Tons of terrain
Price, snow conditions on groomers
Our first stop on our weekend Utah ski trip was The Canyons--my favorite place to ski in Park City. While Park City Mountain Resort has a lot of terrain, The Canyons is the most varied. You can get your share of back country, groomers, chutes, and trees...all in one day. It's the perfect way to warm up for a weekend in Utah.
The Canyons is a pretty pricey place to ski, but if you're flying in early enough in the day, you can ski for free at any Park City resort using PC's "QuickStart." Just go to http://www.parkcityinfo.com/quickstart/ and fill out the voucher, then print it off and bring it along with your airline ticket on the day you arrive. You can get a free lift ticket for the remainder of the day.
The snow conditions were packed powder on the non-groomers, with plenty of little stashes to be found in the trees. At times, the pow was light on top of some harder wind-blown crust that you would have to punch through. The groomers were icy at times, but for the most part, the turns were easy enough.
For the price (that is, free), there's little you can really complain about for The Canyons. The snow was in great shape. The terrain is phenomenal. We were skiing packed pow in Rendezvous Bowl, followed by knee-deep snow in the trees between Renegade and Spur trails. Then it was groomers to cool down for the day on Dream Peak. It was the perfect mix of terrain for a good warm-up in skiing in Utah.
If you're coming to Utah, take advantage of Park City's Quick Start and ski They Canyons. There's so much terrain, you'll have to go back just to ski another 1/8th of the resort. You won't be upset...the resort overall is pretty great. The lifties are plenty friendly, and there's so much terrain, you don't have to worry about too many people on the runs, or too long of lift lines. When you're done for the day, you can get some apres ski in the base village, although I've never done that. However, there's plenty of places to unwind.
Great snow, great terrain...that's the only two things you need to know about The Canyons (and the price can be right if you play your cards right!).