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SUMMER AT CANYONS: CANYONS BIKE PARK OPENS JUNE 14

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Monday, June 11, 2012 - 23:00

PARK CITY, Utah " With five flow trails, more than 20 miles of singletrack, multiple lifts, a European-style Enduro race and the all-new Canyons Resort Mountain Bike Academy, the expanded Canyons Bike Park opens its 2012 summer season on Thursday, June 14. Canyons Bike Park now provides trail access via Red Pine Gondola, Short Cut and High Meadow lifts, challenging riders of all abilities.

All-new this summer is the Dark Hollow flow trail (more difficult) that connects Lookout Peak to the Red Pine Mid-mountain Adventure Area; and the White Rabbit trail (easiest) in the Red Pine area. This trail will be accessed via the Short Cut lift, adding a third lift to Canyons Bike Park offering. The existing Flying Salmon (less difficult), Wild Mouse (more difficult) and Rally Cat (very difficult) trails will undergo re-routes and expansion, adding even more territory to the broad system of flow trails.

The lifts also provide access to the 25-mile Mid Mountain Trail, one of just 51 "Epic" rated trails in North America according to IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association).

"Last summer, Canyons Bike Park introduced the flow park to Utah " and riders loved it," said Canyons managing director Mike Goar. "There's nothing like it in Utah. If you can ride a bike, with proper instruction you can ride a gravity trail. Experienced riders attack the rollers, berms and jumps, while more casual riders enjoy a fun, exciting mountain descent without pedaling or braking."

Also new this season, riders will spend more time on the trails and less time in lift lines thanks to new bike trays fabricated by Deason Built. High Meadow lift will be outfitted with trays handling three bikes and Short Cut lift will carry two bikes.

Another exciting addition to the park this season is the Canyons Resort Mountain Bike Academy, which offers riding instruction for all abilities with a focus on gravity and singletrack terrain. Group clinics and private coaching will be available seven days a week for adults and youth, ages eight and older. The clinics are designed to maximize enjoyment of the sport while building skills and confidence within a safe and progressive learning environment. A comprehensive Bike 101 clinic is just $99 ($89 for youths 8-12) including instruction, lift ticket and rental bike.

With $12,000 in cash and prizes on the line, the inaugural Bell Wasatch Enduro race promises to be the most exciting event on the Canyons Bike park calendar. Professional and amateur riders will compete on Saturday, July 21, in an event featuring a combination of 17 miles of grueling uphill "transfer stages" and timed downhill "competition" stages.

In partnership with GT and Cannondale, Canyons Bike Park introduces a high-performance, full-suspension bike rental program this season. The GT Fury and Cannondale Claymore are the featured bikes in the rental fleet at Canyon Mountain Sports in the Resort Village. A complete line of bike components is available for purchase, as well as gear from retail partners Dakine, Fox, Oakley, SixSixOne and Teva.

For the 2012 season, daily lift tickets start at $27 and season passes start at $149.

Be sure to follow Canyons Bike Park online at www.ridecanyons.com and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bikepark9990.

Canyons Resort launches its annual transformation to summer playground on June 14, rolling out an array of family and adventure activities. The 2012 Canyons summer schedule includes:

"¢Fast-paced and high-flying adventures like Canyons Bike Park and Zip Tour
"¢Memorable encounters with nature via an enhanced network of hiking trails or on a pedal boat on the Alpine Lake
"¢Family favorites like fireworks, concerts, fishing, family putting course and disc golf
"¢Award-winning culinary magic and "al fresco" dining from the Talisker Restaurant Collection.
"¢Romance, bed-and-breakfast and adventure packages at five world-class lodging properties including the iconic Waldorf Astoria Park City and the AAA Four-Diamond Grand Summit Hotel.

For more information, visit www.canyonsresort.com or call 888-CANYONS.

About Canyons Resort
Canyons Resort, a Talisker mountain destination in Park City, Utah, is the fourth-largest ski and snowboard resort in North America with 182 trails across nine mountains. Utah's most dynamic four-season resort, Canyons features five world-class hotels including the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Park City and the AAA Four-Diamond Grand Summit Hotel. Canyons offers more than a dozen dining venues including The Farm, a fine dining restaurant with seasonal cuisine sourced within 200 miles of Park City. Last year, 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. Salt Lake City International Airport is just 35 minutes away and provides convenient access from anywhere in the world. For a taste of the new and exciting Canyons, visit www.CanyonsResort.com or call (888) CANYONS.

About Talisker
Talisker is a privately-held international real estate company and the largest mountain real estate and resort operating company in Park City. From the slopes of the Deer Valley® Resort to the Jordanelle Reservoir, Talisker has developed three of Park City's preeminent family-oriented residential communities " Tuhaye, Empire Pass and Red Cloud " united as the exclusive, private Talisker Club. Talisker businesses include: mountain hospitality lodging, ski operations, public restaurants, golf courses, a private club, real estate development and a real estate brokerage. For more information, please visit www.Talisker.com.

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