind family experience featuring two thrilling zip lines. The advanced zip line is suspended 140-feet above the ground, stretches more than 2,100 feet with a 10 percent grade and flies across the canyon between Lookout Peak and Red Pine Lodge. An intermediate zip line stretches 800 feet with an 8 percent grade and offers a tree-top ride through the Red Pine area.

Trail Improvements and Glade Skiing
On the southern-most part of Canyons, Iron Mountain includes a new detachable quad lift and provides guests with access to an additional 300 acres of northwestern-facing skiing and snowboarding terrain. The area includes 10 runs that range from intermediate to expert to gladed tree skiing. For ski and snowboard experts looking for more adventure, the north-facing runs in the Iron Mountain and Condor Woods areas offers additional terrain for diverse tree skiing. The Timberline chair lift also now allows guests to ride in either direction and provides easy access to the south side of Canyons.

With the experienced team from the Talisker Restaurant Collection behind all of Canyons' restaurants, guests this winter can enjoy unique dining additions and menu enhancements. The Umbrella Bar, a lively gastro pub in the Resort Village, will expand with a new seating area that guests can enjoy along with the eatery's signature gourmet burgers and beers. "Beachfront" Red Tail Grill offers a new family-friendly menu of Southwestern cuisine. In addition to lunch, après ski and dinner, Red Tail Grill serves breakfast daily.

This winter Canyons launches its expanded snowshoeing program where local guides introduce guests to the beauty of the Wasatch Mountains. Guests can hike a network of snow-covered trails within the resort and enjoy a gourmet lunch in the warmth of Lookout Cabin.

Kids Winter Activity Zone
Canyons is the perfect destination for families this winter season as the resort introduces a new Kids Winter Activity Zone complete with snow-castle building, ice forts, ice bowling, meet-and-greets with Canyons' search and rescue dogs and tasty s'mores under the stars.

Village Programming and Traditions
This winter season, guests will enjoy celebrations and new traditions in Canyons' Resort Village. Guests can watch a movie under the stars while perched on one of the outdoor terraces, enjoy sleigh rides and dog sledding, and watch concerts on the village event stage. The holiday season will be complete with Christmas carolers and snowman-making competitions for the entire family to enjoy. Canyons will host a series of signature events and daily traditions in its Resort Village. Visit to www.CanyonsResort.com for information on events.

Canyons Club
Canyons Club is a members-only ski club available on a weekly or seasonal basis. Members receive valet parking, personal ski lockers, private on-mountain dining and other exclusive ski privileges. Canyons Club will continue to offer ski valet service at the village terminal for the Red Pine Gondola.

Expanded Snowmaking
As a complement to Canyons' almost 400 natural inches of the "Greatest Snow on Earth" and existing snowmaking capabilities, more than $1 million was invested in new snowmaking infrastructure including additional pumping capacity for new snow guns. These improvements allow for increased early coverage of Lookout Ridge and runs served by the Orange Bubble Express chair lift. A 20-million gallon reservoir and additional infrastructure investments more than double the already significant snowmaking capabilities at Canyons.

About Canyons Resort
Canyons Resort, a Talisker mountain destination in Park City, Utah, offers 4,000 acres of exceptional skiing and snowboarding terrain and 182 trails, making it Utah's largest and most dynamic ski and snowboard resort. With 35,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, five world-class hotels at Canyons Resort range from the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Park City that features the Waldorf Astoria Spa, Park City to the Grand Summit Hotel that offers an AAA Four-Diamond mountain experience at the heart of the resort village. Canyons Resort offers more than 15 dining venues including a new collection of outlets that range from upscale food carts to The Farm, a fine dining restaurant with seasonal cuisine sourced within 200 miles of Park City. The resort is home to the Orange Bubble Express, which is North America's most technologically advanced and first heated chair lift; a lively gathering area at the base of the mountain named Ski Beach; a fast-paced zip line circuit; and 300 acres of new terrain with the unveiling of a ninth peak, Iron Mountain. Salt Lake City International Airport is just 35 minutes away and provides convenient access to Canyons Resort from anywhere in the world. For a taste of the new and exciting Canyons, visit to www.CanyonsResort.com.


Media Contacts:
Murphy O'Brien Public Relations
Sarah Siler, Niki Jensen & Jillian Hunter
(310) 453-2539; canyons@murphyobrien.com

Canyons Resort & Talisker Mountain Incorporated
Steve Pastorino, Director of Public Relations
(435) 615-3308; spastorino@taliskermountain.com