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Canyons Resort History

Canyons Resort History

1968 Park City West opens, lift tickets are $4.50.
1975 The ski area is bought by new owners, Jack Roberts and Harold Babcock and the name is changed to ParkWest because of confusion about association with then Park City Resort.

ParkWest gains a reputation as Park City's party resort.

Because of lack of grooming everywhere except the beginner hill, pass holders were top notch skiers who enjoyed freestyle moguls and 80-foot gelande jumps.


ParkWest is the first resort in Utah to allow telemark skis on the lifts.

The famous Slaughterhouse lift is installed (present day Super Fury) and the slope underneath quickly becomes a legendary mogul run.

1985 Jerry Gilomen buys out Harold Babcock's share of the resort and takes over operations of ParkWest, which now has seven lifts.

With new owners, the resort is renamed Wolf Mountain after a public contest to choose a new name.  All of the runs are named after endangered species.

Wolf Mountain is the first resort in Park City to allow snowboarding.

1997 Wolf Mountain is purchased by American Skiing Company and is renamed The Canyons Resort.  The Canyons embarks on phase 1 of a $500 million expansion plan.  Initial resort acreage: 1,400 acres.
December 1997 The Canyons opens for its inaugural season on December 24, 1997.  New amenities include the Red Pine mid-mountain lodge, the Flight of The Canyons Gondola, Saddleback Express, Snow Canyon Express, and the High Meadow Lift.  Total acreage grows to 2,200 acres. 
April 1997  The first Pond Skimming event is held, now an annual tradition part of Spring Gruv.
December 1998 The fabled Ninety-Nine 90 peak, Utah's most dynamic extreme terrain, opens bringing resort acreage to 2,800 acres. 
December 1999 The resort continues to expand with the opening of Peak 5, bringing the resort acreage to 3,200 acres. 
September 2000 The Canyons Cabriolet is installed, allowing access from the lower parking lot to the Resort Village.
Winter 2000

Dream Peak, the resort's 8th mountain opens with access via the Dreamscape lift.
The Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center and Sundial Lodge open to the public.

November 23, 2001 24 inches of snow falls in 24 hours over Thanksgiving weekend.
Winter 2001

The Canyons installs the Day Break lift.  The resort's acreage hits 3,500 acres making The Canyons Utah's single largest ski and snowboard resort and the 5th largest resort in the United States.

February 2002 NBC Today show hosts' Matt Lauer and Katie Couric broadcast live from The Grand Summit Resort Hotel during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.  Katie learns to snowboard at The Canyons and Matt beats actor Kevin Costner in a head to head slalom race.
March/April 2003 Warren Miller films footage for his film "Journey" at The Canyons.
Winter 2006/2007

DreamCatcher opens, giving The Canyons 3,700 acres of skiable terrain and adding some of the best tree skiing on the mountain.
Silverado Lodge opens to the public.

July 2008 The Canyons is purchased by Talisker, a privately owned real estate and development company and one of the largest employers in Summit County.
Winter 2008/2009 Timberline opens, allowing people to get from the DreamCatcher and Dreamscape areas back to Tombstone Express faster.  This is phase 1 of expansion onto the 9th peak, Iron Mountain.
March 2010  Talisker acquires Waldorf Astoria Park City, the first alpine property from the iconic hospitality company

Winter 2010/2011

Canyons Resort celebrates North America’s most exciting and comprehensive resort “re-creation” with a new name, look and logo.

The Orange Bubble Express is introduced as North America’s first enclosed, heated seat chairlift.  Guests love its comfort and  efficiency – Canyons increases uphill capacity by 47%!  

The Red Pine Gondola base terminal is moved to its current location, and the last Wolf Mountain era resort village buildings are removed to create the vibrant après ski area known as Ski Beach.

Celebrating fine food, wine and design, Canyons debuts multiple new dining outlets, updated retail store and a redesign of the resort village storefronts
Iron Mountain opens, bringing Canyons Resort to its current 4,000 acres of skiable terrain.  All runs are named for precious metals.

February 2011 The Farm at Canyons opens to rave reviews.  Primarily serving food and beverage sourced from within 200 miles of Park City, The Farm wins “Best New Restaurant in Utah” recognition from Salt Lake Magazine.
February 2011 The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Canyons debuts, featuring the U.S. national championship in Snowboardcross.
August 2011 Canyons Bike Park opens – the first of its kind in Utah – offering multiple “flow” trails for riders of all levels.
December 2011 Bistro at Canyons opens as the only restaurant at a North American ski resort serving food according to kosher standards.
Today The Canyons receives on average 355 inches of snow per season.